SPEAKERS & SPECIAL GUESTS
REV. MIRIAM NILES
Senior Pastor and founder of Real Life Today Ministries, Rev. Miriam Niles leads a God Centered and socially conscious church. She provides Biblical and universal life principles designed to equip people to live authentic and productive lives that will impact, serve, and uplift the community and the world.
Pastor Miriam’s ministerial vocation in pastoral ministry is rooted in the sense of calling she experienced as a young teenage preacher and evangelist in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Pastor Miriam is a gifted and sought-after speaker and teacher, speaking at numerous churches, conferences, seminars and retreats throughout the country. Her teachings apply biblical principles to practical living and are known for their power, depth, and clarity.
Reverend Miriam Niles brought down the house at last year's UBC Women's Retreat, as we focused on Agreement and walked into our place of Freedom. This year Pastor Miriam is will be our closeout preacher on Saturday and bring forth the word as we celebrate the NEW THING God has done on Sunday morning.
DR. BLAIR ROBINSON-PRICE
Dr. Blair K. Robinson-Price is an educator, motivational speaker, and coach. She has a passion for inspiring people to reignite their Why by encouraging innovation, commitment, and passion. Her straight-forward nature encourages authentic and energizing conversations that challenge people to identify their inner strengths and abilities and foster the confidence to realize their full potential.
Blair is a sought-after speaker, facilitator, and coach. She has taught on various topics for seminars, workshops, and retreats. Individuals often acknowledge her for her candid, conversational, and insightful approach. She is passionate about helping people thrive personally and professionally.
Blair is an accomplished scholar. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Hampton University, a Master’s Degree in Education Leadership and Policy from University of Maryland College Park, and a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Education with a focus on Curriculum and Development from Capella University. Additionally, Blair is a graduate of the Graduate School USA Executive Leadership Program. She is currently working to obtain her Certified Professional Co-Active Coach certification as an Executive Coach. She is trained and certified in a variety of assessment tools including MBTI® and FIRO®. As an executive coach, she works with individuals, mid-level managers, senior leaders and executives to enhance their leadership skills while helping them to identify areas of strengths and opportunities to allow them to become more self-aware and effective leaders.
Blair is a woman of faith and believes that “For with God nothing will be impossible.” (Luke 1:37) She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. During her leisure time she enjoys spending time with her husband, son, family and friends.
Nekisha Roachè is a global change agent. She empowers people through positivity, transparency, love and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Born in an environment plagued with drugs, violence and spiritual strongholds it was the grace and mercy of God that kept her. She used positivity to activate her faith when her environment tried to hold her captive.
Overcoming many odds and barriers, Nekisha rededicated her life to Christ in 2011 and is a member of The First Baptist Church of Glenarden where she previously served as an Assistant Facilitator in the Queen Esther Ministry and led the Queen Esther Prayer Team. She currently serves as Presider of the 3rd Sunday Worship Service at Central Union Mission a men’s homeless shelter in Washington, DC. Nekisha is also a featured Chef on Good Morning Washington, WJLA7 and has appeared on Great Day Washington, WUSA9 where she shares her love for family, food and FUN!
Karen Ward is the co-founded Beyond Two with her husband Danzel Ward.
Beyond Two conducts customized training and speaking engagements.
Karen is a dynamic international speaker and Advanced Certified Personality Trainer. She presents speeches, workshops, and seminars to businesses, non-profit groups, ministries, retreats, and organizations. Her high quality, high content, high energy Personality programs are delivered in a humorous, down to earth style that everyone will relate to and remember.
Prior to becoming a full-time professional speaker, Karen had approximately 25 years of corporate experience as a highly successful trainer and manager. She was the founder and former Executive Director of “The Daughters of Destiny, Inc.” training and mentoring program for teen and young adult women. She merged her passion for teaching youth and adult groups with her desire to train the “Personalities” and help foster healthier relationships. Karen authored her first book “Coupled for life – Overcoming personality differences in marriage”.
Danzel and Karen are faithful members of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden. As a featured speaker at FBCG, Karen spoke on topics such as “A Personality that Serves”, “Personality of a Leader” (Youth), “Parenting the Personalities” and a “Spiritual Personality”.
Karen is married to the love of her life, Danzel Ward for 25 years. They are the parents of one son, two daughters, and grandparents of three precious little girls.
As a woman of faith, Nicola Black-Singleton teaches all people how to live a confident and balanced life that includes making healthy choices that will motivate them to be all that God created them to be. She believes that seasons are a part of our progression and journey. She has a heart for all people;however, believes her calling at this time of her life is to walk alongside women as they reach for their divine destiny.
As a licensed clinical social worker, Nicola has worked to help others work through life changing circumstances. Her expertise caused her to become a sought after speaker and led her to appear on many television and syndicated radio programs. Throughout this season, Nicola recognized she had the ability to help others find their voice as well as the strength to see beyond their circumstances.
In this new season of her life, Nicola is the First Lady of Union Baptist Church in Montclair New Jersey. Five years ago, the Lord gave her a vision for a women's weekend and with the support and work of so many, it would change and greatly impact the lives of women. Nicola is committed and passionate about seeing women grow in God; therefore, she continually seeks God's heart to ensure that every woman experiences Gods will and their portion for the season of their life. God continues to anoint and pour out his blessings on this womens weekend resulting in hundreds of women having remarkable testimonies of this life changing weekend. This platform has opened multiple doors for Nicola to travel and speak about God's faithfulness and power that allows us all to live transformed lives.
Nicola is married to Rev. Dr. Campbell Singleton III and is the proud mother of their miracle, Campbell Singleton IV. Together as a family they are committed to being God's love wherever they go.
Monet Love-Peterson has a heart for children and single mothers. Raised in Brooklyn, NY, by a very giving and strong single woman, Monet has lived through much adversity. Life was ROUGH, however, God doesn’t waste any tough life experiences that he allows you to go through. Life for Monet truly began in July 1995 when she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior and THAT relationship with Christ has transformed her life!
Motherhood, a gift from the Lord has been a joy for Monet, and she is privileged and honored to raise four amazing sons. Mighty young men of valor who respect and honor Christ, know who they are in Him, and treat women like queens are the principles she has & is instilling in them. She is “Legacy Building.” Monet’s journey as a mother began at 21 years old, and motherhood has been the greatest gift the Lord has blessed her with. Monet’s sons are dynamic, young men of God, who are kind “gentlemen.”
Monet was blessed beyond measure when her Knight in Shining Armor, Lawrence King Peterson, found her 5 years ago. God blessed their union 2 years later with a strong, sweet PRINCESS named London Monet! Five children and counting...
Teaching is a natural & spiritual gift for Monet. She adores children, and takes every opportunity, trial or triumph to use as a teachable moment. She earned a degree in Spanish Studies from American University, and for 10 years she was a Kindergarten Spanish Immersion teacher in Alexandria, VA. Monet has “adopted” many of her students. Over the years many of students families have developed relationships with her. Some have attended church and even accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior! There is no Greater Joy than leading family or friends, through the work of the Holy Spirit, into the body of Christ.
Monet is an entrepreneur. In 2005, she launched a Christian clothing line called “Mo’Love.” We all need more of the love of Christ! Her ladies t-shirts have rhinestone letters which are beautifully laced on garments that empower and “Speak Life” to all who see or wear the clothes. The timeless messages of love, joy, and peace transcend religious beliefs, age, or race. Monet began a children’s book series based on the fruit of the Spirit. God Loves Me Too! is the first of four books and counting...This is a project still developing...No God isn’t finished.
Monet is a wife, mother, teacher, entrepreneur, writer, a Bold Believer who is Beautifully Becoming!
MIN. SANDY OLIVER
Sandy Oliver is an anointed prayer-warrior, worship leader, psalmist, and pianist. She leads praise and worship and has been the special music guest at various ministry events across the country and is now in full-time ministry…Sandy Oliver Ministries.
Over her 40+ years in music, she has been blessed to minister to tens of thousands around the world, and across the Body of Christ. She is a former minister of music at Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles, Ca (14 years of service) and CCC East in New York, and has also had the privilege to minister in other mainstream venues such as The Richard Roberts Show, AIM(Athletes International Ministries), Christian Women in Action, Gotta Sing, and Mike Barber Prison Ministries, Dr. Celeste Owens’ Surrender Healing Retreat, Babbie Mason Radio and Billy Locklear Ministries Radio, to name a few.
While in worship, Sandy's heart for people is evident and the anointing of God is so apparent as people are healed, delivered and set free. Over the years she has been humbled by all the people that have been changed through worship, and all because she is doing what God told her to do which is, to "show God's people, through her worship, how much HE loves them."
Sandy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration. She is a former teacher (preschool through Adult Ed.) and was also an Assistant Dean of Black Student Affairs at the Ivy League Claremont Colleges in Claremont, Ca. Before her recent retirement, Sandy worked for American Airlines for over 28 years in the Customer Service field. Sandy is the mother of two wonderful adult children, Carlton and Nichole and the very proud grandmother of Malcolm, Imani, Sierra, Cameron and Kellen.
Sandy is a valuable addition to any event that needs a touch of God's love in word and song. Sandy has three CD’s,” I’ll Trust You Lord”, which was recorded live, “Just Singin”, and her Christmas CD called "Christmas Peace with Sandy, Family and Friends".
MIN. MALISSA REDMOND
Min. Malissa Redmond, a Brooklyn native, grew up in the Baptist church, where she began singing in the choir at a very young age. Malissa Redmond served faithfully at Rugged Cross Baptist Church, under the leadership of the late Rev. Desha Moten for over 20 years. She served diligently in the music department as a lead soloist, choir member, choir director and Sunbeam supervisor until the Lord transitioned her to Christian Life Centre, which changed the name to Christian Cultural Center under the leadership of Dr. A.R. Bernard Sr. and Dr. Karen Bernard.
Her service in CCC's Arts department began in 1997. This opened the door for her to be set aside for ministerial training, where she's been mentored personally by Dr. Bernard since 2001. In 2014, she was ordained with responsibilities in preaching/teaching the word, mentorship, discipleship, officiating Baby Dedications, home going services, providing pastoral care, leading worship and serve thousands per Sunday.
Malissa has traveled the world serving in ministry through song & word in Aruba, Italy, London, Vienna, Austria, Australia, Trinidad & Tobago, Nassau Bahamas, Guatemala and across the United States. She's a NYS certified chaplain with the New York State Chaplaincy Task Force; under the leadership of Rev. Marcos Miranda. It is her desire to be a light, edify others, sharing the Good News to humanity for the glory of God.
Taylor Carter is a native of Washington, DC. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. Upon graduation, Taylor moved to Brooklyn, New York, where she worked as a fourth and first grade teacher as a Teach For America Corps Member. She left the classroom to become an actress and is trusting and believing God to makes these dreams come true.
Taylor is a member of C3.NYC where she has found great friendship, community and a heart for serving. This is her fourth year serving at UBC's Women's Retreat and she can't wait to see all that God will do this weekend!
MICHELLE J. WHEELER
Michelle J. Wheeler is the President & Founder of M. J. Wheeler & Assoc. - Independent Certified Financial Coach
I became a Certificated Financial Coach through Dave Ramsey’s FCMT program. The main reason why I became a Financial Coach is to help clients not fall into the same financial traps I went through many years ago.
Before 5 years ago, my husband and I were living paycheck to paycheck with credit card bills and no real savings. Because of my husband’s corrupted business partner (over 15 years ago), my husband’s mortgage business was shut down immediately and assets frozen.... we lost everything. After many years of seriously struggling day by day, we didn’t know how we were going to make it.
It wasn’t until my church offered a (FPU) Financial Peace University class, that we grabbed ahold of the philosophy of how to really get out of debt and find Financial Peace! I have never looked back, I now coordinator our church’s FPU class. Taking it one step further, I became a Certified Financial coach August 2018. My main mission/goal is to ‘Educate, Encourage and Empower’ clients out of Debt and into finding their Financial Peace!
By God’s grace, my husband and I are now DEBT free and have several months of emergency living expenses saved up! Now working on increasing our investment portfolio to obtain our “Financial Peace” If we can do it, so can you!
I am also a motivational Financial Speaker, specializing in talking to women about “Getting their finances in order” - Before the storm hits! I’m passionate about helping people avoid the pitfalls I and many others go through, wanting to leave a healthy and positive legacy onto our family.