EMPOWERED SUMMIT Presenters

About Bo Porter

Marquis “Bo” Porter is living proof that if given a bridge of opportunity, one can reach the peak of their potential. He is blessed with fortitude, a burning desire to attain high levels of achievement in all sectors of his life, and the work ethic it takes to accomplish and sustain success. An accomplished pro athlete, MLB Executive and business developer, Bo embodies how to empower one’s life to its fullest. Bo Porter was born and raised in the heart of inner-city Newark, New Jersey, where he faced many obstacles and long odds of overcoming his environment and the circumstances […]

Marva Hanks

EQUIP WITH SPIRITUAL EMPOWERMENT 925-683-2002 mrsmarva@gmail.com Dallas, TX BIO Marva Hanks is a third generation speaker who hails from Holly, MI and brings sophistication to every platform she’s mounted. As a national motivational speaker to parents that have children with special needs, Marva’s proven ability to influence others, has benefited thousands across the nation. After relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, Marva Hanks became engrossed with the welfare of the public school system. Marva’s role in public service in numerous school districts was influential. As a national motivational speaker to parents that have children with special needs, Marva has […]

Lisa Austin-Granville

Prayer warrior. Minister. Evangelist. Teacher. Motivational Speaker Lisa Austin Granville ordained an Elder in August 19, 2012 as a minister has the responsibilities to preach and teach, administer the Word to the people of God through pastoral guidance, and lead the congregations under their care in service ministry to the world. Before being ordained and since being ordained, Lisa continues evangelize to the disenfranchised and the broken hearted. There is no limit to the vineyard that Lisa will minister to, including the inner city streets, prisons and corporate America, she is unashamed to preach that Jesus Christ is her Lord. […]

Dr. Glenn Benjamin Wilson, Sr.

Presenter on Education Cell#862-224-0538 Dr. Glenn Benjamin Wilson, Sr., Pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church, Newark, NJ. A retiree of the Newark Public School System after twenty-six years, mentored school leaders and principals, a native of Newark, NJ, and a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He served as Advisory Board Member of Community Educational Initiative Rutgers Newark, Board Member of Start Healthy/Early Nutrition Initiative and Advisor to the Urban League of Newark and Member of the Newark Mayor Community Faith Based Initiative. Pastor Wilson holds a Doctor of Theology, two Masters one in Student Personnel Services and Urban […]

Jonathan Sims, Jr.

Presenter Manners Cell#862-215-3946 Jonathan Sims, Jr. is a native of Newark, and recently retired on January 1, 2016 from the New Jersey Department of Children and Families where he worked as a Regional Coordinator for the School Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP). This program was initiated by the NJ Department of Human Services in 1987 to help young people navigate the adolescent years, finish their education, obtain skills leading to employment or continuing education, and graduate healthy and drug-free. He has an extensive background in forensic mental health, and criminal justice dating back to 1983. From 2005-2013 Mr. Sims worked […]

Rev. Dr. Bernard J. Wilks

Breakout Session Finance Presenter Rev. Dr. Bernard J. Wilks 51 James Street Newark, New Jersey 07102 973 563-5333 wilksbernard@aol.com MINISTRY AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES Licensed Minister (Doctor of Ministry – Eastern Theological Seminary) Eastern Theological Seminary: NJ Extension Director Metropolitan Baptist Church Evangelical Ministry Outreach and Prison Ministry Directly involved in training and positioning ministers for service at numerous correctional facilities in Newark and surrounding community. International Coalition of Apostles (ICA) Metropolitan Apostolic Network Resident Minister’s Alliance of Newark (ReMA) President The Heritage Employment Learning and Placement Center Established under ReMA in Newark for ex offenders looking to reenter the workforce. […]

Mary G. Bennett

Presenter on Positive Attitude Cell#973-207-7829 Mary G. Bennett has more than forty years of experience as a teacher, high school principal, coach, advocate, professional development facilitator and activist. She is a product of the Newark Public Schools and served in the district for more than have of her career. After retiring and working on two major projects for the US Department of Education, she returned to Newark as the Executive Director of a non-profit educational support organization that supported 14 elementary schools and two high schools through programs for students and their parents while developing college awareness and higher educational […]

Rev. Irving Johnson M.Th

Presenter on Dedicated Cell#862-576-9281 Rev. Irving Johnson M.Th was born in Newark NJ on October 21, 1954 He became a Christian in March of 1997, was licensed to preach in October 2008 and became a fully ordained minister 2010. Rev. Johnson holds a Bachelor’s degree and received his Masters degree in Theology from Eastern Theological Seminary in June of 2008. He is the current ministry leader of Dominion Fellowship Ministries in Newark NJ, where he has served for over 15 year leading several evangelist teams and pastoring. With Dominion Ministries Rev. Johnson has been actively engaged in Street Ministry and […]

Pastor Rick Greene

Pastor Rick Greene is a teacher, author, media entrepreneur, real estate agent/investor and Nouthetic counselor. Pastor Rick currently teaches a Prevailing Word biblical studies class held at Seton Hall University. He has authored seven books “The Preacher’s Handbook”, “What You Need To Know About Dating”, “Love, Marriage, Sex, and Divorce”, “Does He Love You Enough” “Why Your Marriage Will Fail” and three workbooks in the “Bible Exposition Series” on Acts, Galatians, and Ephesians. Pastor Rick is preparing to launch a never before seen touring sight and sound media presentation entitled, “Though the Bible in One Night” through which he takes […]

John Willardford

Breakout Session Presenter on Relationships Cell#201-563-6342 John Willardford is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a specialty in Marriage and Family relationship. His sphere of influence also includes being the Chairperson of the Psychology and Education Department at the County College of Morris in Randolph, New Jersey and the Executive Director of the Willing Heart Community Care Center where he serves the community with his wife of thirty years.

Reverend Keith Wilks Sr.

Presenter – Physical Activity The Reverend Keith Wilks Sr. currently serves as the East Regional Vice President for World Impact, Inc. and Pastor of Community Transformation Church in Newark, NJ. World Impact is a worldwide urban missions organization that serves cities across the nation with church plants, church based seminary training and Christian schools. Rev Wilks also serves as an instructor for the Newark YMCA and as such, always stresses the importance of maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise regime. As our bodies are truly temples unto The Lord, Rev Wilks believes fitness training provides unique opportunities to minister […]