Reverend Rasheed Baird

Minister of Outreach

Reverend Nichole Edness

Minister of Membership Nurture

Reverend Tiate Carson

Men's Director

Reverend Darin Jones

Director of Discipleship & Christian Education

Minister Edward Jordan

Youth Pastor

Reverend Marissa Farrow

Preaching Assistant

Reverend Andrew Wilkes

Co-Minister to Young Adults

Minister Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes,

Co-Minister  to Young Adults

Reverend Rasheed Baird

Rasheed Anwar Baird is the son of Jacqueline and the late Dwight Baird.  He grew up in the Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church, of Jamaica, New York, where he is now a member of the ministerial staff under the pastorate of the Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake and Co-Pastor Margaret Elaine Flake. Rasheed is a graduate of the Bishop Loughlin High School, Brooklyn, New York.  In May of 1997 he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lincoln University, Lincoln, Pennsylvania, where he majored in Religion.  He received Master’s of Divinity in 2001 from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rasheed accepted his call to Ministry at the age of sixteen.  He describes the realization of his calling as not being the result of a close encounter with a guardian angel, but rather as something that began to take shape and mold itself during events in his life.  The events gave him a distinct and focused approach as to what his life’s work would be.


Rasheed remains an active member of the Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church under the pastorate of the Reverend Drs. Floyd and Elaine Flake.  Rev. Baird is a member of the ministerial staff who heads the Outreach Ministry as well as assisting in the Sick and Shut-In, Discipleship and Internment Ministries.  As an ordained Elder, his speaking engagements include churches within the New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina areas. Reverend Baird is the recipient of various awards and scholarships.  Among these awards are: The Allen A.M.E. Scholarship, New York Urban League Whitney M. Young Jr. Scholarship, Lincoln University’s Donald B. Barton Award, Isaac N. Rendall Award and the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary Award.

Reverend Nichole Edness

The Reverend Nichole L. Edness, a native of Bermuda and the youngest of four children, completed her formative training in the public schools of New York.  Rev. Edness pursued her graduate degree at SUNY Old Westbury and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business & Management in 1989.  In 1988 Rev. Edness began to sense a call to ministry and at a retreat received the following words from the Lord, “I have called you to preach, teach, minister, and missions.”  In response to God’s call she began to seek to fulfill the educational requirements for not only the office of deacon, being ordained in 1994, but also of elder. 

In 1999 she completed her graduate work at Colgate Rochester Divinity School receiving a Master of Divinity Degree and was ordained as an elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the same year.  She currently serves as the Minister of Membership Nurture at The Greater Allen Cathedral of NY where Rev. Dr. Floyd Flake is the Pastor and the Rev. Dr. Elaine Flake is the Co-Pastor. 

In this position she fulfills several roles including Minister of Bereavement, Pastoral Care, and Coordinator of Sick and Shut-in Visitation as well as the duties of teacher, preacher and worship leader. In addition, Rev. Edness on several occasions has lead G.A.C. mission teams to Iris Ministries, an orphanage of more than 350 children in Maputo, Mozambique. Rev. Edness is the mother of one son, Nicholas Alexander Edness.

When asked on what spiritual principle her moral courage and vision for ministry are founded she will reply, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” 

Reverend Tiate Carson

"A man after God's own heart - 1 Samuel 13:14"

Reverend Tiate Carson is a gifted preacher and teacher who has ministered throughout the United States and abroad. His ministry brings a radically relevant message of salvation, sanctification, social responsibility, personal integrity, and spiritual transformation, through Christ-centered teaching and preaching and a radical passion to reach the lost.  Reverend Carson was born and raised in Detroit, MI and is the only son of Elder Eugene (a retired auto worker) and Pastor Janice Carson (a retired teacher) of Greater Works Christian Ministries in Detroit. He has one sister, Minister Sharice Blalock and brother-in-law LeVar who reside in Michigan. Reverend Carson is happily married to Reverend Arlise S. Carson, a native of Portsmouth, VA, who serves with him in ministry and also works in educational administration in Hempstead, NY. The Carsons have two beautiful young daughters Bria and Imani.     

Reverend Carson graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in 1997 with a B.S. degree in Accounting. In December of 2001, he received his Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Greek New Testament Biblical Studies from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, GA.         


Reverend Carson has been in ministry since 1996. He has served as a College Ministry President, Youth Pastor, Minister to Young Adults, and Senior Pastor of churches in Greensboro, NC, Detroit, MI, Atlanta, GA, Jamaica, NY, San Antonio, TX, and Austin, TX. He currently serves as the Minister of Stewardship & Development at The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of N.Y. under the leadership of the Rev. Dr.’s Floyd and Elaine Flake.He also serves as the Minister to Men and Worship Facilitator. He has been a voice at numerous conferences for men, youth, families, singles, and married couples. 

More important than any of the above, Reverend Carson is "a man that seeks after the very heart of God, lives a life of integrity, serves with the passion and compassion of Christ, and is driven by the Spirit of God."

Reverend Darin Lamar Jones

The Reverend Darin Lamar Jones is a 2010 graduate of Cornell University where he majored in Policy Analysis and Management. While at Cornell, he had the esteemed honor of becoming a member of the Resurrecting Pledge Class of the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and a member of the One-Hundred and Nineteenth Tapping Class of the Sphinx Head Senior Honor Society of Cornell University. Darin is a 2013 graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York where he procured his Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Biblical Studies. After receiving his first masters from Union, he attended Princeton Theological Seminary where he procured his Masters of Theology with a focus in Hebrew Bible on May 24, 2014. Darin currently serves as the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the State University of the New York. At SUNY, he spearheads many of the initiatives on Chairman H. Carl McCall’s executive agenda. Darin concurrently serves as the Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Christian Education for The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York where he is responsible for catalyzing the spiritual maturation of Allen’s robust 19,000-member congregation. He is an ordained minister in the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Furthermore, Darin successfully concluded paying off his student loan debt and accomplished debt freedom on January 15, 2016. He enjoys practicing Muay Thai kickboxing in his spare time. Darin’s lifelong goal is to employ his passions for faith and education to improve the world through active engagement in the academic, ecclesiastical and political arenas.

Reverend Edward Jordan

Hailing from New York City, Edward Jordan is a motivated man that is passionate about God and loves inspiring people to learn and grow. When Edward was just 10 years old, he accepted and embraced the call to Christian ministry. Under the careful tutelage of his parents, the late Reverend A. Earl Jordan, and Reverend Elaine Jordan, Edward preached his first sermon at the age of 12 at Calvary A.M.E. Church in Glen Cove, New York. Edward later served as an associate minister at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York under Reverends Doctors Floyd and Elaine Flake, senior and co-pastor. Here he received his license in March of 2008 when he was 17. In July of 2011, while earning his collegiate degree in Northern Virginia, Edward was ordained as a licensed Elder in the Kingdom Fellowship Covenant Ministries assembly by Bishop Ralph L. Dennis who serves as the presiding prelate.


Within Edward’s love for people lies vigor for youth. In 2013, Edward joined Young Life, a para-ministry created with the sole purpose of introducing kids to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith through radical friendship. While serving as a volunteer he met a beautiful young lady, also serving in Young Life, named Lauren Levy. Their shared passion in faith and for youth grew into a passion for one another and led them to the altar to be married in the following year. In August of 2015 Edward resumed service as an associate minister at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York where he currently serves as a youth minister at the Shekinah Youth Church.


In addition to ministry Edward is a serious scholar and creative intellectual. In May of 2013 he received a Bachelors of the Arts Degree in Psychology from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. He later plans to pursue a Masters degree in Family and Youth Counseling. Edward is also the CEO and Creative Director of EMJ2(squared) Studios, an innovative emerging graphic design company.  

Reverend Marissa Farrow

Rev. Marissa R. Farrow, a Native of Baltimore MD, was born on June 19, 1989 to Bishop Robert E. Farrow and Evangelist Jacqueline Farrow, Pastors of Mt. Calvary Church & Ministries, where Marissa had her beginnings in ministry. Marissa attributes her ministerial beginnings to one “Good Friday Morning” when asked by her father to stand in for a pastor who was unable to make their annual Seven Last Words service. It was from that moment that at the age of 14, Marissa found herself stepping out of the backgrounds of ministry, to the forefront when she began speaking for diverse occasions in the city of Baltimore.


On March 4, 2007, Marissa began her public ministry by preaching her formal Initial/Trial Sermon at Mt. Calvary Church and Ministries; a sermon entitled “The Unshakable Call” from Jeremiah 4:1-9 and Psalms 27. In June of that same year, Marissa graduated with academic honors as well as military honors from Meade Sr. High School.


Upon graduating, she began matriculating as a Biology Pre-Med major at Delaware State University. After a year and a half of studying there, she transferred back to Maryland and continued in that major at Community College of Baltimore County. Following this, she spent time studying at Eastern Theological Seminary. She is currently completing her Bachelors in Business Administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship from Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC; where she anticipates graduating in December 2017. Where she also is a proud Spring 2015 initiate of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Marissa prays that her academic journey will empower young people everywhere to know that it’s never too late to do what you should have done!


In August of 2013, she was ordained as an Elder in the Northeast Freewill Baptist Convention. Marissa has been privileged to sit under great leadership and glean from the teachings of her father, Bishop Robert E. Farrow, and currently serves on the preaching staff at The Greater Allen Cathedral of New York, under the Pastoral leadership of Rev. Dr. Floyd & Elaine Flake and she attributes much gratitude to many other great leaders who have impacted her preaching ministry and her personal pursuit of living a life of integrity.


She has been blessed to minister on “Churchin On The Word” live from The Word Network Studios in Detroit, Michigan and has also been featured in various written publications as a young leader in the church. One of her proudest accomplishments is her first published work entitled “Delivered From Dysfunction A Seven Step Guide To A Better You!” Released April 2014.


Marissa is on a kingdom move for God and will not stop until she pursues the purpose God has for her. She loves the Lord and knows that it’s only by His grace that she has come thus far and His mercy, which will lead her on. She is an advocate for youth and for success of the church. Her greatest desire is to serve God and be an agent of change wherever she may go!

Reverend Andrew Wilkes

Reverend Andrew Wilkes is an Associate Pastor at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York (GAC). In that capacity, Reverend Wilkes serves as Co-Minister to the GAC Young Adults, and as the Director of a Social Justice Ministry which he launched at GAC in 2012 called Micah 6:8. Concurrently with his post at GAC, Reverend Wilkes served as a Senior Grants Manager at The American Red Cross, from 2013-2015 where he oversaw a $45 million budget for Superstorm Sandy recovery in New York state & Connecticut. Prior to that role, Reverend Wilkes engaged 140 faith communities as the Faithsection & Community Relations Associate at Habitat for Humanity New York City from 2011-2013.


Reverend Wilkes is a bi-vocatisectiononal minister and has built his career on a dual commitment to community development and economic justice. In 2015 he began his post as Executive Director of The Drum Major Institute (DMI), an organization founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. which has led Reverend Wilkes to execute public affairs events across the country mobilizing DMI principals Ambassador Andrew Young, Martin Luther King III, and Rev. Dr. James Forbes. Through the Drum Major Institute, Reverend Wilkes established the Beloved Community Initiative, a national resource on spirituality and social justice for faith communities; and relaunched the nationally renowned Marketplace of Ideas Forum – a forum for bringing progressive policy ideas to an audience of activists, policy professionals, and nonprofit leaders. A native of Atlanta, GA, Reverend Wilkes is a proud graduate of Hampton University and Princeton Theological Seminary. While in seminary, Reverend Wilkes worked in the first administration of Newark, New Jersey Mayor, Cory Booker. He followed his seminary experience with The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in New York City.


Reverend Wilkes is the 2016, Guy R. Brewer Distinguished Leadership Award Recipient, The 2015 recipient of The New York Theological Seminary’s Micah Institute Courage Award, the 2013 recipient of Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Advocacy Award, and the 2013 Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute Next Leader of the Future Award. A public speaker and writer for outlets such as The Guardian, The Huffington Post and Sojourners Magazine; Reverend Wilkes is the convener of Stand with Black Women and Girls, a national public education campaign to promote the well-being of black women and girls through liturgy, policy options, public action, and digital engagement (#StandWithBWG). Reverend Wilkes is committed to “doing justice, loving mercy, & walking humbly with God.” 

Reverend Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes


Co-Minister Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes serves on the pastoral staff of The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York (GAC) as the Co-Minister to the GAC Young Adults. Co-Minister Gabby is bi-vocational; working also as a brand strategist and events specialist. She has worked as a publicist for gospel music artists such as Mary Mary, Jonathan McReynolds, BeBe Winans and others. Her ministry is passionately connected to the intersection of faith and culture and is anchored around the biblical call to be “salt and light in the world” (Matthew 5: 13-16). Co-Minister Gabby holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Hampton University, a M.A. in Music Business from New York University, and is currently pursuing her Master’s of Divinity at Yale University, where she is the president of the Yale Black Seminarians. Co-Minister Gabby is the 2016 recipient of the Guy R Brewer Religious Leadership Award and was recently named “One to Watch” by the faith-based publication, Root Magazine.


She and her husband Rev. Andrew Wilkes were featured in Essence, in April 2016, on love and ministry. Co-Minister Gabby recently led a 7-person delegation to the city of Flint to advocate for clean water and environmental justice. She is committed to seeing young adult Christians actualize their passion for Christ in their day to day lives and to live out their individual calls in society. Likewise, her work in brand strategy and events focuses on bringing the message of the gospel to mainstream audiences, everywhere. 

Itinerant Elders:

Reverend Marietta Alcide

Reverend Rasheed Baird

Reverend Carla Calizaire

Reverend Colin Campbell

Reverend Phillip Craig

Reverend Angela Daubon

Reverend Nichole Edness

Reverend Adrian Faulk

Reverend Greta Gainer Anderson

Reverend Michael Gittens

Reverend Juanita Gonzalez

Reverend Eyesha Marable

Reverend Suzanne Moshett

Reverend Diane Neblett-Watson

Reverend Kenneth Richardson

Reverend Julia Russell

Reverend Gwendolyn Walker

Reverend Kayon Karyn Watson

Reverend Kessha Kesimi Watson

Reverend Melinda Weeks-Laidlow

Reverend Alfonso Wyatt

Itinerant Deacons:

Reverend Ethel Bell

Reverend Stephanie L. Burley

Reverend Arlise Carson

Reverend Tiate Carson

Reverend Aldrena Mabry

Reverend Darlene McCune

Reverend Laverne Robinson

Reverend Lois B. Stewart

Reverend Orial A. White

Local Deacons:

Reverend Andre Broady

Reverend Helen Broady

Reverend Georgia Funn

Reverend Eugene Harrison

Reverend Sharice Wallace


Licentiate Gerald Bell

Licentiate Alisa W. Cupid

Licentiate Gabriella Cudjoe-Wilkes

Licentiate Kerry-Ann DaCosta

Licentiate Taneki A. Darces

Licentiate Melonie Daniels-Walker

Licentiate Lorraine Dantzler

Licentiate Yolanda Deberry

Licentiate Tyra L. Frazier

Licentiate Donald C. Garner II

Licentiate Stephanie Griggs

Licentiate Veronica Z. Hasfal

Licentiate Carla Hunter Ramsey

Licentiate Edward Jordan

Licentiate Eshe M. Killian

Licentiate Sekou Laidlow

Licentiate Kathy Marseille

Licentiate Lewanda Miller

Licentiate Nicole Ottley

Licentiate Keisha Rawlins

Licentiate Daniel Rodriguez

Licentiate Mynesha Rogers

Licentiate Joyann Williams

Non-Methodist Affiliation:

Reverend Marrisa Farrow

Reverend Darin Lamar Jones

Reverend Andrew Wilkes

Reverend Deborah L. Wortham


Evangelist Douglas Brown

Evangelist Carolyn Clemons

Evangelist Gwendolyn Dines

Evangelist Christine Gibson

Evangelist Richard Gourdine

Evangelist Linda E. Jones

Evangelist Lillie Leon

Evangelist Delores Prescott

Evangelist Whilemina Sweeting

Evangelist Ouida Wyatt