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Charlene Cunningham, a 2005 CUBM graduate, launched an apparel and footwear company called Walk for God in March 2013 with the help of business counseling from Seton Hill University’s E-magnify women’s business center. Charlene, a first-time entrepreneur, was inspired to start Walk for God as a way to bring a message of hope and love to consumers through everyday products. She received a design patent for her logo in 2007 and began selling her products (t- shirts, tote bags, hats, and slap bracelets) at local church events. Recently she commissioned prototypes for three designs of Walk for God tennis shoes and is currently seeking sales or licensing opportunities for the shoes. “Everything in the Walk for God product line is designed to remind people that someone loves and cares for them,” said Cunningham. “The products allow our customers to display their beliefs as they Walk for God in a fashionable and comfortable way.”
In July 2013, she entered the Walmart competition “Get on the Shelf”, a multi-stage competition developed by @WalmartLabs that gives entrepreneurs a chance to be noticed and sell their products on Walmart.com and potentially in select Walmart stores. Although Charlene did not make it to the last round, the contest gave her new business the exposure it needed to take it to the next level. She has been featured in Soul Pitt and has had several speaking engagements with business clubs.
Charlene holds a B.S. in Community Ministry from Geneva College and is in her final year of studies at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She also has an A.A. in Community Ministry from the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry and received certification in a 2nd Unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Shadyside Hospital. She previously worked at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, WV as a Chaplain Intern and currently serves as Director of Evangelism Ministries at King of Kings Baptist Ministries, where she has developed and implemented outreach strategy programs aimed toward empowering believers.
Her website is under construction but you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome Reverend Helen Jackson a 2008 CUBM graduate to CUBM in the role of Enrollment/Admission Counselor. After receiving her A.A. in Christian Ministry she went on to Geneva College, Beaver Falls where she earned her B.S. in Christian Ministry in 2011 and a M.S. in Organizational Leadership in 2013. She was employed at the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County for 31 years.
In addition to an already full schedule, Reverend Jackson serves alongside her husband at Webster Avenue Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Pittsburgh and serves as Sunday school and Bible Study teacher. She is the current chaplain of the Pittsburgh Gospel Choir under the direction of Dr. Herbert Jones.
Marge Coker, a CUBM alumnus was ordained on May 21, 2013 at Mount Ararat Baptist church by her pastor Dr. William H. Curtis on Tuesday.
Reverend Marge Coker serves as an associate minister of Mount Ararat Baptist Church under the leadership of senior pastor Dr. William H. Curtis. She is a retired employee of Highmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield where she served as an Assistant Supervisor for many years. She also served as a Human Resource Assistant at West Penn Allegheny Health System and as an account supervisor at Stadtlander‘s pharmacy. She served on the board of the Y. W.C.A. of McKeesport.
Reverend Coker will complete a Master of Theological Studies at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in May 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Community Ministry from Geneva College and an Associate degree in Christian Ministry from Geneva College at the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry. Her ultimate goal is to serve the Lord and to share the good news of the Gospel that will inspire the unsaved to answer to the calling of the Lord.
Marge is married to Minister Charles Coker and is the mother of three children and grandmother of seven grandchildren.
One of her favorite scriptures is Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Minister Yvette Taylor is currently the Credentialing Coordinator in the Medical Staff Office at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC and the Admissions Counselor for Geneva College at the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry. She serves as an associate minister at The Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Darryl T. Canady. Among her various duties within the body of Christ is serving as a teacher in the Christian Education Department at Rodman known as “Bible Academy” and mentoring youth along with her husband. In addition she is a Board Member of the Women in Christian Ministries in Coraopolis, PA.
Minister Taylor holds a Master of Theological Studies from the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, a Bachelor of Science in community ministry from Geneva College in Beaver Falls and an Associate in Arts in community ministry from Geneva College at the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in Point Breeze; and is a 1996 graduate from the Harty Bible School.
Yvette is a native of Coraopolis and is the mother of three children, LeJune, Aaron and Sheena. She is married to Deacon Chuck Taylor. They are the proud grandparents of Cameron Sanders.
One of her favorite Scriptures comes from Hebrews 4:12: “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”