LEADERSHIP

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APOSTLE J. ORLANDO GARDNER BAILEY, SR.

Our Presiding Prelate/Pastor

Apostle J. Orlando Gardner Bailey, Sr. is Pastor of Marketplace Fellowship & Churches International, a Baltimore, Maryland based sanctuary, proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ through creative evangelism and ministry, imaginative fellowship, steadfast discipleship, and inspired worship.  

 

Apostle Bailey is a “preacher’s preacher,” teacher, revivalist and facilitator.  Under his leadership, innovative ministries address foundational needs of an aspiring, yet underserved community.  Faithful activism drives cutting-edge outreach to include feeding the homeless, job search assistance, educational mentoring, drug intervention, HIV/AIDS support, and resource partnerships throughout its membership community. 

 

Apostle Bailey commenced his preaching ministry at age sixteen.  His Pastoral ministry began just two years later, with Greater Works Outreach Ministries, Inc.  The native Marylander attended high School in Leesburg, Florida and returned home to earn a GED from Baltimore City Community College.  He completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology at Northwestern Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity Degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.   

 

Previous appointments include, Under-Shepherd of The Turners Temple Christian Community Church, Bishop of the New Dimensions Christian Faith Fellowship and Board of Presidents for United Council of Christian Community Churches of Maryland and Vicinity.  Presently, he is First Assistant and successor to Chief Apostle, Stanley M. Butler, at Marketplace Fellowship Churches International.  

Apostle Bailey is the devoted husband of Minister Shanae Bailey and proud father of two sons, Delontae and Jacques Jr., one daughter Zuri and his adopted daughter, Minister Margaret Shorter.  

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BISHOP ROBBIN M. BLACKWELL

Vice Presiding Prelate

A determined servant committed to spiritual formation and transformation in the lives of others, Bishop Robbin M. Blackwell is focused on building partnerships with others to create space for “The Holy” in themselves, families, congregations, organizations, businesses, and communities of influence. She embraces worship and prayer as the center of all preaching and teaching. She also affirms that mission is the core value of sustainable ministry.


As Vice Presiding Prelate, Bishop Blackwell assists in administration of non-denominational fellowship of Christian churches, ministries, and businesses in five US states, Ghana, and Kenya. Bishop Blackwell drives the construct and strategy of foundational ministries and businesses within and beyond the confines of the traditional church. She is a catalyst in community engagement strategies with partner ministries.


Bishop Blackwell founded and Pastors Jubilee Inc., a worship and prayer watch whose mission is to establish a 24/7 House of Prayer in the Baltimore Region. Established in 2013, Bishop Blackwell conducts weekly worship services with a prophetic intercessory focus. Her objective is to create an enduring faith community of prayer in the marketplace. Her pastoral priorities remain that of prayer, preaching, teaching, leading worship, counseling, visitation, mentoring, coaching, and administration.

Prior to her Episcopal Consecration to the office of Bishop, she was Minister of Ministries at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. During her 18-year tenure, she shared responsibility with Sr. Pastors for congregational care, funerals, worship, preaching, teaching, crisis intervention and individual/family counseling. As liaison for the Church’s 30+ auxiliary ministries she shaped standards of administration and compliance.


Additionally, she provided staff development and faculty training for Saturday Church School. Pastor Blackwell developed course content for Church-wide Bible Study and coordinated staff development for youth programs aligned with community initiatives. Bishop Blackwell is former Dean of the Determined Biblical and Theological Institute. In that capacity, she served as administrative officer responsible for the Biblical Institute’s three- year certification program. Her leadership, advocacy and coordination of all classes, related activities and community outreach created strategic partnerships with complementary educational institutions and businesses. She also taught Introduction to the Old Testament, Christian Ethics, and Praying with The Church.


She is former Assistant Pastor and Minister of Discipleship at Martin Luther King Jr. Community Church.


Pastor Blackwell holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Services from Davis & Elkins College, West Virginia and a Master of Theological Studies from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC.

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OVERSEER YVETTE CRAWFORD WILLIAMS

Presidium Member

Yvette Crawford Williams is Founder and Pastor of Restoration Life Family Worship, Inc., in Pahokee, Florida.  Since its inaugural service on Pentecost Sunday, May 24, 2015, this small congregation has boasted of a “mega ministry mindset,” empowered by God’s anointing.  Pastor Williams defines her work as a “Ministry without walls, going wherever God sends us.” 

 

It is a bold and inevitable calling, defined by the onset of an instinctive clerical curiosity, in her youth, the draw of her family’s pastoral legacy and meaningful community service to help shape the lives of others.  Ironically, this spiritual freedom contrasts notably with the physical confinement that influenced her lengthy career in law enforcement and corrections. 

 

Her impressive resume includes responsibilities as Communications Officer, Pahokee Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol, Assistant Director, First Care Women’s Clinic, and positions with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Department and   Palm Beach County School Distinct.  Currently, she serves as Contract Monitor in the Florida Department of Management Services Private Prison Division. 

The Pahokee, FL native sensed her attempts to “resist the call” were doomed.  Twelve years under the influential ministry of Pastor Wallace at Harvest African Methodist Episcopal Church, provided undeniable proof of her date with destiny.   The next step, membership at MarketPlace Fellowship & Churches International, fully revealed her new direction.  It was here, that her purpose became clear. 

 

Under the guidance of Chief Apostle Stanley M. Butler and Apostle J. Orlando Gardner Bailey, Sr., a two-year mentorship

validated the intuition her youth, the historical evidence within her family, the power of missionary work, the growth of progressive lay leadership, the impact of prison ministry, the holistic commitment to community and public service and the life-changing benefit of faithful obedience.  This period of discovery and dedication culminated in her installation as Pastor of Restoration Life Family Worship, Inc.

 

The calling of a lifetime was delayed, but never could it be denied.  Pastor Yvette Crawford Williams knew all along that it was not her time, but God’s Time that would deliver her destiny.  Her pastorate is in good hands, because she is in God’s Hands.

 

Family remains vital to well-being Pastor Williams, for many of the reasons noted above.  Today she and her husband, Mr. Mack Charles Williams, have four beautiful children, and eleven grandchildren.

MINISTERIAL STAFF

Jonathan D. Hawkins
Assistant Pastor / Media Ministry

Pastor Jerry Gross

Process & Promise

Pastor Andrea Neal

Community Engagement

Pastor Joan Bailey

Homeless Ministry

Minister Tawana Hawkins

Youth & Young Adult Ministry

Pastor Nadean Paige

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Pastor Lorine Cummings Counseling Director

Lenny Haywood

Chairman of the Deacon Board

Vanessa C. Pyatt

MFC Graduate Intern

Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies

Pastor Mary Gilbert

Women's Ministry

Pastor Marie Hunter

Intercessory Prayer

Elder Margret Shorter

Community Development