I began listening to Christian music while in my mom’s womb—and hasn’t stopped since. Singing began at age three, self-accompanied on pots and pans. Soon I was leading the choir of my home church in Brooklyn, NY, pastored by my grandfather. Through years of performing on stage and studying voice and piano, I learned that no matter how technically skilled a singer or musician is, passion and evoking a story is what captures audiences. How true this is for singers and musicians leading church services not as performers, but worshipers sharing God’s story in song, ushering people into the Lord’s presence. As a Christ-follower who loved music but had been challenged by reading the Bible consistently, she knew that worship leaders and the larger Christian community could benefit from a tool that connected song to scripture. I also loved the idea that such a platform could bring the diverse body of Christ together. And so, as they say, an idea was born.
I took a leap of faith to pursue this entrepreneurial dream given my B.S. in Communications from Boston University and years of professional experience in PR, marketing and social media, which resulted in media placements in The Washington Post, NBC and C-SPAN. Having lived in three (north) eastern cities—New York, Boston and Washington D.C.—I set out to move to uncharted territory—Nashville, the hub of Christian music. Aside from my natural knack for taking risks, I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to find a new Christian community. Since conceiving Scripturally Sound and seeking God’s heart in whether I should pursue a music-tech ministry to build the Kingdom, the Lord reminded me on many occasions that “He rejoices over me with singing” as described in Zephaniah 3:17. This verse has been prophesied over me more than any other scripture. It was even a theme of a recent woman’s retreat hosted by my church, Nashville Life, and was an inscription on a gifted jewelry box. Talk about confirmation from God!
Outside of loving Jesus and music, I have a passion for helping at-risk youth through organizations that provide afterschool programming and resources for families. I’ve volunteered as a math and English tutor for Little Lights Urban Ministry in D.C. and worked as a Communications Director for Casa Chirilagua in Alexandria, Virginia. Currently I enjoy volunteering at Rocketown for skatechurch. My heart also leaps for joy over great fashion–especially awesome shoes. If you’re walking with the King, you might as well do it in style.
I’m a freelance writer, singer-songwriter and musician. I grew up singing gospel music in church and recording soul and R&B music written under the solo act: Ciara Carmel. Later, my sister and I formed the folk duo “Sweet Rosebud,” preforming covers and original folk music. Music continues to be a large part of my identity – it is an outlet for creative expression, ministry, exploring ideas, and processing lived experiences of human existence. My music can be accessed on Instagram or Facebook, and you can follow my freelance writing adventures at coffeebeingsandthings.com..
I have over 10 years of combined experience in technical hardware, software, product management, corporate strategy and entrepreneurship. Additionally, I’ve provided solutions in electrical & utility distributions. Through my experience with merger and acquisitions and corporate strategy, I’ve managed product lines ranging from $8M to over $60M in revenue and have successfully launched global products.
I have a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and a master in business administration from Vanderbilt. Additionally, I’ve won first place in two Start Up America competition. I spend my time volunteering and encouraging entrepreneurship in his community. I’m currently a global product manager with ABB, residing in Atlanta.
Bishop Edward J. Williams is the pastor of Pentecostal Church of God – Bible Way, in Brooklyn, New York. He has been a member there since its inception in 1968 under his pastor and father, the late Apostle Edward E. Williams. As his love for the Word of God grew deeper, he was encouraged by his family to develop his musical talent for ministry. Without any formal training, it was the Lord that enabled him to make a melody on the piano and organ for worshipers. His own personal spiritual relationship with God began taking on new meaning through praise and worship. As the church organist, he began to acquire a spiritual ear to the voice of Holy Spirit in worship.
As he developed his devotional life, and later as an undergrad in theology, God molded him for service and leadership. Since being ordained as a minister in 1982 by the Bible Way Churches World Wide, he was elevated as Elder, District Elder, Chairman of the Credential Office of the International Bible Way Church. He was consecrated as a Bishop in 2014. Bishop Edward J. Williams holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Manhattan Bible Institute, a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts in Psychology in and Sociology, and a Masters in Social Work with a Clinical concentration from Yeshiva University. He acquired his Doctoral in the Ministry (D. Min) from The United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio in May 2013.
For 26 years, his combined experience in the nonprofit and government sector includes supervision of programming that assists people experiencing emotional, economic, psychological, physical and social stress. Under his administration leadership overseeing multi-million dollar budgets, he has managed a program to improve the lives of 510 chronic mentally ill New Yorkers, ensured quality assurance and compliance with governmental regulations, and developed policies for 52 community-based organizations to benefit of 140,000 New York City youth. He has served as Adjunct Professor of Nyack College and on Nyack’s Advisory Board for the Behavioral Health Department. Since 2007, he has led as the Clinic Director of Community Counseling and Mediation at the Youth and Family Consultation Center in Brooklyn, New York. He provides administrative and clinical supervision for therapists, psychiatrists, substance counselors, and nurse practitioners at an Outpatient Mental Health Clinic.
Bishop Edward J. Williams has been happily married to Lynette Williams since 1980. They have four children and one grandson.
Jason Luntz is a new media strategist and the founder of UrVoyce, a small business that utilizes the creation of original content, multimedia projects, website design and social networks to help organizations build an online presence. Jason is also an adjunct professor in the communications department at Tennessee State University, where he teaches courses in entrepreneurship, public speaking, and news editing. For nearly two years, he has served as the president of the Nashville chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.
Jason has been actively immersed in social media since 2008 when he began his career writing online for various blogs. This lead him to attend Full Sail University to receive his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism; a program that focused on telling stories by using accessible digital devices.He soon realized that he could leverage his understanding of how to use online tools to tell stories, to help others grow their presence on the internet. This eventually grew into a career that allowed Jason to give small companies and non-profits the same online marketing opportunities as their larger counterparts.
Recognized in 2014 as one of Nashville’s Black 40 Under 40, Jason has continued to focus his work on helping minority owned businesses and organizations. He is a highly sought-after speaker on social media and online branding topics and has presented in front of audiences throughout Middle Tennessee.