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Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore - 4007 Old York Road, Baltimore, Maryland, 21218

DISCOVERING GOD ANEW

UNITY FELLOWSHIP CHURCH

OF

BALTIMORE

Deacons

Deacon Clifton Butler (Chair of the Deacon Board) was born July 10, 1965 in Waldorf, MD to Theresa and the late James Butler. He is the youngest of five siblings. He attended public schools in Charles County, Maryland where he graduated from Maurice J. McDonough High in 1983. During his senior year in high school, he entered in the Cooperative Education Program in which he started his career in the federal government as a Clerk. Today, he is an Information Technology Specialist with the General Services Administration, Washington DC.


Deacon Butler joined the Unity Fellowship Movement in 2000. He has been an active member since joining the church. He has served as the Church Clerk, Member of the Church Council and on several committees. He was ordained as a Deacon in October 2005. Deacon Butler currently serves as Church Clerk, member of the Board of Trustees, Voices of Life Choir and the Pastor’s personal assistant.


Deacon Butler is very proud of his personal faith journey and new way of life. Over seven years ago, he surrendered all and entered into Baltimore’s Behavior Health Substance Abuse program where he learned to live his life without the use of drugs and alcohols. Today, because of his dedication and willingness to help others with their struggles with addiction, our church provides space for 3 local 12 step groups, and our Outreach Ministry stays active with providing assistant to individuals in need.


Favorite Scripture:


"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!"


Mathews 5:21 (NIV)

Deacon Hilda Lloyd, I am 54 years young mother of two, Kristopher Sr. and Maimouna Butafly Paige. I have a host of grandchildren. Currently I am seeking to obtain entry into theological seminary this year.


I am a proud member of the Alpha Eta Omega Sorority Inc. I have been with Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore for eight years and served as Vice President of the Voice of Life Choir.


My life changed for the better when I found Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore.


Liberation and freedom become my passion allowing me to stand in my truth, as a proud gay lesbian Christian worshipping God in spirit and in truth and loving God’s people unconditionally.


Then God gave me a charge. I heard the voice of God calling me to leadership. It said to me, “Teach them as I have taught you. Show them as I have shown you. Love them as I have loved you. Give them as I have given to you.” I stand today as a servant leader deeply committed to the personal and spiritual growth of God’s people.

Hello, I’m Deacon Johnetta “Renee” Melvin. I am a 43 yr. old dark brown female that loves God! I am a biological mother of 7 children, 5 grand children but the adopted, God-mother, emotional, and spiritual mother for many others. I ran from God since I was a little girl because I thought God was mean and evil. I have sung in just about every church in Baltimore since I was 8 years old. While on this run I’ve survived domestic violence, abuse of every kind by others and myself. BUT GOD!!! I believe I survived all those things because I knew there were things God wanted me to but I was so scared. About 15 years ago God introduced me to a woman named Frances Shearrin-Harrid that later introduced me to UFCB. 10 years ago I started coming to UFCB and was reintroduced to God. At UFCB I felt a love and a refreshing there that I had never felt before. Through the teachings at UFCB I’ve been changed, freed, healed, and delivered. I found peace, joy grace and favor. And now look at God I’m the President of the Choir (The Voices of Life), President of Hospitality Committee (some of the best cooks in B-more), also serve on the following committees; Fund Raising Committee, Deacon Board, Praise & Worship Team and support the Women’s Committee. I was ordained Deacon Renee Oct. 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. It was the 1st time ever National Convocational was on east coast. Before the end of the year (2015) I plan to be in seminary school. When I decided to give my yes to God, I already knew that deacon wasn’t my stop. I plan to use every ounce of LOVE, GRACE, and MERCY that God bestows upon me to others and that means going as far as God wants me to go I’ll go!!! I want to ever remain faithful to God, Myself and UFCB. In saying that if you see me slipping in any area please don’t criticize me behind my back pull me up and guide me back to the right path I’m always open to GOD.

G: good

O: orderly

D: direction

Favorite Scripture:


When you pass through waters, I will be with you when you pass the through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…. For me that says it all especially since I’ve already been through so much and I’m still here to tell about it when I know I should be gone….. BUT GOD!!!! My Mother/Father God is always there!


Isaiah 43:2-3

Deacon Cynthia Smith born in Edgeville County, South Carolina is the eldest of twelve siblings. She move to Baltimore at the age of four and educated through the Baltimore City Public school system. Raised Pentecostal Apostolic she accepted Christ as her personal Savior, baptized in Jesus name and receive the Holy Ghost at the age of ten.


Deacon Smith took a course in nursing aid from ITT in 1980, then went back to school and received her AA in in early childhood education from Baltimore City Community College in 2001. In 2003, she took several courses in Biblical Studies from The Baltimore School of the Bible.


Deacon Smith survived many personal challenges in her fifty-nine years of life. This included losing her son to gun violence and drugs. God led her to Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore (UFCB) where she heard that GOD is Love and Love is for Everyone. Through the love and support of the members, she learned to trust GOD and to know that He would meet her right where she was.


Deacon Smith served on the usher board long before joining the church. She then submitted her letter to enter the church’s deacon candidate program. At the 2010 Convocation of the Unity Fellowship Church Movement, Archbishop Carl Bean ordained her as a deacon.


Deacon Smith is a proud Black African-American Gay Lesbian woman and mother. She live by the words of the 23rd Psalm which she learned as a young child and never forgotten.


Favorite Scripture:


The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.


Psalm 23:1-6 (KJV)