Rev. Dr. Sophia Pringle
Lead Pastor of The Spring Community Church
The Rev. Dr. Sophia Pringle is a committed Christian who has dedicated her life to the Lord from the tender age of eleven. Growing up in her hometown of Palmers Cross Clarendon, Jamaica, her dedication and giftedness for spiritual service soon became evident and led to her serving in several capacities including local Church Youth Director, Parish Youth Director and National Youth Director for Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.
With a strong affinity for ministry, Sophia has served on pastoral teams for the church in Montego Bay Jamaica and Victory Tabernacle in the Cayman Islands. She also served as the Caribbean Liaison to the International Youth Council of the Church of God of Prophecy and founding Director of Caribbean Youth Conference 2002 to 2008.
A pharmacist by profession, Sophia Pringle holds a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree (PharmD) from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Technology, Jamaica. She is a Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (CGP), and a Certified Diabetes Educator. Rev. Pringle also holds a Diploma in Practical Theology from the International Seminary, Florida and is pursuing a Master of Arts in Church Ministries with the Pentecostal Theological Seminary, Cleveland, Tennessee.
As Lead Pastor of The Spring Community Church in Toronto, Pastor Pringle has a passion for growth within the Kingdom of God. Dr. Pringle is an itinerant speaker who has ministered at conventions, conferences, retreats and seminars in Jamaica, Cayman Islands, USA, Canada and across the Caribbean. She is married to the love of her life, Rodney, who is her friend, companion and confidant.
Bishop Dr. Lennox Walker
O.D., Senior Pastor, Praise Cathedral Worship Centre
Bishop Dr. Lennox. DaCosta. Walker, O.D.
Member of the Council of 18, Church of God International,
Former Administrative Bishop Church of God in Ontario,
Senior Pastor Praise Cathedral Worship Centre.
Bishop Lennox D. Walker, O.D is an Ordained Bishop of the Church of God since 1993. He was appointed by the Church of God International Executive Committee and served as Administrative Bishop for Eastern Canada from 2014-2022, where he supervised over 250 credentialled ministers and 80 churches, while also maintaining his responsibilities as Senior Pastor of Praise Cathedral Worship Centre - a position he holds for the past 25 years.
He serves on the Regional Executive Council as Ex-Officio Chair and is a member of the National Executive Council for the Church of God in Canada. Dr. Walker was recently elected as a Member of the Council of 18, the Executive Leadership Team of the Church of God, Cleveland, Tennessee.
With his busy schedule, Bishop Walker finds the time to minister the Gospel of Jesus Christ across the globe, to various countries in Africa and Europe, also in Ecuadorian, the United States, and the Caribbean. He serves on the Pentecostal Theological Seminary Board, and is a member of the Education Committee; He serves on the Church of God International Black Ministries Board and the Bethel Bible College West Indies Board.
In 2013 Bishop Walker received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal, he has been featured in Destiny Magazine as one of Canada's 150 Extraordinary Canadians.
Bishop Walker, in 2017 founded the New Haven Funeral Centre - the first black-owned boutique-style Funeral Centre. In addition, he established the Hearts in Bloom Academy - a gold-star daycare centre operated from the Praise Cathedral Mississauga campus.
On his missionary journeys, Bishop Walker was instrumental in building a medical clinic in Uganda. In addition, through Praise Cathedral Worship Centre, he has sown in the lives of others by providing fulltime scholarships to students at Bethel Bible College, Kingston College, The University of Technology, and the Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica. He has also provided over 120 scholarships to students in the Cameroons and supported the building of over 1000 homes for marginalized families also in the Cameroons. In 2013 Bishop Walker was instrumental in securing the release by paying the bonds of over 13 prisoners in the Cameroons.
Recognized for his involvement and contributions within the Diaspora, Bishop Walker was granted a national honour by the Jamaican Government, where he received the Order of Distinction for outstanding service in Religious and Diaspora Community Development in Canada.
This year, Bishop Lennox Walker will celebrate 40 years of marriage to the love of his life, Rev. Dorett Walker. They are blessed with five children and four grandchildren.
Professor Sharlene Allen Milton
LCSW-C., Morgan State University, Baltimore
Dr. Allen-Milton is a Caribbean-American native of NYC. She is a wife and mother to one daughter. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Morgan State University, a Master of Clinical Social Work degree from Smith College, and a Doctor of Education degree in Human and Organizational Learning from George Washington University. She is a licensed certified clinical social worker.
Having worked as a clinical social worker for over 18 years, Dr. Allen-Milton possesses a wealth of experience working with individuals experiencing social-emotional challenges. Dr. Allen-Milton is the CEO of Honoring the WHOLE You, LLC. She is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Morgan State University and serves as Education Director at the church she attends, All Nations Worship Assembly, Baltimore. She also serves as a Board member of two human service organizations.
Dr. Allen- Milton is the author of “Honoring the WHOLE You: Everyday Work-Life Management Strategies for Professional Moms and Caregivers as well as several scholarly articles. Whether in the role of mother, wife, church member, professor, or work-life management strategist, Dr. Allen-Milton's motto is to "educate, equip and support."
Pastor Patricia Markland Cole
Boston, MA., USA
Patricia Markland Cole is a ‘BBB’, a Boston Baby Born and raised all her days. She accepted the Lord at age 5 and has been walking with him ever since. She is a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Milton, Massachusetts where her parents Sidney Markland Sr. and Bernice P. Markland presided for about 30 years and then to her surprise the mantel of Pastorship was passed to her and her brother to
take over in 2017.
Before pastoring, she worked hand in hand with her parents in ministry and served in different capacities as Church Administrator, Youth Pastor and Music Ministries Director. God has blessed her with a talent in music as a vocalist, choir director and worship leader and she has been blessed to sing on the local, regional and international levels in the Church of God of Prophecy.
She has been an invited workshop and conference speaker and has had the privilege to minister at various churches. She is the middle child of 5 siblings and has 2 nieces and 3 nephews. She obtained her B.S. in Biology at Simmons College in Boston and her MPH (Master’s in Public Health) from Boston University and has been married to her loving husband, Horace Cole for 17 years.
Licenced Insurance & Financial Advisor
Iris Finnegan BA, LLQP
La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services
Iris Finnegan is a well-respected, much sought-after advisor, among advisors and clients alike. Currently, she was promoted to work with over 200 La Capitale staff members in addition to her current role with her clients. A good deal of her time is spent in awareness and educating clients to adapt to changes as they arise by working and reworking their lifestyle and retirement income planning through the means of saving and investment, life and health insurance, disability, and travel insurance “You’re in Good Hands”
Iris’ goals and aspirations are to gain new skills, become an expert in her field, establish strong communication traits, work harder than everyone else on the team, no matter the position.
Some impressive and relevant achievements of Iris are the 2020 winner of The Master Table, the Officer Level of the Order of Excellence, the 2020 President Club Winner Morocco, 2-time winner of the 2021 Tournament of Champions, the Canadian Quality Award, and the winner of the 2022 Canada Wide Impact week.
Some of her greatest assets achieved to date are the building of trust, being persistent, the ability to go the extra mile, having faith, and always allowing her behavior to reveal her beliefs.
CEO/President of Best Lifestyle Residence Incorporated
Pauline Christian is a graduate of Mico University (formerly Mico Teachers College, JA) in the disciplines of Social Science and Physical Education. Upon her arrival in Canada, she immediately pursued her degree in Business Administration at York University, minoring in Political Science and Psychology. Later, she pursued and successfully completed her Master’s in Project Management at York University Schulich School of Business.
Pauline is the current Immediate Past President of the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA), effective October 26, 2017. For over 20 years, she worked at Bell Canada in various capacities, mostly leadership. She is passionate about using leadership to mobilize, harmonize and develop the Black community to realize socio-economic improvement and advancement. She is known for her community activism and philanthropic efforts. After Bell, she transferred her corporate knowledge to her business and charities. Pauline is the Founder/CEO/President of the Best Lifestyle Residence Inc., retirement facilities in the county of Simcoe, Ontario. Over the last few years, her business has grown exponentially. However, she spends a significant amount of time giving back to the community through her various charities.
Pauline is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, community volunteer, and advocate. In 2001 Christian was honored with the Government of Canada Outstanding Volunteer award. She has been recognized as one of Canada's Top 20 Women for 2010 by Women's Post-Canada and as one of Canada's Amazing Women in the same year by Women Alive and Maranatha News. She was included in the delegation of ten that accompanied Prime Minister Harper on his first historic visit to Jamaica. She is an honored member of the Worldwide Who’s Who Registry of Executives, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs; acknowledged by the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who for Executives and Professionals as well as is a member of and recognized by the International Women Leadership Association for her outstanding contribution to Leadership, Family, Career, and Community. In 2015 she was recognized for her contribution to Social Development by the United Nations Women Committee Canada and her outstanding contribution to Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. In 2012 she was conferred with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to Ontario and Canada, the Planet Africa Community Development Award, and the International Women Achievers Role Model Award. She was one of the five faces on the 2011 Black History Month poster presented to Parliament on February 1st, 2011. She is co-author and editor-in-chief of the BBPA Book of Excellence 1983 -2012 – celebrating 30 years of excellence in the Afro-Canadian community. She was quoted in “A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider” by Ellen Vaughn, New York Times Bestselling author. Pauline’s awards stretch across various lines of disciplines within the community, i.e., the 2012 Planet Africa Community Development Award; 2012 House of Levi’s Professional Legacy Award, and 2010 Bob Marley Day Award for outstanding contribution to the City of Toronto as a leader and visionary; 2009 African Canadian Achievement Award for Business and Community Work; 2009 Endless Possibilities and Hope Development Organization’s African Canadian Women Achievement Awards in Business: 2008 Black History Month Celebration Police and Community Award of Excellence for being a positive role model, enriching the lives of those in need; 2006 Gold and Dream “Each One Reach One” award; and one of Bell Canada's five heroes in 2004, to name a few.
Pauline was covered in Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary book, “ When Ackee Meets Codfish’ commemorating the contribution of 250 impactful Jamaicans in Canada. From 2015 -2016, she was recognized by the Heritage Registry of Who’s Who as one of the Canadian Top 100 Leaders in the Field of Residential Health Care Services. Recognized by The International Women’s Leadership Association for Excellence in Healthcare and recognized as one of Canada’s 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women in 2016. Other recognitions/awards include and are not limited to: The Ontario Black History Society Harriet Tubman Award, Harry Jerome President’s Award, 2020 Honorary Chief of Police Toronto, 2022 Human Rights Commission Black History Month Honoree.
She served on the City of Toronto Black Business Advisory and was instrumental in launching the first official Black business survey in 2015. Pauline was appointed to the Junior League of Toronto’s Community Advisory Panel (“Women building better communities”).
Pauline was selected to sit on the Diversity Forum of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, where she addresses and meets with other leaders in the wider diverse community, i.e., the Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Council, the Canada-Pakistan Business Council, Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, Assoc. of Canadian Chinese Entrepreneurs to name a few. She was appointed to sit on The James R. Johnston Chair National Advisory Committee at the Dalhousie University in Halifax. She served as a member of the Earth Day Canada Tapestry Advisory Council. She was appointed the first Canadian to sit on the Oakwood University Board, Huntsville, Alabama. She sits on the Canadian Congress on Diversity Advisory Council. She sits on the Ontario Conference Board of Seventh-day Adventists. She is the president of the Educational Foundation for Children’s Care Canada. She is the vice president of Christian Youth Sports Academy and sits on the Apple Creek church board as Director of the Home and School Department. She is the Executive Producer of the Annual Martin Luther King Celebration. She also sits and presides over other community boards nationally and internationally. She has sacrificed tireless hours to address critical issues of our youth, especially in higher education, and spends time advocating for funding. She has also spent many hours in the mission fields like Nairobi, Africa, New Orleans, and Jamaica, giving back to those in need. Pauline is often looked upon as a go-to person for leadership and mentorship.
Pauline is known for her “Call to Action Vision.” During her first year of leadership at the BBPA, she initiated the first National Black Business and Professional Convention (NBBPC) themed “Stimulating Dialogue; Breaking Barriers; Creating Opportunities,” amongst other new initiatives. She has recently led her team, with financial support from the Municipal and Provincial governments, to open the Black Business and Professional Association Administrative offices and Centre of Excellence with its Business Incubator, designed by us for us. Her leadership took the organization to a new level and was felt throughout the community.
Pauline is a motivational speaker and presents workshops on over 15 topics that mainly focus on the mastery of life skills. She is always delighted and willing to share when called upon to speak at different types of events. Pauline has provided significant support to young people within Canada and outside of the country pursuing their studies. Many youth, especially young women, look to Pauline for continuous direction, and she is often viewed as a role model to many.
Pauline Christian continues to pave the path for others to follow in impacting the community globally.
Rev. Shelly Beneby
Co-Pastor, Toronto New Covenant Cathedral (TNCC)
Shelly Beneby has been working in Ministry in the Church of God of Prophecy since her teen years. She is the last child of former Pastor Lily Ricketts one of the pioneers of the work in Eastern Canada. She was saved at the age of nine and was involved in Youth Ministries as a Teenager and Worship Leader.
Shelly spent 25 years in the Bahamas serving in Ministry with her husband in Pastoral Ministry. The areas include Pastoral Care, Community Outreach to Teen Girls in the Bahamas Government Correctional Institution, Co-Director for Project Time to reach at Risk Youth and Women’s Ministry Assistant Director in the Church of God of Prophecy.
Since returning to Canada her work has continued in support of her husband in pastoral Ministry with focus attention given to Pastoral Care, Visitation and Community Outreach. She is engaged in the monthly coordination of two monthly services at long-term care facilities.
Her passion and love for God and her spirit of support in Ministry to her husband have been a tremendous blessing to him and the local church.
She is the mother of three children Shea Ashlee, Sherod and Shalah
Rev. Marva Tyndale
Rev. Marva Tyndale is an author, Bible-teacher, intercessor, ambassador of the spoken blessing and a messenger of hope to the generations.
Under the banner of Real Identity Discovery Ministries, Marva carries out her passion of spiritual advocacy for the next generation, and the empowerment of individuals to discover their true identity and fulfill their life purpose. She delivers life-transforming messages and dynamic teaching from the pulpit, as well as through conferences, seminars, and retreats.
Marva Tyndale is an ordained minister with the Ministers Network Canada (formerly Open Bible Faith Fellowship of Canada). She holds two Master’s degrees and an honorary Doctor of Divinity.
Marva’s first two books, “KEEPING OUR HOPE ALIVE: STRATEGIES TO RESTORE TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS” and “911HOPE: WHEN YOUR YOUTH OR YOUNG ADULT IS IN TROUBLE” are lifelines that have trained and equipped many families for prayer. She has also developed other resources, including prayers for the brain—an area often overlooked but crucial for victorious living.
“RECOVER YOUR BLESSING BIRTHRIGHT: TRANSFORMING LIVES AND CULTURE WITH THE GIFT OF WORDS” was published in 2018 and is bringing long-awaited freedom and empowerment to individuals of all ages.
Her soon-to-be released book, “READY. SET. NOT YET! SECRETS FOR TEENS ABOUT SEX” is a ground-breaking resource that will empower young people to walk in sexual wholeness.
Marva puts high value on being a wife, mother, and grandmother.
For more information, please visit www.realidteaching.org