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Galda I McCants

Board of Directors

Galda McCants is the Executive Administrative Secretary for Metro East Organizing Coalition- MEOC. She has  a great love for people and gives of herself for the overall betterment of society. She is a racial and economic justice advocate. And she advocates for gun safety and victims of violence. Galda is a native of Chicago, Illinois and daughter of the late Judge Marion W. and Juanita Garnett.

She is the wife of Presiding Elder Gary McCants of the Super Soaring South District of the Illinois Conference, for 45 years.  She is also the mother of four grown children, and grandmother of three grandsons. She retired   from education in 2011 after over thirty years of service in Chicago Public Schools and Springfield, District #186.

 

An ordained elder since 1985 in the AME Church,  she served as  pastor of three churches in Illinois that include: Allen Chapel, in Lincoln, St. Paul in Springfield and currently serving as the pastor of Shiloh AME Church in East St. Louis, IL

 

Rev. McCants is also the co chair of the ICER  (anti racism) committee for the Illinois Conference of Churches, along with Father Kevin Laughery.  She serves as the Illinois Conference Coordinator of Women in Ministry for the AME Church.

Suzy Douglas

Financial Executive Treasurer

Suzy Douglas is the Financial Executive Treasury for Metro East Organizing Coalition. She is a community leader and advocate for building strong families. She is passionate for seeing Black men lead their families. She is part owner of Living Waters Properties LLC (REIC), a Real Estate Investment Company based in Illinois.  She also teaches Bible Studies and  Health/Wellness classes.  Suzy is considered by many to be a “Guidance Influencer for the Generations” and a “Mother of Many Houses.”

 

She believes “Learning is Never Ending,” for example, she learned to ride a motorcycle at the age of 61 after failing the riding test several times.

 

She has worked as counselor for neglected/abused children, taught second and third grade students at a Christian School, started 2 church based Christian Daycare centers and opened an In-home Christian school.

 

Suzy received a B.S. in Crim. Just. /Sociology from Texas Woman’s Univ., Denton, Texas and a M.A. Educ. from National Louis Univ. located in Wheeling IL. She is also an Ordained Elder at Empowerment of Grace Church.

 

Suzy has been married to Col. Samuel R. Douglas, USAF Ret. for 38yrs who is from Huntsville, Texas and they have two daughters, Ashton - 33 and Kersten - 23.

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PASTOR MARY A. YOUNG

Ordained Evangelist of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc

Pastor Mary Young was baptized in the Name of Jesus and filled with the gift of the Holy Ghost, speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gave her utterance on September 16, 1979 at the House of Prayer to all Nation’s Church under the pastorage of the late Suffragan Bishop John H. Pettiford and faithfully served under his ministry until his call to rest from his labors for about thirty-one years.

With the help of the Lord and the power of the Holy Ghost and it’s divine directions, assisted by her spouse, the late Douglass James Young, formerly a Police Officer of East St. Louis, Washington Park, Lebanon, IL, Alorton, Il who God called to rest on January 17, 2019 who so faithfully served with her in any compacity that was needed, founded the God Inspired Apostolic Church which began in June 2010;  in November 2010 she was later installed as the Pastor; 2011 they purchased the old Mental Health building and dedicated it as their new Church facility located at 3911 State Street  East St. Louis, Illinois where the church is presently located; winning souls for Christ; working with the Homeless and ministering occasionally at the St. Vincent Depaul Center.

Pastor Young and the God Inspired Inspired Apostolic Church (GIAC) has housed many homeless souls, mainly those that realized their need for the Lord and came and surrendered their lives to God, so they would not go back to alcoholism, drugs, the streets, etc. in an attempt to help them in their walk in life.  Many souls have been born again, healed and delivered under this ministry. Most Sunday’s she prepares a free meal for the homeless and the church.  

She accepted her call to the Ministry in 1982; obtained her ministerial license with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. in 1984 and was ordained by the Midwestern District Council on July 15, 1988.  She exemplifies the Love and Power of the Holy Spirit in every aspect of her life.

She was employed at HOPTAN as the Executive Secretary to the Pastor for about 17 years. God has also used her to Chair offices such as the Young People’s Dept, Evangelism Team, Hospital Chapel Ministry and President of the Ministerial

Alliance for about fifteen years.  She has also worked faithfully with the Evangelism Team, Door to Door ministry, Street Ministry and the Prison Ministry. 

Evangelist Young received her Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of McKendree in Lebanon, Illinois in June of 2007. She has also received a certificate of professional ministry study from the Bethesda Temple Bible Institute, St. Louis, Missouri; attended Gateway Biblical Counseling School working towards her Masters in Biblical Counseling; one class away from receiving an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education; she has a Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degree from the Midwest College of Theology.  She is the founder and Instructor of Midwest College of Theology at GIAC and has since graduated several students with their Associate, Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate degrees.  

She was a Board member of the Southern Illinois Regional Wellness Center located at 1736 Kingshighway. Washington Park, IL until they closed.

She has been worked with the Women Against Gun Violence throughout the Metro area and Fairview Heights Illinois.

She is presently a member of the Metro East Organizing Coalition chaired by Pastor Larita-Rice Barnes and Pastor Juard Barnes which is a faith-based community transformation initiative created for the express purpose of building a personal and collective growth culture in the Metro East area and East St. Louis in particular, with a commitment to ending gun violence and mass incarceration, as well as a continued effort to seek justice for slain loved ones due to gun violence.

She is very busy in the ministry of Evangelism, preaching in her home church, as well as the surrounding areas, in and out of state and overseas.  Her God given ministry involves ministering to both the bond and the free. The Lord has given her not only a ministry, but a burden for the singles as well as the married couples. She is the author of “Marriage God’s Way.”

She is a praying woman of God who believes in spending intimate time with God in prayer and in the Word of God. She is presently faithful prayer warrior on Jesus is Lord Apostolic conference line hosted by Pastor Regina Long and on the Wailing Women Prayer line founded and hosted by Evangelist Vanessa McDonald.

One of her greatest desires and passion is for lost souls, doing whatever she can to draw them to the Lord, giving God all the Glory for everything she does through Him.  Through it all she yet remains humble and submissive to God and serves His people with utmost respect, compassion and the Love of God.

Pastor Sharon Autenrieth

Pastor

Pastor Sharon Autenrieth is co-pastor of The Rooted Community in Granite City, Illinois and one of the founding members of Metro East Mutual Aid, an all-volunteer network working toward a world in which everyone's needs are met. Sharon is a wife, mom, grandmother, animal lover, and stubborn idealist.

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Luke Jenkins

Board of Directors

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James McDaniel Sr.

Board of Director

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