Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie serves as the 117th elected and consecrated bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Her historic election in the year 2000 represents the first time in the over 200-year history of the AME Church, a woman had obtained the level of Episcopal office. Currently, she is honored to serve as the presiding prelate of the 10th Episcopal District, which is the entire state of Texas.
Bishop McKenzie, well known as an electrifying preacher, has been honored for her leadership, community service, and outstanding achievements by numerous diverse civic, educational, business, and governmental organizations and leaders. She was named by Huffington Post as one of the 50 most powerful women religious leaders in the world.
Holly Teitsma, PhD is a Staff Psychologist and Clergy & Congregational Care Program Coordinator with the Krist Samaritan Counseling Center in Houston. She has a particular interest in the unique needs of clergy and clergy families. She also publishes a blog titled Bread in the Desert, Faith and Psychology Inspired Words. Dr. Teitsma received her MDiv at Western Theological Seminary and her PhD in Counseling Psychology at Arizona State University.
Cyrus Steele (America's Clean Comedian) was recently selected by HBO for the Comedy Wings Competition. Cyrus Steele has been performing onstage for years but fell in love with stand-up comedy soon after graduating from college. Growing up in the small town of Savannah, Georgia, Cyrus moved to Atlanta in 2005, quickly establishing himself as one of Atlanta's top comics and a master impressionist, imitating everyone from Seinfeld to the presidents!
Dedicated to giving his audience more than a show, in addition to being a part of HBO's Comedy Wings competition, Cyrus most recently has performed for FOX and NBC's "America's Got Talent." He is an in-demand performer at corporate events nationally. He has performed for many Fortune 500 companies. His true calling however is in churches across the country. As a Christian Cyrus loves to bring laughter to everyone!