Rev. Joan M. Williams, Executive Director
As the Executive Director of Beth-Hark Christian Counseling Center, Inc. Rev. Joan provides oversight and leadership to the staff and volunteers, as well as day-to-day management of the fiscal, operational and administrative components of the organization. Also an Elder at Bethel Gospel Assembly Inc., she serves as the Minister in charge of Community Affairs, and the Director of the Christ Community Action Initiative (CCAI), an advocacy ministry founded by Bishop Carlton T. Brown, Senior Pastor, to serve the Harlem Community. Additionally, she is a Clergy Liaison for the 25th Precinct of the New York City Police Department. Her work has also touched nine nations in Africa, the Caribbean and South America. Rev. Joan holds Masters Degrees in Education and Social Work, and is a Licensed Minister of Counseling.
Rev. Mimsie Robinson, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Born in New York and envisioning a medical career, he entered Brown University on a 7 year Medical Program. During his first year at Brown, he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and later chose to pursue careers in ministry and teaching. In 1996, Rev. Robinson’s contributions as an educator were recognized by the Board of Regents, and he was named the 1997 New York State Teacher of the Year. Rev. Robinson holds a Master of Arts in Science Education from New York University, a Master of Professional Studies in Urban Ministry, and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York. As an elder of Bethel Gospel Assembly, he gives oversight to the Missions Ministry, the Married Couples Ministry and the intercessory prayer ministry. As Bethel’s missions pastor, he has been involved in disciple-making efforts in India, Nigeria, South Africa, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and several islands in the West Indies including Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Martin and St. Vincent. Rev. Robinson resides in New York City with his lovely and talented wife Beverly. The Robinsons have two adult children, Michelle and David.
Reginald Hammonds was born and raised in central New Jersey and graduated from Scotch Plains High School. He graduated from Northwestern University, Evanston IL. in 1984 with a B.S. in Political Science. Mr. Hammonds is lettered three times for Northwestern University Baseball Team and played professionally for the Seattle Mariners in 1983, the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1984 and the Pirates organization 1984-1987. Currently employed for Oppenheimer Co. Inc. as Director of Investments, Mr. Hammonds is also licensed as a New Jersey Certified Teacher. Mr. Hammonds resides in Jersey City, N.J. with his lovely wife, Lori, and their two children, Veronica and Randall.
Paul de Vries, PhD
Paul de Vries, PhD is president of New York Divinity School, author, and a board-member for National Association of Evangelicals, actively representing more than 40 million evangelical Americans. Dr. de Vries has served 30 years in evangelical higher education administration, designing and leading innovative programs to help incarnate Biblical truth into people’s living, loving, learning and leading. Dr. de Vries founded the Center for Applied Christian Ethics (CACE) at Wheaton College (Illinois) and founded the Office of Volunteer Community Service and Madison House at the University of Virginia. Dr. de Vries is the lead author of four books, The Taming of the Shrewd (1992, Thomas Nelson) Ethics Applied (1999, Simon and Schuster), Business Ethics Applied (2000, Pierson Education), and Manufacturer’s Manual (2006, Stonehaven). He is consultant and contributor for the Green Bible (HarperOne, 2009). Dr. de Vries is husband of Victoria de Vries and the father of Tor and Chrissa, father-in-law of Bonnie, and grandfather of Aiden (2004) and Eleanora (2008). Dr. de Vries loves the Lord Jesus Christ and seeks always to honor and please Him.
Doreen Stewart, PhD
Dr. Doreen Stewart obtained her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and her doctorate in psychology from Southern Illinois University. She has been a member of the board of directors of Beth-Hark Christian Counseling Center, Inc. since 1991, and has been involved in multiple ministry venues over the years. She has served as Assistant Director of Missions and Youth Missions Coordinator for the United Pentecostal Council of the Assemblies of God; and has been involved in music ministry, counseling ministry, and prison ministry for over twenty years. She has varied and extensive professional experience. She is President and Founder of Enrichment Consulting Concepts. She has conducted a myriad of seminars, workshops, and trainings, and has held adjunct faculty positions at Alliance Graduate School of Counseling of Nyack College and the College of New Rochelle. She has also served as an instructor at the Bethel Bible and Missions Training Center. She currently holds a faculty position at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she works with children and their families. In addition, she works as a consultant for Head Start and Harlem Children’s Zone. She is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, the American Psychological Association, the Society for Pentecostal Studies, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.