About WODD, Inc

Women of Divine Destiny, Inc. holistically empowers women to better serve the church and their community. They seek to address the needs of women in the church community through counseling, referral services, education and scholarship to empower spiritually, physically, emotionally and financially. Their intended audience is women in leadership positions in the church community and the community at-large. WODD is a beacon to nurture & encourage women that they may thrive in their ministerial endeavors.

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Reverend Dr. James, a native of Hackensack, NJ, was raised in Paterson and has been singing in the church since the age of nine. As a member of the Canaan Baptist Church (Rev. Dr. Gadson L. Graham, Pastor) in Paterson, she was an assistant choir director under the leadership of Rev. Louis Norris. God has also blessed her to perform Off-Broadway in “Mama I Want To Sing”, touring with the National Touring Company and appearing on the national television with the New York Reach Ensemble. She is also the writer/director of “We Love Gospel Music”, which was produced by her and Phenician Sullivan.

A graduate of Eastside High School in Paterson and Howard University in Washington, D.C., she continued her education with Graduate Studies in Communication Arts at William Paterson University. She is also a graduate of Alpha Bible Institute where she was chosen as the Valedictorian of the Evangelism Class of 1997. As the Lord continued to prepare her for ministry the Holy Spirit led her to New York Theological Seminary where she graduated with a Master of Divinity Degree in 2005 and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio where she earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree in 2008. A prolific writer, she is the author of Breaking the Silence! The Voiceless Victims of Physical and Emotional Violence.

Dr. James is employed by the Passaic County Board of Social Services as a Senior Training Technician for the Life Skills & Job Readiness Programs. She is also an Adjunct Professor for the New York Theological Seminary Certificate Program. Licensed to preach the gospel in February 1999 and ordained in July 2005, she has been blessed to minister at numerous Conferences, Retreats and Worship Services nationwide.

She is the president and founder of Women of Divine Destiny, Inc. a non- profit corporation which seeks to address the needs of women in the church community through counseling, referral services, education and scholarship to nurture and empower them spiritually, physically, emotionally and financially. Their intended audience is women in leadership in the church and the community at-large. Women of Divine Destiny, Inc. is a beacon of light which strives to encourage women to give the best of their service to the church and community. Striving constantly to “give God the best of her service” and to keep “first things first”, she is the First Lady, Director of Women’s Ministries and Executive Minister of the Paradise Baptist Church in Newark, NJ, where her husband, Rev. Dr. Jethro C. James, Jr. is the pastor.

They are the parents of a son; Terrill, a daughter; Danielle and a chosen daughter; Tanisha, the proud grandparents of a granddaughter; Taylor Jewel and a grandson; Isaiah Nathaniel. She gives all the glory, honor and praise to God for the “great things” that He has done!

Margaret A. Lewis is the daughter of the Late Edy and Leola Dixon. She was raised in Bayonne, N.J. along with her four brothers, Edward, Troy, Francis and Charles. Her grandmother, Mary Alice Booker, who exemplified a life totally submitted and focused on God, made a profound impression on her as a young child. Although not fully understanding at the time, today Margaret often quotes her Granny, understanding even more.

She attended and graduated from S A Roberson Grammar and Bayonne High Schools. She attended Edward Williams College in Teaneck N.J. She then followed in the footsteps of her mother by attending Fine Arts Academy to become a Licensed Cosmetologist. She then attended New Jersey City University (formerly Jersey City State) to complete her certification in Vocational Education. She retired as the Senior Instructor for the Cosmetology Magnet, after thirty years of teaching at Lincoln High School. While employed there she also served as student mentor with the “Fifteen Together Program” and from 1976 until 2005 she also owned and operated Zimri Hair Designs.

Margaret became a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in 1977 under the pastorate of the late Rev Charles E. Thomas. She was ordained to the Deacons Ministry in 1983. She was adopted into Christian Education by the late Clara Anthony and Deaconess Christine Knight and counts it a blessing to be spiritually companioned by these two women. She went on to be the Church school instructor for Intermediate Teens, facilitator for Vacation Bible School and Christian Bible Training Instructor for Rites of Passage for Teen Girls. Over the years the Lord’s gift in Margaret has manifested into and coincides with her deep love and concern for females from ages 0 to 100. It has been her GREAT JOY to work diligently as the facilitator for the Women’s Ministry. Margaret currently serves as Vice-President of Women of Divine Destiny, Inc.

She is proud as a peacock mother of one unique daughter; Kerri Denise. Her family ties are through blood and spirit as the Lord has allowed her to adopt and love many who hold a special place in her life. Her many titles include MamaLew, GMommy, Louise, Auntie and Granny. Although her blessings are more numerous than she can ever count or thank God for, she continues to be most grateful for the High Priest of her family; her husband, James Lewis. Margaret desires to live a life of service well pleasing to the Father.

Phenician D. Sullivan, affectionately known as Sis. Neicey, is the youngest of nine children born to the late William Townes, Sr. and Ethel Townes. She grew up in Paterson, NJ and is a graduate of Eastside High School.

Her musical training began with Ms. Doris Shadiak at the Lucibello Music School She received further training from Rev. Ray Hagins and Michelle McKoy, musical director of “Mama I Want To Sing.” She also attended various Musicians Clinic sessions at The St. Paul Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY and was the Musical Director for “We Love Gospel Music” a play co-produced with Rev. Dr. Kim Yancey James.

Neicey grew up in the Canaan Baptist Church in Paterson where the Lord began to prepare and equip her for music ministry under the leadership of Rev. Louis Norris. She honors the memory of pianist, Sis. Ruth James who was instrumental in teaching her the standard hymns of the Church. Phenician served as the church organist from 1974-1981, working with the Youth Choir, Mass Choir and Male Chorus.

She became a member of The Paradise Baptist Church and was consecrated to the music ministry in 1981. She is currently the Minister of Music/Musical where she is faithfully committed, leading a staff of three musicians and working harmoniously with three Choir Directors. She is also the treasurer of Women of Divine Destiny, Inc.

Currently employed as Customer Service-Central Dispatch Coordinator for Datascope; a medical device company located in Mahwah, NJ. She is the proud mother of one daughter, LaNeisha R. Sullivan. She is extremely appreciative of her family; The Townes Family Ties for their nurturing love and cushion which is priceless! She is also grateful for the love of her church family and is supportive of her Pastor and First Lady who have encouraged her in her pursuit of excellence in ministry through using her musical talents to do God’s work, giving Him her best through biblically based theologically sound music.

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