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Ministry Leaders


Rev. Dr. Lisa Allen-McLaurin

Pastor of Liturgy & Worship

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Rev. Dr. Will Esuyemi Coleman

Pastor  of Education

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Rev. Dr. Maisha Kariamu Handy

Lead Pastor

Akinyele T. Weaver, MSW

Deacon's Board & Hadiyah Trustees

The ministries at Rize are led by a dynamic and gifted group of leaders! Their character and expertise enable us to offer various opportunities for ministry in our beloved community and embrace those who join them. We are grateful for their discipleship!


Dena De Graffenreid

Church Administrator


Amber Abnet Reid

Harakati Dance Ministry

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Ajani Nafula

The Jalis

Edward "Chief" Menifee, II

Minister of Music



Joshua Wole Tucker


Blair Tolulope Crosby

Fahari Greeters

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