Outstanding Men of God
We encourage our men to be the spiritual leaders God intended. Loving husbands and fathers following after the example of Christ.
Women of Praise
Women of Praise Ministries is a ministry for every woman! It's an opportunity to share the gospel of Christ with women and girls of all ages. We promote selfless acts of loving kindness reaching, teaching and building relationships through Christ. Our ministry is a place where woman are empowered to learn to use their talent and abilities to glorify God letting their light shine for Jesus. We are committed to glorifying and praising God in all areas of our Christian walk. Through this exciting ministry we have the opportunity to reach women through the word of God, follow the biblical pattern Christ set, build relationships that form a loving atmosphere for sisters to bond, build and encourage one another.
We as women of God are uniquely designed in the image of God to give glory and honor to him. God wants us to seek his throne, develop a heart that desires and favors his goodness. He has placed a specific purpose within us to glorify him in all of our endeavors. Our mission is to encourage and help one another to be the best we can be praising God with our lives. God expects us to live righteously serving him in every thing we do. We are God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works toward those in the Lord's church and also towards those who are in the world. The evidence of a caring heart involves praying for one another and to help those who are struggling with life difficulties. We are to reach out seeking to serve our community.
Our purpose is to share our faith and confidence with others thereby empowering one another to grow spiritually mature and stronger in the faith and love of Jesus Christ. May God bless us as we share our lives with those in need always remembering the mission call of the gospel-seeking to save souls.
Our God, we give thanks to you and praise your majestic name as you guide and direct our paths. For you O God are great and certainly worthy of all praise.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth ; and with my song will I praise him. Psalms 28:7
Juanda P. Wilkie, Coordinator
Inspiring our youth to be relevent in today's society by representing Christ. Equiping them with life tools to navigate the challenges that face our younger generation. Nurturing the bond of unity and empowering them to own who they are whose they are.
Charles attended Bowie State University in Maryland. He soon became the institution’s starting point guard. After his first year of college Charles was recruited by Mr. Will Jones, head coach of the University of the District of Columbia. Choo immediately earned his spot as the starting point guard. Led by Choo, the Firebirds went seven games over .500 for the first time in 10 years. Choo was honored for his exceptional basketball skills and finished his college career as the school’s all time leader in Steals and Assists. During this time Choo was voted MVP of the team, he won The Pigskin Classic Award as the “Best Player” in the region and the Reslyn W. Henry Memorial Award.
Charles caught the eye of a representative from the world-renowned Original Harlem Globetrotters and signed a contract to join the team. He moved to the top of the pyramid by becoming a high-profile member of the team until 2001 when he sustained what some thought would be a career ending back injury. He soon recovered and began playing for the Harlem Wizards from 2001-2002 and then overseas in the Euro League with the Vienna Basket Hounds from 2002-2003. Charles has played in all 50 States and in 26 countries. He was recognized as one of the greatest dribblers in the world.
Charles founded Choo Smith Youth Empowerment, a non-profit organization that focuses on his “4L” philosophy (Love it, Learn it, Live it, Lead it) and Choo Smith Enterprise a for-profit corporation. From these organizations the Choo Smith Summer Basketball Camp was born. This camp became the platform for many initiatives under Choo Smith Youth Empowerment, Inc.
Charles "Choo" Smith
Associate Minister of Youth Development