EASTERN REGION

YUNUS COLDMAN, REGIONAL COORDINATOR

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Reverend Yunus Coldman is an ordained Interfaith Minister. In 2010 he began seeking a path that included multiple spiritual walks of life and finally became an Interfaith Minister for the sole purpose of bringing life and divine love to those who seek his counsel and services.


In September of 2013, Reverend Yunus made the milestone, life changing, life affirming decision to move forward in the process of transition  and to become a visible activist for the Trans* community within ministry.


Reverend Yunus is the Eastern Regional Minister of Trans Saints. Trans Saints is a community of Trans* faith leaders involved in advocacy focused on the unique perspectives of the African American Trans* community. These issues include, but are not limited to, HIV/AIDS, safe shelter, non-discrimination, Trans* affirming theology and other areas of Trans* sensitivity resulting in change of attitudes, public policies, and equal rights for persons of the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming experience.


Reverend Yunus is a minister at Rivers of Living Waters Ministries UCC. There he serves as Director of The Circle. This ministry includes regular healing circles and counsel, meditation, and Reiki practices. At Rivers of Living Waters New York, he is also the Co-Director of the Healing & Restoration Ministry. This ministry affirms and advocates for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming persons in the church and community. 
He serves as Board Member with LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent, a 501(c)3 organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), and same gender loving people of African Descent and their allies formed to serve as ambassadors and educators to oppose discrimination, exclusion or intimidation of LGBT persons in our society and particularly in our church communities. He is an honorary Board Member of Harlem Pride, Inc. whose mission is to advocate for, educate, promote, and unite Harlem’s Same Gender Loving/LGBT individuals, organizations and supporters in cultivating a sense of honor, dignity and respect for our diverse culture and community. He is a member of the Unity Project Affirming Faith Leader Network, spearheaded by New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray, the first multi-agency initiative to support New York City’s LGBTQ youth. Reverend Yunus also provides ministerial support on several committees with the National LGBT Task Force.


Additionally, he recently completed his studies and received certification with the NYS Chaplaincy Task Force and has, in the past, offered chaplain services to the Trans community at Riker’s Island.
On December 8, 2018 Reverend Yunus Coldman, was awarded the Humanitarian Award “For Many Years of Dedication and Loyalty to the Community” from Princess Janae Place whose mission is to help people of Trans experience maximize their full potential as they transition from homelessness to independent living offering a critical referral source for members to secure housing navigation, substance use and mental health.

SEEKING, REGIONAL ASSISSANT

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MIDWESTERN REGION

RYAN AMIR HARRIS, REGIONAL COORDINATOR

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Ryan Amir Harris (he, him, his) Is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio by way of Sparta Georgia.  A Trans man of color. 
I currently serve as the Mid-West Regional (interim)
Minister of Transsaints. A Ministry of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries (TFAM) that invites Trans people and allies of faith to become involved in leadership and advocacy training that is focused on the unique perspective of the African American Trans Community. 
 

Additionally, I serve as I am a member of the Choir, a Deacon and Adjutant for the TFAM. I’m a member of Bound by Truth and Love Ministries located in Cincinnati, Ohio, Under the leadership of Founding Pastor Terry Hocker, serving the congregation and community as a Deacon and community activist.
 

​Educated in the Ohio Public School system, attended the University of Cincinnati. I am A retired Correction Officer and co-parent to my three nephews. I’m a man of faith and I believe in family and community.

ARYKAH CARTER, REGIONAL ASSISSANT

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 Arykah Carter (she, her, hers) is a native of Michigan, and Trans Woman of Color currently residing in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a board member for TransOhio.org, a statewide transgender advocacy and education organization. She believes that she has a story to be told that will encourage, support, and advocate for others in the Trans Community. Arykah is a self-taught freelance photographer & graphic designer and is writing and self-publishing a personal memoir tentatively entitled Beautiful Struggle, focusing on her unique and non-traditional experience as a later life transitioning Trans Woman of Color. Arykah is also currently working on a photo exhibit entitled, the Black Trans project, designed to bring visibility and perspective to the marginalized Trans & Non-Binary experiences, and more specifically the Black Trans & Non-Binary experiences.  

Ms. Carter is a woman of faith and a member of Truth & Destiny Covenant Ministries in Cincinnati, but worships regularly with other groups. She is an eternal TransSaint of TransSaints, an auxiliary group of The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries that invites Trans people and allies of faith to become involved in leadership and advocacy training that is focused on the unique perspectives of the African American Trans community.

Arykah earned a B.S. from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, an MBA from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, and currently works for SCHAWK!, a Matthews International Company, which is the leading company in the Brand Packaging Management & Deployment Industry.  You can find Arykah’s work at ARYKAH.COM

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SOUTHERN REGION

CARMARION ANDERSON, REGIONAL COORDINATOR

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 Senior Minister Carmarion D. Anderson is an anointed minister, educator, and drummer-musician.  She descends from a long line of committed Ministers of the Gospel and has extensive church experience.  During her time as an active member in the Church of God in Christ, Sr. Min. Anderson answered the call to ministry and began a work to serve God’s people.
 

Sharing in the prophetic call to preach the Gospel, along with her twin brother, Sr. Min. Anderson is rich in wisdom, seasoned in the Gospel, and guided by the Holy Ghost.  She is known for her passionate explosive and fiery delivery of God’s Holy Word and believes in walking in her spiritual motto as an Evangelist:                                 
  “I say what I mean and mean what I say in Jesus name”.
 

            Sr. Min. Anderson has been divinely commissioned to serve as a Servant and Minister of the Gospel to her Senior Pastor Alex D. Byrd and church family at Living Faith Covenant Church, Dallas, Texas.  She also serves as the South Regional TransSaints Minister and undergirds the South Regional Administrator, Pastor Alex D. Byrd, under the leadership of Bishop Yvette A. Flunder, Prelate of The Fellowship.
 

            Anointed and appointed by God as a transgender individual, Sr. Min. Anderson is an Ambassador for Christ and the TG community.  She is committed and dedicated to winning all-souls to Christ for the sake of the kingdom of God.  She believes it is about seeing hearts touched, lives transformed, and most importantly, souls added to the body of Christ.  Sr. Min. Anderson’s message is for all people to experience the Radical Inclusivity of God’s grace and love which has been provided to all the Whosoever.
 

Sr. Min. Anderson is the proud parent of one son and resides in Dallas, Texas. 

ANTONIO KNOX, REGIONAL ASSISSANT

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RFA Minister Antonio Jai Knox is a native of Atlanta, Georgia, where
he grew up as a member of Wynn’s Tabernacle Fire Baptized Holiness Church, in College Park, Georgia. He is currently serving on the leadership team of Rehoboth Fellowship of Atlanta, as an Intercessor and the Pastoral Care Lead under the leadership and spiritual guidance of Senior Pastor Troy Sanders and Associate Pastor La Cretia Bellamy.
From a very young age, God’s influence on Antonio’s life was evident in his speaking, teaching and ministering to others. It was prophesied that he had a great anointing and calling on his life. The later events of time would serve as testimonies of preparation for his ministry.


Capitalizing on the opportunity to see the world, a young Antonio joined the United States Marine Corps, where he served faithfully for 8 years. He would follow this commitment by studying Criminal Justice at Florida A&M University, and go on to spend 7 years as a Deputy Sheriff for the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department in Atlanta, Georgia.


Minister Antonio answered the call to ministry at Victory for the World Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia, under Dr. Kenneth L. Samuel and then, Assistant Pastor Troy Sanders. After the completion of a rigorous MIT program, he became a licensed minister on May 28, 2014.

During his travels as a Maintenance Engineer for Pepisco, Antonio was sent to Houston Texas, where he would complete training under the program of Senior Pastor Dr. Joe Ratliff at the Sunday School Equipping Institute of Brentwood Baptist Church and serve as a Sunday School teacher for the Warriors for Christ.


In August of 2016, Minister Antonio was spiritually compelled to return home to Atlanta Georgia and to answer the call of service at Rehoboth Fellowship of Atlanta. He will be entering Morehouse College as a Sophomore in the Fall of 2019, majoring in Philosophy with a minor in Religion. Antonio is married to Andrea Knox with three children - Xavier, Justin and Tyler.

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WESTERN REGION

AMUNDAYO DE EDWARDS, REGIONAL COORDINATOR

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The Master Servant comes from a lineage of pastors with roots in the Church of God in Christ (C.O.G.I.C.), where he served for many years in various leadership positions. However, after becoming spiritually enlightened, he shed the confines of religious dogma and decided to live out loud and free. Hence, this visionary is passionate about aiding people in becoming spiritually awakened, free (shedding the bondage of conditioning and limited thinking), and loving people to healing. Consequently, he embraces spiritual integration as well as radical inclusivity and expansion, activating the concepts and sharing the unconditional love of God wherever he goes and with all whom he comes in contact. Furthermore, this gifted light bearer advocates for and fosters visibility, equality, justice, acceptance, unity, and freedom for all people amongst other things. For, he appreciates and understands that at the intersection of life, spirituality and social justice work together for good providing hope and illuminating the path to the sacred reality (liberation). There is no doubt that the Master Servant is called to serve all people and for a time such as this. To experience this visionary is to be challenged to transcend the status quo, the ordinary, and predictable to arrive at the true ecclesia, which, oversimplified, he views as the gathering or coming together of all people (no exceptions) as one body, in spirit, love, and truth for the purposes of offering praises to God and to bring about and sustain life, peace, and freedom. 
 

AmunDayo has studied with a variety of credible teachers from various institutions and spiritual paths. He earned a degree in Communication as well as certification in Ministry Studies. Currently, he is pursuing his graduate studies in Divinity at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California.

STACEY E. HENSON, REGIONAL ASSISSANT

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