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Min. Steve Billingslea
Min. Steve Billingslea

Minister in Training
Minister of Health & Nutrition

Minister Billingslea was born in Sommerville, New Jersey.  His elementary years involved Christian education; and later became a graduate of Plainfield High School and attended Kean College of New Jersey.  Minister Steve obtained a degree in Dietetic Technology and is currently a Licensed Practical Nurse (Beaufort Community College); and is a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

He is studying at Northeastern Regional Bible College, as well as the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.  Minister Billingslea is married to his wonderful wife, Rhonda; and they are blessed with two daughters, Brittany and Christina.  Minister Steve serves as Chaplain of the Cornerstone Male Chorus, and serves as a Sunday School Teacher, Usher, and Communication Ministry Team member.

"Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account.  Let them do so with joy, and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you."  - Hebrews 13:17

Rev. Romeo Garcia

Minister of Christian Education

Reverend Romeo Augusto Garcia, Jr. hails from the South Bronx, New York City, New York.  He graduated high school in Santiago, Dominican Republic in 1984 after moving from New York City to the Dominican Republic at the age of 16.  Rev. Garcia later attended The John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico in pursuit of his Baccalaureate Degree.  He served in both the New York and Puerto Rico Army National Guard, and the United States Marine Corps from 1985-1993.  Upon discharge from active duty, Rev. Garcia served the remainder of his reserve service with the North Carolina Army National Guard.

He began his service with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office in 1993, rising in ranks to his current position as the Master Sgt. of Court Services.  Rev. Garcia also serves as the Team Leader of the Sheriff's Office Crisis Negotiation Team; and serves as a Spanish translator for investigations.

Rev. Garcia received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Religion from Mount Olive College in 2005.  He answered the call to the Gospel Ministry shortly after graduating from college, later becoming a lisenced minister in May 2007,  and then ordained into ministry in July 2010 at Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church.  Rev. Garcia earned a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Pastoral Studies from the Baptist Seminary of Liberty University in the spring of 2016.  He is blessed to have served and teach various religion classes at the Ministry Training Institute at La Iglesia Oasis de Esperanza. Youth and missions are dear to Rev. Garcia's heart, enabling him to work in many different capacities with the youth and young adults of Cornerstone; in addition to preaching and serving within other various auxiliaries.

Rev. Romeo Garcia is married to the former Regina Yvette Carter of Greenville, NC and they are blessed with three sons.

Rev. Romeo Garcia
Dr. Kimberly Hardy
Dr. Kimberly Hardy

Associate Minister

Minister Dr. Kimberly B. Hardy is the wife of Bro. Marvin Hardy and proud mom of Janell T. Wilson and Alexander D. Wilson. Although born in New York, Dr. Hardy has lived in Greenville, North Carolina since early childhood. In 1978, when her parents divorced, her mother relocated from Rockingham, NC to Greenville, NC and affiliated the family with Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church.

Dr. Hardy’s Christian education experiences began at a young age. She accepted Christ as Savior at age 13. Over the years, she has actively continued her Christian education by attending educational seminars and conferences, Sunday School classes and small group study. Her ministerial passion includes holistic health and healing, which has resulted in her service in music ministry, women’s ministry, small group study (Christian Education) and marriage ministry. She has actively served in many capacities in Livingstone Women’s Ministry, “We are One” Marriage Ministry, music ministry, special committees, Children’s Bible Study and Sunday School Teacher, youth ministries and missions. Dr. Hardy received the call into ministry in 2014 and is in ministerial training.

Dr. Hardy is a nurse administrator and board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Hardy earned the BSN, MSN and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from East Carolina University College of Nursing in 1991, 2001, and 2017 respectively. She is an Adjunct Faculty member at East Carolina University College of Nursing and employed as Director of Nursing and Personal Health Division at the Pitt County Health Department. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Beta Nu Chapter, North Carolina Nurses Association, and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She serves as CMBC representative and treasurer of the Pitt Health Education Fund Board; Chair of the Eastern Region of North Carolina Association of Public Health Nurse Administrators; and board member of Governing Board of the North Carolina Association of Public Health Nurse Administrators. She is an Inaugural Fellow of the Duke University-Johnson & Johnson Advanced Practice Nursing Leadership Program, in which she currently serves as a Coach.

Romans 12: 1,2

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Rev. Tanisha Johnson

Minister of Congregational Care

Tanisha Hines-Johnson was licensed to preach on March 4, 2004, under the leadership of Bishop Henry Brown, Sr. at Mount Calvary FWB Church.  She is a 2004 Summa Cum Laude Graduate of Southern Christian University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biblical Studies.  In 2007, she graduated from Liberty University with a Master of Arts in Religious Studies.  Upon graduation, Rev. Johnson entered into the Chaplain Residency program at Vidant Medical Center where she obtained 8 Units of Clinical Pastoral Education.  She received a Master of Divinity Degree from Liberty University where her focus of study was Pastoral Counseling.  Rev. Johnson was ordained in 2012 under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Sidney A. Locks, Jr., Pastor Emeritus of Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church.  Rev. Johnson currently serves as an associate Minister at Cornerstone where she has served faithfully since 2008.  She is married to Dedrick Johnson and they have 2 daughters, Sha-Talia and Sha-Kiya.

Rev. Tanisha Johnson
Dr. Jan Newell-Byrd
Dr. Jan Newell-Byrd

Associate Minister

Reverend Dr. Jan Newell-Byrd is an ordained Minister, anointed Bible Teacher, Author, Inspirational Speaker, victorious survivor and overcomer of both domestic violence, gaslighting, and emotional/verbal abuse, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Rev. Byrd was born in Atlanta, Georgia.  She grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has lived in Gary, Indiana; Dallas, Texas; and Round Rock, Texas. She now resides in Greenville, North Carolina.

Jan Newell-Byrd received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Teaching at Cheyney State University outside Philadelphia, PA, and her Master’s Degree in Administration and Supervision from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL.  Jan has a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Covenant Theological Seminary.

Reverend Dr. Jan Newell-Byrd is a woman of purpose with an intense dedication to the study of God’s Word.  She was ordained a Minister of the Gospel by the Old Eastern Missionary Baptist Association, along with her son, Dr. Mark A. Newell, a trauma surgeon at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC, on October 2, 2011.

Jan is a published author of two books: The Pickle - a children’s book and a memoir -Testimony of a Kept Woman: From Misery to Ministry Instead of the State Penitentiary.  Jan has completed her third book which gives the principles and strategies God used to enable her to heal and recover from domestic abuse. The soon-to-be-published sequel is entitled From Victim to Victory: How to Recover from the Trauma and Drama of Domestic Abuse.

Jan Newell-Byrd is the mother of three (3) grown children: S. Wesley Newell, Mark Anthony Newell (daughter-in-law Dana), and daughter Ronda Janis Byrd.  Jan has four (4) precious grandchildren: Morgan Newell, Melani Newell, Jeremiah Byrd, and Ashlynn Byrd.

Rev. Carolyn Sawyerr

Minister of Enrichment & Empowerment

Rev. Carolyn Fleming-Sawyerr has a unique way of making the Bible and sacred stories from the African-American culture come alive!  She's a Soul Collage and Retreat Facilitator and has conducted workshops in Storytelling, Spirituality and Health, Grief and Loss, and Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy.

Though a native of North Carolina, Carolyn enjoys travel and has lived and studied in New Jersey and Connecticut for most of her life.  Her education includes being a Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education, and a graduate of Yale Divinity School, Seton Hall University Law School and Rutgers University in New Jersey.  She is ordained as an American Baptist Minister.  Among God's Abudant blessings in her life, some are being mom to Tangela and Estee, and Grandmother to David.  Rev. Sawyerr serves the Lord as the Chairperson of the Living Stones Women's Ministry and through the physical wellness componants at Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church.

Rev. Carolyn Sawyerr
Rev. James Tyson
Rev. James Tyson

Minister of Prayer & Intercession

Rev. James N. Tyson spent more than 30 years working in the Insurance industry.  He retired and returned home, making Cornerstone his church home in 2008.

He received his Ministerial and Spiritual training at Cornerstone under the Spiritual guidance of Senior Pastor, Rev. Sidney A. Locks, Jr.   Rev. Tyson became a licensed Associate Minister in 2011; and Ordained in the fall of 2016 under the wathful eye and Spiritual mentorship of Interim Pastor, Dr. Kenneth R. Hammond.

Rev. Tyson is a dedicated ministry leader, Spiritual trainer and preacher of the Gospel.  He has served as a Sunday School Superintendent and currently gives leadership to the CMBC Prayer Commission.  Rev. Tyson and his wife, Doris, have one son, Wyki; and three grandchildren, Jourdyn, Jaylen and Jayde.

Rev. Tyson is dedicated to being transformed by God into a vessel of God's Will, God's Way.

    Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church
    Dr. Stephen Greene Howard, Senior Pastor
    1095 Allen Road . Greenville, NC 27834

    PH: (252) 752-4156 . FX: (252) 752-4405

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