Southeast seventh-day adventist church Cleveland, OH
Leadership Team
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  • Helena Watts
    Helena Watts
    Head Deaconess
  • Melissa Strickland
    Melissa Strickland
    Music Coordinator
  • Alex & Tonyia Williams
    Alex & Tonyia Williams
    Tonyia Williams, Finance Committee (Chair), Alex & Tonyia Williams, Youth Ministries (Co-Leaders)
  • Richard Russell
    Richard Russell
    Head Elder
  • John Reynolds
    John Reynolds
  • Ghanna Palmer
    Ghanna Palmer
    Children's Ministry Leader

    Children’s ministries develops the faith of children from birth through age 14, leading them into union with the Church. It seeks to provide multiple ministries that will lead children to Jesus and disciple them in their daily walk with Him. It cooperates with the Sabbath school and other departments to provide religious education to children and fulfills its mission by developing a variety of grace-oriented ministries for children that are inclusive, service-oriented, leadership-building, safe, and evangelistic.


    “Too much importance cannot be placed on the early training of children. The lessons that the child learns during the first seven years of life have more to do with forming his character than all that it learns in future years.”—CG 193.

  • Theresa Nickens
    Theresa Nickens
    Head Usher Leader, Home & School
  • Ondre' & Kia Nickens
    Ondre' & Kia Nickens
    Youth Ministries (Co-Leaders)
  • Pamala Murphy, M.D.
    Pamala Murphy, M.D.
    Health Ministries Leader, Elder in Training
  • Harold Martin
    Harold Martin
    Head Deacon
  • Lovelle & Beverly Leverette
    Lovelle & Beverly Leverette
    Lovelle Leverette - Elder, Prison Ministries, Stewardship Leader, Beverly Leverette - Community Service Director
  • Gary King, Sr.
    Gary King, Sr.
    Men's Ministries (Co-Leader)
  • Earl Howard
    Earl Howard
    Men's Ministries (Co-Leader)
  • Deborah A. Hill
    Deborah A. Hill
    Elder, Religious Liberties
  • Tevis Gordon
    Tevis Gordon
    Men's Ministries (Co-Leaders)
  • Veronica Felix
    Veronica Felix
    Personal Ministries, Host & Hostess Hospitality
  • Keith Dixon
    Keith Dixon
    Church Treasurer & Media Director
  • Darrel & Dawn Carter
    Darrel & Dawn Carter
    Darrel Carter - Elder, Darrel & Dawn Carter - Family Life

    Elders are recognized by the church as strong spiritual leaders and must have good reputations both in the church and community. In the absence of a pastor, elders are the spiritual leaders of the church and by precept and example must seek to lead the church into a deeper and fuller Christian experience.


    Elders should be able to conduct the services of the church and minister in both word and doctrine when the assigned pastor is unavailable.


    As spiritual leaders, elders are responsible for encouraging members to develop a personal relationship with Jesus by strengthening their habits of personal Bible study and prayer. Elders should model a commitment to Bible study and prayer.


    Under and in cooperation with the pastor, elders are spiritual leaders of the church and are responsible for fostering all departments and activities of the work. Elders should maintain a mutually helpful relationship with other officers.

  • Rose Burts
    Rose Burts
    Sensational Seniors Leader
  • Wadieoline Brown-Taylor
    Wadieoline Brown-Taylor
    Food & Fellowship Leader
  • Deborah Burstion-Donbraye
    Deborah Burstion-Donbraye
    Church Clerk

    Much of the efficient functioning of the church depends on the work of the clerk. The clerk handles correspondence between members and churches in the transferring of memberships. The clerk fills out a certificate and report forms when a person is baptize, or make a profession of faith. 


    The clerk maintains all church records, minutes of business meetings and board meetings, the church officer list, and the list of church members. This information is not only for the sake of the church family but portions of this information are also sent to the local conference office quarterly or annually.

  • Kharinne Shinault-Billington
    Kharinne Shinault-Billington
    Women's Ministries Leader
  • Cecily Bryant
    Cecily Bryant

    Communication ministry calls for the support of every layperson, Church employee, and Church institution. The communication department promotes the use of a sound program of public relations and all contemporary communication techniques, sustainable technologies, and media in the promulgation of the gospel. 


    “We must take every justifiable means of bringing the light before the people. Let the press be utilized, and let every advertising agency be employed that will call attention to the work.”—6T 36.


    “Means will be devised to reach hearts. Some of the methods used in this work will be different from the methods used in the work in the past.”—Ev 105.

  • Barry Brooks
    Barry Brooks
    Sabbath School Superintendent

    The Sabbath School Department provides a forum for consistent study of the bible while encouraging the development of close relationships among members. The Sabbath School period commences every Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 11:15 a.m. Members and visitors discuss spiritual and Biblical issues in small groups that facilitate interaction with each other. Worldwide, the SDA church, through the Sabbath School is involved in a variety of missionary activities and outreach efforts.


    During the Sabbath School program we periodically highlight reports from different parts of the world. The Department is organized into several divisions with teachers targeted to specific age groups. The age divisions include: (1) Cradle Roll (up to age 3); (2) Kindergarten (ages 4 to 7); (3) Primary (ages 8 to 10); (4) Junior (ages 11 to 12); (5) Earlyteen (ages 13 to 14); (6) Cornerstone or Juniors (ages 15 to 17); (7) Collegiate (College age) and (8) Adult.


    The following online resources are helpful to Sabbath school students and teachers. Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide Collegiate Lesson Online (targeting ages 18-35) Guide magazine (Juniors and Earliteens) Cornerstone magazine (targeting ages 15-18) Insight magazine (targeting Teens).


    Online Sabbath School Lessons are encouraged

  • Mary Jean Board-Wilson
    Mary Jean Board-Wilson
  • Gladys Bankston-Lewis
    Gladys Bankston-Lewis
    Disability Coordinator

Southeast Seventh-Day
Adventist Church

16602 Tarkington Ave.
Cleveland OH 44128

Office: (216) 662-3080

Saturday Schedule
9:00 am Power Hour
10:00 am Sabbath School (Bible Study)
11:30 am Divine Worship Service

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