Friday Night Panelist
Melvin Bruce Lee is the CEO and Founder of Young Soldiers for Christ, a child development ministry focused on enriching today’s youth academically and socially with competencies for a successful future. He serves the community as a Trauma Informed Care Practitioner. Melvin has been a motivational and inspirational speaker at several professional alliances, networks and conferences including Black Women’s Initiative Tarrant County, Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp for Young Men, Regional and National Ministers Roundtable of Texas, Reaching Teens, and My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, created under a mandate by former President Obama. Melvin serves the community with over 30 years of first-hand experience and education in business management and child psychology. He is a member of A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Dads of Dunbar historic stop-six involvement initiative. He works in collaboration with school administrators, teachers, and community activist in developing structured programs for educational growth. He serves as a catalyst for Middle Level Learning Center and Metro Alternative School mentoring partnership located in local school districts. He also provides guidance to young men and young ladies through rehabilitative intervention programs that empower individual development. He was a recipient of the Minority Leaders Citizen Council Award for his phenomenal work in the community.
He has a passion for teaching children and believes in “speaking life into them” as a facilitator, life coach, and mentor through numerous courses: Nurturing, Love and Logic, Life-Skill Training, Crisis Prevention, Suicidal Behavior, Domestic Violence, Mental Health, and HIV/AIDS Awareness. His desire to impart his community transfers into his ministerial responsibilities.
Melvin holds degrees in Business Management from Tarrant County College, Ft. Worth, TX, Child Psychology from City College of Maryland, and Communication from City College of Chicago, IL.
Minister Kimberley Gatlin
Minister Kimberly Elaine Gatlin was born in Beaumont, Texas, where she was raised by her mother along with five siblings. She attended University of Houston and later transferred to Texas Wesleyan University where she received her degree in Computer Science.
Affectionately known as Minister Kim, she is a member of New Breed Christian Center in Fort Worth, Texas under the leadership of Senior Pastor Darrell W. Blair. Here she faithfully serves in the following ministries: Audio/Visual, Evangelism and Corner of Love Outreach and a member of their ministerial alliance.
Minister Kim has a strong passion for helping and giving back. This passion grew watching her single mom work multiple jobs to provide food and shelter for she and her siblings. Although raised in holiness, Minister Kim strayed from her roots and attributes her return to the Lord to the intercessory prayer ministry of her grandmother and mother.
Minister Kim delivers a very transparent and powerful message of hope, love and deliverance. She enjoys edifying and encouraging the body, and passionately believes that there is a place in God that unleashes His transforming power and shakes the kingdom of darkness. Her testimony of God’s love as she battled and overcame depression and suicide to name a few, is an inspiration to many. Her authenticity and transparency inspires countless others to stay committed to their journey of deliverance and wholeness.
Minister Kim is on a mission to advance the kingdom thru winning the lost! Her mantra is Jude 1:24-25: “Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. To the only wise God, our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. AMEN”
Casandra Miller age 64. Born and raised in Fort Worth Texas. She is a license Cosmetologist of 39 years, graduating from Haltom City Beauty College in 1980. At age 58 she enrolled in College for the first time, to pursue a degree in Mental Health and Substance Abuse. She graduated with honors on May 12, 2019. She's currently doing her internship, working towards her LCDC license at Abode Treatment Facility. She loves the Lord and her family. Her goal is to reach the hopeless, and to give back what was so freely given to her.