Keynote Conference Speakers
Pastor Dr. Joshua Joy Dara, Sr.
Pastor Dara was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa in a Christian home. He immigrated to the United States in 1980 to pursue higher education. He is currently residing in Pineville, Louisiana where he is a Pastor, teacher, community leader, businessman, attorney at law, and a notary public. He has earned the BA, JD, and the LLM degrees at various schools and Universities in the United States. As an Attorney at Law, he is licensed to practice law in the states of Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Dr. Joshua Joy Dara, Sr. is a born-again spirit filled Christian and a great man of faith in God. He has the gift of faith and he walks by faith and not by sight. He is currently the Pastor of the Zion Hill church family in the city of Pineville, Louisiana, USA. Under his leadership, the church evolved from a small congregation into a medium size mega church within a period of ten years in a small community. In addition to his pastoral responsibilities, he is on television and on radio every day of the year in the United States. Dr. Joshua Joy Dara is married to Elizabeth Joy. They are blessed with five wonderful children. The entire family currently lives in the state of Louisiana, USA. They are happy, blessed and highly favored.
Bishop Ragsby G. Mason II
Bishop Mason is the founder and Apostle of iMPACT Family of Covenant Churches. He is also founder and Apostle of Impact Church. Bishop Mason appreciates the value of scholarship in ministry. He oversees the Dividing Truth School of Ministry where he provides training to pastors, ministers, and lay persons interested in deepening their walk with God. Dedicated to education and growth, Bishop Mason received his Bachelor of Religious Studies, June 2012, from Word of Life Bible Institute, Tyler, Texas, and is currently pursuing his Masters.
Bishop Mason has served in the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship on the district, state, regional, and international arenas since the inception of Full Gospel in 1993. He currently serves as First Assistant to the State Bishop of Louisiana. In June, 2012, Bishop Mason was officially consecrated Bishop (Suffragan) by Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr. In August 2012, Bishop Mason was appointed Episcopal Liaison to First Assistants Division, Office of the 3rd Presiding Bishop. In July 2013, Bishop Mason was appointed as Bishop of First Assistants. In January 2014, Bishop Mason was appointed First Assistant to the 3rd Presiding Bishop. He is a proud spiritual son of Bishop L. Lawrence Brandon, Jr., 3rd Presiding Bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship. He and his partner in ministry-his lovely wife Pastor Jacqueline Mason, are the proud parents of children: Celebrity, Elizabeth, Rasby III, grandsons Rasby IV, Nathan, Jayden and granddaughter Jayla.
Bishop Kelvin Stewart
Bishop Stewart is a native of Opelousas, Louisiana, born to Ivory and Doris Stewart. It is to his childhood nurturing that he credits as the source of his own integrity, discipline, and self-reliance. He graduated from Opelousas Catholic High School and enrolled at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Bishop Stewart has been happily married to Pastor Rhonda Stewart since 1981. They are the parents of three children: Glenita, Angelia and Timothy. In December of 1989 he earned a Bachelors' degree in Municipal and Therapeutic Recreation. In 1992 Bishop Stewart received his pastoral license from the United Pentecostal Church International. Thereafter he received 5 different offers to relocate his ministry; however, he was led by God to relocate to Jonesboro, Louisiana. His initial outreach in this area started with teaching bible study in the homes of local residents. As time passed, he recognized the need to expand his teaching. He purchased a building on Highway 167) in Jonesboro, Louisiana and initially began ministering to a congregation of 15 members, including his wife and three children. He named the church Rivers of Joy Ministries.
Bishop Stewart is a strong advocate for economic development in Jackson Parish. He established a faith based economic development program known as JOY I.M.P.A.C.T. Inc. to provide the information and resources needed to help the youth and young adults of Jackson Parish to become academically successful and economically productive citizens. Programs offered under the auspices of JOY I.M.P.A.C.T. Inc. include Entrepreneurship Training, 1st Time Youth Offenders Assistance, Youth Mentorship and Job Readiness Training. Bishop Kelvin G. Stewart is a man of integrity and wisdom, who strives for a spirit of excellence. He is indisputably a voice of God who brings Love and Hope to the quality of life to God's people.