The Greater Allen A.M. E. Cathedral of New York 
​Ministerial Staff

Rev. Nicole L. Edness

The Reverend Nichole L. Edness, a native of Bermuda and the youngest of four children, completed her formative training in the public schools of New York.  Rev. Edness pursued her graduate degree at SUNY Old Westbury and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business & Management in 1989.  In 1988 Rev. Edness began to sense a call to ministry and at a retreat received the following words from the Lord, “I have called you to preach, teach, minister, and missions.”  In response to God’s call she began to seek to fulfill the educational requirements for not only the office of deacon, being ordained in 1994, but also of elder. 

In 1999 she completed her graduate work at Colgate Rochester Divinity School receiving a Master of Divinity Degree and was ordained as an elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the same year.  She currently serves as the Minister of Membership Nurture at The Greater Allen Cathedral of NY where Rev. Dr. Floyd Flake is the Pastor and the Rev. Dr. Elaine Flake is the Co-Pastor.

In this position she fulfills several roles including Minister of Bereavement, Pastoral Care, and Coordinator of Sick and Shut-in Visitation as well as the duties of teacher, preacher and worship leader. In addition, Rev. Edness on several occasions has lead G.A.C. mission teams to Iris Ministries, an orphanage of more than 350 children in Maputo, Mozambique. Rev. Edness is the mother of one son, Nicholas Alexander Edness.

When asked on what spiritual principle her moral courage and vision for ministry are founded she will reply, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” 

Rev. Andrew Wilkes

Rasheed Anwar Baird is the son of Jacqueline and the late Dwight Baird.  He grew up in the Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church, of Jamaica, New York, where he is now a member of the ministerial staff under the pastorate of the Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake and Co-Pastor Margaret Elaine Flake. Rasheed is a graduate of the Bishop Loughlin High School, Brooklyn, New York.  In May of 1997 he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lincoln University, Lincoln, Pennsylvania, where he majored in Religion.  He received Master’s of Divinity in 2001 from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rasheed accepted his call to Ministry at the age of sixteen.  He describes the realization of his calling as not being the result of a close encounter with a guardian angel, but rather as something that began to take shape and mold itself during events in his life.  The events gave him a distinct and focused approach as to what his life’s work would be.

Rasheed remains an active member of the Allen African Methodist Episcopal Church under the pastorate of the Reverend Drs. Floyd and Elaine Flake.  Rev. Baird is a member of the ministerial staff who heads the Outreach Ministry as well as assisting in the Sick and Shut-In, Discipleship and Internment Ministries.  As an ordained Elder, his speaking engagements include churches within the New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina areas. Reverend Baird is the recipient of various awards and scholarships.  Among these awards are: The Allen A.M.E. Scholarship, New York Urban League Whitney M. Young Jr. Scholarship, Lincoln University’s Donald B. Barton Award, Isaac N. Rendall Award and the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary Award.

Rev. Andrew Wilkes

Reverend Andrew Wilkes is an Associate Pastor at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York (GAC). In that capacity, Reverend Wilkes serves as Co-Minister to the GAC Young Adults, and as the Director of a Social Justice Ministry which he launched at GAC in 2012 called Micah 6:8. Concurrently with his post at GAC, Reverend Wilkes served as a Senior Grants Manager at The American Red Cross, from 2013-2015 where he oversaw a $45 million budget for Superstorm Sandy recovery in New York state & Connecticut. Prior to that role, Reverend Wilkes engaged 140 faith communities as the Faithsection & Community Relations Associate at Habitat for Humanity New York City from 2011-2013.

Reverend Wilkes is a bi-vocatisectiononal minister and has built his career on a dual commitment to community development and economic justice. In 2015 he began his post as Executive Director of The Drum Major Institute (DMI), an organization founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. which has led Reverend Wilkes to execute public affairs events across the country mobilizing DMI principals Ambassador Andrew Young, Martin Luther King III, and Rev. Dr. James Forbes. Through the Drum Major Institute, Reverend Wilkes established the Beloved Community Initiative, a national resource on spirituality and social justice for faith communities; and relaunched the nationally renowned Marketplace of Ideas Forum – a forum for bringing progressive policy ideas to an audience of activists, policy professionals, and nonprofit leaders. A native of Atlanta, GA, Reverend Wilkes is a proud graduate of Hampton University and Princeton Theological Seminary. While in seminary, Reverend Wilkes worked in the first administration of Newark, New Jersey Mayor, Cory Booker. He followed his seminary experience with The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs in New York City.

Reverend Wilkes is the 2016, Guy R. Brewer Distinguished Leadership Award Recipient, The 2015 recipient of The New York Theological Seminary’s Micah Institute Courage Award, the 2013 recipient of Reverend Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push Advocacy Award, and the 2013 Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute Next Leader of the Future Award. A public speaker and writer for outlets such as The Guardian, The Huffington Post and Sojourners Magazine; Reverend Wilkes is the convener of Stand with Black Women and Girls, a national public education campaign to promote the well-being of black women and girls through liturgy, policy options, public action, and digital engagement (#StandWithBWG). Reverend Wilkes is committed to “doing justice, loving mercy, & walking humbly with God.” 

Rev. Tiate (Tee-ah-tay) Carson

"A man after God's own heart - 1 Samuel 13:14"

Reverend Tiate Carson is a gifted preacher and teacher who has ministered throughout the United States and abroad. His ministry brings a radically relevant message of salvation, sanctification, social responsibility, personal integrity, and spiritualtransformation, through Christ-centered teaching and preaching and a radical passion to reach the lost.  Reverend Carson was born and raised in Detroit, MI and is the only son of Elder Eugene (a retired auto worker) and Pastor Janice Carson (a retired teacher) of Greater Works Christian Ministries in Detroit. He has one sister, Minister Sharice Blalock and brother-in-law LeVar who reside in Michigan. Reverend Carson is happily married to Reverend Arlise S. Carson, a native of Portsmouth, VA, who serves with him in ministry and also works in educational administration in Hempstead, NY. The Carsons have two beautiful young daughters Bria and Imani.     

​Reverend Carson graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in 1997 with a B.S. degree in Accounting. In December of 2001, he received his Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Greek New Testament Biblical Studies from the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, GA.         

Reverend Carson has been in ministry since 1996. He has served as a College Ministry President, Youth Pastor, Minister to Young Adults, and Senior Pastor of churches in Greensboro, NC, Detroit, MI, Atlanta, GA, Jamaica, NY, San Antonio, TX, and Austin, TX. He currently serves as the Minister of Stewardship & Development at The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of N.Y. under the leadership of the Rev. Dr.’s Floyd and Elaine Flake. He also serves as the Minister to Men and Worship Facilitator. He has been a voice at numerous conferences for men, youth, families, singles, and married couples. 

More important than any of the above, Reverend Carson is "a man that seeks after the very heart of God, lives a life of integrity, serves with the passion and compassion of Christ, and is driven by the Spirit of God."

Rev. Darin Lamar Jones

The Reverend Darin Lamar Jones is a 2010 graduate of Cornell University where he majored in Policy Analysis and Management. While at Cornell, he had the esteemed honor of becoming a member of the Resurrecting Pledge Class of the Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and a member of the One-Hundred and Nineteenth Tapping Class of the Sphinx Head Senior Honor Society of Cornell University. Darin is a 2013 graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York where he procured his Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Biblical Studies. After his graduation from Union, Darin attended Princeton Theological Seminary where he procured his Masters of Theology with a focus in Old Testament Studies on May 24, 2014. Darin currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Christian Education for The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York where he is responsible for catalyzing the spiritual maturation of Allen’s robust 20,000-member congregation.

He also serves as a teaching fellow for the Department of Old Testament Studies at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Darin is an ordained minister in the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Furthermore, Darin is a Muay Thai kickboxer who is training to become an amateur fighter of the Chok Sabai Gym of New York City. He successfully concluded paying off his student loan debt on January 15, 2016. Darin’s lifelong goal is to employ the Christian faith to improve the lives of people of color through academia, ministry and political advocacy. 

Min. Edward Jordan

Hailing from New York City, Edward Jordan is a motivated man that is passionate about God and loves inspiring people to learn and grow. When Edward was just 10 years old, he accepted and embraced the call to Christian ministry. Under the careful tutelage of his parents, the late Reverend A. Earl Jordan, and Reverend Elaine Jordan, Edward preached his first sermon at the age of 12 at Calvary A.M.E. Church in Glen Cove, New York. Edward later served as an associate minister at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York under Reverends Doctors Floyd and Elaine Flake, senior and co-pastor. Here he received his license in March of 2008 when he was 17. In July of 2011, while earning his collegiate degree in Northern Virginia, Edward was ordained as a licensed Elder in the Kingdom Fellowship Covenant Ministries assembly by Bishop Ralph L. Dennis who serves as the presiding prelate.

Within Edward’s love for people lies vigor for youth. In 2013, Edward joined Young Life, a para-ministry created with the sole purpose of introducing kids to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith through radical friendship. While serving as a volunteer he met a beautiful young lady, also serving in Young Life, named Lauren Levy. Their shared passion in faith and for youth grew into a passion for one another and led them to the altar to be married in the following year. In August of 2015 Edward resumed service as an associate minister at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York where he currently serves as a youth minister at the Shekinah Youth Church.

In addition to ministry Edward is a serious scholar and creative intellectual. In May of 2013 he received a Bachelors of the Arts Degree in Psychology from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. He later plans to pursue a Masters degree in Family and Youth Counseling. Edward is also the CEO and Creative Director of EMJ2(squared) Studios, an innovative emerging graphic design company.  

Min. Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes

Co-Minister Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes serves on the pastoral staff of The Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York (GAC) as the Co-Minister to the GAC Young Adults. Co-Minister Gabby is bi-vocational; working also as a brand strategist and events specialist. She has worked as a publicist for gospel music artists such as Mary Mary, Jonathan McReynolds, BeBe Winans and others. Her ministry is passionately connected to the intersection of faith and culture and is anchored around the biblical call to be “salt and light in the world” (Matthew 5: 13-16). Co-Minister Gabby holds a B.A. in Public Relations from Hampton University, a M.A. in Music Business from New York University, and is currently pursuing her Master’s of Divinity at Yale University, where she is the president of the Yale Black Seminarians. Co-Minister Gabby is the 2016 recipient of the Guy R Brewer Religious Leadership Award and was recently named “One to Watch” by the faith-based publication, Root Magazine.

She and her husband Rev. Andrew Wilkes were featured in Essence, in April 2016, on love and ministry. Co-Minister Gabby recently led a 7-person delegation to the city of Flint to advocate for clean water and environmental justice. She is committed to seeing young adult Christians actualize their passion for Christ in their day to day lives and to live out their individual calls in society. Likewise, her work in brand strategy and events focuses on bringing the message of the gospel to mainstream audiences, everywhere. 

Min. Stephanie Joy Camille Grigg

Minister Stephanie Joy Camille Grigg is passionate about cultivating the character of the next generation of young ladies. In 2009, after completing high school in only three years, she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. From Virginia she then went on to study abroad at the Royal Holloway, University of London in England for eight months. Stephanie returned and on May 19th, 2013 earned a Master’s in Science Education (MSEd.) in Counseling from St. Johns University in New York.

Alongside her scholastic endeavors Stephanie serves as the CEO & Founder of The True Beauty In You, Incorporated, a company she founded in March 2015. Stephanie’s aim in launching this company is to empower young ladies all over the world and encourage all women to discover the true beauty within and live out their full potential. Having overcome many obstacles in her life, she understands firsthand the challenges of our young ladies and has developed a passion for utilizing her own experiences to help others. She now encourages others, both men and women, by reminding them that they too can make it through life and overcome any challenge presented to them. Daily she reminds herself that the source of empowerment comes from the Scripture, highlighting the tenth chapter of Nehemiah, “Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

Under the leadership of the Reverend Doctor Floyd and Elaine Flake, Minister Stephanie now serves as one of the Youth Pastors at the Shekinah Youth Chapel of the Greater Allen Cathedral New York. While currently serving as Youth Pastor, she is attending Princeton Theological Seminary on full scholarship to obtain a second master’s degree. Minister Stephanie is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.