Dr. Cheryl L. Cook-Posley, HoH-Founder & Chief Servant
Dr. C. Cook-Posley accepted her call to ministerial preparation in 2004. Dr. Posley is an associate minister at First Mount Olive Baptist Church [FMOBC] in Leesburg, Virginia. Prior to serving at FMOBC, she served and developed spiritually as a lay leader at the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia under the tutelage of her parents Rev. Dr. Wallace Jeffery Cook, Pastor Emeritus and Rev. Dr. Martha Louise Charles Cook.
Dr. C. Cook-Posley has over twenty-five years of experience supporting vulnerable populations achieve self-sufficiency; forgotten communities build capacity, and governance re-evaluate policy to be more supportive to those with the greatest need.is considered a national expert in Youth and Family Policy, Poverty, Social Justice, and Performance Measurement. In 2010, Minister Cook founded Hamlets of Hope to serve as a
Christian framework for doing ministry and a collaborative Community of
Ministerial Practice [COMP] for pastors, ministers, lay people and
community committed to creating Beloved Shalom Communities throughout
Educationally, Cheryl received a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, a Master of Public Policy & Administration from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and a Master of Divinity from Howard University's School of Divinity in Washington, DC. In 2009, she was awarded the Vernon Johns Preaching Prize at Howard University-School of Divinity's Honors Day ceremony which was held as a part of the university's 141st Commencement Activities. This award is given to the student whose preaching exemplifies the prophetic passion of Rev. Vernon Johns and his commitment to social justice. In May 2013, she earned a Doctorate in Ministry at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Dr. C. Cook-Posley is a newlywed, married to her friend and partner in community ministry, A. Pierre Posley and they reside in Ashburn, Virginia. Currently Dr. Cook-Posley is a community consultant working with Fairfax County, Lockheed Martin and the US Department of justice. Cheryl is a Matthew 25 & 28 Disciple who is committed to Living, Proclaiming, Serving, and Being the Word to the "Least, the Lost, the Disinherited and the Silenced" in order to create The Beloved-Shalom Community for all people throughout the world.
Mr. A. Pierre Posley, HoH-Partner & Head Cheerleader
A. Pierre Posley is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida who currently resides in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from Devry Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois. As a HoH partner, Mr. Posley provides expert consult to faith communities interested in serving the community and with key players in order to carry out the "Lived Word of God".
A. Pierre Posley understands the importance of service and servant-hood and 'wears the suit of a servant' in his work with seniors, disadvantaged youth and homeless men, women and children. Mr. Posley embraces James 1:22 "But be doers of the Word , and not merely hearers who deceive themselves...being not hearers who forget but doers who act--they will be blessed in their doing." NRSV
Rev. Dr.'s Wallace & Martha Cook, Senior Advisors
Presently serving as interim Co-Pastors at Guildfield Baptist Church in Midlothian, Virginia. Collectively the Cook's have been in ministry for over 50 years. Dr. Wallace J. Cook is Pastor Emeritus of the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia where he served as pastor for thirty years. Rev. Dr. Martha Cook served alongside her husband as the Minister of Church Growth and Membership Development. Dr. Wallace received his Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University, a Doctor of Dental Surgery from Howard University, a Master of Divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary [now Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School] and a Doctor of Ministry from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Martha is a retired educator from Richmond Public Schools and received her Bachelor of Science from Wiley College in Marshall Texas, a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology. The Cook's have been married 54 years and are the parents of three adult children.
Working with Hamlets of Hope affords them the opportunity to work with diverse groups of people, faith institutions and pastors who desire to 'be' and 'do' God in community and throughout the world. Though retired, God has seen fit to use their expertise
as seasoned educators, ministers, lecturers, counselors and pastors to
mentor, teach, preach, shepherd and develop thinking and serving people