Rev. Dr. Johnny J. Youngblood was born in New Orleans, LA, on December 20, 1968, to Reverend Dr. Johnny R. Youngblood and Jacquelyn A. McDonald. As a young child Dr. Youngblood desired to cultivate a personal relationship with God, and at the age of 14 he accepted God’s purpose for his life. Rev. Youngblood believes that it is a must for Spiritual Leaders to possess what we profess. Youngblood holds fast to the belief, “You Can’t, Lead Where You Don’t Go; You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know!”
Therefore, Youngblood (He) has lived to recognize that the omniscience of God gives us to know God is inexhaustible, thus provoking a consistent hunger and thirst after righteousness. Dr. Youngblood has been blessed to serve in pulpits in his native New Orleans, and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Rev. Youngblood relocated to Renton, Washington where he was the Pastor at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Baptist Church until spring 2022.
Dr. Youngblood holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, as well as and a Master of Theological Studies from Faith College and Seminary. He received his Doctor of Ministry Degree as an Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Fellow from New York Theological Seminary.
Dr. Youngblood is a member of “The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated.” He is married to LaShana N. Youngblood and is the father to their four children, Donnalyn, Joshua, Jasmine, and Nicholas. He is also Grandfather to Ky’Aeria, Earnist, My'Yana, and Giana.
Rev. Tony Martin II is passionate about seeing people grow by applying principles taught in the Word; cultivating their own relationship with the Holy Ghost; and maximizing on development opportunities provided to them.
Tony accepted his call to preach at 18 years old in 2008, which was confirmed by his first preaching engagement one year later. He was licensed to preach in 2014, and following his studies/graduation at the Bethany Baptist School of Ordination, he was ordained June 2016. Between 2014 to 2022, Tony served as associate minister, Sunday school teacher, mime ministry leader, choir/praise team member, and percussionist across three churches. Furthermore, he served as youth pastor from 2018-2022 across multiple churches preceding his current assignment at House of Hope Fellowship.
Tony’s favorite worship song is “Hallelujah” by ANWA//When Tony is not ministering, he loves to spend time with family and friends, workout, go to the movies, and play 2k.
Rev. Rosemary Martin is passionate about seeing this generation of women empowered to fulfill their God-ordained purpose as they cultivate an authentic relationship with the Lord.
Rosie has been active in ministry for more than 20 years as a missionary, worship leader, women's ministry director, young adult ministry leader, and intercessor in Alaska, Hawaii, Brazil, New Zealand, Virginia, South Carolina and Washington. She accepted the call to preach in 2018 and later became ordained in 2021 at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Baptist Church.
Rosie's favorite worship song is "Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)" By Hillsong United Worship. Rosie loves coffee and cooking; finding creative ways to organize farm to table connections; activating equity, diversity, and inclusion in spaces where people of color have not always been welcome by creating opportunities for the voices to be heard.
Helen Jones brings more than 35 years of experience in Business Administration, Budget, Payroll, and Human Resources. Helen supervises the day-to-day operations of Culinary Services and school site staff, in her role as Operations Manager. Helen’s work includes planning, directing, coordinating, and evaluating the operations of her department. Helen supervises all payroll functions, and Human Resources while providing management and analytical support in the development and implementation of the department objectives and budget to maintain the operational integrity of School district policies.
Prior to joining the Culinary Services team, Helen served as Facility Operations Administrative Supervisor responsible for managing payroll, budget, and Human Resources for over one thousand employees while serving as the department contact for disciplinary actions, investigations, and union issues.
Helen was influential in initiating an equitable hiring program at Seattle Public Schools by recruiting and hiring qualified people of color while maintaining a retention rate of over ninety percent.
Helen has a unique set of skills that include conflict resolution, problem-solving, de-escalation techniques, creativity, interpersonal skills, self-motivation, flexibility and adaptability, data analysis, and project management.
Helen’s favorite gospel song is How Excellent, and she enjoys cooking, interior design, jazz music, singing, and helping others.
Rev. Kenneth Curl is a minister of the gospel and a community activist. Ken loves to do things that others might say are impossible especially in relation to helping our people be informed and ready to deal with the world around them.
Rev. Ken was ordained by the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Baptist Church under the Rev. Dr. Herbert J. Carey. He is a two time president of the Evergreen Association of American Baptist Churches and a former President of the Renton Black Parents Association. Ken also headed up a community effort resulting in a $10 million grant from the Northwest Area Foundation with a focus on poverty reduction in South King County.
Rev. Ken plans to work with community organizations in order to enhance the ministries of the church. He will use his vast knowledge of community, grants and finance to teach church members how to use their talents towards the betterment of the community and the Kingdom of God.
His favorite worship song is God’s got a Blessing (With Your Name on It) and he enjoys reading and gardening.