2016 Lyke Presenters
Rev. Joseph A. Brown, SJ, Ph. D., is Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His most recent books are Sweet, Sweet Spirit: Prayer Services in the Black Catholic Tradition (with the assistance of Rev. Fernand Cheri, OFM/2006); and The Sun Whispers, Wait: New and Collected Poems (2009). He is a contributor to The Story of Vatican II: 50 at 50 (2012).
What do you get when you mix a Black Catholic musician who is a pianist, organist, singer, composer, arranger, liturgist and symphony maestro together? M. Roger Holland, II!! A man who loves Scripture and Eucharist and thanks God with every note he sings, plays or writes.
Roger served as Minister of Music at his home parish of Our Lady of Charity Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn, New York for 12 years and is Liturgical Music Consultant for the Office of Black Ministry in the Archdiocese of New York and Music Director for their special Masses at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Roger has also presented as a clinician at the Archbishop Lyke Liturgical Conference, Southwest Liturgical Conference, and served as Music Director for the Unity Explosion-Region X Conference. Currently, he serves as the Minister of Worship and Christian Arts at Calvary Baptist Church in Jamaica, New York.
Leading the Gospel Choir of Union Theological Seminary in New York City fueled Roger’s spiritual fire and drew him deeply into reflection and study. His passion for music led him on a journey from Westminster Choir College to Manhattan School of Music where he received his graduate degree and ultimately to the very same Union Theological Seminary where he received a Master of Divinity degree.
Parishes all over the country thrill to sing Roger’s Sound of My People Mass. He is also a featured composer of Lectionary Psalms for the second edition of the Lead Me, Guide Me hymnal. His newest collection of music entitled “Building Up the Kingdom” was released by GIA Publications, Inc. in 2014. God is truly using Roger as an instrument to share His message!
Fr. David Jones attended St. Charles Lwanga Elementary School and Quigley Preparatory Seminary South High School. In 1984 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Economics at Grambling State University and in 1989 he received a Master of Divinity degree from the University of St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary.
On December 15, 1989 the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin ordained David to the priesthood of Jesus Christ. He is currently assigned as Dean of Deanery 6A in the Archdiocese of Chicago and pastor of St. Benedict the African East Parish in the Englewood neighborhood.
Fr. Jones is a member of the Tolton Guild charged with promoting the cause of Sainthood of Fr. Agustus Tolton, several Archdiocesan committees, a Board member of the Association of Chicago Priests and a member in good standing of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., the Urban League and the NAACP.
In gratitude for all recognition, honors and opportunities to serve, Fr. Jones has adopted the motto “To God Be the Glory!”
Br. Benedict Gerard Kelley, fbp began his journey in religious life in 2001. Currently, he is a professed friar in the Franciscan Brothers of Peace, where he also serves as sacristan and art / environment person. It has always been his desire that the people of God would experience a worship space fit for a king, and therefor he has learned from the best.
Br. Benedict has had the joy of using those skills to enhance the worship at ordinations, weddings, professions, workshops, retreats, conferences, youth events, funerals, and anywhere that Christ is glorified through the worship of his people. He has worked at many small, inner-city African American parishes, handling all the details from the decorations to the sacred vessels; keeping everything neat, orderly, and beautiful. It has also been his pleasure to be involved in the training of many young servers, sacristans, and art / environment people; and to see them grow to use their gifts at the
altar and around the church, to give glory and honor to God.
For more than 27 years, Kenneth W. Louis has served as Minister of Music at Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Catholic Church of Washington, DC. A native of Louisville, KY, Kenneth built upon the childhood lessons on music ministry and musicianship instilled in him by his mother—the late Mrs. Lois Virginia Woolfolk Brooks—to become a world renowned performer, lecturer, composer, arranger, director, workshop clinician and author. Upon earning the United States’ first Bachelor of Arts degree in Ethnic (Gospel) Music Studies from the University of the District of Columbia in 1992, Kenneth went on to earn a Master of Arts degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, in 1994. His expertise in and passion for gospel music has afforded him the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the United States and Europe. In 1996, Kenneth along with an esteemed panel of music specialists presented a lecture/demonstration in Paris, France, on the European Influence on African-American Gospel Music. “April in Paris” was sponsored and convened by Harvard University’s W.E.B Dubois Institute for African and African-American Research. Kenneth has appeared on many occasions as a conductor and artist at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as other celebrated American venues. Kenneth is highly regarded as a consultant on African-American sacred music to many dioceses and congregations throughout the United States, as well as a music resource for the North American Forum on the Catechumanate. He formerly served as a contributing writer to the World Library Publications ”Cry Holy.” He currently records and composes for the GIA Publications. Kenneth’s compositions have appeared in both the original Lead Me, Guide Me and Lead Me, Guide Me—Second Edition Catholic hymnals, and the African American Heritage and Total Praise hymnals.
Andrew and Terri Lyke were married in 1975 and have been leaders in Christian marriage preparation, education and enrichment since 1982. They have served thousands of married couples through their programs. They have nationally presented keynote addresses, workshops, retreats and seminars on Marriage and Family issues to church, community and business audiences. The Lykes are the designers of the Arusi Retreat for Christian Marriages, which they have presented across the United States. They are national trainers of curricula used in the Healthy Marriage Initiative, i.e., FOCCUS and Exploring Relationships and Marriage with Fragile Families. They have written articles for local and national publications on Christian Married Life. They are also founders of Arusi Network, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that educates African Americans on the skills and benefits of Christian marriage. Together they served as advisors to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Marriage and Family. Andrew is currently the Director of the Office for Black Catholics in the Archdiocese of Chicago. In September 2009 the Lyke’s were summoned by the Pontifical Council for the Family to travel to Rome, Italy, to consult in the planning for an International Conference for the Family. They are the parents of two married young adults and the grandparents of two granddaughters. They are parishioners at Sacred Heart Church in Joliet, IL.
Mr. W. Clifford Petty was born, raised, and educated in Eufaula, AL. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Vocal Music Performance (1991) and Master of Music Education (1999) degree from Alabama State University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Presser Scholarship, the highest honor given to a music student. He is a singer, musician, recording artist, conductor, producer, composer and arranger and has taught choral music at the elementary, secondary, and university levels. Mr. Petty taught music for 10 years at the historic Saint Jude High School in Montgomery, AL, where he also chaired the Fine Arts Department. Mr. Petty has also served as music director/presenter for a variety of religious, and professional conferences and conventions. Presently he is the Pastoral Musician and Artist in Residence at Resurrection Catholic Church in Montgomery, AL, and teaches music at Resurrection Catholic School. Mr. Petty composes, produces and records for World Library Publications. Recent published works include “original compositions and those based on psalms. Several of his published works are also included in the Voices as One hymnal. and in the new GIA hymnal, Lead Me Guide Me—Second Edition . Mr. Petty’s solo debut CD in 2006, entitled “In Spirit and Truth” won him nomination for new male vocalist of the year.
Fr. R. Tony Ricard is a Priest for the Archdiocese of New Orleans and is the Campus Minister of St. Augustine High School in New Orleans. He is also a former Core Instructor of Church Doctrine for the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University. He is the author of the books, “I Still Believe: A Testimony of Faith After the Storm,” “Don’t Be Stupid! Lessons You Should Already Know,” “I Don’t Make Them Up! Reflections, Stories and Jokes from a Faithful Fool,” “Keepin’ It Real: Reflections on Faith, Hope and Forgiveness,” “The Eagle Story” and “Diary of an Unapologetic Roman Catholic Priest”. “Keepin’ It Real” features a special section that has been translated in Spanish. He is the co-author and editor of the book, “MAXimum Faith: Prayers and Reflections by Young Katrina Survivors.”Fr. Tony has given keynote addresses, retreats, revivals, and youth talks across the nation and throughout Canada. Fr. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, a Master of Theology degree from Xavier University and a Master of Divinity degree from Notre Dame Seminary. In September of 2012, a film on the life and ministry of Fr. R. Tony Ricard premiered in New Orleans. The producers are currently negotiating with several Cable Networks to have the film aired.
A native of Awendaw, SC, Charlton Singleton began his musical studies at the age of three on the piano. He would then go on to study the organ, violin, cello, and the trumpet throughout elementary, middle and high school. In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from South Carolina State University. Since that time, he has taught music at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as being an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston. Currently, he is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Charleston Jazz Orchestra; an 18 piece jazz ensemble of some of the finest professional musicians in the Southeast and the resident big band in Charleston, SC. Mr. Singleton is also the organist and choir director at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Charleston, SC. As a performer, Charlton leads his own ensembles that vary in size and style. He has performed in France, Great Britain, Scotland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, as well as many great cities throughout the United States. In addition to performing, he is in demand as a speaker, composer, and arranger. He has also shared the stage with and/or worked with some of the most talented entertainers in the world, including Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Houston Person, Darius Rucker, Fred Wesley, Cyrus Chestnut, and Paul “Shilts” Weimar to name a few. Outside of music and entertainment, he and his wife, MaryJo, are the proud parents of Shalamar and D’Marcus, as well as their pets…Sassy, Jango, Pumpkin, and Ginger.
Oscar Williams, Jr. is a classically trained pianist with a degree from the University of MO – St. Louis and currently obtaining his Master in Music Composition from the Southern Methodist University. He has served in several roles of the music industry as music director, conductor or song writer for such organizations as: St. Louis Black Repertory Company, Unity Ensemble, Saint Louis University Theater Department, Golden Gospel Singers of Harlem, NY, Dallas Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Hampton Ministers Conference and many others.
As a well accomplished and decorated pianist with styles ranging from Classical music, Jazz, Gospel, Ragtime and Broadway, he holds many prestigious awards and honors and has performed before vast audiences including Pope John Paul II, performances at the White House and continuous demand performances in Europe. He has toured extensively throughout Jamaica, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France and Austria performing his own music and also serving as vocal coach and contractor for European pop singer Elisa. He has shared the stage with such artist as; Dionne Warwick, Lionel Richie, Lauren Hill, Kirk Franklin, Richard Smallwood, Clifton Davis and many more.
Oscar Williams was selected as 1 of 10 bands from around the country to serve in a program called Rhythm Road, a program sponsored by the US States Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center. This program is designed to send the best musicians over as representatives of American-based music, to teach, perform and promote their genre while also helping US relationships with these countries. This tour took him to Cyprus, Lebanon, Poland and Romania and South America, performing for the US Embassies and the Ambassadors and also master classes and ecumenical services. Oscar will also be giving concerts at the National Geographic Center in Washington, DC and the Dizzy Club in
Oscar is a national recording artist, composer, producer and clinician, having released his debut CD “Unstoppable” in September of ’05 nationwide on RyKo/Warner/Aleho Records. This debut smash spent time on the Top 40 Gospel Billboard Charts. He currently serves at the Assistant Director of Music and Fine Arts at the Potters House of Dallas TX under the pastorage of T.D. Jakes as well as working on his Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Management.
Kevin Winstead is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in American Studies. He comes to the program from Southern Illinois University where he received his B.S. in Marketing and his M.A. in Sociology. His current research interest centers on social movements, religion, the social construction of reality, and material culture. Kevin’s previous work focused on the mobilization dynamics of the civil rights movements and the subsequent Black Catholic sub movement. Currently, Kevin is serving as 2nd Vice-President for Southern Illinois University’s Black Alumni Group. He also serves as Webmaster for the graduate run online journal Powerlines as well as member and administrator for the Visual Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association. Kevin is also employed as a Graduate Instructor for the American Studies department where he teaches primarily Popular Culture and Black Cultural Movements.