VII. Business of Faith
Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller
Reverend Dr. Alyn E. Waller is the Senior Pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A highly sought after revivalist, lecturer and musician, Dr. Waller is a true visionary who has been described by Upscale Magazine (February 1999) as "an individual who has been called to operate far beyond the restraints of traditionalism." Dr. Waller's partner in ministry and marriage is Ellyn Jo Waller, the leader of Enon's Women's Ministry and a devoted mother to their two daughters, Elynn Morgan and Eryka Lynn.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Waller was born on April 8, 1964 to the late Reverend Dr. Alfred M. Waller, Sr. and Mrs. Belva J. Waller, his earliest spiritual influences. After graduating from Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Dr. Waller continued on to Ohio University in Athens where, in 1987, he was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Music Business. Dr. Waller was licensed to the gospel ministry on June 7, 1987 and ordained on November 27, 1988 at Shiloh Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. A gifted singer and musician as well as preacher, from 1987 until 1990 Dr. Waller utilized both gifts as Minister of Music at Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in Louisville.
Dr. Waller has earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Ministry to Marriage and Family from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.
In September of 1990, Dr. Waller accepted the call to the Pastorate at First Baptist Church of Donora in Pennsylvania where he remained until June of 1994. In July of 1994, Dr. Waller became the Pastor of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. God's anointing on his pastorate has been evidenced by unprecedented numerical and spiritual growth. Enon gathers weekly for four worship services-one on Saturday evening and three on Sunday morning. Discipleship is under girded by three weekly bible study experiences including the "Hour of Power" lunch hour study in center city Philadelphia-and a number of other Christian education experiences. A web based bible study is also being developed. More than forty ministries meet the needs of the Enon family and the surrounding community.
Responding to the specific needs of the local community, Dr. Waller led Enon's membership to establish the Enon-Coulter Community Development Corporation (ECDC), a non-profit community development corporation that provides educational and support services to children and families. Under Dr. Waller's leadership, ECDC sponsors innovative programs, including a pre-school preparatory program for neighborhood children, an after school advanced computer program for teens, and a Christian summer camp experience.
With a varied and extensive ministerial background, Dr. Waller has lectured at numerous institutions throughout the United States including Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Center for Urban Theological Studies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also continues to minister in song, both as a soloist, and with the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Mass Choir.
Dr. Waller is involved with numerous service organizations and has been awarded countless honors for his leadership in the community.
Nicole M. Richardson
Nicole M. Richardson is the News Editor at BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine. In this position, she is responsible for developing, writing, and editing Newspoints, one of the publication’s monthly sections, which covers high-profile business news, as well as national politics, new legislation, black business, Wall Street, and global markets. Ms. Richardson also contributes regularly to the development, writing, and editing of feature stories for the publication. She serves as the back-up editor to the Interactive Media Editor.
Ms. Richardson began her career at BLACK ENTERPRISE in 2000 as an editorial intern and has written articles on health and safety, personal finance, and political topics for the magazine. Ms. Richardson graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, with a double major in Biology and Journalism, Mass Media and a minor in African Studies in December 2000. She received her master’s degree in Journalism with a concentration in Political Reporting and New Media from the University of Maryland-College Park.
Prior to joining BLACK ENTERPRISE as a full-time employee in January 2005, she was employed at Edgell Communications where her responsibilities as associate editor for Hospitality Technology magazine included managing freelance writers, editing, writing news and feature stories, and co-hosting an annual company tradeshow. At HT magazine, Ms. Richardson also served as the Interactive Editor, which required her to produce a weekly electronic newsletter, host webcasts and chatroom discussions, as well as manage the magazine’s Website. Ms. Richardson makes both public and media appearances, serving as an expert commentator on current events, BE 100S, and politics.
In July, 2002, Sheena Wright was named the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Abyssinian Development Corporation (ADC). A native New Yorker and long-time Harlem resident, Ms. Wright previously served as Chief Operating Officer of ADC.
As CEO of ADC, Ms. Wright leads one of the most successful community and economic development entities in the nation. Prior to joining ADC, Ms. Wright served as the General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Business Development for Crave Technologies, a minority-owned software company based in New York City and Baltimore, Maryland. From 1999 to 2000, she was a Senior Associate at the law firm of Reboul, MacMurray, Hewitt, Maynard and Kristol, specializing in structuring private equity funds and private equity investments. From 1994 to 1999, Ms. Wright was an Associate at the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz, where she participated in negotiating, structuring and executing complex mergers, acquisitions and securities transactions.
Ms. Wright received a law degree from Columbia Law School in 1994 and was named a Stone Scholar for outstanding academic achievement. She completed her undergraduate work at Columbia College in 1990, distinguishing herself athletically as well as academically, lettering in varsity track & field and cross-country. At Columbia, Ms. Wright was a founding member of the Pan-African House, a Black student cultural institution and residence on the school's campus. After graduating, she worked for The New York Times Washington bureau as an Editorial Assistant.
Ms. Wright is a member of the New York State Bar. She serves on Mayor Bloomberg's Neighborhood Investment Advisory Panel and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Citizens Union Foundation's Board of Directors and the Chair of Sustained Excellence Alliance Corporation (also known as "SEA Corp.").
Ms. Wright was born in the Bronx, New York. Her mother, Debra Fraser-Howze, is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. Ms. Fraser-Howze's pioneering achievements, devotion to her community and legendary advocacy have inspired and guided Ms. Wright throughout her life.
Throughout Ms. Wright's impressive career, she has been motivated to inspire her own generation through community involvement and empowerment-just as her mother did before her. From seeing through the completion of the first new high school to be built in Harlem in more than fifty years-The Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change-to rescuing low-income Section 8 housing developments like the Ennis Francis Houses from scurrilous landlords, Ms. Wright is known for her tireless advocacy on behalf of the residents of Harlem. She is committed, passionate and fearless.
Ms. Wright is married to Gregg Walker, a Vice President of Viacom, and Board Member of several Harlem-based organizations. She has been blessed with two sons.