Board of Directors

Bishop Donald L. Hayes – Chaplain

 A native of Mullins, South Carolina, Joined the United States Air Force in 1971. Called into the Ministry and licensed in September 1976, Ordained as an Elder in March 1978. Founder and Pastor of Gospel Inspirational Fellowship at RAF Upper Heyford, England in 1978. Pastored Union Bethel Community Church, Great Falls, Montana. Served as the Assistant Pastor of the Gospel Services at Osan, Korea in 1984. Served as Associate Elder to Lake Como and Heavenly Gospel Church of God in Christ from 1985 until 1988. Appointed Pastor of the Gospel Services in 1987 at Carswell AFB, Texas and officially charted that work in 1989 naming it the “Gospel Inspirational Fellowship, Incorporated.” Retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of faithful service in 1991. Appointed Head Chaplain of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Chaplaincy in 1997. Executive Staff Secretary in 2002 for the International Association of Aviation Chaplaincy organization. Bishop and Overseer of the G.I.F.T. Church, Fort Worth, Texas, Grace Christian Fellowship, United Kingdom, England and working with several churches in Botswana, Africa. Officially Consecrated into the sacred office of Bishop in October 2003, in Fort Worth, Texas Doctors of Divinity Degree, (Honorary), Grace Valley Theological Seminary, Edinburg, Texas (2003). Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling & Masters in Religious Education, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas (1996). Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences/Psychology, Dallas Baptist University, Dallas, Texas (1993). Bachelor of Ministry/Pastoral, International Seminary, Plymouth, Florida (1983). Associate of Applied Sciences/Business Management, Air Force Community College, Alabama (1989). Associate of Bible Studies, International Seminary, Plymouth, Florida (1981). National Community Crisis Response Team Training Certificate, NOVA, Washington, DC (2000). Certified Victim Chaplaincy Training, The Faith Based Counselor Training. Institute, Dallas, Texas (2002)

Dr. Deborah Isaac- Hopes – Programming Director/Liaison

Presently serves as Assistant Pastor of the General Assembly Church of the Living God, PGT, Dallas, Texas- Bishop C.C. Berry, Jr., Pastor. Dr. Hopes completed 34 years combined years of services in education in 2009 and served as an Adjunct Professor at Richland College for the Teacher Preparation Program from 2008 until 2011. Dr. Hopes has served and continues to serve as volunteer and as a board member of 15 or more various community and civic organizations; and is a member of 4 civic and social organizations. Dr. Hopes honors include: Who’s Who In American Colleges and University; Who’s Who In American Education; Women of Excellence Elite News; Ambassador of Peace, American Clergy Leadership Conference; and Texas Bible Institute and Seminary Honorary Doctorate of Divinity and The Lifetime Achievement Award in Ministry. She holds a Bachelor of Education/ Vocal Music- Lincoln University of Missouri, Jefferson City, MO; a Master of Education/ Educational Administration – Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX; and a Doctorate of Education/Education Administration, The University of Texas, Austin, TX. Additionally, she is a Motivational Speaker and Inspirational Preacher, Teacher, and Vocalist; Conference, Workshop, and Staff Development Presenter and Trainer; Curriculum Developer and Trainer, Published Author, and Grant Writer.

Delbert H. Knight Jr. – Recruitment

Delbert Knight is committed to high quality service, leadership and performance to achieve success in today’s rapid advancing society. Delbert is founder and creator of Alpha Minds. Alpha Minds was established to mentor children & young adults who would benefit from the training  knowledge needed for leadership & development skills. “I want to expose our youth & young adults to a different way of thinking.”  During business hours you can typically find Delbert at Bank of America as Vice President of Sales. During his 16 years with that company, Delbert has been able to work with their Community Outreach department. He has spear headed programs that include visiting the sick and under privileged children and passing out toys during “Christmas in July”. You can also find him coaching on the side lines of his two son’s sporting events, providing pep talks to the youth and ensuring that no child is left behind. Married for 17 years. Delbert graduated from Texas A&M University at Commerce, with a Bachelor of Science Degree.


Rodney Baker – Facilitator of Financial Enrichment Development

Rodney is an accomplished business entrepreneur, CEO, and founder of Hot Rod Connects (HRC); a high-end concierge-booking agency that specializes in offering high-end services for businesses and entertainers. Services provided by the agency include (but not limited to): conferences, galas, speaking engagements, concerts, and entertainment services. In addition, he serves as Executive Director of Crab5 Foundation, a philanthropic endeavor that was created by Oakland Raiders Wide Receiver Michael Crabtree. In his position as Executive Director and spokesperson, he facilitates opportunities for: fundraising events, partnerships with school districts, and coordinating the annual Michael Crabtree Youth Mini Camp.

Rodney has a vast amount of experience in business partnerships. In 2009, he helped Texas A&M University-Commerce (TAMUC) create partnerships with: Education is Freedom, Uplift Education, and the United Negro College Fund’s National “Empower Me Tour”. He also served as the liaison between TAMUC and the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce, overseeing the scholarship partnership, as well as being selected to the Education and Scholarship committee. Currently he serves on the following groups: Young Professionals Group with the Dallas Regional, North Dallas Chambers of Commerce, and Plano YMCA Board of Directors. One of his most memorable moments came when he served on the scholarship and host committee for the Beat the Odds Scholarship through the Children’s Defense Fund, in which he recruited several students who were awarded a $20,000 scholarship.

Previously he was employed as an Admissions recruiter for 7 years at TAMUC; holding the title of Senior Admissions Recruiter/Coordinator of Community Partnerships, where he recruited students from Dallas, Garland, Richardson, Mesquite High Schools, and Eastfield College. A native of Dallas, TX, Rodney graduated from Carter High School. He then enrolled and graduated from TAMUC with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. During his tenure at TAMUC he played on the football team (for 2 years), served as Homecoming Student Chair in 2007 (restored the Homecoming Parade, something that was non-existent since 1991), and was President of the Zeta Tau chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (2005-2008). As president of the fraternity, he helped create the Alpha Senior Day program in 2007, bringing inner city youth from Dallas to TAMUC to get a snap-shot of college life for one day. The program is embarking on its 11th year, awarding over 280 students $500 in scholarships.

Favorite quote: “To see the difference, you have to be the difference”.

Lakeysha Knight

Lakeysha Hamilton – Event and Planning Coordinator

LaKeysha Hamilton is a native of San Antonio Texas and relocated to Dallas in 1995.  She is married with two sons.  LaKeysha has over a decade of experience in the mortgage industry. She has been with Chase Bank for the past 7 years. When LaKeysha is not working, she  enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, reading, working out, and most importantly spending one on one time with God. LaKeysha volunteers with multiple organizations.  She has delivered meals to the hungry, worked with the under privileged children, serves on the children ministry at her church, and has delivered toys and donating gifts to sick children at local hospitals.  Lakeysha has handled numerous  events, ranging from professional meetings to weddings and assisted with a few reunions. She is very personable and has excellent communication skills.