Shakina D. Rawlings
A native of Arlington, VA, Dr. Shakina Dunbar Rawlings has over 20 years of experience in ministry. Her love for people and ministry led her to receive her Bachelors in Sociology from George Mason University, Masters of Divinity from Howard University, and Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary, where her dissertation was entitled “Prophetic Preaching that Transforms the Leadership Structure and Development of the Church”. Through her education and experience, Dr. Rawlings has been empowered to assist ministries and organizations in the areas of leadership structure and development and assist young ladies in need through her company S.D. Rawlings Enterprise. Dr. Rawlings is passionate about sharing the love of God, word of God and enjoys the ministry of preaching and teaching.
A native of Alexandria, VA, Deacon Dawud Rawlings has over 20 years of experience in community and youth development. With Deacon Rawlings' innate ability to reach young men, he found Black Tie Mentoring & Young Gentleman’s Group with a mission to “Educate and empower young men (ages 9-18) to reach their fullest potential through mentoring and etiquette practices within at-risk communities". Also striving to always impact community he found Real People, Talk About Real Things, a platform for everyday individuals who want to share his/her testimony to young men & women; Black Tie Chess Club, which teaches children the game of chess through life lessons; and Knowledge Is Power, a platform to educate the community on hot button topics that impact our local communities. Deacon Rawlings is also the owner of Black Tie Cleaning Professionals, which specializes in Residential and Commercial Cleaning Solutions.