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Dr. Shakina Dunbar Rawlings

Dr. Shakina Dunbar Rawlings is a native of Arlington, Virginia. Dr. Rawlings holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from George Mason University, a Master of Divinity degree from Howard University School of Divinity, and an earned Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Prophetic Preaching for the 21st Century from the United Theological Seminary. Dr. Rawlings’ dissertation work was entitled “Prophetic Preaching that Transforms the Leadership Structure and Development of the Church.”

 Dr. Rawlings is passionate about positive youth development and sowing into the lives of young people. As an ordained minister she led the youth and young adult ministry “Generation Now” at the Macedonia Baptist Church under the leadership of Dr. Leonard L. Hamlin, Sr. from 2008-2010. In October 2010, Dr. Rawlings founded Jireh’s Place – an organization dedicated to young ladies and young mothers in need of an adequate support system to help diffuse the daily educational, economic, and social challenges that all too often determine the destiny of our young people.

Also being an activist for education, Dr. Rawlings participated in a history making event for the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Home School, graduating seven students with their General Education Developmental Certificate (GED). Dr. Rawlings also sat on the Advisory Committee for Arlington Public Schools to assist with the Elimination of the Achievement Gap for minority students from 2011-2013. In January 2013, Dr. Rawlings launched The Fellowship – a ministry for women that empowers, equips, and transforms the lives of women everywhere, by meeting them where they are and channeling them to where they are purposed to be in Christ.