Our Team comprises of a diverse group of people with the qualifications, skills, and experiences to deliver on our mission.
Eli Big-Boy Gbayee
Born in Monrovia, Liberia in 1984, Eli was separated from his family after the civil war broke out in 1989. Running for safety at age four, Eli had no idea if his parents survived as he walked from Liberia to Sierra Leone, Board Waterside. Once there, Eli found himself living in several refugee camps, which he would later call home for the next eight and a half years.
Lost, hungry and scared, there was a saying in the camp; “Only the strong will survive.” As a result, Eli quickly learned that picking from garbage cans and drinking dirty water was pertinent to his survival. He can recall rebels attacking and having to flee his tent with nothing except the clothing on his back. This continuous cycle left blisters on the bottom of his feet because he would walk without shoes for weeks, sometimes months at a time.
Rev. Collins A. Days, Sr
Rev. Days entered South Carolina State College in 1978 to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. In 1982, while still in college, he was called to the ministry. Reverend Days became the youngest full-time Pastor in the State of South Carolina when he accepted the call to Round-O Baptist Church in Darlington, SC. After thirteen years of serving the congregation and community in Darlington, SC, Reverend Days relocated, with his family, to Atlantic City, NJ, in order to serve the congregation of Second Baptist Church.
Since his arrival in 1994, Reverend Days has continually made a significant impact on Atlantic City, its surrounding areas, and in the mission field abroad. He has served as President of the Fellowship of Churches of Atlantic City and vicinity and has preached in 20 countries. He has initiated, implemented, and promoted numerous community projects. Reverend Days’ commitment to missions is evident through the agency of the United Brethren in Action (UBIA), of which he is President. UBIA supports mission partnerships in Kenya where a children’s orphanage was established to provide housing and education for more than 200 children. Other mission efforts in Kenya include the development of a Solar Cooker Project, a drinking water well in the dry eastern portion of the country, health clinics, and businesses. In addition to Kenya, Reverend Days has also visited the following countries to perform missionary work abroad: Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, South Africa, Philippines, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, India, Haiti, Trinidad, and the United Kingdom.
About 20 years ago, Reverend Days established a Community Development Corporation known as Vision 2000 for which he serves as President. Vision 2000 has accomplished a great deal in the Atlantic City area, including developing home ownership programs, creating the Civil Rights Garden, building senior citizens apartments, instituting minority-owned businesses, and establishing low-income housing. He serves on the Board at the John Brooks Recovery Center, which offers substance abuse treatment services in Atlantic City for New Jersey residents. Reverend Days is also the public face and President of the Board of Directors for the Atlantic City Long Term Recovery Group (ACLTRG), which is one of the more successful private Hurricane Sandy relief programs in the State. ACLTRG has coordinated the repair of more than 163 homes in Atlantic City’s poorest, most neglected neighborhoods.
Reverend Days possesses a fervent desire to encourage emotionally broken men and women who have lost hope. That desire led him to launch Christians in Recovery, a program for those struggling with addiction. Likewise, it was his deep concern for our youth that motivated Revere Days to establish the Pastor’s Posse, a mentor program for male teenagers. Reverend Days is an advocate for education and serves as a mentor to many. He promotes an anti-violence movement in Atlantic City, as well. He has received numerous awards, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Award and the Stockton Council of Black Faculty’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Maintaining an open door policy is of great importance to Reverend Days, not only for the shepherding and counseling of members of Second Baptist Church, but also for anyone who comes seeking advice or assistance. Reverend Days will continue to play a vital role within the Atlantic City community, as he also continues to travel the globe, driven by his passion, whether at home or abroad, to reach as many as possible with the healing transformations of courage and faith provided by the gospel and grace of God.
Shermaine Gunter-Gray was born and raised in Atlantic City. She spent ten years in Philadelphia, Pa and returned to her roots in 1984. She is the proud mother and step-mother of Brian and Ferris. She is the loving wife of Rodney J. C. Gary. She began her career at Pennwalt Corporation as a bench chemist. She later ventured into the restaurant business serving as general managers at several establishments. In 1985 she found her true passion when she worked as an advocate for troubled youth. In 1990, she became the first Director of Health & Human Services for the City of Atlantic City. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Atlantic County Council of Youth Programs, Inc. which provides such programs as, the Rites of Passage Programs, the Atlantic City Theater Guild, the Youth Entrepreneur Program and the Venice Park Basketball Program. Shermaine presently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Empowerment Tools Coalition, Inc.
Shermaine is a member of Second Baptist Church where she serves as an advisor to the Jr. Usher Ministry, a Trustee, a member of the I.S. Cole Organization for Scholarship aide and the President of District #14.
She has had the pleasure to serve on many boards throughout the State and has been appointed to several blue ribbon committees.
David Cohen has been the Executive Director of Hope for Atlantic City, a Christian Community Development Association since 2011. David attended Atlantic City High School and Atlantic County Community College. He resides in Atlantic City with his wife and two children.
Dr. Michael Alexander
Dr. Michael Alexander received his BS degree from Georgetown University and MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He did his Internship and Medical Residency in Internal Medicine at Emory and Cardiology fellowship at Georgetown University Hospital. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from George Washington. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular diseases.
Dr. Alexander has been with Cigna Healthcare since 2005 and serves as Senior Medical Director for Cardiology and Cardiovascular Diseases. He practiced Cardiology in D.C., Northern Virginia and New Jersey for twenty-two years prior to coming to Cigna. He is frequent lecturer on cardiovascular health and disease prevention. He has served as adjunct professor in the School of Health and Medical Sciences at Seton Hall University, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and Clinical and Instructor in Medicine at Georgetown. He is completing his second term on the Georgetown University Medical Alumni Board. He is Board Chair of Coastal Volunteers in Medicine, a 501(c)3 charity serving the poor of Ocean County, New Jersey.
is currently serving as the Pastor of Christ Worship Center Worldwide Church in Pleasantville, NJ. He was a member of Second Baptist Church in Atlantic City, NJ for over ten years. He received training to preach the Gospel of His Lord Jesus Christ by Reverend Collins A. Days, Sr., Pastor of Second Baptist Church. In August 2007, he was he licensed to do the work of the Gospel Ministry through preaching and teaching the Word of God.
Soon after receiving his license, God called him in the month of September 2007 to conduct a worship service and counseling ministry in the Mainland Manor Nursing Home in Pleasantville, NJ. In addition to nurturing his ministry at Mainland Manor for almost a decade, Reverend Mukinayi has also ministered the Gospel, as the Lord directs him, both within the United States and in the countries of Malawi, Kenya, Trinidad, Bahamas, Haiti, and his country of birth, Democratic Republic of Congo (Africa).
In addition to being a passionate man of God, Reverend Mukinayi is also a hardworking entrepreneur. He has owned and operated LBM Construction Company LLC, (LBM: Lord Bless Me) for a decade. He is a licensed carpenter and his company services private homes in the State of New Jersey. Prior to starting his career in Carpentry and Construction, he studied Auto Mechanics for five years in Democratic Republic of Congo. He worked in a motor vehicle repair business as an Auto Repairman (Nepa Zaire Garage) before he moved from Congo to the USA.
Serena Pearson and is a teacher at Principle Academy Charter. She has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education TSD and History. She is currently in graduate school to earn my Master’s Degree in Literacy. she is proficient with technology and writing.