Our Instructors

Johnny Riley Jr

Johnny-2-150x150Johnny Riley Jr. is a Problem Solver. He is president of the Pitts Riley Group, LLC. He is also president and CEO of Bridging the GAPS Ministries of Northeast Louisiana.

He speaks in conferences annually all over the world. The locations he has spoken in are Johannesburg, South Africa; Jos Plateau State, Nigeria; Abuja, Nigeria, West Africa; Honduras; Mexico; and Guatemala.

He is a graduated of Grambling State University. He is also certified by The University of Tulsa Center of Executive and Professional Development: Human Performance Improvement for Business & Industry, Client Centered Selling Certification, Corporate Coach University Certification and  The Blue Ridge Conference on Leadership, Inc.in Black Mountain, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center (MO SBTDC) of entrepreneurial and economic development.

Johnny Riley has served as Director of the Office of Workforce Development. He has also served as Deputy Director – Emerging Workforce of the Louisiana Workforce Commission (formerly the Louisiana Department of Labor) as an appointee of the State of Louisiana current Governor Bobby Jindal. As director, he oversaw all workforce development programs of LWC, including a statewide network of 63 Business and Career Solutions Centers, worker training and apprenticeship, Veterans, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, Community Service Block Grants, Community Development Block Grants and Rapid Response. He managed an annual budget of $150 million dollars.

He is the former Director of Community Affairs for the City of Monroe. As the Director of Community Affairs he oversaw the operations of the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo, three municipal Golf Courses, seven Recreational Centers, seventeen community parks, The Masur Museum of Art and the Monroe Civic Center Complex. He managed an annual budget of $10 million dollars.

He was employed with State Farm Insurance for 14 years. While working at State Farm Insurance Companies he held the following positions: Assistant Manager of the Education and Development Department, Manager of State Farm Bank and State Farm International Services Car Finance Program Coordinator, Co-Chairperson of the Mid-South Diversity Council, and an Accounting Supervisor.

He served on several State of Louisiana boards: Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board, Louisiana Council on the Provision of Governmental Services to Latin Americans, and The Inmate & Workforce Advisory Council. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated Eta Delta Lambda Chapter in Monroe, Louisiana.

In the past he has served on several committees such as Northeast Louisiana Children’s Coalition, Boy Scouts of America Louisiana Purchase Council – Vice President, and President of Monroe Homeownership Board of Directors.  Grambling State National Alumni Association- former president, Novice House – Advisory board, United Way of Northeast Louisiana – Board of Directors, State Farm Activities Association – Board of Directors, Sickle Cell Anemia Board of Directors – Advisory member, and Toastmaster International – Past President.

Dr. Karockas Watkins

Karockas-150x150Dr. Karockas Watkins is General Overseer of Emmanuel Church International in Huntsville, AL. He also serves in the capacity of leadership training, holding seminars & summits around the world.

He serves as spiritual mentor to many domestic and international ministers.  His travels include various countries of the world including: Nigeria Africa, Kenya Africa, China, Hondurus, Israel , Philippines & others. He is married to Dr. Audra Watkins & they have two daughters, Brianna 16, Christian 13, and a 6 year old son, Joshua Aman.

Dr. Watkins is a graduate of the former General Motors Institute of Engineering and Management now Kettering University, where he received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. He also holds a Master of Arts in Theology, a Doctorate of Theology & a Ph.D., all of North Carolina College of Theology.  However, though he is graced to serve in these capacities , He is just honored to be a servant of the Lord Most High!


Rev. Timothy Mann

TimMannRev. Timothy Mann, “Commissioned as a Prophet to the Nations” has been a senior minister for over twenty-eight years, and has started sixteen churches in the United States, along with pastoring several other churches. He now serves the Kingdom

traveling full time as founder and director for “Church Builders International”, achurch planting, and ministers discipleship organization based in Grand Rapids Michigan. Rev. Mann with his wife Kristeen also leads “Church Builders Grand Rapids, Ministry Training and Sending Center”, a unique congregation of ministers and ministry leaders in Grand Rapids, and PRSENT TRUTH MINISTRIES, Church and Discipling Center, a growing local congregation. Rev. Mann has ministered throughout the United States, Central and South America,
and Europe, sharing a strong prophetic anointing with an emphasis on developing ministers, establishing believers, raising up disciples, and strengthening the local church. He teaches the Word with zeal and profound wisdom and flows as a Prophet in the ministry of the Spirit.

Rev. Mann received his education through Rhema Bible Training Center and Oral Roberts University, which has given him a unique understanding of both practical Faith and Theology.

Together with his wife of over twenty-nine years, Kristeen, he has shared a strife-free marriage and raised three active sons. This has given Rev. Mann an insightful understanding of God’s plan for the home. His Anointing, Prophetic gifting, humor, and deep study and revelation of the scriptures will challenge and ignite your faith.


Maurice K. Wright

Maurice-150x150Maurice K. Wright is the General Overseer and Visionary of the United Chritsian Church, An International Ministry. He is married to the lovely Brenda F. (White) Wright. They have been married for thirty-six years, and to this most blessed and happy union God has blessed them with three children: Tandi (Brian) Kinney, Kabraila (Dominic) Gray, and Urick; and three grand children: Bre’Yanah & Breylon Gray, and Zion Kinney.

Maurice has been called and appointed by the will of God to be a preacher, apostle and teacher of the gospel of the kingdom and the Word of God. He has been chosen and anointed to serve as God’s visionary and faith-partner in the earth with the vision of the Lord. Maurice has the mantle and grace of “Fatherhood” upon him as he humbly serves in the office of a bishop, and serves the body of Christ as an end-time apostle of the Lord. He is a shepherd, mentor and spiritual father to other pastors and ministers both here in America and abroad. Maurice and UCC are on the cutting edge of 21st Century ministry. He has been an “Apostolic Pioneer” in this city, state and region; and he has been used by God to break the traditions of men and the spirit of religion that has held God’s people and this region in bondage to the liberty in the knowledge of the truth and the Holy Spirit.

Maurice has also received a diploma from Light Bible Institute from Drs. I. V. and Bridget Hilliard of the New Light Christian Center Church in Houston , Texas . He has also attended the Selma University Extension Center and the Samford University Extension Center in Gadsden, AL. Maurice has completed many other courses and training classes as he seeks to keep growing and improving as a servant of the Lord. He has also become a Certified Group facilitator through the Overcomers in Christ Institute and the Birmingham Baptist Bible College . Maurice has received an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Theology from the North Carolina College of Theology in Wilmington, N.C. UCC presently host the North East Alabama College of Theology in Gadsden, a satellite school of the North Carolina College of Theology.