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Rev. Cynthia T. Turner, DMin

Reverend Dr. Cynthia T. Turner Wood is the second Pastor of the 23-year-old Dayspring Community Church in Lanham, Maryland, a position she has proudly held since 2005.  

Dr. Turner graduated from the United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, in December 2006 as a Curtis-Watson Fellow. There she received the Doctor of Ministry degree, with an emphasis on prophetic preaching. She holds a Master of Divinity degree (2003) from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Science degree (1986) in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

Prior to entering ministry full-time, Reverend Turner served in both the Clinton and Bush Administrations as Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Speechwriter to Assistant Secretary for Health and US Surgeon General David Satcher. She was also on staff as Director of Publications at the Association of American Medical Colleges. She brings to ministry more than 25 years' experience in publishing, health communications, and public health. 

After completing her Master of Divinity degree, Dr. Turner spent a year on staff with the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, DC, where she promoted the art of contemplative living. She serves on the Governing Council of the Global United Fellowship and is an instructor with WomanPreach, Inc. (Jarena Lee Preaching Academy).  She is also a missionary with the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention’s Pastoral Excellence Program (Team 8) and a Pilgrim Leader of the Thriving in Ministry Program for Women Pastors. She currently serves on several boards, including the Mary/Elizabeth House (Washington, DC), an organization that houses and supports mothers transitioning out of the foster care system; the DC Baptist Convention; the Ministerial Advisory Board of the John Leland Center for Theological Studies; and the Graduate Alumni Council of Wesley Theological Seminary. 

A native of Lynchburg, Virginia, Dr. Turner enjoys traveling to new places, contemplation, writing reflectively and gardening. She is married to Rev. Dr. Jesse L. Wood, Executive Pastor of the Metropolitan Baptist Church, Largo, MD. Together, they are helping to raise their teenage “daughter-niece,” Amani. They reside in Silver Spring, Maryland, with their dog named Blue. 

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Min. Tee Clark

With an energized passion for missions, evangelism, and outreach, Min. Tee Clark serves as the Minister of Missions at Dayspring Community Church. She united with Dayspring in November 2012 and since then has mobilized participation with Chosen 300 Ministries Walk for the Homeless in Philadelphia, PA; led the Well Builders for Liberia project to support the building of a well for a Lott Carey Mission School in Brewerville, Liberia; and organized Habitat for Humanity project build in Washington, DC, which was her sixth time participating.  She is a chaplain with the DC Baptist Convention’s Emergency Response Team and is currently working on plans for a global mission trip in 2014.  Min. Clark joined Dayspring’s ministerial team in February 2013, bringing with her years of experience in various ministries including teaching Bible study, women’s ministry, counseling and mentoring. She has a passion for seeing young souls impacted by the transforming
power of Jesus Christ.

Min. Clark has been employed for the past 11 years with Montgomery County Public Schools as a High School Counselor.  Prior to that, she was the Director of Specialized, Medically Complex and Treatment Foster Care and Adoptions with Uhlich Children’s Home in Chicago, IL. 

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Grove City College and a Master of Science in Education in School Counseling from Bucknell University.  She is currently a student in the Master of Divinity program at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. 

Tee Clark was born and raised in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. She is the proud mother of two wonderful, Kingdom-purpose young adults, Schuyler and Myla Clark.

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Min. Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb

Wife and mother, writer, and an ardent believer in the power of prayer, Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb spent 33 years as a journalist before retiring in 2008 from The Washington Post.She co-founded a blog network for black women over 40 and for three years wrote a blog about faith. She is publishing a book based on her blogs entitled, My Soul Rhythms: Prayer Stories to Ignite the Soul.  Min. Lamb is a founding member of the Dayspring Community Church, where she serves an elder, teacher, and a women’s ministry and a prayer ministry leader. She is president of the College of Prayer-Washington, D.C., and past president of the District of Columbia Baptist Convention.

In 2008, Min. Lamb worked along with her siblings to establish the Earl T. Shinhoster Youth Leadership Institute in Savannah, GA. The week-long summer Institute seeks to build leadership skills in youth ages 12 to 17, connect them to their history, and prepare them to use their new-found abilities and knowledge in their communities.

In the formative years of her journalism career, Min. Lamb worked as a newspaper reporter for the Atlanta Daily World and Macon Telegraph in Georgia and the Tampa Tribune in Florida. She joined The Washington Post in 1986 as an assignment editor and was the newsroom’s director of training and editor of the Obituary Desk.  During this time she also served as a consultant for government agencies, church groups, journalism organizations and a legal services organization. 

Min. Lamb taught journalism classes for four years at Howard University as an adjunct professor. She graduated from the University of Georgia and has a Master’s of Science in Organizational Development from American University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.

Min. Yvonne Lamb is married to Gregory E. Lamb and has two children, William and Olivia.

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