Ministry as we know it has been interrupted by a pandemic. It has forced creatives to shift and find creative ways to stay relative during this life changing time. Join us for the conversation at Mime Talk Virtual: The Quarantine Effect as we explore solutions and re-energize you for a new era in ministry.
Meet the Hosts
Allen Ellis- Father
Almoni Ellis - Daughter
Meet the Facilitators
A graduate of LaGuardia High School of the Arts (C/O ’88) and Howard University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology (C/O ’95), Amanda Standard serves as Founder, Executive/Artistic Director for both Divine Dance Institute, Inc. (DDI) and SoundXpressed Dance Company (Washington DC). Through each entity Amanda provides novice, pre-professional, and professional dancers the opportunity to study and perform all over the D.C. Metropolitan area, nationally, and abroad. After 20 years of serving the community through DDI, the Maryland Dance Education Association presented Amanda with the “Dance Educator of the Year for Private Studios” award in 2018 and FAME’s “Educator of the Year” award in 2019.
James has the unique ability to be cross-generational and cross cultural by using his creative methodology to spread the words of God through the arts. This gift has been with him since a babe and he has continued to nurture it with 10 years of education and traveling over the country pouring into youth and yougn adults. James is the co-founder of Silent Witness Mime of Detroit, MI. He is also the creator and current dicrector of The 2c (Second Coming) Arts Ministry. James is the Founder and CEO of Run the Race Performing Arts Ministries. He has also been blessed to complement his gift educationally, by earning his Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Lakeland College, and a Master of Education with an emphasis in Leadership of Educational Organizations from American InterContinental University
Ca-Asia Lane is a retired Army Officer, an academic scholar, published author and liturgical dance and movement leader in the Northern Virginia/Washington DC metropolitan region. As a Biblical researcher, she uses dance and leadership and women in leadership to disrupt the social norms of leadership roles within the culture of dance ministry and ecclesial leadership. In addition, she has a strong passion and steward for mental and behavioral health welfare and awareness.
Ca-Asia is a graduate of Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA; Old Dominion University and Georgetown University. Ca-Asia is the author of numerous books to include, Free to Dance, A Suicide Survivor’s Memoir; Changing the Dance, Leadership Nuggets for Dance Ministry Leaders and Christian Leaders as Artists, A Three-Ring Cord of Creativity, Imagination and Innovation. Ca-Asia is a 2020 TEDx Veterans Affairs Alum and is currently a PhD Candidate completing her dissertation in Organizational Leadership at Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA. You can reach Ca-Asia at ; LeadershipNuggets.org.
Antonio D. Charity
Antonio D. Charity is from Surry County, Virginia. He is the son of James D. Charity, Sr. and Emily M. Charity. In fact, he is the youngest of their 12 children. He graduated from Howard University's College of Fine Arts with a B.F.A. in Theatre. He booked his 1st TV role, a guest star on NBC's "Homicide", while still enrolled at Howard University. He moved to New York City after graduating and has since appeared in numerous TV shows, films, commercials and stage productions. He is married to Tige [TIE jee] Johnson Charity of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He met Tige at Sylvia's soul food restaurant in Harlem while she was vacationing in the New York City area. They later relocated to Los Angeles. In addition to being a working actor, Antonio volunteers with Kids In The Spotlight (KITS), a non-profit organization founded by Tige Charity. Tige created KITS to help kids in the Los Angeles foster care system write and star in their own short films.
As Lead Pastor of Church On Purpose, Coach Jonathan provides the spiritual oversight for the church with an emphasis on keeping the vision and mission of the church in step with the Holy Spirit, on target with the Bible, and teaching individuals how to be Kingdom Citizens in the world today. A growing ministry with strong emphasis on building relationships and supporting the community, Church On Purpose is focused on helping people understand their faith and live it, understand their purpose and pursue it, and understand their vision and build it.
While serving as the Head Coach of Church On Purpose, Jonathan is also employed by the African American Empowerment Network. As a Career Exploration Coach with the Step-Up Omaha! Initiative, Jonathan works with young people 14-21 on identifying their career interests and organizing a plan to get there. He also champions the Pastors & Faith Leaders initiative which uses the Adopt-A-Block strategy to empower churches and faith-based organizations to reach the city by reaching their block.