AAWSB Annual Prayer Brunch


The AAWSB 19th Annual Prayer Brunch

Saturday, October 20, 2018 11:00 AM

At the Monroeville Convention Center


Tickets Just $35.00

209 Mall Plaza Boulevard

Monroeville, PA 15146

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For a wonderful event, filled with great food, spiritually uplifting speakers, smooth melodies, come to the 19th Annual African American Women’s Speakers Bureau Prayer Brunch at the Monroeville Convention Center. Tickets are just $35 dollars and going fast.  Call 412.520.4587

This year, shuttles are available for both pick up and drop off.  Rear of Macy’s between poles 18-22.

Pick up times:  10:00am – 11:45am

Drop off times: 2:15pm – 3:30pm

The Mission of the African America Women’s Speakers Bureau is to provide Breast Cancer Education and Community Outreach to African American Women in our local and regional communities.

There will be prizes and loads of heart felt fun.
Proceeds will go to provide breast cancer awareness and assist women in recovery.

Ads can be purchased for our program souvenir booklet. Donations and contributions accepted and will also appear in our program “Well Wishers”.

Don’t Miss this Great Time.

For more information contact: 412.520.4587


This year, the 19th AAWSB Annual Prayer Brunch’ line up and featured guests

The AAWSB 19th Annual Prayer Brunch on October 20, 2018 11:00 AM features Marlisa Goldsmith of WPXI-News Team and our Mistress of Ceremony.

Meet our 19th AAWSB Annual Prayer Brunch Mistress of Ceremony, Emmy award-winning journalist, Marlisa Goldsmith of Pittsburgh’s WPXI Channel 11 News.

“Being in Pittsburgh is exciting! It’s an interesting city and I’m enjoying myself here,” Goldsmith said. “Especially the people…”.

Marlisa is a Maryland native. She attended school at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She began her career in Abilene, Texas, where she was an evening reporter for KRBC. She later moved to Little Rock, Ark., to report and anchor for THV11, CBS affiliate. While at THV11, Goldsmith reported on a variety of crime, policy changes, and country ordinances and her stories won THV11 a regional Emmy Award.

Marlisa is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

In her spare time she enjoys traveling, trying new food and volunteering.

Come to our 19th Annual AAWSB Prayer Brunch and meet Marlisa, Saturday October 20, 2018 at 11am at the Monroeville Convention Center.

MarlisaGoldsmith2_EmCeeMarlisa Goldsmith, WPXI News Anchor – 2018 African American Womens Speaker’s Bureau Mistress of Ceremonies.



Our Guest Speaker is Reverend Dr. Lori D Spears of Mount Ararat Baptist Church.

Rev. Dr. Lori D. Spears is a native of North Carolina. She relocated to Pittsburgh in 2004 to continue her career in fundraising with Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, Rev. Dr. Spears of Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh, PA where Rev. Dr. William H. Curtis serves as the Senior Pastor. She is serving as the Dean of Next Level Small Cell Groups within Mt. Ararat. As primary leader of the small cell groups, she is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic plan in conjunction with the Senior Pastor. Additionally, she is the primary writer for the Next Level Small Cell Groups at Mt. Ararat.  The ultimate goal is to develop disciples that possess lifelong relationships with Jesus who are spiritually mature through the discipline of studying God’s word, which yields transformed lives.

In addition to her active role at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, Dr. Spears is the Associate Director for Carnegie Mellon University within the CMU Portugal International Graduate Program in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to her current position, she served as a Major Gift Officer in Individual Giving with Carnegie Mellon’s University Advancement Division. As a ten-year fundraising veteran, she also served as the Assistant Vice President for Major and Planned Gifts, and as Director of Planned Giving at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Educationally, Lori received a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH, a Doctor of Education from the University of Pennsylvania in Higher Education Management, a Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Arts in English/Media-Journalism from North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC.

She accepted the call to Ministry in 1997 in Jordan Temple Bible Church of God, Inc. located in Lillington, NC.  Her true mission in life is to be a servant in the Kingdom of God, accomplish all that has been assigned to her hands and to demonstrate preaching by the life that she lives.  Her favorite scripture and motto is “One thing have I desired of the Lord and that will I seek after that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.  For in the time of trouble He shall hide me.” Psalms 27:4-5

Professional affiliations and awards include: Executive Board Member of the Healthy Preacher Movement, Carnegie Mellon University Leadership Academy, Carnegie Institute of Technology, Burritt Education Award, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Kresge HBCU Initiative and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Her mission in life is simple, to please the Lord!




One of this year’s AAWSB Prayer Brunch Soloist is Lytia Brock. We are Blessed to have her. Here is more about this busy Mother, Author, Pastor and Singer.

Meet Pittsburgh Native, Lytia Brock, Soloist at our 19th Annual Prayer Brunch. Lytia is an author, pastor and mother just to name a few. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Irene O. Bartko award; a prestigious award given through the Barko Foundation that celebrates the strides of single and minority mothers.

Lytia has successfully published her book “Making the Most of Life’s Lemons” in 2016 and plans to release a series of others in the near future. Also amongst her list of accomplishments, she is a songstress (Tinna James) with passion and penchant for aiding those in need of a counselor, you will hear her at our AAWSB Prayer Brunch.

Pastor Lytia founded a non-profit called Cloaked In Favor Outreach Ministries to help serve the people of God that are not always the status quo. Through Cloaked in Favor, God has blessed the outreach efforts to reach Ghana, the Philippines, Kenya, India and the USA. Come hear Lytia at our 19th Annual AAWSB Prayer Bruch October 20, 2018 at the Monroeville Convention Center.



Our Soloist Tonya Carrington, will bless us at this year’s Prayer Brunch.



One of our great guests providing  music at the 19th Annual AAWSB Prayer Bunch, Jazz musician, Mr Calvin Stemley.

Join Us this year for another positively amazing time.  Our speaker are truly inspirational.  Tickets are just $35.  For so little you can get and contribute to so much! Call now for tickets or information 412.520.4587.

“The African American Women’s Speakers Bureau, a vital volunteer organization, continues to inform people in Pittsburgh and the surrounding region about breast cancer and how it is found moderately in higher numbers among White women than African-American women. However, statistics show that African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer.”



18th Annual Prayer Brunch in 2017 line up

Brenda Waters of KDKA-TV News is our Mistress of Ceremonies
Alease Taylor Evangelist, our Guest Speaker
Music BY: Mr Calvin Stemley
Cachet Coleman – Soloist


Brenda Waters, Mistress of Ceremony

Brenda Waters will be this years Mistress of Ceremonies at our 18th Annual Prayer Brunch Saturday October 21, 2017 11:00am at the Monroeville Convention Center.

Brenda Waters has been amazing as our AAWSB Prayer Brunch Mistress of Ceremony in the past. We are so anticipating her most gracious commentary. Here is a word about Brenda, thanks to information found on KDKA.com. . .

Brenda’s work has earned her several other honors, including “Who’s Who Among Black Americans” and two Associated Press awards.

In addition, Ebenezer Baptist Church in the Hill District has honored Brenda twice as one of 100 outstanding women in the community.

Brenda received the Cecile B. Springer Womenpower Award recognizing women as superior role models in our society.

She has also been named a woman of distinction by the Girl Scouts of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
The Pittsburgh Courier also named Brenda among its 50 Women of Excellence in 2008.

Active in the community, Brenda serves on the Sickle Cell Anemia Board and POWER Board. She volunteers her time and makes contributions to several organizations including Myriam’s Women’s Shelter, Lydia’s Place and Women Inc. of Southwestern Pennsylvania and P.O.W.E.R. Brenda also speaks at local schools and churches.

She received a bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland and a master’s degree at American University.

You can read more about Ms Brenda Waters…


Evangelist Alease Taylor

Alease R. Hunt Taylor, born in the small town of Salisbury, North Carolina, is the third child of six children born to Faye Houston Hunt and the late Arthur Zeola Hunt.  Alease attended the Rowan County public school system.  She is a 1965 graduate of Price Junior Senior High School.  Alease attended Rowan Cabarrus Community College and received a degree in the field of Bookkeeping in 1975. Alease loves the Lord with all of her heart and has been planted in GOD since the young age of six years old.


At an early age, Alease was joined in marriage to the late Apostle Raymond Edward Taylor in July 1965.  They were married for 47 blessed years and she unselfishly loved and cared for him until he joined his Heavenly Father in July 2012.  To this union, six wonderful children were born, consisting of four girls and two boys. Four of the six are married and have given her twelve grandchildren and four great grandchildren, for which she is so grateful.  Her children are: Jeanette Taylor, Raymond Taylor, Jr. (Laura), Lisa Taylor Corpening (Derrick), Christine Taylor, Kelly Taylor Biggers, and Bradley Taylor (Tramika).


In addition to being co-founder and uniquely holding the role of the Elect Lady of Outreach Christian Tabernacle for 48 years, she works with the Youth Department, is a Sunday School Teacher, is a Missionary to Africa and has a deep desire to visit other foreign fields.  For some 30 years, she traveled alongside her husband leading praise and worship and evangelizing to all that will hear the Word during Evangelistic crusades throughout the United States.  Today, her evangelism ministry is far reaching and she has blessed lives in various areas across the globe to include London, Barbados and many countries in the continent of Africa.


Alease is a member of Church Women United, the North Carolina Association of Minister’s Wives and Widows, and has served as a Christian Education Director. Alease is an avid seamstress, worked as a sample maker for Gerber Children’s wear; she has taught sewing, craft, and quilt-making classes for Markey Fabrics. Her most recent works have included being cast in the stage play, “Crowns”, a local production of the Mahoney Theater.  Now, she works full-time in ministry, volunteers daily within her community and provides loving care to her sister and 12 grandchildren. She has been divinely created to give care and to sow God’s love to those who need His presence for He dwells within her and is forever represented in her everyday living.  She is one who seeks to please God and believes and lives by the very Word that she preaches.



Mr Calvin Stemley, Musician

One of our great guests providing great music at the 18th Annual AAWSB Prayer Bunch, Jazz musician, Mr Calvin Stemley.

Mr Calvin Stemley, clarinetist, tenor and soprano saxophonist, was born in Chicago, IL. To his credit Mr. Stemley is a graduate of Grambling State University; Bachelor of Science in Music Education – 1975.

Some of his other professional music credentials include Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology – University of Pittsburgh – 1982. Conductor of the Mellon Jazz Student Spectacular; Founder and Director of the Pittsburgh Public School Honors Jazz Ensemble; Music and Band Director of Westinghouse House High School 1985-2001.

Hear him Saturday, October 11, 2017 at 11am at the Monroeville Convention Center.


AAWSB Soloist Cache Coleman


Cachet Coleman, Soloist

This year’s AAWSB Prayer Brunch Soloist is Cachet Coleman. We are Blessed to have her. Here is more about this busy Mother, Wife and Singer.

Cachet Coleman is a Pittsburgh-native gospel vocalist. A 2007 graduate of Kaplan Career Institute with an associates degree in Medical Assisting, Cachet has always had a passion to serve people.

As a young teen she began leading worship at her church. The Lighthouse, formally known as Lighthouse Cathedral, as the Youth Praise Team leader. By the age of 18 She was ordained the Minister of Music where she currently serves. Cachet’s focus is to lead people into the presence of God where they can find the rest and freedom she knows so intimately herself.

Her passion for God and music can be seen as she leads her newly created ensemble, “Outcry”, through worship. With nearly two decades of ministry leadership experience, Cachet actively shares her sincere gift of song throughout the Pittsburgh region and beyond from state prisons and juvenile detention centers to weddings and funerals. She has a sincere desire to draw people to Jesus Christ.

Along with her ministry endeavors she also can be found taking care of her family. She is a stay at home mother of three little ones and a loving wife of 8 years to the Fine Arts Minister of The Lighthouse Gregory Coleman. Together they love God, love people and love worship.

Tickets are $35 a great cause, and a wonderful time.

For more information 412.520.4587

Last Year’s AAWSB 17th Annual Prayer Brunch

Last  year we have over 400 men and women support this event!  It is always incredible and up lifting.

Join us for another amazing AAWSB Annual Prayer Brunch.

For a wonderful event, filled with great food, spiritually uplifting speakers, smooth melodies, come to the 18th Annual African American Women’s Speakers Bureau Prayer Brunch at the Monroeville Convention Center. Tickets are just $35 dollars and going fast.

Brenda Waters of KDKA-TV News is our Mistress of Ceremonies
Alease Taylor Evangelist, our Guest Speaker
Music BY: Mr Calvin Stemley
Cachet Coleman – Soloist


The first Annual Prayer Brunch was funded totally as the result of the efforts of the women through dinner sales, which was the brainchild of and hosted by Mrs Magnolia Hemby and her husband at their family business, Pittsburgh based Earl the Pearl’s Resturant and Grill.

The primary function of the prayer brunch has been to provide financial assistance to women recently diagnosed and or undergoing breast cancer treatment.

This event have grown to over 400 men and women who have supported this event each year in the last decade.


Our event includes great food, inspirational Keynote speakers and incredible entertainment, as seen below from our 15th Annual Prayer Brunch as published in the Pittsburgh Courier.