Iovanna Crystal Chaffin


Iovanna Crystal Chaffin has over 20 years of experience within the field of human resources. She began her career at Word Processing Professionals, a staffing company serving the legal, communications and entertainment industries in 1989.

Starting as a Placement Counselor, she moved up to Operations Manager with a specialty in Client development. In 2003, she partnered with a long time business associate and they opened, Staff Design, Inc. Clients appreciated her creative approach to problem solving and she excelled at employee motivation, team building, staff training & development.


In 2010 she decided to leave Staff Design to care for her mother who was terminally ill.


In 2011, she joined St. Gabriel’s Church as the Parish Administrator. In addition to her duties as the Parish Administrator here at St Gabriel’s Church, she enjoys gardening, music and doing jigsaw puzzles.


Iovanna graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Journalism and Urban Communications.

She resides in the East Elmhurst area and is a member of the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York in Jamaica, Queens. She is the proud mother of her daughter, Ashley Elizabeth who recently graduated John Jay College of Criminal Justice with honors receiving a BA in Criminal Justice.



Lance Dease


Lance Albert Dease was born on November 30, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York. He is the son of Albert Malloy Dease and Gloria Rachel Dease.  Although both his parent are deceased, he was a dedicated son and loved his parents dearly.  Lance is proud father of three sons.  Lance, Jr., Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps; Jarrod, Virginia State Highway Patrol Officer; and Michael, 2014 Franklin K. Lane High School graduate. He also has two adopted children: Joel (Minister) and Dominique (RN), and a step-daughter, Shari (boutique manager).  His two brothers, Darrell Dease and Reginald Dease both reside with their respective wives and children in Washington, D.C.

Lance’s past work history includes working under three ministers.  The Reverend Albert Bell of St. Marks Church, Brooklyn, New York; Doctor William Schaffer of Rutgers Presbyterian Church, New York, New York; and The Reverend Doctor Douglas Grandgeorge of Central Presbyterian Church, New York, New York.

Lance has been a faithful member of The Masonic Order for the past fifteen years.  Under the leadership of (deceased) Ill. Roosevelt Branic Lance wore several hats in various Houses and established many degrees.

Lance is and avid sports fan dedicated to the New York Knicks, as well as the New York Giants.

Lance has resided in Brooklyn with the love of his life, Lisa Branic, for the past six years.



Dr. Kathleen S. Turner, Ph.D


Kathleen S. Turner YDS WebsiteDr. Kathleen S. Turner, Ph.D., a native New Yorker, began dancing at the age of five at the Gloria Jackson Dance Studio. After graduating from the New York High School of Performing Arts, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SUNY Purchase and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College. Kathleen graduated from Yale Divinity School with a Master of Sacred Theology (STM) degree in 2009, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in 2008 and received a Certificate of Merit from the Institute of Sacred Music, an affiliate of Yale Divinity School. Kathleen graduated with her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Fordham University this May 2012. Kathleen has danced with many New York based choreographers and has worked extensively with Director/Choreographer, Dianne McIntyre as a member of the Sounds In Motion Dance Company touring the United States and Europe. Kathleen was a tenured Associate Professor in the Dance Program at CUNY Hunter College from 1994-2005. She has taught and choreographed for a variety of private dance studios, college programs, and theatre productions on the eastern coast in addition to teaching throughout Germany and Austria.

Kathleen is a recipient of numerous awards from both Yale University and the Society of Arts in Religious and Theological Studies (SARTS). Kathleen has delivered papers at the SARTS 2008 meeting at the American Association of Religion (AAR) in Chicago; at the 2011 and 2012 Religious Education Association Conferences and has presented at the Dancing the African Diaspora: Theories of Black Performance 2014 Conference at Duke University. Her Ph.D. dissertation, “And We Shall Learn through the Dance:” Liturgical Dance as Religious Education, investigates liturgical dance as religious education in the church as a community place of learning. A chapter from Kathleen’s dissertation is included in the newly released book, Readings in African American Church Music and Worship, Volume 2, edited by James Abbington. Kathleen is an adjunct professor in the Masters of Arts in Ministry program at Drew Theological Seminary and is serving as the Director of Children, Youth and Family at the St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Hollis, New York. She also serves as a Christian Education Consultant to a variety of churches within the tri-state area and was a guest workshop instructor for the 2014 Institute of Sacred Music at Yale Divinity School Congregations Project, The Human Body and the Body of Christ. Kathleen is a current member of the national Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, the Religious Education Association and the North American Professors of Christian Education.

Kathleen is the founding director of the Allen Liturgical Dance Ministry (ALDM) of the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York, choreographing over seventy-five dances for ALDM. She coordinated and co-coordinated nine international liturgical dance conferences from 1998 to the present. Kathleen is married to Mr. Curtis Turner and they travel both separately and jointly throughout the United States ministering and co-choreographing for dance ministries, marriage enrichment ministries, church congregations and liturgical dance conferences.

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