MEET OUR LEADERS
President, SHABACH! Ministries
Cynthia J. Terry is the President and CEO of SHABACH! Ministries Inc. (SMI). SMI, located in Landover, Maryland, was established in 1996 as the non-profit organization of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden (FBCG). Cynthia ensures that the goals and objectives of SHABACH!’s community, career, and educational components are met daily. SHABACH! delivers inspiring programs that are models for building great character, ensures academic achievement and excellence, and promotes community involvement that impacts the lives of the youth and adults in Prince George’s County, Maryland, and the surrounding communities.
As a certified facilitator and trainer for over 20 years, CJ - as she is affectionately known - has facilitated leadership, diversity, harassment, and Mental Health First Aid training for major corporations, nonprofits, and small businesses. CJ honors and values her commitment to professional leadership and outstanding service by her active participation in the community.
CJ is a graduate of Old Dominion University with a Bachelor's in Speech Communications. She has also earned certificates from Harvard University in Nonprofit Advancement and from Cornell University in EEO Studies. She holds certifications from Mental Health First Aid, CliftonStrengths, Dale Carnegie, Center for Creative Leadership Executive Leadership Program, and the Society for Human Resources Management in cooperation with Catholic University of America. Most recently, CJ received a certificate for Preaching from Baylor University’s George W. Truett Seminary. Cynthia serves on numerous boards, including the Prince George’s County Board of Social Services.
In addition to her multiple roles at SHABACH! Cynthia diligently and faithfully serves at FBCG under the leadership of Pastor, John K. Jenkins Sr. Cynthia also hosts a radio show entitled “Destiny” which airs weekly.
Cynthia and her loving husband reside in Prince George’s County, Maryland. They are the proud parents of one beautiful daughter and grandparents to three adorable children. For the past ten years, both her life and home were blessed with the presence of her two great-nephews.
Head of School
Nicole McNeil is considered an authority on the application of brain research to organizational health. A skilled coach of educators, parents, and both school and business leaders, she has presented workshops and keynote addresses throughout the United States for ten years and has worked internationally. Nicole served as CEO for an educational consulting firm for six years, after having been a trainer since 1995.
Nicole began her career as a classroom teacher in Brooklyn, New York. She has also taught in North Carolina and Missouri. Considered a Master Teacher, she has been instrumental in effecting successful comprehensive school reform at both the elementary and secondary levels. This former member of the Board of Directors for Communities in Schools of Federal Way, led the way in implementing programs that serve at-risk youth in Federal Way, Washington.
Nicole brings almost 30 years of experience to SHABACH! Ministries, Inc. Currently, she is responsible for the day to day operations of the education division and she is responsible for providing training and coaching for the SHABACH! staff. In addition to the services she provides to SHABACH! Ministries, Inc., she consults for both school and business leaders, nationally.
Nicole is an active member of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden. She is passionate about service and is committed to the notion that children are empowered when the adults that affect their lives are strengthened. She serves as Lead for the FBCG International Missions Education Team in Huaral, Peru and as the Director of Parent Academy. Nicole has a Master’s of Secondary Administration from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, she relocated to the area after having lived in the Seattle area for eight years.
I hold a position as Vice Principal at SHABACH! Christian Academy, which provides education for students from kindergarten to 8th grade. In addition to my administrative duties, I am using my technology skills that aids in the daily operation of SHABACH!. I provide technical support for teachers using technology, involving computers, to enhance the classroom experience for students. The technology skills that I have acquired has been beneficial in the operation of our web-based school management system. One of my tasks is to aid the teachers in various ways of communicating with parents using the new software at SHABACH!.
I am enthusiastic to incorporate both my love and talent into a single profession, which is my love for education and technology. The world of technology is changing so fast that children are being introduced to technology at a much earlier age. I feel that there needs to be a balance of technology and the “traditional” ways of learning for children. I look forward to working with other educators that are just as passionate about educating children as I am. I am confident that my love and experience will help students grow to the next milestones in their lives.
In my free time, I like to knit, crochet, and I’m just beginning to learn the art of quilting. I am a homebody love spending time with my family, and watching movies.