Mawuna Gardesey serves as pastor of Olivet Presbyterian Church, a new immigrant congregation in Newark, Delaware. A Commissioned Ruling Elder (CRE) in New Castle Presbytery, he helped organize the Immigrant Fellowship that was chartered as Olivet Presbyterian Church in September 2014. He has been active in the life of the church, serving two terms on Council for New Castle Presbytery and as a commissioner to the 222 General Assembly of the denomination in Portland, Oregon.
Mawuna was ordained as a ruling Elder by the Historic First African Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, where he went on to chair several session committees and serve on a Special Judicial Council for Philadelphia Presbytery.
Mawuna is also, currently, Chief of the Center for Family Health Research and Epidemiology at the Delaware Division of Public Health, where he oversees the statewide implementation of the recommendations of the Governor’s Task Force on Infant Mortality. The Center is the focal point of the state’s effort to reduce infant mortality and eliminate the racial disparity in infant mortality rates.
Mawuna was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa. He, his wife Lydia and their sons, Kale’ and Konu live in Middletown.
Felecia Ward Hardy
Synod Vice Moderator
A native of Raleigh, NC, Dr. Hardy, received her Bachelor of Science Degree, in Business Administration from Saint Augustine’s College, her Masters of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Doctorate of Higher Education Administration from North Carolina State University. She is a fourth-generation Presbyterian where she has remained a member of Davie Street Presbyterian Church from birth. Prior to accepting the call of Commissioned Ruling Elder at St. Paul Presbyterian Church, Dr. Hardy served as a Trustee, Deacon, Elder, and member of the Chancel Choir under the direction of Mr. Lamont Mitchell and Mr. Glenn Little while attending Davie Street Presbyterian Church. A member of Presbyterian Women and the New Hope Presbytery Black Caucus, she has served as a commissioner to the Synod and General Assembly as well as past Moderator of New Hope Presbytery. Married to Dr. James G. Hardy they have three daughters, Dr. Alecia Ward Hardy, Dr. Jamie Ward Hardy and Miss Jamecia Ward Hardy.
Warren J. Lesane, Jr., is a native of Mayesville, SC and is a product of Goodwill Presbyterian Church; a congregation that has produced at least 32 African American Clerk for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) He is a fourth-generation Presbyterian.
He is a graduate of Sumter County SC public schools and completed undergraduate work was at Johnson C. Smith University Charlotte NC. Warren matriculated at the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center Atlanta, GA and has done additional studies at the Summer Public Policy Institute, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois; and the Summer Interfaith Institute at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Pastoral calls include Mt Lisbon and Mt Sinai Presbyterian Churches, Lee County South Carolina; The Presbytery of Atlantic called Warren to organize the North Sumter New Church Development which New Covenant Presbyterian Church was chartered in 1983. Warren was elected as its first installed pastor. He served as interim pastor of Hermon Presbyterian Church, Rock Hill SC; and Third Street Presbyterian Church, Gastonia NC.
Warren was called as the Associate Executive for Church Development in the James Presbytery, Richmond Virginia in 1990. In 1993, Warren was called as the Transitional Associate Executive in the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic in Richmond Virginia. Lesane was appointed University Chaplain/Assistant Professor of Religion at Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte NC in 1996. Warren served the United States Air Force Reserves and retired in 2010 as a Chaplain Lieutenant Colonel. His last assignment was as the Senior Individual Mobilization Augmentee Chaplain attached to the 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw Air Force Base SC. He retired with 28 years of service to God through the military. He was mobilized to active duty status five times during his career.
He belongs to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, National Black Presbyterian Caucus, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Johnson C. Smith University Legacy Society, and a Life member of Military Officers Association of America. He served on the Virginia Governors Council to Bridge the Nutritional Divide. He currently serves on the Catawba Economic Development Corp, Goodwill Educational and Historical Society, Sharon Manor Board and Massanetta Springs Camps/Conference Center and the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PCUSA). Warren currently serves as the chair of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB).
Rev. Lesane is a Teaching Elder in the Presbytery of Charlotte and served as the Associate Presbyter for Church Development until June 2012. Warren was elected Executive and Stated Clerk for the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic in 2014 and is serving a second four-year term. The Synod encompasses Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, District of Columbia, and 7 counties in West Virginia. The fourteen presbyteries include Abingdon, Atlantic Korean American, Baltimore, Charlotte, Coastal Carolina, Eastern Virginia, James, National Capital, New Castle, New Hope, Peaks, Salem, Shenandoah, and Western NC. The 241st Assembly (March 2018) launched a new initiative entitled, “The Next Generation Initiative” which focuses on identifying, recruiting, and advocating for the next generation of African American Leaderships to for churches, councils, and beyond.
Warren loves the Lord with heart, mind, and soul. He loves the Church of Jesus Christ in its many forms and the people whom God has called him to serve. He enjoys mentoring young people and pointing them towards a personal relationship with Christ. Church transformation and church growth are his passions.
Tami has been with the synod almost six years and serves as the synod office administrator. She navigates the day to day office operations from information guidance, processing of applications, miscellaneous projects, recording of minutes for Executive Committee and synod assembly meetings and scheduling of various meetings.
A native of Los Angeles, California, she relocated to Richmond in 2012 after working and raising her two adult daughters. In 2014 she married Russell Scott, her college best friend from Howard University. Her interests include Civil War History, Politics, Civil Rights, Genealogy, cooking, reading, long walks and learning to play golf. During her eight years in Richmond, she has found occasion to use her Meeting/Event Planning skills to do site selections and bring talent to Richmond for various area fundraisers. She is led each day giving praise and asking to be an instrument of peace.
Cindy Hollingshead has served as the Finance Manager for The Synod of the Mid-Atlantic since July of 2007. Cindy has a B.S. degree in Accounting from UNC Charlotte and has focused her career in the non-profit sector. Cindy also serves as the Accountant/Finance Manager for the Presbytery of the James and considers it a blessing to be part of the PCUSA.
She is married to Allen Hollingshead and together they have five children and 10 grandchildren. She is an avid golfer and enjoys playing in competitive events at both the local and state level. With a passion for traveling and reading, Cindy organized a book club in January of 1999 that still meets monthly to discuss their book selection. Cindy is also mother to her fur doggy, Zoey. Zoey is a Golden Doodle and certified comfort therapy dog for hospice. While previously working as a volunteer for The East Bay Hospice Organization in California, Cindy hopes she and Zoey can again begin volunteering in Richmond.