Bachelor of Science, Longwood College, Farmville, Virginia, 1982. Master of Divinity, Virginia Union University, 1992. Master of Arts, Presbyterian Graduate School Christian Education, Richmond, Virginia, 1993.
Doctor in Ministry, Howard University, 1995. Doctor in Ministry (honorary), Eastern Theological Seminary/Maryland. Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, Virginia, 2000.
25 years in positions of increasing scope and responsibility, including 6 years with United States State Department in Japan and Republic of Korea. With United States Department Labor, regional office, Philadelphia, 1971—1973. Retired, 1974.
Member Amherst County Violence Prevention Team, Amherst County Commission on Youth Services, Amherst County Healthy Beginnings Program. Parent representative Amherst County Family Assessment Program. Member Amherst County Commission against Domestic Violence.
Court advocate Women Victims of Domestic Violence. Teacher Parent Nurturing Program, Child Abuse Prevention, Lynchburg, Virginia. Member state governing board, 1st section Virginia Organizing Project, Charlottesville, 1997—1999.
Associate minister Deliverance Church of Christ, Gladstone, Virginia, 1986—1989. Elder, administrator The Way of the Cross Full Gospel Baptist Church, Lynchburg, 1996—1998. Assistant pastor, pastoral counselor National Investigation Agency Community Fellowship, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1998—1999.
Guest minister Springfield Baptist Church, Appomattox, Virginia, 2001. Vacation bible school teacher Union Hill Baptist Church, Buckingham, 2001—2002. Administrator, pastoral counselor Spirit and Truth Ministries, Oak Hill, West Virginia, 2000—2001.
Volunteer teacher bible study Hidden Valley Nursing Home. Board directors Young Men’s Christian Association, Philadelphia, 1972. Member of American Association Christian Counselors, Association Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta (Alpha Phi Zeta chapter).
Daughter of William McKinley and Lucy Rose (Puryear) Pankey. Adopted children: Ronald K. Bell, Mark David Bell.