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Ministry Staff

"I must work the works of the one that sent me, while it is day; the night cometh when no man can work".                                                                                                                                                                   -John 9:4
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Reverend
Anisa Little

Associate Minister/First Lady

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Reverend
Robin Small

Associate Minister​

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Reverend  Shanelle Wilson

Associate Minister​

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Minstrel
Travis D. Cooper

Minister of Music

Staff Biographies
Reverend Anisa Little

Rev. Little is the daughter of Jasper and Willia Thompson.  She was born and raised in Bear Creek, NC.  She graduated from Chatham Central High School where she was a premiere athlete, excelling in tennis, basketball, softball, and track &field.  Her athletic performance on the basketball court, afforded her a basketball scholarship to Elon University, formerly known as Elon College.  She graduated with honors from Elon with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education with teacher certification in grades K-12.

Rev. Little has been teaching Health & Physical Education and coaching various sports at the high school level for 26 years. For 17 years, she was employed by the Wake County Public School System.  She taught at Wake Forest Rolesville High School for 11 years and there she was the Head Varsity Women’s Basketball, Softball, and Men’s Track & Field coach.  She then went to Knightdale High School for the next 6 years, where she was Co-Department Chair, taught, and coached Varsity Women’s Basketball and Track. She is formerly a teacher and the Head Varsity Women’s Basketball Coach and Head Junior Varsity Women's Softball Coach at Gray’s Creek High School in Hope Mills, NC.  Presently, Rev. Little is a teacher and Varsity Women’s Head Basketball Coach at Union Pines High School in Carthage NC.  Rev. Little is also an entrepreneur as part owner of Thompson & Little Transportation Inc. and a CEO in Total Life Changes Health and Wellness Company.

 

Rev. Little was nurtured spiritually at the Centennial AME Zion Church in Bear Creek.  She is an anointed singer and a gifted musician.  There she served as the minister of music for the Voices of Zion choir for many years.  She has sung as a background vocalist for National Gospel recording artist, CoCo McMillian. Rev. Little is also the lead singer of “Spirit of Praise,” a family group from Centennial.

Rev. Little has been married to her high school sweetheart, Rev. Corey D. Little, Pastor of  Mitchell Chapel AME Zion Church, for 23 years and they are the proud parents of two sons, Derrin and Jared.  They reside in Pittsoboro, NC.  Rev. Little preached her trial sermon on August 24, 2003 and is now an ordained Elder in the AME Zion Church.  

Reverend Robin Small

Reverend Robin Small is the  proud granddaughter of two great Woman of Zion, Reverend Roxie Small and Reverend Juanita Milliken.  Both of these pillars in Reverend Robin Smalls' life are pillars to her evangelistic ministry which started in . Reverend Smalls is an Ordained Elder in the AME Zion Church.   Reverend Smalls preached her trail sermon on April 27, 1997 and has served faithfully as an Associate MInister at Mitchell Chapel.  She has faithfully served as an Associated Minister under the leadership of great Pastors and has had the privilege to travel to several churches to minister the Word of God.

One of the highlights of Reverend Small's evangelistic ministry was  having Pastor Little and Rev. Anissa Little minister in song.  The second most memorable highlight in ministry was  ministering during Spiritual Emphasis week hosted by the Durham District .

Reverend Small is on the battlefield for the Lord and plans to run on to see what the end will be.  

Reverend Shanelle Wilson

Rev. Shanelle Amaris Wilson was born in New Britain, CT on August 15, 1985 to Robert L. Wilson and the late Rev. Gaylyn S. Wilson. She has two siblings, the late Amber Lynn Wilson, who made her transition to heaven in 2011 and a younger brother, Robert Lee Wilson, III.  Shanelle attended the local schools in New Britain, CT until the Lord directed her mother to move their family to NC. She is a graduate of Riverside High School.  Upon graduation from High School, Rev. Wilson attended World Harvest Bible College in Columbus, OH.  Rev. Wilson graduated with honors from Clinton College in Rock Hill, SC. She has an Associate Degree in Religious Studies.  She also attended Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI where she took courses under their Social Work and Non-profit Administration curriculum. 
 
From her early childhood days in Connecticut, it was evident that Rev. Wilson was a very unique child.  She was saved at the age of 6 years old, as the hand of God was on her life.   Throughout her childhood years, Rev. Shanelle continued to hunger after the things of God. At the age of 11, she accepted her call to ministry and preached her trial sermon at the age of 12 and has been ministering ever since.  She is an ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. Her ministry focuses have varied through the years from youth, women, prayer, spiritual warfare and evangelism. She has served in several different ministry capacities such as Youth Pastor, Associate minister, Secretary of the College of Preachers at St. Luke A.M.E. Zion Church in Grand Rapids, MI, District Secretary of the Western Michigan District of the Michigan Conference, Western Michigan District Co-Young Adult Director of Christian Education, and Young Adult Prayer Coordinator for the Michigan Conference of the A.M.E. Zion Church. While on a job assignment in Orlando, FL she attended The Praise Place Church under the Leadership of Pastors Thomas and Lisa Cook. There Rev. Shanelle started and led the Sunday Morning Intercessory Prayer Ministry; she volunteered during the week in the church office as one of the secretaries and was a part of the ministry team which included rotated teaching of mid-week services (Bible Study). Rev. Wilson under the leadership of the Holy Spirit relocated to Elizabeth City in February of 2017 to be closer to her mother who eventually transitioned in June of 2018. 
 
Rev. Wilson has also been blessed to Pastor great churches in Zion. She has pastored at Macedonia A.M.E. Zion Church in Plymouth, NC and Union Grove A.M.E. Zion Church in Edenton, NC. Rev. Wilson also pastored at Gough Tabernacle A.M.E. Zion Church in Earlington, Kentucky. Rev. Wilson currently resides in Durham, NC. She is currently employed as a U.S. Intake Specialist for Workplace Options in Raleigh, NC. She is now serving as an Associate Minister at Mitchell’s Chapel AME Zion Church in Pittsboro, NC under the leadership of Rev. Corey Little. Rev. Wilson loves God and His people, and desires to see all that will come to know the saving power of Jesus Christ.  Rev. Wilson’s ministry stands on the principle that if God is lifted up, then HE will draw all men, women, boys, and girls, to Himself!!! 

Minstrel Travis Cooper

Travis Dwayne Cooper is a native of Fayetteville, NC where he was reared and raised in The AME Zion Church.  He is the son of Retired SSG. James T. Cooper and Shirley J.B. Grissett.  He is a twin and is the eldest sibling of three. He began formal piano and music theory training at the age of 8 and has since immersed himself in Music Ministry under the tutelage of Robert Roberts, Rosalind Sands, Ed Melvin Jr., Becky White, Cedric Thompson and Bishop Ralph Donnie Graves. 

 

Through the ministry of John P. Kee, Travis received Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at the age of 17 and has shared his musical Gifts, Graces and Talents for the following churches in Fayetteville, NC area throughout High School and College: Wesley Chapel AMEZ Church, Mount Hebrew AMEZ Church, New Bethel AMEZ Church, and Creeksville AMEZ Church in Spring Lake, NC. While attending NC Central University, he served as a founding member of the Worship and Praise Inspirational Mass Choir of NCCU and served as Minister of Music for this group for 3 years. During his time in the "Triangle Area" he served as the Minister of Music for Markham Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Durham, N.C. for 15 years, Poplar Springs Christian Church of Raleigh, N.C. for 11 years and Pleasant Grove Christian Church of Cary for 3 years.  He is also the Founder and Executive Producer for The Abundant Blessings Chorale in The Raleigh/Durham area and has recorded three Gospel Music projects with original songs he has penned over the years for this aggregation of singers and musicians.

 

Travis is a life-long learner attending North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. where he is deemed a "Triple Eagle" earning three degrees; a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, a Master's Degree in Education/School Administration and an additional Master's Degree in Educational Technology/Instructional Design.  Currently, he is a Doctoral Student at Fayetteville State University where he studies Research Design and Higher Education Leadership.

 

Professor Cooper's professional passions for Education, Instructional Leadership and Technology has afforded him the opportunity to serve as a certified Educator/Administrator in the state of North Carolina for more than two decades in the areas of Technology, Digital Media Design and Music Education.  He is currently employed by the NC Department of Public Safety as a Technology  and School Administrator. He is afforded the opportunity to serve as a Technology Trainer and Curriculum Designer for Prison Instructors, Adolescent/Young Adult inmates and Administrators.  He is also the sole proprietor of Cooper's Creative Concepts, a Desktop Publishing and Design Business. 

Travis' favorite scripture is "Eyes have not seen, nor ears heard, the things God has prepared for them who love the Lord".