NCGCC Leadership

Dr. Marabeth E. Gentry,
National President

Dr. Marabeth Gentry, President

Dr. Gentry, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, is the daughter of the late Joshua and Geneva Gentry. She is a graduate of Harris-Stowe State University and a Distinguished Alumnus of the university. She received a Master of Arts in Music from Webster University and an Honorary Doctorate from Easter Theological Seminary. Selected twice as a Who’s Who Among American Teachers, she is retired educator from the Saint Louis Public School System after 32 years of service.

In addition to her public service, Dr. Gentry is known as a world-acclaimed psalmist. She has appeared on radio and television programs locally, nationally and internationally, and has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Dr. Gentry has recorded one album and appeared on many others. Nationally, she became known as the multi-talented singer that sang Gospel, Opera, Broadway and Soul Tunes that left the audience captivated by her melodious sounds. She later became known as "The Sanctified Opera Singer."

In 2012, Dr. Gentry was elected National President of NCGCC at the 60th annual convention session in Washington, DC. Before her elevation, she had served as 1st Vice President for almost twenty years alongside the late NCGCC President Bishop Kenneth H. Moales, Sr. Under her leadership and vision, NCGCC membership and awareness of the convention, including its place in history, has increased.

Dr. Gentry is a two-time Stellar Award recipient. In February 2016, Dr. Gentry received the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award at the 31st Annual Stellar Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. And in March 2018, Dr. Gentry was inducted into the Stellar Awards Honors Hall of Fame during the 33rd Annual Stellar Awards.

Other notable awards include the Legacy Award (2016) from the Saint Louis County Chapter of the NAACP; the National Black Radio Hall of Fame Award (2016) for continuing the traditions of Gospel Music; and the Legacy Award (2017) from the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. Gateway Metropolitan Chapter in appreciation of her outstanding community service.

Dr. Gentry is currently the President for When Singers Meet, Inc. ®, a Gospel music performance organization that she’s partnered with The Salvation Army for over 40 years. In addition, she is an honorary member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and has received many awards and recognition from civic, community, educational and religious national organizations for her involvement. She credits all accomplishments to God’s presence and hand on her life, and enjoys reading and cooking.

Vice Presidents


Rev. Shawn Bell
1st Vice President (Interim)


Dr. Bessie Palmer
2nd Vice President


Dr. Ulysses Moye
3rd Vice President


Dr. Dorothea Shanks
4th Vice President


Rev. Albert Morgan
5th Vice President

National Board of Directors

Rev. Albert Morgan, Chairman of the Board, (Interim)

Serena Blanco, Northeast Regional Representative
Jay Bradley, Board Member
Stanley Bray, Alumni Chorale Representative
Steven Bray, Midwest Regional Representative
Rev. Dr. Richard Brown, III, Board Member
Velma Counts, Board Secretary
Rev. Michael Cummings, Emeritus
Dr. Shanda Cummings Crowder, Junior Board Member
Minister Brian Davis, National Treasurer
Kayla B. Ligon, Youth and Young Audit Board Representative
Dr. Rosemary Griffin, Emeritus

Michael Keith Jester, Great Lakes Regional Representative
Hadiya King, Director of Financial Operations
Lady Peggy Moales, Board Member
Fannie Palmer, Financial Secretary
Debra Oden, Supervisor’s Guild Board Representative
Sylvia Wright-Quigless, Board Member
Minister Kevin L. Simmons, Assistant Treasurer
Etholia Sweat, Southeast Regional Representative
Rev. Johnny Thompson, Emeritus
Rodney Whitley, Soloist Bureau Representative
Shawn Bell, Board Member

Honorary Board Members

Mr. Austin Layne
Mr. Michael McMillan
Bishop Kenneth Dupree
Dr. Bobby Jones
Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee (represented by Mr. Carl Davis)
Mr. Don Jackson
Mr. Donald Lawrence
Mr. Richard Smallwood
Late Dr. Edwin Hawkins
Archbishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr.
Evangelist Susie C. Owens
Dr. Teresa Hairston
Dr. Cynthia Hale