San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Honorary Commission Chair
Ivy R. Taylor, City Council District 2
Ivy R. Taylor was elected to serve as the District 2 Councilperson on June 13, 2009. Ms. Taylor is a wife, mom and City Planner.
Ms. Taylor began her career working for the City of San Antonio in the Housing and Community Development Department and the Neighborhood Action Department. While at the City, she worked with a variety of neighborhood associations, developers and nonprofit organizations in order to facilitate inner city redevelopment. She also planned several of the City's Housing Summits which provided an opportunity for community partners to exchange practical ideas on how to address our city's housing needs. After six years, she left employment with the City of San Antonio to become a Vice President at Merced Housing Texas. At Merced, she worked to create and implement programs focused on children, education, health and financial literacy for apartment community residents. Councilwoman Taylor is a lecturer at UTSA in the Public Administration Department.
Ms. Taylor served on the City's Planning Commission and as a commissioner for the City's Urban Renewal Agency (SADA). She also served on the advisory board for Our Lady of the Lake's Center for Women in Church and Society. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Martinez Street Women's Center and Healthy Futures of Texas. She is a former board member for Haven for Hope. She completed the Leadership San Antonio class sponsored by the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and in 2004 was acknowledged by the San Antonio Business Journal as a "Rising Star" in their "40 under 40" class. In 2008, she completed Bank of America's Neighborhood Excellence Leadership Training Program.
Ms. Taylor obtained a Master's Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998. In 1992, she received a Bachelor's Degree from Yale University.
San Antonio Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission Chair
Bishop David M. Copeland
Bishop David M. Copeland is a native of Buffalo, New York and currently serves as Senior Pastor of New Creation Christian Fellowship of San Antonio, Texas. His early training was in the Baptist Church. At the age of 18, he was saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit and began a new phase of growth in the Lord in the Church of God in Christ. He was called to the ministry and licensed as a minister in 1969 and ordained in 1974.
Bishop Copeland completed his undergraduate education at the State University of New York at Brockport where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Speech Communications with a minor in Philosophy. He continued his studies at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia where he earned the Master of Divinity Degree in Church Administration. His seminary training also includes study at Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York. In May 1992, Bishop Copeland completed the Doctorate of Ministry at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.
Bishop Copeland also served as the founding Pastor of Good Shepherd Church of God in Christ in Atlanta, Georgia, and Pastor of LeRoy Baptist Church in New York. He was also the Chaplain and Deputy Sheriff of the Dekalb County (Georgia) Department of Corrections.
Bishop Copeland was elevated to the Episcopacy in June of 1998 and he is the Founder and Overseer of the Kingdom Council of Interdependent Christian Churches and Ministries. This Council is an interdependent, interdenominational, international fellowship of churches and ministries dedicated to perfecting the church and impacting the communities they serve.
Dr. Copeland has served on various boards to include the FICWFM (Fellowship of Inner City Word of Faith Ministries) Board under the leadership of Dr. Frederick K.C. Price. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors and on the Board of Directors for Christian Haitian Outreach (headquarters in Port Au Prince, Haiti) for more than 20 years. He currently serves on the Board of the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops under the leadership of The Most Reverend J. Delano Ellis, II.
He and his wife, The Reverend Dr. Claudette A. Copeland, have been married for 38 years. They were high school sweethearts. Together, they founded New Creation after serving seven years in the United States Air Force Chaplaincy. The Copeland’s were the first active duty African American couple in the United States Air Force Chaplaincy.
Inspired with vision for Kingdom ministry, Bishop Copeland continues to avail himself to the move of God, sharing vision and inspiration with churches and ministries in the Kingdom of God.
After more than 44 years in ministry, Bishop Copeland believes that the God's church should be a caring community equipping the saints the “take the Kingdom of God” by force!
- Ivy R. Taylor, Honorary Chair
- Bishop David M. Copeland. Commission Chair
- Yolanda Oden, District 2 Liaison
- Nathaniel Davis, Vice Chair
- Natalie Vargas, Treasurer
- Dori Brown, Secretary
- Natalie Vargas, Budget/Finance Committee Chair
- Dori Brown, Commemorative Program Committee Chair
- Ivy R. Taylor, Fundraising Committee Chair
- Dr. John Abdo, Interfaith Committee Chair
- Nathaniel Davis, March Committee Chair
- Soi Smith, Outreach Committee Chair
- Javier Flores, Outreach Committee Chair
- Kim Jordan, Public Awards Committee Chair
- Dorothy Collins, Scholarship Committee Chair
- Carla Walker, Youth Programs Committee Chair
- Harold Moore, Wreath Laying Ceremony Committee Chair
- Dr. Loren Alves
- Kathleen Carter-Stiggers
- Bennie Cole
- Sara Cook
- Leonard Fuller
- Mary Fulton-Moore
- Gloria Malone
- Charlene High
- Nettie Hinton
- Armeania Hudspeth
- Dr. Arla Johnson
- Gloria Malone
- Sandra Ross
- Irene Thompson
- Ronnie Thomas
- Linda Tippins
- James Turner
- Oscar Vicks
- Bishop Rosa Wilson
- Elder Lavelle Wilson
- Tiffanie Wilson