REV. STEPHANIE BUTLER ADAMS (Founder and CEO)
Stephanie Butler Adams is the Executive Director of The Long Beach Unity Festival, a non-profit 501-c3 organization, which she manages together with her husband, Steve Adams (President & CEO). She is also an ordained Itinerant Elder in the AME Church.
She holds dual undergraduate degrees in Journalism (B.S.) & Dance (B.A.) from the University of Maryland, post graduate (M.A.Th.) in Theology from the United Theological College of the West Indies, and Certification from the University of CA Cecil Murray Center for Religion and Civic Engagement . Prior to her transition from professional dance performance and corporate consulting in Quality Assurance for Fortune 500 companies, to full-time missions ministry 12 years ago, Stephanie sat under the tutelage of some of the best choreographers, dancers, movement analysts, and institutions across the nations including the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance (NYC), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (NYC), Kei Ta-kei & Moving Earth (Japan), Improvisations Unlimited (Washington, DC), the Laban Institute of Movement (NYC), and many others.
Rev. Stephanie is the Founding Director and CEO of Spirit of Praise Sacred Artistry International, International Director of Liturgical Dance for the AME Church under the directive of the Music & Christian Arts Ministry (MCAM), and creator/producer of The Dancer In Me Annual Performing Arts & Music Training Institute. In each role, she creates technically sound, biblically-based curriculum models for dance and performing arts. For more than 15 years, her ministry and mission work has been recognized worldwide spanning Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, and extensively throughout the Caribbean for her in-depth teaching on choreography, dance theology, Arts-evangelism, liturgical worship, cross-cultural outreach ministry, and the preached Word.