The Circle of Divine Destiny


The Circle of Divine Destiny Staff

  Audrey Ashley 
 A.A., B.S., M.A.
Director,  Second Chance Initiative

 BS, M. Div., Th. M., D.D., ACPE, PCC
Director, Supportive Life Initiative

 Dr. Gary C. Patterson was born and raised in the State of Oklahoma.  He entered the military at the age of seventeen and served twenty-three years working half his career as an Infantryman/Equal Opportunity-Race Relations Manager and the other half as a Chaplain.  While on active duty he earned an Associates Degree (AA) in Psychology from the University of Maryland and a Baccalaureate (BS) from the American Technological University in the field of Social Services and Rehabilitation with an emphasis in Criminal Justice. Mid-way in his military career he departed the Army to enter Grace Theological Seminary in Warsaw, Indiana and earned both the Master of Divinity (M. Div.) and Master of Theology (Th. M.) degrees majoring in Systematic Theology.  After this five years of schooling he returned to Army active duty and over the next ten years founded two chapel congregations and completed basic and advanced (two quarters each) training in Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). He served as a Chaplain Clinician at Brook Army Medical Center – Fort Sam Houston, Texas and the Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio.  Pastor Patterson received the Doctor of Divinity (D. Div.) from the American Theological Seminary and is presently in pursuit of the Master Certified Coach (MCC) Certification with the International Coaching Federation. Dr. Patterson is also the Founding and Sr. Pastor of the Berean Spiritual Development Complex and Church in San Antonio, Texas and a Regional Church Starting Director for 100 + churches of the Baptist General Convention of Texas. He is duly aligned with the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Southern Baptist Convention.  He is married to the former and beautiful  Priscilla A. Taylor of Columbus, Georgia. 

Training Background:

GraduateMilitary Chaplain Officer Basic & Advanced Courses · Combined Arms Service Staff School (CASSS) · 1 year Residency in Clinical Pastoral Education  (2 Basic/2 Advanced Quarters) · Defense Race Relations Institute (DOD Equal Opportunity Management Institute), Patrick AFB, Florida · Certified CPE Clinician · Trained in Tools, Team Leader, and Facilitator Training by the Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio. Certified training in Hoshin Strategic Planning (GOAL/QBC 12B Manor Parkway - Salem, NH 03079 (800) 643-4316), certified Conflict Mediator, certified in the use of the Myers Briggs Personality Inventory & Theory and MBTI Team Development Processes (CAPT - 2815 NW 13th Street Suite 401 - Gainesville, FL 32609-2878 – (800) 777-2278)certified in the Birkman Personality Inventory (3040 Post Oak Blvd. Suite 1425, Houston, Texas 77056 USA Phone: 1+(713) 623.2760), facilitator New Church Member Care Ministry (Ken Houts - Care Ministries International (800)  769-4769) and Operation Multiplication Discipleship Training (Billy Hanks - International Evangelism AssociationP.O. Box 1174 Salado, Texas 76571-1174 – (254) 947-3030). Certified Church Growth Consultant with training in the Riddley Assessment Interview Process – Baptist General Convention of Texas, certified trainer of the Prepare and Enrich Marital Inventories (Life Innovations
2660 Arthur St.
Roseville, MN 55113 (800-331-1661). Corporate Coach University Certified Graduate (11523 Palm Brush Trail  #354, Bradenton, FL  34202
- (800) 482-6224) and Certified with the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as an Professional Certified Coach (PCC). Level 3 Facilitator - Legacy Leadership® (7370 Hawk Road Flower Mound, TX 75022 USA (817) 497-4927) and Certified Facilitator of The Signature Program of the 7 Habits of Effective People, The 5 Choices To Extraordinary Productivity and The 4 Imperatives of Great Leaders (3480 Preston Ridge Rd., Suite 550 Alpharetta, GA 30005 USA (888) 576-1776). Certified Effective Facilitator with Leadership Strategies - (56 Perimeter Center East, Suite 103, Atlanta, GA 30346, (770) 454.1440)  and candidate for the Certified Master Facilitator with the Inernational Insititute for Facilitation - INIFAC ( - 16913 SE 25th Street, Bellevue, WA 98008, (703) 909-8810). 

  Robin Y. Ashley 
 A.A., B.S.
Director, Job Intergration Initiative

The fourth of nine children and one of six girls, Robin Yvette Ashley is a native of San Antonio TX. Growing up Robin was a free spirited, outgoing young girl. Her mother describes her as a take charge, independent teenager with many hobbies and interest who aspired to run her own business someday.  After graduating from Highlands High School in 1980 she attended St. Philips College then went on to the former Southwest Texas State University now called Texas State University where she studied Criminal Justice. While attending Texas State Robin became a member of; Krimson Kourt Inc. of Kappa Alpha Psi, Who’s Who among American College Students as well as local beauty pageants.  In the process of doing her law enforcement internship at Austin TX local jail, Robin realized that Criminal Justice was not her calling. Mid-way into her second major Business Administration, Robin took on a part time job at the post office. Shortly after that Robin took a break from College to take on a full time job with the Postal Service were she has held many positions.  Now a 28 year veteran of the Postal Service, Robin serves as a Business Solution Specialist, responsible for executing corporate strategies to generate new USPS revenue and retain revenue from small-to-medium –sized businesses. She coordinates the participation of postal resources by providing subject matter expertise across a variety of functional disciplines to support the customer and the negotiating process, integrates acceptance requirements, transportation and delivery of mail to fulfill customer acceptance. She receives individual company research and uses market intelligence to conduct a business needs analysis to identify new business opportunities and close pricing negotiations. Executes the negotiating process using the techniques and methodologies of a comprehensive end-to-end sales process with standard decision matrices to meet assigned revenue goals and contribute to the overall achievement of postal revenue goals to meet geographic territory, Area and Corporate business results. Manages the interface and integration process for contract negotiations and pricing agreements and uses appropriate resources, as needed.

Robin never gave up her dream of being an entrepreneur. Party and Event planning has always been her passion so Robin took it up as a hobby. In 2008 Robin decided to make a name for her business now known as “Celebrating Life sa”.  What sets Robin apart is her creativity. Being a creative planner with unique ideas makes Robin stand out from the pack.

2008 - While working on a planning project Robin met the founder of “The African American Leadership Institute”, also known as AALI. The founder immediately saw qualities in Robin that he felt would make her a perfect candidate for their program.  AALI seeks adult leadership, the program to address the challenges, misconceptions and pressures faced by African Americans who are in or aspire to be in leadership positions. They incorporate soul tending, interactive learning, and one-on-one consulting to develop principal-centered, authentic leaders who bridge the cultural gaps to successful leadership. The latest technology is utilized in the design and delivery of their programs. In 2008 Robin was accepted in AALI ten month program, graduating May 2009. In 2008 Robin was listed in the Inaugural Edition of San Antonio’s first African American Who’s Who in Black San Antonio Edition.

 After going through the program and meeting San Antonio’s emerging African American Leaders Robin was inspired to return to school to finish out her College Degree.  In March 2010 Robin enrolled in Wayland Baptist University, picking up where she left off in Business Administration with a minor in Entrepreneurship.  In October 2012 Robin received her Associates Degree, and in May 2013 she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Wayland Baptist University.

Robin has one teenage daughter Tynisha Jones.

Robin’s motto is this: Networking is intentional, building relationships is my mission, serving is my passion and assisting YOU to achieve YOUR dreams is my goal.

Dr. Jerry B. Madkins

BS, MA, M. Div., D. Div.

Director, HEAP Education Initiative

Dr. Jerry B. Madkins was reared in East Texas. He attended Henderson public schools. Upon graduation from Hill Senior High School in Henderson, he then attended Prairie View A&M University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s of Science Degree in Mathematics and a minor in Political Science. He immediately joined the United States Army from Army ROTC at Prairie View where he reached the rank of Regular Army Major before he resigned his commission to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While in the U.S. Army, he was a Human Resource Management Officer for his entire military career. He served a two year tour at Ft. Wolters, Texas from 1971-1972; a two year tour with the lst Infantry Division (Forward) in Goeppingen, West Germany from 1973-1974; he then attended his Adjuntant General Corps Advanced Course at Ft. Benjamin, Harrison, Indiana in 1975; he then served a four year tour with FORSCOM Headquarters Command in Atlanta, Georgia from 1976-1980 and finally he served a two year tour with the ROTC Detachment at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia from 1981-1982. He also has obtained a Master’s of Arts Degree in Personnel Administration from Central Michigan University. He then pursued his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He is married to Andra Paulette Madkins and they have six children. He has also served as a pastor of three churches in West Virginia and Texas. He has taught business management courses at three universities: Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia; Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas and Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts. He has written several text books and published in several scholarly journals.

Academic Background and Other Training: MILITARY:  Officer Basic Course and Officer Advanced Course: Adjutant General Corps, Ft. Benjamin, Harrison, Indiana. PUBLICATIONS:  Textbooks:   Madkins, Jerry B., Guthrie, Phyllis, and Schwartz, George, SAT and ACT Preparation Handbook-A Roadmap to College Success, Kendall-Hunt Publishing, Dubuque, IA, 2001; Madkins, Jerry B., The Essentials of Modern Management, Kendall-Hunt Publishing, Dubuque, IA, 2001; Madkins, Jerry B., Management in the 21st Century, Principles, Practices and Concepts, Ron Jon Publishing, Denton, TX, 1st   and 2nd Editions, 1999 and 2001; Madkins, Jerry B., Corporate Social Responsibility: Building Ethical Organizations; Ron Jon Publishing, Denton, TX, 1st and 2nd Editions, 1994 and 1996 ; Madkins, Jerry B., The Challenge of Modern Management, Ron Jon Publishing, Denton, TX, 1st and 2nd Editions, 1993 and 1995 and Madkins, Jerry B. and Mills, Lavelle, R., The Management Experience: A Student Manual, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX, 1991, 1992 and 1993. PUBLICATIONS:  Journals and Magazines: “Leadership Crisis in the Black Church,” The Journal of Interdenominational Theological Center, Volume XIX, Numbers 1 and 2, Fall 1991 and Spring 1992; “Affirmative Action: Is Necessary and Ethical,” Personnel Journal, Vol. 68, No. 8, August 1989 and “The Perfect Ethics Systems for Business”, Executive Excellence Trade Magazine, April, 1991.ORGANIZED AND  FUNDED RESEARCH: Tarleton State University: Organized Research Grant: Title: Analysis of Management Effectiveness and Leadership Styles for Use in Volunteer Organizations: 1992. UNIVERSITY ACTIVITIES: Chairperson, The Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Lasell College, Newton, MA, 2010-2011; Executive Board Member, National Conference on Ethics, Long Beach State University, Long Beach, California, 1996-1998; Texas State Chairperson, National Association of African-American Studies; Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky, 1996-1999;  Member, Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Ethnic Diversity, The Texas A&M University System, College Station, TX, 1993-1994 and Member, General Scholarship Committee, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX 1993-2001. COMMUNITY AND CHURCH ACTIVITIES: Pastor, Greater Love Christian Church, New Braunfels, TX, 2012-Present; Pastor, St. Paul Baptist Church, St. Albans, WV, 1982-1987, Pastor, St. John Baptist Church, Stephenville, TX 1989-2003; President, NAACP, Stephenville, TX, 1996-2002; City Council Member, Place 1, Stephenville, TX 1996-1999; President, Erath Residents Against Drug Abuse (ERADA), Stephenville, TX 1993-1995; President, STAR Council On Drug Prevention and Counseling Agency, Stephenville, TX, 1992-1994 and President, St. Albans, Ministerial Alliance, St. Albans, WV, 1988-1989. HONORS: Jack and Louise Arthur Distinguished Faculty Award: University Professor of the Year: 1999-2000, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX; Most Outstanding Professor: College of Business Administration: Tarleton State University, 1993-1996; Who’s Who in American College and Universities, Prairie View A&M University, 1971; Member, Phi Delta Kappa, National Fraternity in Education, Cross Timbers Chapter, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX, 1996-2002; Presidential Teaching Fellow, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX, 1991-1992 and Member, Phi Mu Epsilon, Honor Society in Mathematics, Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX, 1971.