The mission of T.A.V. Cultural Center Fellowship is to be an Afrikan-Centered, Scripture-based ministry of Excellence whose purpose is to Evangelize, Edify, and Equip its members, through the knowledge of the Truth, to serve the community and reach the world with the gospel of liberation while striving to be compassionate in our love, excellent in our service, holy in our living, and reverently spirited in our worship.
Headquarters for The Afrikan Village is located in St. Louis, MO. Take a moment to meet our leadership:
Dr. Ray Hagins is the International Chief Elder & Spiritual Leader of The Afrikan Village. He is also a clinician, therapist, musician, and a pilot. Dr. Hagins has attended and completed studies in various academic institutions such as: Montclair State University, Northeastern Bible College, Lighthouse Christian College and Trinity Theological Seminary and holds a doctorate (C.C.D.) in counseling and a Ph.D. with an emphasis in Cognitive Psychology.
His mission is to aid men, women and children in improving their quality of life by increasing their spirituality and God-consciousness resulting in self-awareness, self-reliance, self-worth, effectiveness and productivity. His methodology for achieving this goal is via lectures, workshops, seminars, study groups, conferences, literary works, the electronic media (radio, TV, and the Internet), audio and video tapes, etc.
Dr. Hagins is an advocate for developing strong communities through healthy, productive families and spends a great deal of time addressing marriage and family issues.
Dennis Winkler II, also known by his spiritual name Ausar II; is the National Administrator of Afrikan Village Internationally and Chief Minister of The Afrikan Village in Baltimore, Maryland. He was born on January 22,1979 in Baltimore, MD. He is married to Camele Winkler who he has been with since his 9th grade year of high school. Dennis and Camele are the proud parents of their two sons, Dennis Winkler III and Jamil Winkler. Min. Winkler attended several institutions of higher learning, however he is forever indebted to Sojourner-Douglass College where he graduated honors (magna cum laude) with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Administration, with a Concentration in Business Administration.
In August of 2009, Min. Winkler took his father to Egypt with the founder and Chief Spiritual Elder of the Afrikan Village, Dr. Ray Hagins who served as the tour guide during their two week study tour. Shortly thereafter, on Dec. 3, 2010, Min. Winkler was consecrated as the presiding Minister over the Baltimore chapter of the Afrikan Village and Cultural Center by Dr. Ray Hagins.
Minister Winkler is an entrepreneur, spiritual consultant, business consultant, and success coach; who has served Afrikan people over a decade. He has lectured at countless seminars, workshops, and private sessions. He has been a servant to many individuals, groups, couples, families and organizations in the progressive development of Afrikan people. Minister Winkler’s mission is to equip Afrikans in America with the tools necessary to build stronger family units.
Karin Stewart is the National Comptroller of The Afrikan Village and Cultural Center in St. Louis, Missouri. A native of St. Louis, she is the daughter of Rev. & Mrs. Leon Stewart, Pastor of the Evangelist Center Church of God In Christ. She attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied accounting and finance and the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.
In March of 2010, Karin became the President and CEO of Capital Portfolios, Inc., a full services financial firm in MO. Karin has her FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Association) Series 7 and 66 securities licenses. She also has her Life and Health, and Property and Casualty licenses in Missouri and Illinois. She also has her securities license in Kansas, Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Karin has served as an associate minister of The Afrikan Village, under the leadership of Dr. Ray Hagins since July of 2002. She also serves as the Financial Comptroller of The Afrikan Village and is also an Executive Board member.
Errol Hunt Jr. holds the office of Chair of Economic Development. He also became the Program Director of the Frederick Douglass Resource Center on January 18, 2006. In direct community service outreach, Mr. Hunt oversees the conception, preparation and implementation of community programs and organizes volunteer efforts of community, business and local industry for non-profit endeavors.
He also served as Assistant Director of housing development for the Frederick Douglass Community Development Corporation. He was responsible for directing general day-to-day operations that worked to coordinate housing operations and grant requirement oversight. He administered programs for single-family and senior apartment housing construction under the H.U.D. funded CDBG program (Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, Section 202, etc.). He gauged feasibility for new development projects, and monitored and evaluated efficiency and effectiveness of administrative support systems, and developed cooperative strategies with community partners to maintain mutually beneficial municipal liaisons and corporate affiliations.
Mr. Hunt attended Atlanta Metropolitan College where he studied communications and earned Dean’s list honors.
Mr. Hunt has received numerous community service awards and he is poised to continue in his quest to provide telecommunications services in his own company.
Marcus "Sankofa" Nicks is the National Youth Director of The Afrikan Village & Cultural Center. He is an Educational Hip Hop Artist, a Youth Advocate and a Youth Mentor. His primary purpose is to educate and cultivate Afrikan youth from an Afrikan-Centered paradigm to enhance their cultural awareness and academic achievement.
He is the founder of The Black Genius Youth Academy, which was established in 2008. The Black Genius Youth Academy serves as the primary auxiliary within the Afrikan Village & Cultural Center specifically aimed at educating and Afrikanizing the minds of Afrikan children.
Brother Sankofa’s widespread travels have enabled him to soothe the hearts and minds of many. He has proclaimed the message of Afrikan empowerment and liberation at churches, conventions, conferences, colleges, universities and various community-based events. Brother Sankofa’s methodology for carrying out his divine mission is via lectures, workshops, motivational speaking, electronic media, community programs and hip-hop performances.