In the heart of South Hayward, the Glad Tidings Community Development Corporation (GTCDC) stands as a beacon of hope and transformation. Founded in 1992 by Bishop J.W. Macklin, we embarked on a mission to reclaim a community ensnared by drugs, crime, and poverty. Today, GTCDC is a testament to what’s possible when vision meets action—providing vital services in workforce development, health, education, and housing. As we look to the future, our commitment remains unwavering: to empower families, foster healthy lifestyles, and cultivate opportunities for every resident to thrive.
GTCDC’s Mission is to preserve, strengthen, and empower our families, households, residents and community by increasing economic development; promoting safe and healthy neighborhoods, providing high-quality and well-maintained affordable housing and encouraging healthy lifestyles.
Guiding the transformative journey of South Hayward is our distinguished leadership team, a blend of visionaries, strategists, and seasoned professionals. From pioneering community advocates to experts in health, human services, and sciences, each leader brings a wealth of experience and unwavering dedication to our mission. Collectively, they drive GTCDC’s commitment to fostering a brighter and more empowered South Hayward, ensuring our initiatives resonate with impact, innovation, and inclusivity.
Bishop Jerry W. Macklin, a native of San Mateo, California, is the eldest son of Church of God in Christ parents, the late Pastor Albert and Helen Macklin. Bishop and Lady Vanessa founded Glad Tidings Church of God in Christ in Hayward, California, in 1978. With more than forty (40) active ministries, bringing life and hope to a diverse community, this servant church is a dynamic voice throughout Northern California. Today, Glad Tidings International continues to mobilize and equip hundreds of caring people to respond to communities in crisis, at home, and abroad. In 1992, Glad Tidings established Northern California Community Development Corporation (NCCD). For the past 30 years, Glad Tidings partnering with civic and community leaders, has remained at the forefront of neighborhood development, significantly revitalizing this marginalized South Hayward community, including developing and building more than 120 residential units.
Bishop has served on multiple boards, including St. Rose Hospital, Patten University, Executive Board Member for Prison Fellowship USA, Hayward Community Policing, County Donor Network, California State University – East Bay, and Presidential Search Committee.
Bishop’s leadership has spanned four decades in the Church of God in Christ, including the National Publishing Board, Superintendent – National Sunday School, and founding Chairman of AIM, Auxiliaries in Ministry Convention.
In 1998 Bishop Macklin was consecrated as an Auxiliary Bishop, and in 2001 founded NorCal Metropolitan Jurisdiction. In 2004, Bishop would be elected to the Church of God in Christ General Board. In 2007, he would ascend to the chairmanship of PCCNA, Pentecostal-Charismatic Churches of North America, representing more than 20 Pentecostal denominations. Also in 2007, Bishop was elevated to the office of 2nd Assistant Presiding Bishop serving 12 years. Today Bishop Macklin is honored to serve as First Assistant Presiding Bishop under the leadership of Presiding Bishop J. Drew Sheard.
In 2019 Glad Tidings Church embraced a new name reflective of a changing community and a broadening vision, Glad Tidings International Church of God in Christ. As a speaker for the World Pentecost Conference, this global reach stretches worldwide, including Haiti, Brazil, Germany, India, Nigeria, South Africa, and Indonesia. Bishop Macklin’s leadership and expertise resulted in his appointment by Presiding Bishop Blake to lead the COGIC response to humanitarian crises and events, including the hurricanes Katrina (Louisiana), Harvey (Houston), and Dorian (The Bahamas). Dispatched to the Republic of Haiti following the most recent catastrophic earthquake (2010), Bishop would lead the effort to erect a new COGIC School, Orphanage, Guest House, and Medical Clinic. Over the next seven years, Glad Tidings would continue to support the Haiti outreach, annually sending 12-16 skilled workers to maintain newly constructed buildings.
Bishop Macklin has received numerous citations, honors, and awards, including Hayward’s highest Humanitarian and Lifetime Achievement Award and the distinguished Bay Area’s Most Influential African American Clergyman award. In our Nation’s Capital, Bishop Macklin representing the Church of God in Christ delivered the invocation for the 113th United States Congress. He and Lady Macklin, married for 48 years,
Doug Edmunds currently serves as board secretary/treasurer for the Glad Tidings Community Development Corporation, and has served as a board member since 2008.
By profession, he was the Director, Marketing Business Systems at a leading educational solutions publisher driving the innovative and strategic integration of business systems and data into marketing and sales programs. His expertise spans both electronic and social media marketing.
Currently working on a degree in Business Administration with a marketing concentration, with a desire to pursue a Master’s in Public Administration.
As a member of the Glad Tidings International Church of God In Christ, Doug serves and has served in ministry in many capacities. In addition to being an administrative team member to Bishop J.W. Macklin, and as executive assistant to the men’s ministries, his ministry connection includes president of the sanctuary choir, and currently as primary communications and social media graphic designer and campaign execution.
With interests in music, great movies, and the outdoors, Doug currently lives in Discovery Bay with his wife, Kehran and their two children
Sean Evans, a compassionate and dedicated individual from Oakland California, began his academic journey at Grambling University, where he cultivated the skills and values that would define his lifelong dedication to serving others.
As the proud owner of Skyline Vista, a distinguished residential care facility nestled in the heart of the Bay Area, he established a secure and nurturing haven for individuals in need of specialized care and attention.
Sean serves as a distinguished board member at: Bentley Miller Consulting, an international management firm; Glad Tidings Community Development Corporation and he is also is the proprietor of Fernhoff Enterprises, a property investment firm.
Additionally, Sean serves on the ministerial team at the Glad Tidings International Church under the leadership of Bishop J.W. Macklin.
Evans’ unwavering commitment to enhancing the lives of individuals, particularly those grappling with physical or cognitive challenges, stands as a testament to his enduring dedication to community betterment. His journey exemplifies how faith in God, compassion for others and entrepreneurship can converge to create a profound impact on the lives of many.
Marion Harris is a practicing community health nurse, ministry leader, and health education professional with over 3 decades of experience. Marion has proven career success in health education, community engagement, and program development within unique, culturally diverse communities. She is recognized as an authentic leader and mentor who partners with various public and health service agencies and faith-based organizations to propel health-centric objectives in alignment with Healthy People 2020 benchmarks.
Marion holds a Master and Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master in Education from the University of Phoenix. Her additional career experience inlcudes nurse manager, case manager and director roles. She has served in a leadership capacity for several associations including the Health Ministries Association, the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, Alameda County Health Ministries Network, University of San Francisco Helen Dillar Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Engragement, Sister’s 3 Cancer Resource Network and Northern California Eccelesatical Jurisdication of the Church of God in Christ.
Marion has served as an adjunct professor, education consultant, and master trainer for the University of California, San Francisco, Samuel Merritt University, Ohlone College, Canada College, John Muir Health, the BASS Church Conference, Health Ministries Association, and the Westberg Institute. She has educated and mentured hundreds of students on various nursing, community, and public health topics in support of nursing certification and gerontology programs.
As a Faith Community Nurse Educator, Marion has co-chaired and facilitated multiple community events, conferences and programs such as the Faith Community Nursing Conference, a 38-hour course focusing on key components of community health practices, including spirituality, professionalism, and wholistic health. Marion is also recognized as a convenor of partners with health and social service agencies to develop and implement education programs, preventive screening, and resource referrals to promote healthy living and reduce health disparities.
Marion has participated in 3 community-based research projects led by Dr. Pasick from San Francisco Helen Dillar Comprehensive Cancer Center Community Engragement on Mechanisms & Capacity to Reduce Disparities: The Abundant Life Health Ministries and Identification and Education of Low-Income Women at Risk for Hereditary Breast Cancer, 2nd Opinion Breast Cancer. She served as the Community Partner Principle Investigator for the University of California, Berkley & Kaiser Permanente, Division of Research to identify strategies to assist African American women obtain free and reduced cost mammograms.
Elder Aaron Macklin is a husband, father, entrepreneur, and minister of the gospel. As the 4 th of 5 children he serves faithfully at the Glad Tidings International Church in Hayward California under his father Bishop JW Macklin and Lady Vanessa Macklin. In 2018 Elder Macklin returned home to California after serving faithfully under Bishop Oscar Meadows of the Alabama 1 st Jurisdiction and Supt. Paul Bevelle. While in Alabama Eld Macklin became engrossed in helping churches improve all parts of the ministry, That passion allowed him to be a part of 2 church plants while serving at Besson Divinity School in Birmingham Alabame. Professionally Elder Macklin has served as a Community Organizer, top 10 Founder of Tech Start-Up, Social Media Influencer, Track and Field Coach, Prison Chaplain, Musician, Videographer and an Audio technician.
Although Elder Macklin serves tirelessly in several areas of his local church, he is blessed to have served the Church of God in Christ in many areas such as the Urban Initiative, The Youth Dept, 20 under 40 in the AIM Convention, The Leadership Conference and is a current Member of the Church of God in Christ Publishing Board. Most notably Elder Macklin is the owner of Macklin Media and the founder of the 828 All Things work Together Movement, which united 1000 Pastors across the county to preach Romans 8:28 on August 28 th . The movement gained viral attention and was picked up by the Word Network as well as 18 different denominations worldwide. Elder Macklin has served with PCCNA (Pentecostal Charismatic Churches of North America) as a leader of the Next Gen Council representing 26 different denominations world wide. He is married to Krystle Macklin and together they have been blessed to with 4 exceptional children, Akaia, Noel, Blaire and Noah.
Prior to assuming her current role as Director, Department of Health and Human Services for the County of Marin, in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. McLarin served as the Chief Operating Officer for Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (Hospitals and Clinics) in San Jose, California for over five years.
Previous to that Ms. McLarin served as Vice President, Ambulatory Health Care Services for
Alameda Health System and served in senior positions for Sonoma County Department of Health Services and Solano County Health and Social Services Department. Ms. McLarin also served over twenty years on active duty as a Medical Service Corps Officer with the United States Army which included several overseas assignments to Germany and Korea and deployments to Honduras, Bosnia and to Saudi Arabia for the first Gulf War. Ms. McLarin is a combat veteran and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Ms. McLarin received her Master of Science degree in health policy and management from Harvard University School of Public Health, her Master of Health Administration degree from Chapman University and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
Ms. McLarin is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also a member of the American Public Health Association and a lifetime member of the Association of the United States Army. She is a graduate fellow of the California Health Leadership College and a graduate of the Boston- based Disparities Leadership Program.
Ms. McLarin enjoys mentoring and supporting young people and early careerists. She is a board member and mentor with the Bay-Area iMentor program. Ms. McLarin also enjoys working in the community and is a board member of the Glad Tidings Community Development Corporation and is a coordinator in her church community outreach program.
Dr. Larry Smith received his doctorate in biological sciences from Fordham University, Bronx, New York, and completed a certificate in molecular laboratory diagnostics at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. He completed postdoctoral studies in gene therapy and experimental hematopoiesis at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York, and was a research fellow in immunology at Fordham University and at the Laboratory of Lymphokine Biology, New York Blood Center’s Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute, New York, New York. In addition, Dr. Smith has a Master of Science degree in medical biology and a Bachelor of Science degree of Science in French and biology.
His former positions include Research Associate and Director of the Stem Cell Research Laboratory, Division of Hematology-Oncology, at Long Island College Hospital, Brooklyn, New York; Adjunct Associate Professor at Rutgers School of Health Related Professions, Newark, New Jersey; Adjunct Professor at the School
of Health Sciences and Professional Programs, York College, City University of New York; and Director of the Coagulation and Hemostasis Laboratories, Assistant Attending Laboratory Scientist and Director of Clinical Hematology in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York. Most recently, Dr. Smith served as Global Medical and Scientific Affairs Manager for Abbott Hematology Diagnostic Division in Santa Clara, California.
Dr. Smith is a member of the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science, the American Society of Hematology, the International Academy of Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/Hemostasis, the International Society for Laboratory Hematology, and the International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis.
Dr. Smith holds multiple board certificates and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, abstracts, reviews and monographs. He is the co-author of several textbooks on hematology and coagulation and has been an invited speaker at both national and international conferences. His research interests include laboratory test development for hemostasis and coagulation and flow cytometry applications for leukemia and lymphoma testing.
Currently, Dr. Smith is retired. He is an accomplished pianist, a polyglot, involved in church and community activities related to health and wellness, an avid drone pilot, and consults in laboratory medicine.