WOMANIST. PASTOR. CREATIVE. STRATEGIST.
Pastor Gabby Cudjoe Wilkes is a Principal of Wilkes Advocacy Group, The Co-Lead Pastor of the new church start, The Double Love Experience in Brooklyn, New York, and a licensed minister whose work is situated at the intersection of faith & culture. Her work in ministry began as a gospel music publicist and event planner. From 2005-2015, Pastor Gabby worked in the field of entertainment as a publicist, event planner, and brand strategist. During that time she did publicity for gospel music artists such as Mary Mary, Erica Campbell, Jonathan McReynolds, Trin-i-Tee 5:7, BeBe Winans, Mathew Knowles & Music World Entertainment, eOne Music and others. From 2013-2018 Pastor Gabby served as the Co-Pastor to the young adults of The Greater Allen Cathedral of New York, under the leadership of the Reverends Drs. Floyd & Elaine Flake.
Pastor Gabby is committed to the work of justice both domestically and abroad. She took a delegation of 6 seminarians and 1 undergraduate student to Flint, Michigan in 2016 to both respond to the Flint Water Crisis and to document the ways in which black & brown communities who seem to be overlooked or ignored by the federal government deal theologically with the uncertainties and the theodicy that natural disasters can bring. Pastor Gabby studied theology for a 3 month term in Cambridge, England in 2017 and traveled to Ahmedabad, India for a 10 day travel seminar in 2016.
Pastor Gabby is an advocate of women in ministry and an inaugural member of the Millennial Womanist Project, a cohort of black women millennial faith leaders across the nation. She is the co-host of the digital interview series, Womanists Taught Us. Pastor Gabby holds an M. Div. from Yale University, where she received the Charles S. Mersick prize in preaching, a B.A. in Public Relations from Hampton University where she was a William R. Harvey Leadership Institute Fellow and an M.A. from New York University, a joint program through the Steinhart School of Culture and the Stern School of Business. Pastor Gabby is the 2016 recipient of the Queens, New York Guy R. Brewer Religious Leadership Award. She and her husband, Pastor Andrew Wilkes were featured in Essence Magazine.com, in April 2016, on love and ministry.
Pastor Gabby is a contributing writer alongside some of the nation’s leading faith leaders, to the newly released book (2017): Mr. President: Interfaith Perspectives on the Historic Presidency of Barack H. Obama. She is the former senior brand strategist to the Dwight Hall Center for Social Justice and Public Service at Yale University. Follow her @GabbyCWilkes