Sunday, July 12, 2020

BIOGRAPHY

Rashad Cartwright is an entrepreneur, preacher and international speaker. He is the founder and pastor of Experience Life Church. A Christian church located in Hampton, Virginia, that strives to create a place of worship where all God’s people can experience the love of Christ. In April 2016, he was called to pastor Little Piney Grove Baptist Church, the oldest African American Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

 

Rashad Cartwright and Shanae C. Cartwright

Rashad was educated through the School of Liberal Arts at Hampton University with a major in English and received his Master of Divinity from the the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.

 

On MLK Day Monday, January 20, 2014, Rashad organized through menSTAND according to WVEC Channel 13 news, the largest Christian gathering of men throughout Hampton Roads at Newport News City Hall. They gathered to pray for their communities, families, schools and themselves.

 

In November, 2014, Rashad was invited by the NAACP (Ferguson, MO. & St. Louis, MO. branch) to serve as the keynote speaker for their annual convention which partnered to help raise funds for the family of Michael Brown. (an 18-year-old African-American man, who was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, 28, a white Ferguson police officer.) While in Ferguson, Rashad led several community development iniatitives to help bring unity and direction to the city of Ferguson, MO.

 

Honored and Humbled to receive this Proclamation from Mayor Will Sessoms of Virginia Beach declaring today Friday, September 23, 2016 ‘Rev. Rashad D.L. Cartwright Day’.

On September 23, 2016, William Sessoms, Mayor of Virginia Beach, VA declared September 23 Rev. Rashad D.L. Cartwright Day.

 

Rashad is President of Cartwright Consulting Group, LLC., a creative design firm based in Hampton Roads, Virginia who specialise in consulting and designing engaging brands, identities, graphic design and website design.

 

He has been mentioned by Newport News Vice-Mayor, Tina Vick, in the Daily Press as “one of our cities new young leaders”.

 

Rashad’s contributions have been highlighted in Ebony, USA Today, and The Source. His company, Cartwright Consulting Group, LLC and AmericaPreachers.com has appeared on CNN.com, BET.com, Essence.com, GlobalGrind.com, and his nation-wide internet-based talk show have interviewed leaders such as Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Gardner C. Taylor, and Bishop T.D. Jakes.

 

Rashad is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is married to the former Shanae Moore and has one son, Rashad D.L. Cartwright II.

AWARDS AND HONORS

» Excel Vision Business Award (2019)

» Hampton Roads Magazine (2017)

» Mayor of Virginia Beach declares September 23, ‘Rev. Rashad D.L. Cartwright’ day (2016)

» Health Journal Magazine (~ The Convocation) (2015)

» High Style Magazine Business Award (2015)

» Excellence Community Crusader Award (2014)

» Tidewater Community College Black History Achievers Award (2014)

» Men Making a Difference (2014)

» New Vision in Business Entrepreneurship Award (2012)

Rashad Cartwright and Bishop T.D. Jakes

SELECTED PAST LECTURES/SPEECH TOPICS

» Social Media in the Christian Church

» Prison Reform System

» Entrepreneurship 101 – How to create and maintain your business

» Transitioning the church from 8-track to iPod.

Rashad Cartwright, Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Boykin Sanders

PAST NOTABLE SPEAKING APPEARANCES

» Organizations
CHUMS • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.  • NAACP • National Urban League • Rap Sessions • Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference • Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation • Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Churches
Alfred Street Baptist Church (VA) • Greater Allen AME Cathedral (NY) • Reid Temple AME (MD)

Universities
Christopher Newport University • Duke University • Georgetown University • Hampton University • Howard University and Law School • Princeton University • University of Virginia