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Dr. Dee Stokes

Title of Presentation:  A New Thing

About Dr. Dee Stokes

Dr. Dee Stokes is a spiritual advisor, speaker, coach, and educator who focuses on ministry, purposeful leadership, and education in an effort to “Build Influential People Who Change the World.” Dr. Stokes spent 18 years as a basketball coach and has spent over 10 years in ministry and teaching at the collegiate level. Although not roaming the sidelines, she still has a passion for athletes, coaches, and the game she loves: Basketball. Her passion allows her to impact coaches and stay involved in the game.

Early in her career, Dr. Stokes worked at such institutions as the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Texas A&M University, Winthrop University, and the University of Nebraska as an assistant coach. Stokes was the head coach at East Carolina University, Winston-Salem State University, and Southeastern University. She was also an Assistant Professor of Education at Southeastern. She has been a Pre-K through 8th-grade school administrator, an adjunct in Ohio University’s graduate Online Coaching Education Program, and currently, adjuncts at Belhaven University in their graduate Online Sports Administration and Leadership programs all while serving in the local church and as the President/CEO of Dee Stokes Ministries, Inc. Pastor Dee served over two years as a pastor (Associate & Lead) at Unity UMC in Thomasville, NC where she focused on spiritual formation, community relations, and leadership development. Pastor Dee was the first Black person to serve as a Pastor in Unity’s history. She has also been involved in an incarnational movement called Fresh Expressions ( Dr. Dee is an ordained Elder and member of the Light of the World Covenant Fellowship International, and a member of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference’s (NHCLC) Faith and Education Coalition and Leadership Advisory Council (

Dr. Stokes holds the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and an Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from UNC Charlotte as well as a Masters of Public Administration from DeVry University. Dr. Stokes also has a certificate in Theology and Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary and has studied Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary and Pentecostal Theology at Global University. Her research interests include emotional intelligence, cultural intelligence, transformational leadership, and burnout, and she would eventually like to do research in the area of burnout and college coaches. Dr. Stokes travels globally presenting cultural intelligence and leadership workshops. Dr. Stokes is a life coach.

Besides her 2010 book Experiencing GRACE: One woman’s year-long journey with God after the death of her mother, which is under her pen name of D. Michelle Stokes, Dr. Stokes wrote a story for the 2009 Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inside Basketball book entitled “Sideline MVP,” and also has written a brochure titled 21st Century Leadership highlighting her research and the need for corporate succession planning. Dr. Stokes also published her dissertation in book form titled, Cultural Intelligence, Transformational Leadership, and Burnout: The 21st Century Leader’s Playbook for Understanding the Relationship Between CQ, TL, and Burnout, and has a two-volume devotional, Break the Box: A Message of Hope and Inspiration.

Dr. Stokes lives in the Triad area of North Carolina and is heavily involved in Thomasville and the Triad as a Rotarian, former member of the Thomasville Multicultural Committee, a board member for Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), a former board member for Family Services of Davidson County, Thomasville City Schools Board of Education, board member of the Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center Foundation, and considers herself a good citizen of her city because of her activist spirit and love of championing causes that empower and uplift people. Dr. Stokes is also a member of the UNC Charlotte Alumni Board of Directors and was chosen in 2020 to be a part of Leadership Davidson County. She is a dedicated and devoted follower of Jesus and wishes everyone to experience intimacy with the Lord.

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