Leandrea Maxine Gilliam
"I shall praise you in the dance."
But you must stay focused and be alert at all times. Tolerate suffering. Accomplish the good work of an evangelist, and complete the ministry to which you have been called. 2 Timothy 4:5 (The Voice)

Leandrea affectionately known as “Lea” is a native of Baltimore, Maryland. She is the proud mother of David Lee Smith and the youngest child of Ivey Lee Gilliam, Sr. and the late Bromby Ann Gilliam-Smith.

She received her education from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School and has earned credits toward her degree in Information Systems Management from Sojourner Douglas College.

Leandrea was a faithful member of the Bethany Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland for 15 years, under the leadership of the Rev. Therm M. James, Sr., Pastor.  While at Bethany, she was a member of the Praise & Worship Team, Women’s Ministry, Parent Network and served as the Ministry Leader of BBC Dance/Mime Ministry.

In the community, Leandrea served as a Principle Dancer at the Kuumba Ensemble Heritage House Community Theatre, and a Resident Dance Instructor at the Kuumba Ensemble Performing Arts Academy. 

She is an assistant, exercise instructor, model, and choreographer for J & Company Christian Modeling InChrist.

Aside from her church activities, in December 2007 she founded the Expressions of Faith Dance Ministry.  This community ministry served nursing homes, senior housing communities, women shelters, and also accepted invitations to minister at weddings, birthday and retirement celebrations, home going services and The Kuumba Ensemble Heritage House Community Theatre.

Leandrea has been blessed by God to minister in a variety of venues both locally and regionally.  She has traveled to North Carolina to participate in a production for black history month and Pennsylvania to dance for the Governor at the State House, both through her association with the Kuumba Ensemble.  Locally, Leandrea frequently ministered to men/women in the New Beginnings Program through the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development. 

Lea is admired for her gifts of helping and serving, her dependability, selflessness, commitment, reliability, and faithfulness.  When she is not dancing, Lea enjoys reading, spending time with her family, hanging with friends or assisting others in any way she can.

Her favorite saying is “To God be the Glory!”