Positive Youth Expressions, Inc. Educational Institute

Leaders Today, Tomorrow, Forever

To encourage and empower children, youth and families to seek excellence in body, soul and spirit by providing formal and informal educational experiences, outreach services and resources through our collaborating with community organizations, businesses, and local, state and federal government agencies.


Our Wonderful President, Chief Executive Officer and Foundress



Granddaughter of the late Reverend Dr. Jentry E. McDonald of the 

     Morning Star Baptist Church of Catonsville, Maryland.

DENISE LORRAINE FOLKS serves as Co-Founder of the Greater Church of The Risen Savior, Inc. in Northeast  Baltimore City.  She has tirelessly served as the Pastor and Co-Founder for fourteen years. She serves in the five fold ministry and has received the three fold gifting as prophet, pastor and teacher. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a graduate of Walbrook Senior High School. Dr. Folks  earned a Bachelor's degree in Adapted Physical Education and a Master of Education degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Coppin State College now University in 1984 and 1988. She received Christ while a student at Coppin State College. One of her professors witnessed to her the life changing gospel of Jesus Christ.She immediatedly accepted the Word of God.Also while at Coppin State she served as an Instructor .In 1997, she earned the Doctorate of Ministry Degree from Family Bible Institute, College and Seminary. In 2005, she earned the Ph.D. in Pastoral Clinical Counseling from Sarasota University.  She is a Professional Clinical Member and a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor - Advanced Certified  with the National Association of Christian Counselors. She has completed additional graduate studies at Notre Dame University. She is a life long learner.

Dr. Folks released her first poetry book, entitled From Darkness to Light- A Living Testimony of Poetry in 1997.  In 2000, she released her second poetry book, Oh, that I had wings of a Dove- Touching the life of a torn heart.  She is presently working on her third book entitled, Back A Sister Up-I am Commanded to Prophesy. Dr. Folks is the Founder and CEO of the Greater Youth Christian Academy and Little Folks Child Care & Early Learning Technology Center (State Approved)which were established in 2002.  She is also the founder and CEO of Positive Youth Expressions, Incorporated  established in 1993. This is the same year that she began in the Christian ministry at Family Bible Church under the leadership of Apostle Eddie A. Montgomery,Ph.D. She was ordained as a Youth Pastor in 1996 by the board of presbyters.
From 1984-2002, Dr. Folks served as a Special Educator in the Baltimore City, Baltimore County  and private school systems.
For more than twenty five years, Dr. Folks has worked untiringly in the fields of special education, counseling, ministry and youth outreach.  She loyally served as a membership executive with the Girls Scouts of Central Maryland.She is a former Court Appointed Special Advocate for neglected and abused children in the State of Maryland. She served as a Foster Parent for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services. She has received countless awards and citations for her civic work. In 2002, she was awarded the Governor's Award for outstanding service to the citizens of the State of Maryland.
She was ordained in 1998 as a Pastor by the board of Bishops in the Lord's church.  Currently she serves as Pastor with her husband,Bishop elect Victor Folks, Ph.D.,D.D., who serves as the Senior Pastor and Founder. Dr. Folks is a dynamic speaker and preacher who operates under the powerful anointing of the Holy Ghost.  She is a powerful woman of God who takes her call as a prophetess,pastor and teacher seriously.  She preaches the non-compromising word of God with boldness, drama, and poetic efficacy. In 1999, she founded God's Changing "Woman" Ministry to meet the ongoing challenges of women in the body of Christ. Recently she enlarged her ministry by joining CCRBN.COM ,an outreach webcast ministry worldwide.
Dr. Folks is always available to help God's people transform this present world into the Kingdom of God. Join In!