Omari was born and raised in New York City. After a brief stint at New York University studying Computer Science, Omari was licensed as a Baptist minister at Burke Avenue Baptist Church and moved away to complete a degree in Biblical Studies at The Criswell College in Dallas. After deciding to become a walking enigma (a Black Presbyterian!), he graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte with a Master of Divinity. Omari proudly served as a founding ruling elder with Christ Central Church and led a community group in the Belmont neighborhood before starting a chapter of Reformed University Fellowship at UNC Charlotte from 2009 to 2012. For almost three years, Omari was an associate pastor and community group director at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan before his pastoral service with a Resurrection Brooklyn Church site in Biggie Smalls’ old neighborhood. When he makes time for chilling out, Omari prefers to enjoy music and lectures, visit museums and parks, play with digital media, and hang out anywhere near or far with his wife. Cherise and Omari have been married since 2004. Cherise is from Jamaica (the island, not Queens) and spent her early young adult years in Queens and Long Island. She graduated with a degree in Psychology from NYU, where she also completed a Masters in Dance Education. Cherise was a founding teacher of the NoDa School of the Arts. She has been teaching choreography and dance history for over 10 years, predominantly among at-risk students, including at Garinger High School.