Rev. Caryn Allen
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Rev. Caryn Allen is the only child of Peggy Allen and the late Joseph Allen. She was educated in the DC Public School System and began her career as a Human Resources Specialist in the Federal Government in 1979.
Rev. Caryn accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior and was baptized at an early age. Faced with life’s many challenges, she found it difficult to remain steadfast in her Christian walk. However, on October 20, 1991, Rev. Caryn joined Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church and received her true deliverance from the enemy’s strongholds in her life.
In 2000, Rev. Caryn was diagnosed with breast cancer and was given little to no chance of surviving. Seven years later, Rev. Caryn now stands as a breast cancer conqueror and as a witness to God’s miraculous healing power. During her illness, she stood on the scripture found in Psalm 118:17 and it has become her personal testimony: “I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” Rev. Caryn says “I always knew that I had a purpose in life but wasn’t sure what that purpose entailed. It wasn’t until July 2004 that it became clear.”Mark 16:17-18 is Rev. Caryn’s greatest desire is to see people delivered and set free by the power of the Holy Ghost and to walk in divine health.
She currently serves as a Deaconess on the Deaconess Board and is a member of the following ministries: More Than Conquerors, Singles, W.O.R.D. Women of Rare Distinction™, and the Fitness and Health Ministry.
Rev. Caryn is the proud mother of two daughters, Charmayne Nicole Allen and Amber Renai Woolridge, and the proud grandmother of Christian Nathaniel Allen, Jerome Dante Woolridge, Chariti Naomi Allen, and Kalani Romelle Allen.
Rev. Dwight Benjamin
Rev. Dwight Benjamin was born in Washington D.C. He hails from the District of Columbia school system as a graduate of Cardozo High School, and then continued his education at Howard University before receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Computer Information Science from the University of the District of Columbia. At a very young age, he developed a passion for cooking and a desire to master the culinary arts. Now, Owner/Operator, Founder, and President
of his catering company, Dejeuner Caters, which features the “tastiest home style cuisine”.
Rev. Dwight also serves as a Constituent Services Specialist in the Office of Constituent Services. His office was established by the Superintendent to provide technical assistance and conflict resolution to the community and district staff to resolve concerns in an equitable and timely manner, and ultimately reporting status to the Superintendent and the Board of Education. Also, Rev. Dwight is a member of several professional technology organizations and University Advisory Committees.
On July 13, 1980, Rev. Dwight received the Lord. In 1987, he accepted his called to the gospel ministry and later catechized and ordained, March 3, 1990, by the late Rev. Charles W. Green of Washington D.C. Rev. Dwight is a former member of the Florida General Baptist Convention and Regional Coordinator for the Florida Board of Evangelist where he received recognition for lay evangelism and Urban Outreach for Evangelism. Rev. Dwight received training on How to Build a Church through Sunday school and The Superintendent and His Work to name a few.
Rev. Dwight attended Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Melbourne, Florida for nine years. There, he received his license in ministry, directed choirs, taught youth and later adult Sunday school and trained lay evangelism to regional churches. He also served as a counselor for evangelical crusades. In 1988, Rev. Dwight relocated back to Washington D.C. where he served as a co-pastor then later interim pastor of Temple Missionary Baptist church and then Greater Beulah Missionary Baptist church prior to joining Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist church in December, 2001.
Rev. Dwight is the blessed father of three children, who are graduates of Prince George’s County Public Schools, and the grandfather of a vivacious, young grandson who is just beginning his educational and athletic journey.
Rev. Todd E. Busby
Todd E. Busby was born to Venera P. Busby and the late Robert Eugene Busby, Sr. on February 24, 1965. He attended both private and public schools during his developmental years. He graduated from Largo High School in 1983 and went to college.
He attended many institutions of learning and earned his Associate of Arts Degree in Law Enforcement, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, Master of Arts Degree in Legal and Ethical Studies, and another Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. Todd has held four main jobs in the last seven years while having a full-time job as a Police Officer for approximately twenty-eight years. Todd is an Adjunct Professor at the Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland, a substitute teacher for the Board of Education for Prince George’s County Public Schools and is a Medical Operations Officer for a major military police command.
Todd honorably served in Operation Desert Shield/Storm in 1991, where he served as a supply specialist for a military police company.
Todd was in church at an early age with his family. He was confirmed in the Lutheran Church and gave his life to Christ in April of 1992 which gave him the blessed assurance that he was saved. He has served on the Deacon Board here at Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church for fourteen years.
Todd is married to Cindy V. Busby and they have four children. His hobbies are reading, verbally sounding out commercials, and go-kart riding. Todd has an interest in helping others in addition to assisting those who have experienced trauma in their lives.
Rev. Billy Butler
William (Billy) Butler was born and raised in Washington, DC, to the late William D. Jr. and Ella Mae Butler. Billy was educated in the District of Columbia public school system until he lost his hearing at the age 11, prompting a transfer to the Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD). After graduation he briefly attended Gallaudet University College in 1978, but later returned as a full time student and graduated in 2008, Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science.
Billy accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior on November 2, 2001. He served faithfully at the St. James Restoration Apostle Church of Christ in God as a Deacon, Trustee Board Member, Sunday School Teacher and Transportation Driver. In 2009, Billy began a new chapter at Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church (CPBBC), where he is actively involved as a member of the Mighty Men of Valor ministry, Deacon Board and Young Adult/GAP Sunday School staff. The gift of exhortation, coupled with the love to interact with people, is one of his major traits. You can always find him talking to strangers as if they were lifelong friends. He uses this as an opportunity to introduce Jesus Christ to those who may not know HIM. His favorite scripture is found in Isaiah 65:24: “And it shall come to pass, before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking I will hear.”
Billy is married to Tonia Butler. He has three beautiful children: Durrell, Pierre and Tiffany. He also has two beautiful grandchildren and two nephews whom he calls his own. Billy loves photography and exploring nature during his free time.
Rev. Al Collins
When Al Collins was 3 years old she recited her first scripture and sang a song in front of the congregation. Her mother watched, knowing that Al was destined to do something very special in life. Al was born in Washington, DC, baptized in Louisa, Virginia and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. Although brought up in the church, she went in a different direction than the one her mother had envisioned for her, but through it all, she has come back to serve the Lord as a minister of the gospel.
Facing life’s challenges that many would call adversities; Al chooses to call them God’s stepping stones. She says, “For each challenge I have endured, I have a testimony; for each trial, I’ve been given an opportunity to give glory to God.”
Al’s firsthand experience with domestic violence has given her the passion and drive to educate and support others. She has joined forces with The Next Step, a non-profit organization focusing on domestic violence education and support. She is also a member of L.O.V.E. (Leave Out Violence Everyday – Sisters4Sisters, Inc. God also uses Al’s experience as a single parent to have her minister to the women of Mom’s Night Out, an organization based in Washington, DC. As a cancer survivor, she is co-leader of More than Conquerors, a CPBBC ministry that supports and educates cancer conquerors and their families. She also serves as an usher and is a Deaconess.
Al joined Cornerstone in 1997. She lives in Cheltenham with her husband of 16 years, Michael. They have a blended family of 6 adult children, 16 grand children and 2 great grandchildren.
Al’s not sure when she was called to the ministry. She says “It’s probably been there since I was a child. I just didn’t know what it was.” Her foundational scripture is James 1:2 -3; Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
Rev. Mark Collins
Mark Collins was born in Frankfurt, Germany and raised primarily in Prince George’s County. While he occasionally attended church with his grandmother and great-grandmother in Baltimore as a child, he did not have a strong biblical foundation himself.
After a series of personal and professional disappointments, Mark began visiting churches in 2000 because he knew he “had to get his life together”. Eventually, he began attending Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church on a regular basis. Mark was drawn to the dynamic preaching and teaching of Pastors Daniel and Sabrina Mangrum, as well the awesome music and men’s ministries.
On April 22, 2001, Mark accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and personal Savior and joined C.P.B.B.C. Since then, his life has never been the same. God has delivered Mark from various strongholds and opened many, many doors for him both personally and professionally.
Currently, he is an active member of the following ministries: P.O.W.E.R. (Intercession), Seed of Judah, Generation Transformed Youth Ministry, Mighty Men, Marriage Ministry, Praise Team and the Mass Choir.
Outside of church, Mark is a recording artist, event host and speaker. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Bowie State University and has been employed with the Federal Government for more than 10 years. Currently he resides in Waldorf, Maryland with his wife of 11 years, Tia.
His favorite scripture is Psalm 1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of the sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord. And in his law doth he meditate both day and night…
His desire is to see lives changed by the miraculous power of the true and living God.
Rev. Tia Collins
Tia Collins accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at an early age as a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and was later baptized again at Elim Baptist Church in Temple Hills, Maryland.
Though she accepted salvation, she lacked the commitment and discipline needed to live the abundant life that Christ offered. Desiring more, Tia joined Cornerstone Peaceful Baptist Church in November, 2000 and was filled with the Holy Spirit at a Women of Rare Distinction Retreat in July of 2001.
Since rededicating her life to the Lord, Tia has developed a fervent prayer life and strong desire for God’s Word. Her favorite scripture is Matthew 5:16, which states, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven.”
Tia is the leader of the Amazing Grace Ministry for girls ages 9-17, as well as a Bible Study teacher to the youth. In addition, she is a member of the W.O.R.D. Ministry, Youth Ministry, MDBG Marriage Ministry, Healing Hands Ministry and P.O.W.E.R. Intercessory Prayer Ministry.
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Education degree in Reading from Bowie State University. Tia has taught children in the public school system for 18 years and currently teaches third grade in Calvert County, Maryland. She resides in Waldorf, Maryland with her husband of 13 years, Mark.
Rev. Allison Daniels
Allison Gregory Daniels was born and raised in Washington, D.C. to Diana Watson-Chambers and the late James Watson. She was educated in the D.C. Public School System and has been employed with the Federal government for over 30 years. She has been a member of Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church since 2003.
Allison holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree from Strayer University. She is a certified Life Coach for Women’s Issues with the Professional Woman Network.
Allison accepted Christ in 1982. She is active in the following ministries: Little Lambs, Women of Rare Distinction (W.O.R.D.), Marriage, Business Development, Intercessory Prayer, Seekers of Wisdom Book Club and Fitness Ministries. She also teaches a small bible study group on her job.
Allison began writing and speaking in 1996, and has authored 30 books, co-authored six books and is a motivational speaker. Her work can be found at www.AllisonGDaniels.com. In January 2013, God spoke into existence Allison Daniels Ministries, LLC.
Allison is enjoying her marriage of 13 years to her husband Earl, and they have two daughters, Kristian and Damona. Her favorite scripture is, “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. Habakkuk 2 (KJV)
Rev. Marilyn Evans
Reverend Marilyn Evans is a native of Far Rockaway, N.Y. She accepted Christ at age 7. Since then she has served in various ministries within the Church.
In 1996 she received a B.A. in Anthropology from York College and in the same year received her call to the ministry. After receiving a Master’s degree in Counseling from Hunter College in 1998 she moved to the Washington D.C area in 2001 to attend Seminary. She received her Master of Divinity from Howard University in 2004 and was licensed in the same year at the First Baptist Church of Highland Park in Landover, MD where she served as an Associate Minister. She was ordained in 2007 at Agape Bible Fellowship. Her life is dedicated to the Lord and the spreading of the Gospel. She preaches and teaches whenever the opportunity arises.
Her service outside of the church has included serving our country in the U.S Navy, Civil service, and working with the homeless and severely mentally ill populations. She is currently working as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. However, what she feels is most important to know about her is that she loves the Lord and is committed to serving Him. She has two adult daughters and one grandson.
Rev. Craig Farmer
Craig Farmer was born in Washington, DC, the only child to Robert Farmer and Brenda Farmer-Cross. He received his education from the public schools in DC Metropolitan Area and later attended the University of the District of Columbia and Howard University. Craig has always had a willingness to serve. He joined the military, the DC Army National Guard, serving thirteen years as a Military Police Officer. He was activated for Desert Storm and later for Operation Joint Endeavor. Craig continued his service of his fellow man by joining the Metropolitan Police Department, serving the citizens of DC. He was later sent by the Lord to protect His little ones in the District by serving as a Youth Investigations Division Detective, investigating crimes against children, where he has helped numerous families.
Craig and his wife/friend Michele were wed in 1993 and would later be blessed with two children, Creshel and Craig Jr (CJ). Later on in life the Lord sent them another child. She would be the older daughter they never had. God sent them Tatiyanna, to take care of and they took her in as one of their own.
Craig and his family came to Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church (CPBBC) after looking around at several other churches. They found the Spirit of the Lord to be alive here. They chose this to be their spiritual home where the Lord would continue to raise them as His children, and where they would raise their children also. Craig became a proud Mighty Man of Valor while attending CPBBC under his Pastors. He and Michele also serve as members of the marriage ministry and thank God for directing their path into His Ministry, Marriage Designed by God which continues to help their marriage, along with others.
God called Craig to be a vessel of His Word on November 16, 2006. Craig says he should have known a year prior to that that he would be called. After laughing at someone on TV who was supposed to become a preacher, the Lord spoke to him. God asked him if he found it funny, did he think he could not be Called? Craig replied “no, I guess I could because you have called my father, uncles and relatives.” The Lord said nothing else. Now the Lord uses Craig each day in some type of way.
The Lord has chosen to use Craig to minister His Word to the motorcycle community and others “in the world” as he casts out his net to catch souls for the Lord. Craig wants all to know, never give up and always lean on the Lord for He will bring you through the hardest of times like a diamond, created by the pressure of the world. Are you ready to shine for the world to see? Will you allow God to create a diamond out of you?
Rev. Renovia Forde
Renovia A. Forde was born in Thomasville, Georgia to William and Betty Forde. She was raised in Tampa Florida and was educated in the Hillsboro County Public Schools System.
Renovia accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age. Growing up, she sang in various choirs, attended Sunday school and was an active in the Baptist Training Union (B.T.U.).
She moved to the DC area in 1982 and attended various churches in the area before joining Cornerstone in 1997. Currently, she is an active member of the Deaconess Board, Judah Choir, P.O.W.E.R. (Intercessory Prayer) Ministry, Waxter’s Outreach Ministry and W.O.R.D. Women of Rare Distinction.
Renovia recognized God’s calling to public ministry several years ago and began attending the Ministers Training Class. Renovia is humbled that God would entrust her to minister His word. One of her favorite scriptures is Philippians 1:6, ”Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath began a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Her desire is to do the will of the God — walk by faith and not by sight. And to see the power of God bring about change in our lives.
Rev. Laverne Franklin-Jones
Laverne Franklin-Jones was born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised in Columbia, MD by Charles and Dorothy Franklin. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems, has a Master’s in Business Administration from the University
of Georgia, Terry College of Business. Laverne completed a Culinary Program at the Baltimore International College and holds the Project Management Professional and Cyber Security CompTIA Security+ certifications.
For almost 30 years, Laverne has worked as a contractor for the Federal Government and is currently employed by Booz Allen Hamilton
as a Senior Technologist and Project Manager. Laverne manages businesses centered around her passions of fashion and food. She enjoys traveling, golf and photography.
Laverne has been a member of Cornerstone since 1991 and actively serves on the Deaconess Board, as Chairwoman for the WORD ministry
e-Board, as an Usher, and as ministry leader for More than Conquerors. Laverne is a two-time Breast Cancer Conqueror (cancer free for over 15 years). Laverne is guided by the belief that God is directing every aspect of her life and that every situation should be viewed an opportunity.
Laverne recognized her calling to ministry through the opportunities that were presented to her to serve both inside and outside the church, and she obediently began attending Pastor D’s Ministers Training class.
Laverne is a resident of Upper Marlboro with her husband Michael
and their beagle, Ginger. One of her favorite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Rev. Robbin Gross
Rev. Robbin Rose-Gross is a native Washingtonian and a product of the Prince George’s County School System. Although she was brought up in the Church, she came to the full knowledge and acceptance of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on September 6, 1978. She has been a member of Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church since 1984 under the leadership of Pastors Daniel and Sabrina Mangrum. She always felt that there was something very “different” about her life, but she really began to understand why things happened the way they did when God called her to minister His Word.
Rev. Gross was licensed to minister the gospel on October 1, 1995. She is an Associate Minister and Counselor on Staff at the Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church. She is also the Director of the Counseling Ministry, an adult Sunday School teacher, and presenter at W.O.R.D. (Women of Rare Distinction) Retreats and monthly meetings. She has been instrumental in leading hundreds to salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit through her counseling ministry. She has a special love for the women of God and helping them to become all that God has called them to be. She is very “real” and down-to-earth.
Rev. Gross was a Contract Specialist with the General Services Administration and the left the Federal Government after over 23 years of service, being obedient to God leading her in a new direction. Since then she has received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at Bowie State University. She is the wife of Deacon Larry Gross, the mother of two (Dwayne and Nicole) and a grandmother of four (Dominique, Dwayne Jr., Desiree, and Delanie).
Rev. Gross is very excited about being involved in the things she enjoys the most – ministering the Word, teaching, counseling, and leading others to Christ. She encourages everyone to “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.” – Psalms 34:8
Rev. Marie Gwathmey
Marie A. Gwathmey was born in Washington, DC where she was educated in the Prince Georges County Public School System. She holds a B.S. Degree in Accounting as well as a MBA in Business Administration from Strayer University, and AA Degree in Culinary Arts from Prince Georges Community College. She gave her life to the Lord in the fall of 1981.
In November 2002, The Gwathmey family joined Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church. Marie currently serves as the Ministry Leader for the” Food for Spirit Ministry”, she is a member of the Sound Ministry, Women of Rare Distinction and serves as an Intercessor. Marie is also a former Deaconess at Cornerstone and member of the Mentor Ministry. Marie is faithful in serving unto the Lord.
Marie accepted her call to public ministry at Cornerstone in August 2009. Her life is a testimony to all, that God is a faithful God. One of her favorite scriptures is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Her prayer is that God uses her to transform the lives of his people and her light shines bright for the Kingdom of God.
Marie is the widow of the late, Deacon Henry ”Hank” Gwathmey. She is the proud mother of three: Paige Elizabeth, Lauryn Alaine and Lindsey Ann Gwathmey. She is the oldest child of Leepoleon and Clarice Jones and sister to John Jones.
After the passing of her late husband, the Lord spoke this scripture to her which has kept her. Haggai 2:9 “‘This Temple is going to end up far better than it started out, a glorious beginning but an even more glorious finish: a place in which I will hand out wholeness and holiness.’ Decree of God-of-the-Angel-Armies.”
Rev. William Mattocks
William Mattocks was born in New York City to Ivory William Mattocks and Rosa Lee Williams. He was educated in the New York City public school system (Bronx and Harlem) and later studied at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. For the past 19 years William has called the Washington Metropolitan Area his home.
William attended Gethsemane Baptist Church in New York, under the leadership of Pastor Laft Miller, whom he considered his mentor. At the age of ten (10), William accepted Jesus Christ and was baptized. After the passing of Pastor Miller, William continued to study the Bible on his own and came across the scripture in Matthew 7:7, which says ‘Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.’ After many years of studying other religions, his thirst for God went unfulfilled. It was at this dry place that William’s desire for the True God brought him back to a place of knowing God as his Lord and Savior like never before.
Being led by God, in 2013 William joined the Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastors Daniel and Sabrina Mangrum and rededicated his life to Christ. William knows without a doubt that his wilderness experience was not to disillusion him, but that God would be glorified in William being firmly rooted and grounded in His Word.
William is blessed to be married to his wife, the lovely Paula Mattocks. He is the proud father of four (4) children and grandfather of two.
One of William’s favorite scriptures is Psalm 144:1 ‘Praise be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle.’ (NIV)
Rev. Lisa Maynor
Rev. Lisa Maynor was born in Washington, DC, and was educated in the Prince George’s County School system. She graduated with honors from Bowie State University with a degree in Business Management.
Rev. Lisa was brought up in the church, but committed her life to the Lord in July 1989. She has been a member of Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church since March 1993 where she currently serves as full-time Director of the Youth Ministry. In addition, she is a Trustee, and the Director of Camp Cornerstone. In August 2003, Rev. Lisa preached her initial sermon and was licensed to the gospel ministry.
Rev. Lisa has a sincere desire to see all people saved, set free from the yokes of bondage and delivered by the power of the Holy Spirit so they have the divine ability to understand their calling, live in their purpose and walk in their destiny. She stands in awe of the miraculous things God is doing in the lives of His people and believes with all her heart that the best is yet to come! “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him”. (1 Corinthians 2:9)
Rev. Lisa is enjoying her “holy hook-up” to her husband Ronnie Maynor and has a beautiful daughter, Alexandra Grace-Monique.
Rev. Ronnie Maynor
Rev. Ronnie Maynor was born on February 8, 1961, in Washington, D.C. and was educated in the District of Columbia and the Prince George’s County School systems. He surrendered his life to Christ in January 1984 and joined Cornerstone in 2000, after realizing that he needed to be in a church where he would grow spiritually and where God could speak directly to him through His unadulterated Word.
Rev. Ronnie has a yearning desire to be used by God to be an encouragement to others. He is currently a teacher for the Men’s Sunday as well as a leader of the Mighty Men’s ministry.
He is a strong believer in the transforming power of God (Romans 12:2). Realizing all that God has done in his life was not by happenstance, Rev. Ronnie desires to see others delivered and set free by the power of the Holy Ghost and to walk in the freedom and liberty that only Christ can give.
Rev. Ronnie is married to the love of his life, Lisa and is the adoring father of two beautiful daughters, Pia Lashon and Alexandra Grace-Monique.
Rev. Clarence McCallum
Clarence C. McCallum was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Clarence and Thelma McCallum Jr. He was raised in Rowland, North Carolina and educated in the Robeson County Public School System.
Clarence accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at 12 years old. Growing up in the church, he was a member of the youth and adult choirs, the Usher Board, and was active in the Boy Scouts.
Upon moving to the DC area in 1996, Clarence attended the Andrew Air Force Base Chapel before joining Cornerstone in 2002. Currently, he is an active member of the men’s accountability group and Mighty Men’s ministry.
Clarence recognized God’s calling to public ministry in 2017 after completing his education at Luther Rice College and Seminary. He humbled himself, answered God’s calling and began attending the Ministers Training class taught by Pastor Daniel.
One of his favorite scriptures is II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Clarence’s faith has brought him to this place and time to do God’s will.
Rev. Jessica Mercer
Jessica Mercer was born in Farmville, NC, to Jessie and Janice Mercer. With her dad being an ordained minister and her mom as a mother of the Church, Jessica and her four (4) siblings were exposed to the Word of God at an early age. By the age of seven (7), Jessica had accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized at Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church. While growing up in North Carolina, Jessica was served on the Youth choir, Youth Usher Board and faithfully attended Sunday School. Her speaking skills were recognized early as a prize-winning youth orator at the Bear Creek Baptist Association.
After graduating from Farmville Central High School, Jessica relocated to the Washington, DC metropolitan area and attended Howard University for a short time. She juggled between various types of employment working as a bank teller, a softball umpire, a one-to-one instructor at the Children’s Guild, and a movie theater manager. She was ultimately blessed with a career path in law enforcement, where she has worked for the Prince George’s County Police Department for almost 16 years.
Jessica visited various churches here in the area, but none provided the right balance between family and being spiritually fed. Shortly after God relocated her to Upper Marlboro, MD, Jessica started attending Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastors Daniel and Sabrina Mangrum. It didn’t take long for her to realize Cornerstone was just the right fit. On October 30, 2005, she joined and completed her New Member class in December. Jessica is a member of various ministries: W.O.R.D. Women of Rare Distinction, Early Morning Choir, Business, Culinary, Mentoring, Information Technology and the Young Adults. Jessica received the call to ministry in the winter of 2013 and is humbled to know that God chose her to speak for Him.
Her favorite scripture is Isaiah 61:3: ‘To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.’
Rev. Marcus Moody
Rev. Marcus Moody is a native of Forestville, MD and a product of the Prince Georges County Public School System. Raised in a Christian home by his parents George and Gloria Moody, Rev. Marcus accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 12. Acknowledging the call to public ministry in 2002, he delivered his initial sermon and was licensed to preach the Gospel on August 23, 2009, at Refreshing Spring Church of God In Christ in Riverdale, MD.
Since joining Cornerstone in January 2011, Rev. Marcus has served faithfully as a Youth Leader with the Generation Transformed (GT Crew) Youth Ministry and also as a member of the CPBBC Praise Team as well as the Judah, Early Morning, and Mighty Men of Valor Choirs.
His gift of singing was recognized at the age of 11 and he grew up singing in church choirs and ensembles in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Rev. Marcus most recently served as a vocalist with Gospel recording artist Kevin Levar & One Sound with whom he traveled and shared ministry platforms with such psalmists as CeCe Winans, Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Pastor Marvin Sapp, and Bishop Hezekiah Walker. It has been while serving in this capacity that he truly recognized how intertwined intercessory prayer, praise and worship truly are.
Yearning for God’s purpose and destiny to be revealed in the lives of people everywhere, Rev. Marcus desires to share the liberating power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Word and Song. He is inspired by James 1:17 which says “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (KJV)
Rev. Marcus is married to Rev. Shawnta Moody.
He is also the proud father of two scholar athletes, Derrick Rashad & Danielle Rose.
Rev. Shawnta Moody
Rev. Shawnta was born in Washington, D.C. and was educated in the Prince George’s County Public School system.
Rev. Shawnta committed her life to the Lord in 1996, joined CPBBC in April 1998 and accepted her call to public ministry in Jan 2009. She currently serves as as the Lead Teacher for the High School Sunday School Ministry, is a Youth Leader with the Generation Transformed (GT Crew) Youth Ministry and is an active member of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry, W.O.R.D and various other ministries at CPBBC. In addition, she occasionally serves as a volunteer with Operation HOPE’s “Banking on our Future”, which provides financial resources, literacy and counseling to youth and young adults in underserved neighborhoods.
Rev. Shawnta is the owner of Uniquely You Designs, an online custom jewelry and apparel boutique.
Rev. Shawnta is married to Rev. Marcus Moody.
Rev. Curtis Morrison, Associate Minister
Curtis was born to Lorraine R. Morrison and the late Curtis Morrison, Jr. He attended school in Richmond County, North Carolina and after graduating in 1978, moved to Washington, DC. After settling into the city with his new Security career, Curtis realized that something else was missing therefore, started visiting Sylvan Vista Baptist Church in Fairmont Heights, Maryland. He became a member and was baptized by the late Rev. Author Luckett. As an active member for several years and the Assistant Superintendent of Sunday School, God spoke the word, “You have to move” and Curtis being obedient, moved his membership to Cornerstone in the late 90’s, joining his wife. Curtis has faithfully served at Cornerstone as a Deacon, Men’s Ministry and Security Ministry when one day, he received the call to minister.
His favorite scripture is Psalm (27:4) “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.”
Curtis is married to Rev. Jacquelyn Morrison and they are blessed with five amazing children (Sherdina, Maria, Ranica, Curtis IV, and Theresa). God has richly blessed Curtis to become an owner of C&J Remodeling and Painting.
Rev. Jacquelyn Morrison
Jacquelyn “Jackie ”Sherdina Morrison, was born January 18, 1964 in Washington, DC. The daughter of Rev. Samuel Lawrence Sr. and Vivian Wilkerson. She is the second oldest of four siblings. She was educated in the Prince Georges County School System and a graduate of Largo Senior High School in 1982. Jackie obtained her CMP (Certified Meeting Professional Certification), in 2010 and works as a Senior Meeting Planner for ASCD. Jackie accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior and was baptized at an early age. Jackie became a member of CPBBC in 1993. Since becoming a member, she has served on several ministries to include: the Usher board, Deaconess board, Youth Sunday School teacher, and the W.O.R.D (Women of Rare Distinction) Ministry.Jackie became aware of her calling to the ministry several years ago therefore, joined the Ministers-In-Training class. She draws inspiration from her favorite scripture Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount upon wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and shall walk, and not faint.Jackie is the wife of Deacon Curtis Morrison III, and the proud mother of Sherdina, Maria, and Theresa Wood (step-children, Curtis IV and Ranica Morrison).
Rev. Laura Murphy
Laura Dean Murphy was born and raised in Washington, D.C., to the late Huddie Lee and Martha Jones Dean. As one of six (6) siblings, Laura was educated in the DC Public School system until the 5th grade, when her parents enrolled her in Catholic school. After graduating from Immaculate Conception Academy (ICA), she attended Strayer College (‘now’ Strayer University) where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration.
Laura accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in November 1982 and joined Peace Baptist Church in January 2, 1983, where then Rev. Daniel and Sabrina were also members. When called them to start their own church, Laura knew that she was called to be a part of their ministry. On June 3, 1984, she joined Cornerstone Baptist Church (now ‘Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church’) and has been an active member ever since, serving wherever she was needed. Although Laura had a career in the Federal Government, she was well aware that one day she would work in the ministry. To her delight, God opened the door for her to retire early and thus her new career began as Church Administrator, which she still enjoys 20 years later.
Laura is blessed to be married to Winston (aka ‘Tony) Murphy for more than 18 years. Their lives are enriched by their three (3) children and six (6) grandchildren, and seven (7) god-children.
Laura recognizes that God’s call to public ministry is an extension of His call to serve. Her belief that God has a purpose in every circumstance that He brings her way is embodied in her favorite scripture Romans 8:28 ‘And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Rev. Dina Nance
Dina Nance was born in Washington, D.C. to the late James and Lillie Bell and was educated in the Prince George’s County School system. She graduated from the University of MD , Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. She began her career in the computer technology arena for a variety of private sector organizations. In June 2002, Training by Design, Incorporated – “Where God Is The CEO” was formed to provide anointed technology training services with a spirit of excellence.
Dina was raised in church but committed her life to the Lord in July 1996 and accepted her call to public ministry in June 2004. She currently serves as the ministry leader for the Information Technology Ministry, as a Little Lambs teacher and is an active member of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry at CPBBC. In addition, she provides bible study to women at DC Jail on a monthly basis. Dina counts it a total honor to be used by God to minister to some of his most precious gems. She reminds the women all the time, that “while their addresses may have temporarily changed, their blessings are still the same.”
Dina loves God with all of her heart and desires to be an instrument that God can use to empower others to become seekers and chasers for Him because his Word says, “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Her favorite scripture is “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.” (Habakkuk 2:2-4)
Dina Nance is enjoying her marriage of 20 years to her husband Tommy and she counts it an honor to share in the raising of their two anointed children, Brandon Alexander and Bria Antoinette.
Rev. Zelinda Owens
Zelinda Owens was born in Brooklyn, New York. She is the only child born to and named after both her mother Linda Carmichael and her father the late Zebedee Tucker Jr. Zelinda was reared and educated(K-12) in Northern Ohio until she joined the United States Navy and served as “Hospital Corpsman” Petty Officer Third Class. She is a alumna of The Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Physical Therapist Assistance.
Zelinda accepted Jesus Christ and was baptized at an early age; however, she did not consistently walk with the Lord until September 11, 1994. She joined New Spirit Revival Center, under the leadership of Pastors Darrell and Belinda Scott. She served as their Personal Armor – Bearer until her relocation to the DMV area in 2003.
Zelinda, joined Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church June 13, 2004 under the leadership of Pastors Daniel and Sabrina Mangrum. She serves as a Sunday School Teacher for the “Young Adult” Ministry. Zelinda has a certificate in Master Life Class Series “1” and will complete Master Life Class Series “2” in June 2019 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Bible Institute. MasterLife Class Series is a biblical process for growing disciples.
Zelinda has a passion to teach the word of our Lord and Savior. Isa 50:4, “The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.” And today, she will answer the call on her life. Matthew 10:1, “And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.”
Zelinda has an angel disguised as her mother and her best friend. She stands on Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Rev. Vanessa Parrish
Rev. Vanessa Parrish was born in Salisbury, Maryland. She received her education through Maryland public schools. After graduating from high school, Rev. Vanessa went to school to pursue her cosmetology career. Her passion for cosmetology stems from her desire to make women with low self-esteem issues feel good about themselves. She was a platform artist for three years with Luster Products and has been a hairstylist for 19 years.
The Lord called Rev. Vanessa to open her own salon in June 2000. She is the owner of Encore Hair Boutique, which the Lord gave her and called her to be the Elite Not Carnal but Ordained Revelation of Excellence in the beauty industry. God gave her the vision of Encore to be a place of healing and ministry to women who have self-esteem issues. Her ministry to women has taken her from her styling chair to conferences, workshops and seminars, where she has ministered throughout the Washington Metropolitan area.
Rev. Vanessa is married to a mighty man of God, Mitchell Parrish, and together they have two beautiful and wonderful daughters, Jar’Dan 14 and Jordin 10. They reside in Upper Marlboro, MD.
The Parrish family joined Cornerstone in 1998. Although called by God many years ago, Rev. Vanessa accepted her call to public ministry in July 2003. She looks forward to being a vessel that God can use. She believes I Thessalonians 5:17 that we should “pray without ceasing.
Rev. Edita Perkins Dee Dee
Edita “Dee Dee” Perkins was born in Norfolk, Virginia, the first of three daughters born to Dorothy and James Perkins. She was raised in Danbury, Connecticut and was educated in the Danbury Public School System. Upon her graduation from high school, she left Connecticut to attend Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, NC, graduating with a degree in Economics and Finance in 1987. In 1988 Dee Dee moved to the D.C. Metropolitan area and joined the Mt. Sinai Baptist Church where she was a member until 1997, when she and her daughters, became members of Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church .
Since joining CPBBC Dee Dee has been very active in several ministries including; 11th/ 12th grade and Young Adult Sunday School teacher, Young Adult Choir, Hands of Excellence sign language ministry, Children of the Promise and Fruit of the Spirit children’s dance ministry as well as the Ministers in training class.
God started Dee Dee on the path to public ministry with the scripture Isaiah 61:1-3; The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives, and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion.
Dee Dee has two beautiful and accomplished daughters; Angela, a 2007 graduate of Morgan State University , and Veronica, a freshman at the College of So. MD.
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Rev. Jeff Perry
Born in Washington, D.C. to Moses & Barbara Perry, Jeff Perry is the youngest of three children. Raised in Temple Hills, MD, he received his Bachelor’s Degree at Towson State University and while there became a member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He married his college sweetheart, Wanda Thompson, and has enjoyed 26 years of marriage. Together they have two children, Amber & Christopher. Jeff is currently employed as a Human Resources Specialist at the Mine Safety and Health Administration.
Jeff received Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord on January 1, 1990 and his life has never been the same ever since. He publicly accepted his call to the ministry in 2004. He has labored in ministry as a Deacon (15 years), Director of Vacation Bible School (12 yrs) and Sunday School Teacher (12 years) at the Upper Room Baptist Church before coming to Cornerstone in 2005. At Cornerstone, he has been a leader with the Seed of Judah ministry, ministering to young men ages 10 – 17 and a bible study teacher to young men ages 10 – 17. He has spent the last 9 years ministering as the Head High School Girls Varsity Basketball Coach at Grace Brethren Christian School in Clinton , Md.
Jeff is most proud of his work for Christ. He constantly reminds himself of this work by one of his favorite scriptures, 1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Rev. Tresniece Perry
Rev. Tresniece Nicole Perry was born to proud parents, Charles and Tony Perry, on April 2nd, 1980 and is the oldest daughter of three children. She is a product of the Prince George’s County School system. She is currently enrolled as a fulltime student at Ashford University working towards her degree in Elementary Education and she will graduate in 2009.
Rev. Tresniece has been a member of Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church (CPBBC) since the tender age of 10. During that time, she has adopted many “aunts and uncles.” At the age of 12, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was filled with the Holy Spirit. While attending an all-night prayer service with her mom in 1996, Rev. Tresniece received her call to public ministry. In 2004, she accepted her call and is excited to see, in the Year of Fulfillment (2007), her call come to fruition. She serves in several ministries at CPBBC, including the W.O.R.D. Women of Rare Distinction ™, Youth , Victorious Dance, and the Amazing Grace.
She desires that young women all over the world would know how precious they are to God and that they are “worth far more than rubies” (Proverbs 3:15). Her prayer is that she will always be an example of Jesus for young ladies and that she will always show them the love that Jesus Christ has shown to her.
Rev. Tresniece acknowledges that she, like one of her favorite female bible heroes, Queen Esther, is here “for such a time as this.” (Esther 4:14) It is with this knowledge that Rev. Tresniece graciously accepts all of her past obstacles, knowing that she has always been “destined for greatness.” It is with the Lord’s strength and courage that she has been able to successfully Sever the Past, Savor the Present, and is NOW ready to Seize her future!
Rev. Pamela Pitts
Rev. Lesley Poole
Reverend Lesley Poole is the daughter of the late, James & Geraldine Poole, the younger sister of Gwen Hill, Roxanne Roberts, and the older sister of Jamie Poole. She proudly claims “favorite auntie” status to Daniel, James, Spenser, Rachel, Brittany and Joy Marie.
Her vocation thus far has involved managing new store development and remodels for Nordstrom. After ten years with Nordstrom, Lesley desired to have an impact on the lives of children and youth living in the inner city of San Francisco and thus began a career in education. She serves today as the Director of Admissions for the SEED School of Washington, D.C.; the nation’s first public boarding school.
Her call to the ministry came only a few years after she accepted Christ. Prior to officially entering public ministry; her gift has consistently made room for itself throughout the years allowing her to teach the Word of God in the local church, small group bible studies and at various women’s conferences in California.
Her journey to the Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church has been pure destiny. In her five years at Cornerstone, she has served as a teacher for the New Members Class and Youth Bible Study. While at Cornerstone, Rev. Leslie acknowledged her call to the ministry and was licensed to preach the gospel in October 2003.
Whatever is next, one thing is for sure, “the best is yet to come!”
© 2017 Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church • 9010 Frank Tippett Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 • (301) 868-8363
Rev. Anita Proctor
Anita Proctor was born in Capitol Heights, Maryland to Bruce and Gail Carter. She was educated in Prince George’s County, MD. In 1997, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.
In February 2004, Anita joined Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church, where her life has been completely transformed for God’s glory. In February 2009, she accepted her call and joined the Minister’s Training Class. Anita currently serves as the Ministry Leader/Sunday School Teacher for Young Adults, Assistant Ministry Leader of P.O.W.E.R. (Intercessory Prayer), Youth Ministry Leader and is an active member of the W.O.R.D, Marriage, Healing Rooms Ministries.
In April 2012, Anita joyfully received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Ashford University. She is currently employed with Department of Treasury, IRS with over 20 years of Federal Government service.
Anita is married to her high school sweetheart, Keith and from this union they have two beautiful daughters, Keishawna and Jocelyn, and a beloved grandson, Xavier Jerome Simmons. Her favorite scripture is 2 Cor. 5:17 which emphasizes that anyone united with Jesus gets a fresh start, and is created anew from the inside out!
Rev. Patricia Quiller
Rev. Patricia Quiller is presently an associate minister at the Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastors Daniel and Sabrina Mangrum. She served as one of the New Members Class teachers for 11 years and has recently transferred to serve as one of the teachers for the women’s Life Direction class. She is one of the counselors who has led hundreds to Christ and through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. She is a regular presenter at W.O.R.D. retreats, monthly meetings and early morning services.
In October 1995, she accepted God’s call to public ministry and was licensed by the Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church. God has given her a keen insight in the Word and gifted her with a teaching ministry. Truly, it is an honor to be entrusted with the Word and to be an instrument of God in this final and finest hour of the church. It is a time when God’s unsurpassed glory is being manifested to and through His people.
Rev. Patricia Quiller, who is an Accountant with the Department of Health and Human Services is also a part-time student at Maple Springs Bible College, pursuing a degree in Christian education. She is married to Deacon Roosevelt Quiller, Jr.; the mother of three children; Pamela, Reginald, and Tricia, and grandmother of two grandsons.
Most importantly, Rev. Quiller loves God with all her heart and is committed to perfecting the saints for the work of ministry. She desires to see God’s people walk in victory because she knows 2 Corinthians 2:14, “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ…”
© 2017 Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church • 9010 Frank Tippett Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 • (301) 868-8363
Rev. Benjamin Robinson, Associate Minister
Rev. Benjamin Robinson was born in Washington, D.C., and currently resides in Riverdale, Maryland. He was married for 33 years to Kathy Robinson, from Pittsburgh until the Lord called her home in 2005. Rev. Ben has a daughter, Faith Robinson, and two sons, Stephen and Christian Robinson.
Rev. Ben was called into the ministry in 1980 and was licensed at Peace Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Arie L. Mangrum. Rev. Ben taught Sunday school, but also felt a burden to witness in the hospitals, jails, half-way houses, drug rehab facilities, nursing homes, and on the streets of Washington D.C. He was an active member of the Outreach Ministry, in door-to-door witnessing. Rev. Ben felt the Lord had given him the gift of evangelism. Rev. Ben left Peace Baptist to help his uncle out at the ‘Evening Light Church of Christ’ for a few years and was ordained there.
Rev. Ben joined Cornerstone when Pastor Daniel was just starting out in Rogers Heights Elementary School. At Cornerstone, Rev. Ben taught Sunday School, played his flute and saxophone during praise and worship, and was instrumental in starting the Outreach Ministry at Cornerstone.
He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a major in Mathematics. He also has web design training and is currently doing graduate work for his Masters in Secondary Education.
Rev. Ben is thankful that Jesus has taken him “From the Blues to the Good News of the Gospel.” Rev. Ben played the blues on his saxophone while in the world, but now plays his saxophone for the good news of the gospel.
Rev. Ben is currently a member of the Outreach Ministry and ministers at the Cheltenham Juvenile Detention Facility (Boys Village) and the Shepherd’s Cove Womens and Childrens Shelter in Capital Heights, Maryland. Rev. Ben has also written a book of poetry titled “From the Blues to the Good News and Other Poems” and produced two rap CD’s titled “From the Blues to the Good News of the Gospel” and “From the Blues to the Good News of Education”, which can be found at Rev. Ben’s website: systemexpert.biz
One of Rev. Ben’s favorite scriptures is Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (KJV)
© 2017 Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church • 9010 Frank Tippett Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 • (301) 868-8363
Rev. Harold Stephen
Harold Stephen was born in Georgetown, Guyana, a small country of size 83,000 square miles located on the continent of South America. Guyana is the only English speaking country in the predominant Spanish speaking South America.He migrated to the USA in 1987 with his family
He was the fourth child of five children. He is married to the love of his life Denise, and they are blessed with six wonderful children; five handsome boys ,Harold the 2nd,Marlon, Nigel, Kwesi ,Jerrod and a beautiful daughter, Denisha, who he affectionately calls Angel, his angel.
Harold was exposed to the Gospel early in life through Sunday school, but as a youngster, Harold was constantly involved in fights, most of which he emerged the ‘winner’. Having being involved in numerous fights, he was told that this behavior would soon result with him being imprisoned. But God had a different plan for his life just as our Lord promised in Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Unexpectedly, to him but not to the Lord (it was all in the Master’s plan), he was introduced to Jesus and he gave his life to the Lord Jesus at the age of 14 years. Even in his youth, his life after accepting Jesus Christ was a contrast to the life he had before which was one of mischief. But God in His mercies placed a desire in Harold Stephen’s heart to seek after righteousness and ’fight’ for Him instead.
Although Harold was not always faithful to the Lord, He never gave up on him. You see he was bought with a price and all of his sins; all of his wrong doings that he ever committed or will ever commit has been washed in His precious blood. Harold knows that he is not exactly where God wants him to be right now but as Daryl Coley s nicely says it:
He’s preparing Harold for something he cannot handle right now. He’s making him ready just because He cares. (He’s providing Harold with what he’ll need) to carry out the next matter in his life. He is preparing Harold God is preparing Harold (For everything) that comes in his life because He cares for him. He’s maturing him, he’s arranging, rearranging him, he is training him, he is tuning him, he is purging him, he is pruning him because He cares for him, he’s preparing Harold Stephen, like the way He prepared queen Esther for such a time as this.
© 2017 Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church • 9010 Frank Tippett Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 • (301) 868-8363
Rev. Monica Swann
Monica Swann is the oldest of two children born to James and June Swann in Chelsea, Massachusetts. With her father serving in the Navy, her family relocated to Lakewood, New Jersey, where Monica graduated from high school.
After coming to the Washington Metropolitan area in 1990, Monica furthered her education by receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from the University of Maryland, University College and an MBA degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Phoenix. She is now in the final stages of completing her PhD in Public Policy, with a focus on Nonprofit Management and Leadership, from Walden University.
Monica’s passion for impacting the community motivated her to pursue her philanthropic services, where she is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of TAS’ Place, Inc., a nonprofit youth leadership development organization. In addition, she enjoys reading, running and watching classic movies.
Monica dedicated her life to Jesus on October 10, 1991, and has been running for the Lord ever since. As a member of Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church since 2004, Monica serves as the Director of the Sunday School Ministry, a bible teacher for middle and high school students, and a member of the Early Morning Choir and the W.O.R.D. Women of Rare Distinction. In 2013 Monica acknowledged her call to the ministry and attended the Ministers-In-Training class.
Monica is proud of her family: brother, James Jr. (aka ‘Eddie’), son Troy, daughter-in-law Rhonda, grandchildren Tiera, William, and Trinity and great-grandson, Terrell, Jr.
While she loves the entire Word of God, Monica’s favorite chapter is Psalm 91.
Rev. Sherri Thomas
Sherri Denise Thomas was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Hyattsville, Maryland. She received a Bachelors in Business Administration/Accounting from the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and a Masters in Theology from Regent University. Sherri is an Administrative/Training Officer for the Department of Navy.
She serves as one of the Worship Leaders on the Praise Team at Cornerstone. Sherri loves God, spending time with loved ones and all of His people. She loves singing, worshipping, shopping, adventurous activities within reason, traveling, laughing and having fun, putting together puzzles, a good crab feast, and chocolate chip cookies. Her newest interests are floral design and interior decorating. Sherri has been blest with the gifts of serving, giving, exhortation, encourager, compassion and administration. As she begins this new chapter in life she is very optimistic about whatever and wherever God wants to take her.
Rev. Thomas Waite, Jr.
Thomas Waite, Jr. was born in Havana, Cuba and came, with his family, to the United States at the age of 3. He grew up and lived in Miami, Florida until leaving in 1981 to attend Central Missouri State University where he graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice. He’s been a resident of Prince George’s County since moving to Maryland in 1989. He has worked for the past 30 years as a route salesman for Frito Lay where he has won numerous awards and recognition for outstanding performance.
Tom serves as an Usher, a Deacon, is active as a Mighty Man, and as a men’s accountability group leader. He also works with our young boys in the Seed of Judah ministry. In addition to ministering to family and friends, it is not unusual to see him ministering to complete strangers wherever he might be. Tom is always prepared with a Word from the Lord and has been asked to speak at weddings, funerals and different types of men’s events. Several years ago, it became clear that God wanted to use his gifts of exhortation, discernment and encouragement for public ministry.
Tom has been married to his queen, Kim, for 30 years and they have four children: Jordan, Indian, Faith and Cassidy. His favorite scripture is Proverbs 18:22, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and receives favor from the Lord.”
Rev. Katrina Wallace
Rev. Katrina L. Wallace was born and raised in the Metropolitan Area. She was called to public ministry in 1992, after which she preached her initial sermon and was licensed at the First Baptist Church of Deanwood on January 16, 1994. At First Baptist she served as the Minister of Worship & Praise, Youth Sunday School Teacher, and Discipleship Leader.
Rev. Wallace joined the Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church in April 1995 where she now serves as an Associate Minister. She is a Sunday School teacher for the Life’s Direction class and active in the WORD (Women of Rare Distinction) Ministry to women. She serves in the Counseling Ministry, which ministers to new believers and new members. Rev. Wallace also serves as a Family Counselor administering premarital counseling, marriage counseling, counsel to women, and youth. In addition, she serves as an Intercessor and is also a leader for Apple & Seed Ministry which provides a Biblically based environment for young children and a forum for stay-at-home moms.
Rev. Katrina Wallace is the only child born to Milton & Lizzie Harrell. She’s also a devoted wife to Robert E. Wallace, III with whom they have a lovely daughter, Charity Royale Wallace.
The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He might be glorified. Isaiah 61:1-3
Rev. Letrice Weaver
Rev. Letrice Weaver was born and raised in Washington, D.C. where she attended Howard University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Although she attended and was very active in church, Letrice committed her life to the Lord Jesus Christ at Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church on October 22, 1989. After working for the GTE Corporation and relocating over a period of several years, God brought her and her family back home in 1998. She is married to Todd Weaver and has a beautiful daughter, Letaria and a handsome son, Todd II.
While in Atlanta, Georgia, Letrice accepted her call into public ministry and was later licensed as a minister of the gospel at Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church in December 1999. She currently serves as one of the teachers for the Women’s Life Direction Sunday School class, a counselor with the counseling ministry and has ministered at WORD meetings and local church services. Rev. Letrice has previously served as a Leader over an Intercessory Prayer Ministry and conducted several teachings on intercessory prayer.
Rev. Letrice loves God with all of her heart and desires to be an instrument that God can use to empower others to walk in God’s plan for their lives. One of her deepest and most heartfelt desires is to see women of God set free from the bondages of fear, insecurity and low self-esteem, of which she is a living testimony.
Rev. Letrice knows firsthand that God has power to transform lives and that despite where we’ve been or where we are, God has destined us to be “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light…” (I Peter 2:9)
Rev. Janaclese Woods
Janaclese Woods was born in Athens, Greece. She is a world changer with a heart to evangelize and share the good news of Jesus Christ. Her greatest passions are to witness to the sick and see the miracles of God manifest in their lives. She has a desire to witness to the homeless and see their lives transform by living for God.
Janaclese has been a member of CPBBC since 2006. She currently serves in the Outreach Ministry at St. Thomas Moore Nursing Home; the Healing Hands Healing Room Ministry, is a member of the Intercessory Ministry, teaches for the Little Lambs Sunday School Ministry and ministers to the homeless at Washington D.C.’s Community for Creative Non-violence.
Janaclese has received a certificate in Christian Counseling with the American Association of Christian Counselors. She earned a Masters of Business Administration degree in Human Resources Development, and a Bachelors degree in Psychology. Janaclese has also served in the U.S. Army for eight years.
Janaclese is married to John Joseph Woods of twenty six years, God has blessed her and her husband with two wonderful children, John, Jr. and Jaleesa who are both currently serving our country in the Armed Forces.
Rev. Lisa Worley
Rev. Lisa Worley was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina to Brodie Lambert and the late Gloria Stewart Lambert. She is the youngest girl of five siblings and was educated in the North Carolina Public school system. After high school graduation, Rev. Lisa attended Elon University for one year and later decided to join the U.S. Navy where she received two years of extensive Wide Area Network training. Upon traveling for 8½ years to many parts of the world, Rev. Lisa decided to end her military career here in the Washington, DC area.
Although Rev. Lisa grew up in and attended church regularly, she didn’t know what it took to be saved. On December 6, 1996, she accepted Christ and joined Cornerstone Peaceful Baptist Church. Currently, she is an active member of the Trustee and Deaconess Boards.
Rev. Lisa was the ministry leader for the Singles ministry from 2000-2002 leading the way to be “Single and Satisfied”. She received her call to public ministry in 2001 and in God’s perfect timing, she has surrendered and accepted the call.
Rev. Lisa is married to a mighty man of God, Ray Worley, and they have two beautiful daughters, Reghan Grace and Rashondra Lavette.
Rev. Lisa’s favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.” She looks forward to being a vessel that God can use to deliver and set the captives free.
Rev. Dr. Marisha Wright
Dr. Marisha Wright was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began her pursuit of knowledge in 1991 at Montgomery College. After graduating from Montgomery College, Dr. Wright transferred to University of Maryland, College Park and received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Hearing and Speech Sciences.
After so many years, Dr. Wright was not satisfied with only a Bachelor’s degree and pursued higher degrees. In 2006 Dr. Wright received her Master’s degree in School Counseling with a specialization in Mental Health from Gallaudet University and in 2011 her PhD in Human Services with specialization in Counseling from Capella University.
She enjoys her pursuit of knowledge. Her motto to her students is “it never matters where you start but that you finish what you started.” Over her 22 years working in education, Dr. Wright has mentored young people to believe in themselves and go after their dreams. She believes everyone has a purpose in life and wants to help young people believe that they were born for a purpose.
She accepted the Lord at a very young age. Growing up as a preacher’s kid (PD), she learned for herself who God was and what he can do. Dr. Wright always knew there was a call on her life but she ran from it for years. She thought the service she was doing was enough but God had another plan. In 2016, Dr. Wright recognized it was time to stop running away from God and step into all He predestined for her life. She believes everything she has accomplished in life was due to believing in one of her favorite scriptures: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”