President Rev. Deborah Chambers First Baptist Church of Glenarden
Reverend Deborah Chambers is a development and fundraising professional who is in her 12th year as Vice President for Development & Partnerships for Central Union Mission, a 135+ year-old homeless shelter in Washington, DC.
Prior to that role, Deborah had over 25 years experience in financial planning, sales and strategy development. She served as executive director and campaign manager for two capital campaigns helping to raise over $30 million. Deborah was also a financial planner with American Express Financial Services, where she marketed and negotiated financial planning packages, securities and insurance policies.
She is an ordained associate pastor at First Baptist Church of Glenarden (Glenarden, MD) and Board Member with One Warm Coat, a national non-profit that provides free coats for people in need. Deborah also serves as a clergy ambassador with the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia. She is also a member of the Ministry Collaborative, a capacity-building cohort of a diverse group of local pastors.
Vice-President Vonice, “Voni” Harrison Hope Christian Church
Vonice, “Voni” Harrison, a native of Washington D.C., works for the federal government for over the past ten years. She's currently works for the Department of Energy, DOE and has worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prior to DOE.
Voni earned a dual degree of Bachelor’s of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies combinING with Biblical and Theological Studies and Pastoral Ministry, with a concentration in Pastoral Counseling. She also earned a Master’s of Science in Organizational Leadership which catapulted her to start her own creative design business called: “Ready. Set. Create! LLC”, licensed in Maryland since 2012. She is the CCO (Chief Creative Officer, Creative Director and Designer).
Voni considers herself a “creative geek” in “defining beauty of life every day with an unwavering confidence in personal creativity and innovation” by “taking ordinary things and making them beautiful.” She enjoys being a creative consultant and advisor to other creative leaders. In her spare time, she harnesses her creativity through several avenues including: photography, photo editing, interior design, creative writing, and cooking. She loves helping others through service at a homeless shelter as well as coaching and mentoring apiring entrepreneurs. Voni loves mini-golfing, kayaking, playing racquetball, swimming, and going to the museums.
Voni has served in numerous ministries while attending Hope Christian Church as assistamt to the director of the celebration arts ministry, young adult ministry, praise and worship leader, women's chair, small group facilitator, homeless outreach ministry worker in collaboration with Central Union Mission, praise team leader, and media arts ministry. She also served in organizations such as Central Union Mission, where she was head female counselor for Camp Bennet and 12 years of involvement in Young Life, DC under the director of youth outreach.
Secretary Richard Eisendorf Certified Fund Raising Executive
Mr. Eisendorf is a Certified Fund Raising Executive with experience in every phase of organizational management and development – from assessments and new business development to project implementation and evaluations. He has worked with homelessness and hunger in Washington, DC as Philanthropy Advisor for Central Union Mission for the past five years. Over his career, Mr. Eisendorf has raised and managed over $50 million from government agencies, foundations, corporate donors and individuals. His work experience includes director of new business development with an international community media development organization, fundraising for a DC-based inner city education program, leading an affiliate of an international landmine removal organization, and running peacebuilding and democracy programs in the Middle East. Mr. Eisendorf holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts, attended post-graduate studies in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Treasurer Dayan (Dean) Stewart Our Savior Lutheran Church
Dayan is a member of the Our Savior Lutheran Church. He started his career in accounting and audit with Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) as an audit supervisor. Then, worked in the multi-national non-for-profit industry, specializing in human rights and refugee resettlement for over 11 years as a financial manager. Travelled to offices overseas (Kenya, Chad, Uganda, Venezuela, Ecuador, Panama), where he provided training to the finance and project managers on accounting and financial management, with emphasis on financial integrity in the field and reporting (for human rights and refugee resettlement). Dean will bring his skills and knowledge to New Day’s main services. He holds a BS degree in Accounting from City University of New York (CUNY) Lehman College and is currently pursuing his MS degree in Accounting and Financial Management at University of Maryland University College (UMUC).
General Board Members
Edd Beavers Bethany Community Church
Edd has been a resident of Laurel for over 36 years. Edd serves as Web Content Manager for Central Union Mission, Washington DC. He grew up in southwest Virginia and served in the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict. He attended the New York Institute of Technology. He worked for 3M for many years then partnered with a former associate to form a technology business in Laurel.
They worked as integration specialists for NOAA and the FBI and a number of US and Canadian crime labs. In 1992 he went to work as a Designer and Software Development Manager for a Construction Software maker in Maryland where he
worked until retiring in 2014.
Bethany Community Church
Hank is a member of Bethany Community Church. Hank recently reduced his employment to part time as an engineer supporting the FAA’s acquisition of airport and
enroute radar systems. This has allowed him time to be centrally involved with the First Friends Breakfast ministry. He is also a leader at Bethany Community
Church, working with the Compassion Ministry and a men’s group.
Reverend Michele L. Williams First Baptist Church of Glenarden
An Associate Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Glenarden, a Professional Certified Life Coach and Mentor, and a Bible Teacher and Preacher of the Good News. Holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling from Regent University.
Rev. Williams is the Founded and Owner of In His Own Image Outreach Ministries LLC, established in 2016, to minister to holistically to people who have experienced various types of abuse. Hurting people are helped by attending the annual Scarred But Healed conferences and workshops. In her passion to reach people, Rev. Williams provides weekly dialogue through social media Live Chat broadcasts to the Scarred But Healed Tribe and has created a library resource of these videos in her Scarred But Healed Live Chats YouTube channel.
Rev. Williams also teaches and preaches in prisons and nursing homes throughout the metropolitan area and leads a team of individuals who bring the Good News to hurting women through Bible study and worship services at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women in Jessup. As a volunteer Chaplain in MCIW offering pastoral care through one-on-one sessions, Rev Williams’ has a passion to see hurting and disenfranchised people healed.
With her humble approach, her goal before Jesus returns, is to reach as many people as possible with the Truth through the Good News providing freedom and deliverance.
Rev. Williams is a native of Washington, DC, the eldest of two other siblings and has a love for family. The word she lives by is found in John 8:32 – “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Pastor Peter Demik Our Savior Lutheran Church
Pastor Demik was born in D.C. and grew up in Arlington Virginia. He graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Humanities from Valparaiso University in Northwest Indiana. While at Valparaiso, Pastor DeMik served as the Assistant to the Dean of the Chapel
of the Resurrection and he also met his wife, Michelle. The two were married in 1997, and proceeded on to Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where Peter earned his Master of Divinity Degree. Peter has served as Vicar
(Intern) at Peace Lutheran Church in Arvada, Colorado, prior to his first call to serve as Associate Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Laurel, Maryland in July of 2001. On February 16, 2014 Pastor DeMik became the Senior
Pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church.
Pastor Gregory Strong City of Zion Church
Pastor Strong is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at a very young age at the Mt. Haven Missionary Baptist Church. After completing High School, Pastor Strong joined the United States
Marine Corps and rendered seven years of dedicated service. Upon leaving the Marine Corps in 1990, he relocated to the metropolitan Washington, DC area where he now resides. Pastor Strong was licensed in the Gospel Ministry
at the Metropolitan Baptist Church of Washington, DC and later ordained at the Triumphant Baptist Church of Hyattsville, Maryland. Pastor Strong has earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies
from the Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary. In January of 2004 the Lord blessed Pastor Strong and his wife Minerva to organize the City of Zion Church in Laurel, Maryland. This is a non-denominational, progressive
and growing church that specifically targets the "unsaved and unchurched." City of Zion Church has a number of ministries which help implement their vision which is "Making Disciples, Serving Jesus Christ and Living Abundantly."
Pastor Strong’s passion is teaching God’s people to "Walk by Faith." He is indeed an End-Time Pastor with an End-Time Message for an End-Time Generation.