Our Ministerial Staff

Minister Michelle Early

Minister Michelle Lisa Early is the daughter of a Jamaican immigrant and a Baltimore artist. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she is a proud graduate of the city’s public school system; Morgan State University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Finance; and Walden University, where she received a Master of Public Administration. She loves to learn and truly believes that each day on earth is meant to be filled with laughter, learning, and love. Michelle has a passion for helping others, which she states is a family trait, as both her mother and father served as nurses and nurses’ aides in their professional careers. Loving others and committing her life to service is all that she knows. 

At an early age, she was introduced to Christ and her life has never been the same. While she has experienced many setbacks and trials, God has been faithful and merciful to Michelle. She openly shares that she is flawed by nature but has been saved by grace. She is currently on a healing journey through Christ that has allowed her to revisit the girl that she once was, while journeying towards the woman that God created her to be.  She is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau for RAINN (the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), a certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor, a photographer, and an author. Her books provide insight into her life and how God was able to heal her despite her past. She is a daughter, a sister, a Godmother, an aunt, and a devout child of God. As she walks with her Abba, trusting and leaning wholeheartedly, she is excited about what He will continue to do in her life.

Reverend Robert J. Hicks, Jr.

Reverend Robert James Hicks Jr, is a preacher and gifted musician, who is directed and led by the Holy Spirit to preach God’s word. He is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, born to the late Robert J. Hicks Sr. and Mrs. M. Marie Hicks. Having been raised in a Christian household, Reverend Hicks was baptized at the age of twelve under the guidance of the late Dr. Olin P. Moyd and remain active in numerous church ministries. Reverend Hicks felt and accepted the call of God on his life and preached his initial sermon at the Mount Lebanon Baptist Church on August 15, 2008.  Under the teaching of Senior Pastor Dr. Franklin Lance, on February 24, 2017 Reverend Hicks was ordained as a preacher of the Gospel.

He is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) from which he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management and a Minor in Computer Studies. Reverend Hicks is a current student of Saint Mary’s Seminary & University, pursing a Master of Arts degree in Theology with a concentration in Biblical Studies. 

Currently, Reverend Hicks nourishes and displays his God-given gifts serving as the Ministry leader of the Praise and Fine Arts Ministry for Hope Christian Fellowship Church under the leadership of Senior Pastor Rev. Ronnie Henry and Executive Pastor Dr. Keith Harris.  Reverend Hicks also serves on the Family Advisory Board of the Johns Hopkins Children Hospital. In July 2007 Reverend Hicks was honored to be selected as and holds the distinction of the first Chairman of the Family Advisory Board serving from July 2007 – July 2009.

Reverend Hicks is the husband of Nicole Hicks and proud father of three daughters Kayla, Veronica and Jordan. One son Robert James Hicks III.

Reverend Calvin Moore

Reverend Calvin Moore was born in Johnstown, Pa. the son of Geneva Street and Eli Raiford. He was raised by his grandmother, Clara Moore until the age of ten. His grandfather, who died prior to Calvin’s birth was the Pastor and one of the founders of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Johnstown. He moved to Cleveland at an early age to live with his mother and grew up in there in the inner city. It is in Cleveland that he was baptized at the age of fourteen.  

Calvin was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1968 and was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of Sargeant E-5. After discharge He attended Kent State University in Ohio, there receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1975.  It was at Kent State he also became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. After graduation He pursued a career in Banking which spans forty years.  Working at major financial institution across the country, as a commercial loan office, credit officer, and chief credit officer.  He has recently retired after working ten years as a Bank Examiner II for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

Calvin accepted his calling to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the year 2000, while attending Mt. Zion Baptist Church, in Oakwood Village, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. There he served as a special assistant and was also licensed to preach in 2002.  Pursuing his calling Calvin attended Ashland Theological Seminary, a division of Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.  There he received his Master of Arts Degree in Religion June 2010. Calvin would later be ordained as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, at Elizabeth Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio in September 2010. His passion in ministry is centered in preaching, teaching, community service, and developing our youth. Calvin is committed, by the Holy Spirit, to be a servant of God and spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The Good News!!

Calvin is the proud father of a daughter and a son, as well as five grandchildren. His favorite scripture is Psalm 91, in particular verse 2, “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust”.


Minister Walter C. Rose

Minister Walter C. Rose was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia to the late Calvin C. Rose and Eleanor Beane Rose.  He has one older sister, the late Renee Batey and one older brother, David (Memphis, TN).  He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at the age of six at Bethel AME Cave Spring, Roanoke, Va.  Since May 1986, Minister Rose has been  joyously married to his best friend and soul mate, Pamelia (Pam) Rose, and through their blessed union, they have three children, Cameron Rose, Maura Smith (Rickey Smith), and Marjorie Rose and one grandchild, Maxine Hope Smith.

Walter earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (1984). He has always had a passion for working with computers, music, DIY home projects, and spiritual writing. 

Professionally, he is a Senior Technical Consultant for the NCR Corporation’s Government Systems Division, Germantown, Maryland where he specializes in government and public sector retail and payment systems. Walter published his first book in August of 2014, The Miracle of Transition, a spiritually based journal and loving firsthand account of the loss of his sister who passed away from cancer in September of 2013.

From March 2010 to March 2014, Walter served faithfully as a Deacon at First Missionary Baptist Church (Frederick, MD).  In April of 2014, he joined Hope Christian Fellowship Church (Adamstown, MD) where he has served as a member of the  Diaconate Ministry, a bass player for the praise team, and as a marriage Bible study facilitator. 

In October 2019, while serving as a Deacon at Hope Christian Fellowship Church, he acknowledged and accepted God’s call to the ministry.  After the completion  of his ministerial training under Senior Pastor Reverend Ronnie L. Henry and Executive Pastor Reverend Dr. Keith Harris, Minister Rose was licensed to preach at Hope Christian Fellowship Church on September 30, 2020.

Minister Rose’s favorite scripture is Philippians 13:4, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."  Over the past few years, God's anointing has allowed him to write and share spiritually based messages of encouragement to family members and friends that cover a broad scope of life’s trials, tribulations and joys. Minister Rose thoroughly enjoys spiritual writing and public speaking  and wants his ministry to reflect that he is a humble servant of the almighty God that is eager to enthusiastically proclaim the Good News.

Reverend Vivian Slaughter-Mitchell

Vivian Slaughter-Mitchell is a native of Parkin, Arkansas. She accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior at an early age and was baptized by immersion. It was while serving at Hope Christian Fellowship Church (Adamstown, MD), in March 2016, that Vivian acknowledged and accepted God’s call to preach the Gospel. Shortly after accepting her call and engaging in ministerial training, Vivian was licensed to preach by her pastors, Reverend Ronnie L. Henry and Reverend Dr. Keith Harris at Hope Christian Fellowship Church in November 2016.

Vivian holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD; a MBA from University of Phoenix (Rockville, MD Learning Center), and a second Master’s Degree in Instructional Systems Development from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is employed as an instructional systems developer at Fannie Mae in Washington, DC. Vivian is a veteran of the United States Army, having served 10.5 years of active duty.

Minister Slaughter-Mitchell is married to Don (Mitch) Mitchell, whom she loves and cherishes as her best friend and valued partner. Along with her husband, she is lovingly attached to her large family of nine (9) siblings, numerous nieces and nephews, and a loving Christian mother. She treasures her family as a continuous blessing from God and practice ground for working her ministry.

Vivian vows to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit as she traverses her servant’s journey with the confidence that “in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).  It is her heart’s desire to preach and teach the Gospel in an applicable manner, helping others to live lives in acceptance of God’s promises and according to His will.

Reverend Dr. Scot Thomas

Reverend Scott Thomas has been preaching since his early twenties and has been in pastoral  ministry since 1992. He has served as an elder within the Frederick Worship Center,  Maranatha Church of God and Strong Tower Christian Church. In 1992, Scott and his wife  Shlesta, were part of a church planting team that established Downtown Community  Church, were he served as the associated pastor for nine years and the senior pastor for  three years. In 2004, Scott and Shlesta founded the Centré for Christian Destiny, a non profit organization, positioned to impact at-risk communities by combining spirit-led  teaching, educational enrichment, holistic social programming and economic empowerment.  

In 2008, Scott also established a management consulting firm that contracts with the  federal government to provide Information Technology and Enterprise Architectural services. Presently, he serves as the Principal Consultant of the firm, were he is contracting  with the Freddie Mac corporation. Additionally, Dr. Thomas is serving as an adjunct  professor at Frederick Community College within the communication department.  

Scott Thomas is a native of Huntington, WV. He studied at West Virginia University,  where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English Rhetoric. In 2004, he received his Masters  of Arts in Organizational Design from Regent University. In August 2018, Dr. Thomas  completed his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University, by publishing his  dissertation deemed, “Examining the Impact on Organizational Performance of an Aesthetic  Leader’s use of Creative Problem Solving during Extended Fasting” 

An effective communicator of God’s Word, Dr. Thomas is widely known for his  practical and dynamic teaching style which helps people apply the timeless truths of  Scripture to their everyday lives. He and his wife, Shlesta, have been married since 1985.  They are the proud parents of four adult children: Latosha Thomas, Moriah Thomas-Parker,  Solomon Thomas, and Maciah Thomas.

Minister Tamyka Waters

Minister Tamyka Waters was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Upon moving to Maryland in 2008, she committed to her spiritual walk and accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at the age of 29. Currently, Minister Waters is employed as a recruiter with George Street Services, a woman owned IT company providing services to the Baltimore Metro area. In her role, Minister Waters also serves as the Parent Education and Outreach Coordinator at Frederick Community College, assisting parents who desire to go to attend college. In this role, she coaches parents and adult students to navigate the college enrollment process and supports them with their educational goals by breaking down barriers to being successful in higher education settings. She strongly embraces this role as she, herself, is a part-time student at Frederick Community College majoring in Social Science/ Human Services. She is also a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Minister Waters strongly believes that with support and motivation, all things are possible, regardless of a person's age or background.

In addition to her role as a minister of the Gospel, Minister Waters also serves as a Stephen Minister. Stephen Ministers are trained to provide one-to-one care to those experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or relocation. She regularly participates in corporate Bible Study and is the originator and facilitator of Word on Wednesdays and Thoughtful Thursdays, weekly study sessions that emphasize the power of words to generate conversation and foster transparency while pointing participants to GOD. In addition to these ministries, Minister Waters is the program director for “Just A Kind Note,” an initiative to combat loneliness, depression, isolation, while uplifting the well-being of others, and to improve health and quality of life by keeping individuals engaged and connected by spreading kindness, one note at a time.

Minister Waters is married to Dennis Waters, Jr. and has two sons, Malyk Eugene and Dennis III. Her favorite Scripture is Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Her life’s motto is “Your Passion IS Your Purpose.” She has a heart to minister to women who have experienced various traumatic experiences in life. She wants them to know, “Whatever situation you are going through does not have to be the end, if you just begin!”.