Our Ministerial Staff

Minister Marilyn Carter

Minister Marilyn Demetra Carter is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She currently resides in Frederick, Maryland with her husband and best friend of over 40 years, Larry Lamar Carter, Jr. She is the proud parent of two young adult children, a daughter-in-love and a niece-daughter.  She is also a proud grandparent of one granddaughter.

Her educational career began by first receiving a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Albany State University. She continued her commitment to education by obtaining a Masters of Elementary Education from University of Maryland, a Bachelor of Science in Divinity from Freedom Bible College and Seminary, and an Advanced Certification in Administration and Leadership from Hood College Graduate School.

After faithfully working in the vineyard for several years in different leadership roles and capacities Minister Carter heard the call of God on her life in 2001. She answered the call in 2005 and became licensed in 2009.  Since that time, God has planted her at Hope Christian Fellowship Church in Frederick, Maryland under the leadership of Senior Pastor, Ronnie Henry and Executive Pastor, Keith Harris. 

Her commitment to fruitful, life-changing, and evolving ministry has enabled her to birth a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Wholeness 3-6-5 Ministries, Incorporated based in Frederick, Maryland.  Since its’ conception in 2014 the ministry has earned several awards and recognitions.  Minister Carter is also employed by Montgomery County Public Schools as an educator.

She has been humbled by her life and truly believes, “It ain’t over until God says it’s over!”  Her favorite scripture is 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”.

Minister Michelle Early

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 novice 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 Penny Jenkins

Reverend Penny Jenkins was born and raised in Frederick, Maryland. She was ordained into the Gospel Ministry on April 15, 2012. However, she felt there was more to the call by way of training to be fully equipped to minister. After joining Hope Christian Fellowship Church in October 2014, she publicly acknowledged her reaffirmation to the Call to the Gospel Ministry to her Pastors, Reverend Ronnie Henry and Reverend Dr. Keith Harris. She was ordained on Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Hope Christian Fellowship Church.

Reverend Jenkins is a Customer Care Manager at Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE). She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Virginia Tech and a Master’s Degree in Applied Behavior Science from Johns Hopkins University. Reverend Jenkins is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity Degree with a concentration in Biblical Studies from Regent University. 

Reverend Jenkins is the author of the book “He Knows My Name; Poetic Whispers from Heaven”. She aspires to inspire through poetry and other inspirational writings as led by the Holy Spirit. Reverend Jenkins has one beautiful daughter, Amber, who is the joy of her life.

Reverend Jenkins’ favorite scripture is “Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”. (Philippians 1:6)

Minister 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.

Minister Donna Spralls

Minister Donna L. Spralls acknowledged her call to minister in 2012, under the leadership of Bishop Shawn D. Smith, while a member of Greater Love Church, Misawa Aomori Japan.  Upon completing her ministerial training and prescribed studies, she duly received license to preach the Gospel in January 2015. 

With 17 years of corporate banking experience, Min. Spralls is the Community Relationship Manager at First United Bank and Trust.  As a faithful supporter, she further extends her ministry as an elected member of several local board of directors, positively effecting community efforts, and promoting the Kingdom of God through Christ-like servant leadership.
Min. Spralls serves alongside her husband, Rev. Samuel Spralls.  Together, they have birthed the “Spralls Nation” through their daughters:  Are`onna, Maya, Sa`mina, Sharia, Nalani  −Oh, and Miles (woof)!

Reverend Samuel Spralls

Reverend Samuel A. Spralls IV acknowledged his call to minister in 2012, under the leadership of Bishop Shawn D. Smith, while a member of Greater Love Church, Misawa Aomori Japan.  Licensed to preach in 2013, he was later ordained in 2015 by The Elders Council, Greater Love International.

Rev. Spralls holds dual-Masters in Business and Health Care Administration.  After 25 years of active military service, he is a currently pursuing a doctorate in Christian Education Leadership.

Rev. Spralls lovingly leads his family, the Spralls Nation:  his adoring wife, Min. Donna Spralls, and their five beautiful daughters, Are`onna, Maya, Sa`mina, Sharia, and Nalani.  Unitedly, they value Christ-centered communal fellowship, and share a deep love for God, His Word, His Kingdom, each other –and you!