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.

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.

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.

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.