The leaders of Community of Hope SDA are dedicated to providing an atmosphere of worship and praise to the members and visitors each Sabbath and beyond. Each leader has specific responsibilities and will be more than happy to direct you in whatever area you have a need.
Pastor Duane O. Reid, Jr.
Pastor Reid is a Minister, Educator, and Administrator. His ministerial career began as an appointment by God and not through the work or desire of man. Elder Duane O. Reid, Jr. was born in Cleveland, Ohio and matriculated at Washington Adventist University, formerly Columbia Union College, in Takoma Park, Maryland earning a Bachelors of Arts degree in History with an emphasis on Pre-Law and a minor in Secondary Education. Following the trajectory of God’s plan, he returned to his Alma Mater acquiring both a Masters degree in Business and Public Administration.
In conjunction with his professional life, Pastor Reid has a deep and abiding love for the work and mission of serving God’s people. He has been active in the church since his early youth. Preaching his first sermon at the age of 10, Pastor Reid was destined to be a workman for the Lord. He embodies the servant of God and friend to man theme of his youth. Continuing his life of service, Pastor Reid was a youth director, earliteen Sabbath school teacher, and elder at Sligo SDA Church in Takoma Park, Maryland. Using his education in business, Pastor Reid served as the Business Manager for New Community Fellowship and WGTS 91.9 Gateway Fellowship before moving on to be the business manager for Millennium Ministries SDA Church. He has organized fundraisers and concerts with such artists as CeCe Winans, Selah, Natalie Grant, Jaci Velazquez, and many more.
Under the direction and guidance of the most high, Pastor Reid was led to serve as the Elder for Administration at Community of Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland and in January of 2013 was installed as the Lay Leader for the congregation. He is the proud father of daughter, Isabella “Bella” Nicole Reid and beloved husband of Merlissa Reid. Pastor Reid acknowledges that he has been blessed by God. His life and ministry have been fueled by the message found in Luke 12:48 “…for unto whosoever much is given, of him shall be much required.”
Often found with his hands out-stretched to those in need, Elder Kaneil Williams is a man who's heart is for those who have yet to encounter the love of the Savior. He has followed the calling of God to live a life of service since his first mission experience in El Salvador in 2006. Elder Williams' motivation to serve comes from Micah 6:8 "He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God."
The mission of Community of Hope's outreach ministry is to activate believers in service to our church and neighboring communities in hope-sustaining work that mirrors that of Christ's method of ministry. We do this by building relationships, showing sympathy, ministering to the needs of the people, and inviting them to a saving relationship with Christ.
When he is not evangelizing and serving the community, Elder Williams is a community outreach director at Year Up Baltimore. There he coordinates programs and employment opportunities for young adults ranging from eighteen to twenty-four, who desire mentorship and trade development. He is the husband of the beautiful Chenelle Williams.
Meet Larie Gray! She is an energetic leader with skills in many areas. Her aims to use her talent to be a blessing to others. As the Event Coordinator at Community of Hope, Larie, along with her event team, Rebeca Hosten and Laselle Carpenter-Wilson are working to provide fun and meaningful social events for the church and community. She believes that having time to fellowship and connect with our church family is an important part of church life.
Larie is the CEO and Head Planner of MILA Event Solutions, and a Senior Certified Wedding Planner through the Bridal Society, the nation's leading wedding certification company. She received her Bachelors of Information Technology from the University of Phoenix and her MBA from Washington Adventist University. She currently works at Howard University, College of Medicine as an Administrative Coordinator (Department Manager) in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics.
Larie is a wife of Michael Gray and mother of five beautiful children and one grandson. When she is not planning events, she enjoys reading, singing & playing music, hanging with family and friends.
Business Manager and Director for Worship
A man of visions with a keen eye for detail, Brother Gary Gracia serves our community as the Business Manager. For over a decade, he has committed his time to the intricate details of document review and processing as well as service to others. A native of Montclair, New Jersey, Gary Gracia studied Computer Science at William Paterson University. Seeking advancement and new opportunities, he moved to the Washington/Metropolitan area to work at the United States Patent office as a Patent Examiner.
Brother Gracia is an integral member of the leader team and our community as a whole. He is responsible for the day to day business of the church. In addition to his administrative service and function, he is a very talented musician. As a member of the band, he plays the piano, bass, and drums exceptionally well.
Brother Gracia is the husband of the lovely LaToya Gracia and father to Zion and Selah Gracia. When he is not devoting his time to family, friends, and church, Brother Gracia enjoys educating himself in the realm of business, marketing, and leadership. Grateful for an amazing support system, he always seeks to educate and encourage everyone he meets to seek and become greater than before.
Aaron Wilson serves as the Head of the Diaconate at Community of Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Diaconate consist of both Deacons and Deaconess who assist the Pastor and Elder with the care of congregational matters such as maintain church property, church security, visiting the sick, helping the poor, preparing for and assisting with baptism and communion services.
Aaron is a native Washingtonian, growing up in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History/American Studies from Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland and currently serves as the Database Editor/Copy Cataloger for University of Maryland Libraries in College Park, Maryland. Aaron has served in various capacities such as choral leader, Sabbath School teacher, Vacation Bible School Assistant Director, Pathfinder Counselor and Drill Instructor.
Aaron is married to the radiant Laselle Carpenter-Wilson, who serves as the Potluck Leader at Community of Hope. In his free time, he enjoys reading, music, cooking, gardening, canning, debate and playing games with family and friends. He is a firm believer in Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Laselle Carpenter-Wilson is the Head Potluck leader. Growing up in a small country town in Virginia Laselle has always been inspired by family when it comes to homemade cooking and tradition. She aims to use this inspiration to bring smiles, a since of warmth and togetherness with current church members and visiting families. As the Potluck leader, Laselle, along with Team 2 leader Letisha Moise, plan to provide and cook healthy delicious food for the church and community.
Laselle received her Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Washington Adventist University and currently works at Defense Information School, DINFOS, as a Library Clerk/Aide. She is also the shop owner of Sui Generis Crafts, on Etsy.
Laselle is the wife of Aaron Wilson. And when she is not planning potluck meals, she enjoys making crafts, bouquets, hanging with friends and family, canning and yes…cooking.
Sabbath School Leader
"In order to see things you've never seen, you must do things you've never done." Thomas Jefferson
Justin Brown is the Sabbath School Leader teaching the lesson each Sabbath morning as spiritual breakfast.
Justin is a Christian who truly believes in the health message and how it can transform Gods people. As a healthcare professional, his passion is to help people reach their full health potential.
He enjoys reading, music, fitness and cooking. He deeply pursues both learning and teaching from the Bible to fortify his own faith in Jesus.
A woman of God – a daughter of Christ. That is how Karissa Baptiste describes herself. She has been on a faith building journey to connect more closely with Christ and His purpose for her.
From her island home in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, she brought with her a quiet humility, an encouraging smile, and an eagerness to help where help is needed. In her role as church treasurer, Karissa is able to apply her organizational skills and attention to detail in order to perform accurate record keeping and diligent accounting of the church’s finances for God’s glory.
She is a graduate of Southern Adventist University, receiving her Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Systems Administration, and has been working in the Washington D.C. region as an Information System Security Officer for a federal government agency.
Outside of work, Karissa enjoys writing creatively, caring for her two feline friends, listening and practicing music, as well as focusing on health and fitness. Her passion for total wellness inspires her to share with others different ways they can best take care of their bodies – physically, mentally and spiritually.
Rebeca has been the Church Clerk for Community of Hope SDA Church for the last eight years and some of her responsibilities include:
Handling correspondence between members and churches in the process of membership transfers by eAdventist
Keeping church records of all church members
Keeping count of the number of attendees during church service and Sabbath School
Promptly furnishing accurate quarterly and annual reports requested by the General Conference
Taking board meeting minutes.
Notifying board members of board meetings
Providing support to the Pastor during the nomination of new church leaders
With the authorization of the board, promptly notifies the General Conference of delegates elected to represent the church at a General Conference Session
Contact information is:
Rebeca Hosten/Church Clerk
Children's Choir Director
As a member of Community of Hope Seventh Day Adventist Church for 7 years, Latoya has had the privilege of serving our congregation in many ways. Her passion for both music and children led her to the role of Children’s Choir Director in 2019. The goal of COH’s Children’s Music Ministry is to offer opportunities for faith development and enrichment through worship, as well as developing vocal and musical gifts and talents. At COH we also recognize that music is a mode of teaching and transmitting the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
As a wife and mother of two, she is fully committed to our Children’s Ministry in developing a loving, engaging and dynamic music ministry for young children. Children’s Choir meets twice a month and serves children ages 3 to 12.
Gerdine Dalambert was born in Limbe, Haiti, and raised in Orange, NJ. She Studied Psychology at Lesley University, in Cambridge, MA. God called Chaplain Gerdine into ministry at Loyola University Maryland earning her Master's degree in Pastoral Care; she became an ordained elder of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in 2011. She was trained in Chaplaincy at Johns Hopkins University and Adventist Healthcare and is certified as a grief coordinator through Gundersen Healthcare. She currently works at George Washington University Hospital. Chaplain Gerdine is also a children's book author. Her book Journeys of Butterfly Chloe teaches resilience and efficacy. Her favorite scripture is Psalm 27.