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 Paul Graham, D.Min
Graham spent 13 years in ministry in the New York area, engaging in youth and young adult ministries, striving to present each message with the intention of motivating his listeners to prepare themselves for the soon coming of Christ. As a result, in 2002, Graham launched Full Circle Ministries to empower youth and young adults to participate in evangelism and wholesome activities, reaching both churched and unchurched individuals. Graham loves teaching the Word of God and helping as many as possible gain a better understanding of the Gospel and a stronger walk with the Master.
Pastor Paul Graham accepted the call to be an associate for pastoral ministries in October of 2020. Graham most recently served as senior pastor of Potomac’s Restoration Praise Center in Bowie, Md.
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.
Worship Leader/Event Coordinator
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 Rebeca Hosten, are working hard 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, Founder and Head Planner of Larie's Touch, LLC, 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 the mother of four beautiful children and one grandson. When she is not planning events, she enjoys reading, singing & playing the piano, listening to music, and hanging with family and friends.
Justin serves as our music coordinator and is responsible for the praise and worship experience at Community of Hope SDA. Justin is a passionate, vulnerable, and transparent worship minister. He takes joy in training singers to become worship leaders. He strongly believes that your private worship should precede your public worship. His inspiration for ministery is found in trusting God to be his strength.
Justin has been a member of Community of Hope SDA Church since 2011. He first joined church leadership as the choir director in 2014. He has since ministered in music as a praise and worship leader throughout the years. Justin has been a member of several singing groups including CLAY formerly known as In Touch, Timothy Brown and Company, Sherice Tomlin, and others.
Justin is a father of two wonderful children Kaleb & Nalayah. Justin is a hard worker and can be found leading the setup and breakdown of the church on many weekends. He is the embodiment of what it means to be a friend to man.
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.
Rebeca has been the Church Clerk for Community of Hope SDA Church for the last eight years and some of her responsibilities include:
Membership transfers by eAdventist
Keeping church records of all church members
Keeping attendance during church service and Sabbath School
Statistical reports to the General Conference
Notifying board members of board meetings and taking the minutes.
Providing support to the Pastor during the nomination of new church leaders
Notifies the General Conference of delegates elected to represent the church at a General Conference Session
In her spare time, Rebeca likes to spend time with her family, knitting, face and rock painting, baking, decorating cakes, bike riding traveling.