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 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.
Elder for Discipleship
Natasha Cumberbatch Ryan has a passion for teaching, which she has been doing since the age of eighteen. While she has always embraced her gift for teaching and pursued it zealously, she knew that her anointing transcended the classroom. It has spilled over into all aspects of her life–particularly her desire to impact the body of Christ.
Natasha has served several years as a youth teacher and prayer ministry leader, but more so as a spiritual mentor to several of her personal friends and students. She holds the scripture 2 Peter 1:3 ESV close to her heart; she desires to be more and more like Christ, to be a true disciple of His, to be led on a path where she can impact the lives of all those who are called by His name and to admonish them that their example in the heavenly realm has equipped them with every good and righteous gift to carry out His will on the earth.
Kianna Reid is responsible for leading the Hospitality area which includes both our greeting and potluck ministries. Kianna and her team are responsible for the experience of our visitors, regular attendees, and church members from the time they enter the church until the time their experience at Community of Hope ends.
Kianna has been a member of the church since 2012. She first joined church leadership in 2014 as a member and co-leader of the potluck ministry. Kianna is an amazing cook for vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters alike. Her love for people, creativity, smile and infectious laugh make her an excellent person to lead this ministry.
Kianna is the mother of two beautiful daughters who she refers to as her heartbeats. Kianna has a big heart and can often be caught doing good. Many church members have opened the door to find Kianna on the other side with a gift or a meal. If you visit Community of Hope you can find Kianna at the door waiting for you.
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.
Audio Visual Coordinator
Son, Husband, Father and Kingdom citizen.
Martin Aaron Ryan has a strong desire to impact the body of Christ with the Life of Christ. He loves people. He expresses his love to his friends and family through his love language of cooking. His culinary skills exhibits the warmth, love and thoughtfulness he has for everyone.
He is a stickler for excellence and integrity. He strongly believes in the proverbial saying “measure twice and cut once."
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength is Martin's most declared scripture, since he knows without God he is absolutely helpless.
Family Ministries Leaders
Children's Ministry Leader
Danielle S. Byass was born and raised in Ypsilanti, MI. She has two older sisters and a younger brother. Danielle moved to Takoma Park, Maryland to attend Columbia Union College in 2008. She graduated with my AAS in Respiratory Therapy in 2012. Danielle have been married to her loving and supportive husband David Byass since December 2017. They have two wonderful (though quite rambunctious and chatty) boys: Benjamin age 7 and Michael age 1. Her love for children started young, first working at her mother’s home daycare at the age of ten. After giving birth to her first son, Danielle went into early childhood education full time. She worked at Knowledge Beginnings in Laurel, MD from 2013-2018. After leaving Knowledge Beginnings in early 2019, she became a childcare provider for some family and friends. Using this as a launching point, she is currently developing her own small at-home daycare. Danielle has been a member at Community of Hope SDA Church for over five years and has been part of the children’s ministry team for two years. She assumed the position of Children’s Ministry leader in early 2020 and hopes to channel her passions and creativity into leading young hearts and minds to Christ.
Social Media Director