Dr. Patrice Tyler
Dr. Patrice Tyler has been in the church all her life, having been baptized at the age of two. She has held many positions of leadership in the church from Youth Leader, Sunday School Teacher, and President of the Young Adult Usher Board, just to name a few. She presently serves on the ministerial staff at Uplift Baptist Church where she hosts a weekly prayer session called the Prayer & Praise Worship Experience (PPWE). More than anything Dr. Pat, as she is affectionately called, loves the Lord and is always excited to embrace new opportunities to further God’s kingdom here on earth. Dr. Pat holds a doctoral degree in Education and will complete her Master of Arts in Ministry in Spring 2023.
Erwin C. Miller
Erwin’s career spans 35 years of federal service in Information Technology, Regulatory Policy, Records Management, and Data Analytics fields serving in various Agencies. Erwin also serves as a coach and mentor to colleagues who strive for higher heights professionally and spiritually.
Erwin graduated with honors as the valedictorian with a M.S. Divinity from the Washington Baptist and Theological Seminary. Erwin graduated with and B.A. & M.S. degree in Computer Information Systems Science from the University of the District of Columbia and Strayer University respectively.
In Erwin’s spare time, he likes to listen to jazz, travels to the beach, and read books about the Afro-American diaspora. Erwin currently holds membership at The Word of God Baptist Church under the Shepherd of Pastor John L. McCoy. Erwin’s passion is to teach the Word of God to all those who will hear. Erwin’s favorite quote is “Reach One Teach One”.
Minister Steven Garrison
Steven Garrison is a national recording artist, composer/songwriter, educator, and minister in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. Growing up in the church, Steven began his ministry in music at the age of 10. Although he enjoyed ministering through his music, he knew that God had a higher calling for him in sharing His word. Steven accepted his calling to preach at the age of 13 and studied under various pastors until he became licensed in 2020 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church. Throughout his life journey, accolades, and successes, Steven never forgets to put God first in his life for it is Him who has blessed Steven with this talent and ministry.
Rev. Roderick McClanahan is a native of Bastrop, Louisiana. He is the son of Irma McClanahan and the late Clarence McClanahan. He accepted Christ as Lord, Savior, and Master at the age of eight at the New Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church of Bastrop, Louisiana under the leadership of the late Rev. W.H. Sanders. In May of 1984, he received a calling from God to go and preach the Gospel. With much prayer and communication with God, he acknowledged his calling and preached his initial sermon on September 4, 1984. He was ordained at the New Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Rev. Willie Minor, September 21, 1985.
He received his education from the parochial and public schools of Bastrop, Louisiana. He continued his education at the Northeast Louisiana University and the United Theological Seminary, both located in Monroe, Louisiana. He also attended classes under the National Baptist Convention, USA Inc., and the Potomac River Baptist Association.
Rev. McClanahan is the Pastor of the First Missionary Baptist Church of Lexington Park, Maryland where is has served for over twenty-eight years. He is the third Pastor of this historic predominately African American Church which has been in St. Mary’s County for over sixty seven years. He also serves as an officer with the National Capital Baptist Convention as the Director of Evangelism.
James F. Harris, Jr.
Minister James Harris, Jr. is a 27 years old native of Charles County. At New Life Missionary Baptist Church, Minister Harris leads the youth and media ministries. He serves the community, as a mental health professional, with the Charles County public schools system. He received a bachelor’s in hospitality management from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He also received a Masters degree in School Counseling from Bowie State University. He is currently taking classes toward a Certificate in Ministry from Kingdom Covenant Bible Institute. By God’s love, grace, and standards, Minister Harris has a passion for seeing people set free. He seeks to do God’s Will and spread the love of Jesus Christ to all peoples.