EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM
ERIC & MARY DOUGLASS SR
SENIOR (PRESIDING) BISHOP
EXECUTIVE PASTORAL COUNCIL
Eric and Mary Douglass are from Baltimore, Maryland. They have known each other for more than 60 years and have been married for more than 38 years. They have 6 children of their own and are mother and father to hosts of others that call them Mom and Dad. The Douglasses have done Christian ministry for more than 30 years together, counseling hundreds of people from many faiths and denominations. Eric is an accomplished and ordained pastor and teacher. Eric is a veteran of the US Army and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point. For his theological training, he attended Wesley Theological Seminary and The Ecumenical Institute of St. Mary’s Seminary. Eric has an advanced degree in management and biomedical engineering. Mary is a retired teacher who is ABD doctorate in education and was trained in church administration by one of the AME Church’s best. Eric and Mary love the Lord and each other and seek to bring joy to all God’s creation. They love the Lord and are absolutely committed to His vision.
RONALD DOUGLASS SR
VICE PRESIDENT/EXECUTIVE PASTORAL COUNCIL
Ronald Douglass Sr. is Love In The WORD Church’s Executive Pastor responsible for the business aspects of our church. Ronald is also the Director of Music for the St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Westminster MD. He holds the Bachelor of Science in Music - Voice Degree from Morgan State University (1998) and the Master of Science in Music Education from Towson University (2001). Additionally, he held the Advanced Professional Teaching Certificate from The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) through 2007. Ronald taught Descriptive Music and Choir in the Baltimore City Public School System (1997 – 2004).
Recruited to join the Carroll County School for the Performing Arts (CCSPA) Staff in 2001, Ronald was tasked to rebuild the vocal music program. During his tenure at CCSPA Ronald served as Music Director for the Musical Theater Department, provided private voice instruction, and formed and directed “The Voices Community Choral Ensemble” until 2013.
Ronald married Vera L. Webb July 3, 2003 and together preside over a loving and growing family of (7) seven children, eleven (11) grandchildren, and three (3) great-grandchildren w/ one (1) more on the way.
BRANDON & CHRISTEN DOUGLASS
Brandon and Christen Douglass are from Baltimore, Maryland. They have known each other for 19 years, meeting in high school, and have been married for four years. They have a beautiful daughter named Isabella who will turn 2 in July. Brandon Douglass is a graduate of Brown University with a B.A. in Psychology and received his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. Brandon is a practicing corporate attorney, with a focus on finance, with the law firm of Farhang & Medcoff, PLLC. Christen is a graduate of West Chester University with a B.S. in Athletic Training, Sports Medicine and received her Masters in Dance Education from New York University. Christen is a dance educator in the Baltimore County Public School System. Outside of work, Brandon is passionate about fitness, personal training and obstacle course racing (particularly Spartan Racing). Outside of work, Christen is passionate about choreographing and performing in musical theater. Brandon and Christen were both raised in homes of faith and continue to follow and share God's Word.
BISHOP GEOFFREY KHISA & CLARE WANDELA
EXECUTIVE PASTORAL COUNCIL
Khisa and Clare Wandela have built in the last seven years a system of seven (7) sovereign churches by the name of Christ House Benediction Ministries in Bungoma, Kenya, Africa. They have 5 children of their own, but they have an additional 10 children living with them that are orphans. Truly Khisa and Clare are a special spare of God’s angels to care for the less fortunate with little to meager resources. Christ House Benediction Ministries has purchased 3 plots and they have currently 2 semi-permanent mud structures on those plots. The other four churches rent space each month while they are trying to build. When Khisa and Clare where referred to Love In The WORD Church by Pastor D’s former associate pastor, Robert O. Bonnell III, no one would have guessed that within 3 weeks, Christ House Benediction Ministries would be a full Family-ship Covenant Member of the LITWChurch Global Network. We welcome both Khisa and Clare, along with their 15 children, 12 pastors, and growing membership to the Global Network of churches, Love In The WORD Church.
BISHOP OBED C. & WINY BETT
EXECUTIVE PASTORAL COUNCIL
Bishop Obed (Chelogoi) Bett is a born-again Christian from a tribe in the parts of Northern Kenya. He gave my life to Christ one evening in a big youth camp in 1980 and was baptized in 1981. The Lord has blessed him with a beautiful wife, Winy Bett and two children: Andrew (17) in University and Joyous (6) in kindergarten. He has been working as a servant of God in various capacities for the last 32 years in his country of Kenya, Africa and now full time in The Global Union of Churches Organization. The Global Union of Churches is a more than 10 year old organization of more than 8000 churches and their gift to God is Mentoring leaders in the Body of Christ and a School of Ministry. They have mentored more than 10,000 pastors in the last 10 years. The Global Union of Churches has decided to work with Love In The Church as a LITWChurch Network entity and Bishop Bett has become the Lead Bishop Region Kenya for Love In The WORD Church Inc.
Sister Winy Bett is hard at work with Bishop Bett. She is intimately aware of all of the leaders and in fact is their Mom in the ministry. Sister Bett keenly follows everything. She has a ministry for women that is known as HOUSE OF NYMPHA and does a lot of women discipleship. She did a BA in communication at the university of NAIROBI.
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
Jeremy and Holly Fuentes are from Riverview, FL. Holly was born in Baltimore, MD but relocated to FL when she was just a few years old. They have 5 children ranging from 14 to 2. The Fuentes’ are a military and law enforcement family deeply rooted in God’s love to serve people. Jeremy is a deputy for Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office while still remaining active with the Florida Army National Guard (17 years). He has had 2 deployments but is often called upon for specialized schools and short term missions. While Jeremy is out saving the world one day at a time Holly is back home holding down the fort. Holly is a maid, chef, chauffeur, homework advisor, waitress, lost and found attendant, shipping/receiving agent, justice of the peace and most importantly chief snuggler. Before she was a stay at home mom and programs director she was a combat medic in the Army and worked in the emergency department at a local hospital. Fun fact: Jeremy and Holly met while on deployment in Iraq in 2005. From 2015-2018 Holly took the opportunity to combine her unique set of experiences and apply all she’s learned to empower moms with skills and tools to actually enjoy parenting by leading a local moms group. The Fuentes family loves the Lord and is blessed to be able to help bring more souls home to God.
<to be announced> - Director Forum For Global Evangelism
<to be announced> - Director LITWChurch Media Productions
<to be announced> – Visitation Coordinator
<to be announced> – Prayer Team Coordinator
BOARD OF ELDERS
Mary P Douglass, Chair
Christen Douglass, Elder
Stephen W. Lovell, Elder
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Eric L. Douglass, Sr, Chair
Ronald K. Douglass, Sr., Trustee
Brandon L. Douglass, JD, Trustee
Geoffrey Khisa Wandella, Trustee
Obed Chelogoi Bett, Trustee