Board of Directors

John Nelson has been in church ministry for over 35 years. He served faithfully for many years as a deacon, and was later ordained as an elder at Rhema Christian Center Church in Washington, DC. 

In his early years, John attended public school in South Carolina where he was born. He also lived in Connecticut and attended school there. John relocated to Washington, DC and received his high school diploma from Cardozo High School. He attended Wilberforce University in Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. John later worked for Opportunity Industrialization Training Center in bookkeeping until he dedicated his life to serving God in multiple capacities at Rhema Church.

In Washington DC, John met the love of his life, Mary, and from this solid union of 35 years, they have two daughters, Nichele Marchal and Keysha Nelson. He has three grandchildren, Tamiya, Ta’ra, and Timothy Marchal, who love him dearly.

John is currently a supervisor at Rhema Christian Center School. He has over 31 years of experience in Christian education. John’s winning attitude, positive work ethics, and loving spirit are essential to the effectiveness of the organization. John is well-loved by students, past and present, and has been shown much appreciation for being a faithful bus driver for the school, and occasionally for the church, on hundreds of trips and outreach events.

John continues to work in finances. He works with Rhema School’s bookkeeping and occasionally assists the Pastor in this area. John has been an invaluable team member to Rhema Christian Center Church for many years. John is dedicated to serving God and doing His will in whatever role comes his way.
Pastor Jonathan I. Smalls, Sr.

   Who is he?

Background:  Pastor Jonathan I. Smalls, Sr. is the second of four sons of Deacon Nathan (deceased) and Deaconess Ethel Smalls. He was born and raised in Cross, SC and was an active member of Unity Missionary Baptist Church. Jonathan served as Sunday school teacher and member of the Baptist Training Union. He holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of South Carolina (USC) and a Master of Science degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Phoenix. Jonathan was formally trained in ministry under Bishop Clarence C. Givens (deceased), Pastor Doris Givens (deceased), and Pastor Arvel Givens, and is a 1990 graduate of the Givens Bible College in Washington, DC. He is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the US Air Force Reserves.

Jonathan’s life was permanently enriched and blessed in 1977 when he met his future wife, Lila, at USC while serving on the Student Christian Fellowship board and singing in A Touch of Faith Gospel Choir. Upon graduation in 1979, Jonathan was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Air Force, and on July 7, 1979 Jonathan and Lila were married. Jonathan and Lila have four wonderful children: Jonathan Jr., David, Anissa, and Jaron.  Their children are all anointed musicians and use their gifts to praise God.

In September 1979, Jonathan was assigned to the Air Force Data Services Center in the Pentagon, and subsequently moved with his family to the DC Metropolitan area where they lived for 30 years. God had reasons for relocating Jonathan and his family to the DC area.  Soon after their arrival they joined Rhema Christian Center Church, and in 1981 Lila received a miraculous healing under the teaching and healing ministry of Bishop Clarence Givens, Pastor.  In 1986, the Air Force began planning to relocate Jonathan to Mississippi, but God had other plans.  Recognizing that God’s Word was more important than his military career, Jonathan left active duty status and made a home for his family in Maryland. He later joined the Air Force Reserves where he retired as a lieutenant Colonel in 2007.  Jonathan’s years of membership at Rhema Christian Center Church were fruitful, and the Lord used him and his family mightily. They were an integral part of the church and wore many hats. Jonathan served as an ordained deacon, elder, and member of the ministerial staff.  He was member and director of the church orchestra; a musician with the Evangelistic Outreach Ensemble; a Givens Bible College instructor; Prison Ministry worker at the Youth Services Center in DC; and the committee chairman of Boy Scout Troop 1825, Cub Scout Pack 1825, and Girl Scout Troops 5103, 5104, and 5105.

Jonathan was sent out by God from Rhema Church as an ordained minister of the Gospel and has relocated to Fayetteville, NC. He and Lila are founders and pastors of Divine Restoration Church which was established in August 2010. Jonathan is Senior Pastor.

Answer: A child of the Most High God!
Dr. John Thompson has a wealth of experience in serving God’s people at both the national and local levels. He is particularly passionate about serving vulnerable populations in need of health and human services.

John is a fellow of the American Academy of Medical Administrators and serves on the Board of Directors at the DC Center for Independent Living. He also serves as board member at-large and public policy committee chair on the Alliance of Information Referral Systems. 
Christina Thompson, a spirit-filled servant of the Lord, is passionate about witnessing to others about God’s love, mercy, and grace. Her desire is to be used as vessel of the Lord to meet the needs of the poor and brokenhearted.

Christina is a member of Rhema Christian Center Church where she serves on the LOGOS Music and Arts Worship Team, the Rhema Choir, and the Evangelistic Outreach Ensemble. She is a graduate of the Givens Bible College and of The Catholic University of America.

Christina is the wife of fellow board member, John Thompson, and the mother of two children, Dylan and Chloe. She also serves as Secretary of the Home and School Association Executive Board at Langdon Education Campus.

Jeremy Trumbull, businessman and entrepreneur, established Trumbull Motorsports in 2006 in Southern Maryland.  He is an authorized dealer of sea-Doo boats, watercraft, and snowmobiles, and Can-Am all-terrain vehicles and side-by-side vehicles.  Jeremy’s honesty and strength of character has led him to always live by, and base his life on, six key themes- Passion, Commitment, Imagination, Perseverance, Timing and Hard Work.  He is a conscientious member of his community and endeavors to impact the lives of the people in it for the better.  Three great joys of Jeremy’s life are to put a smile on someone’s face, warm someone’s heart, and bring joy to someone’s life. For Jeremy, blessing the lives of others makes all the difference in the world.  Jeremy is a member of board of directors of the Church Without Walls Outreach Ministries.
Shirley M. Williams, Esquire

Since 1986, Shirley Williams has worked at AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE). LCE serves DC residents who are age 60 and older in all areas of civil litigation. She began her career at LCE as a staff attorney directly providing services to clients. She is now responsible for management of the Legal Counsel for the Elderly’s pro bono project. The elderly poor who require legal assistance are matched with outside attorneys for representation.

Prior to joining Legal Counsel for the Elderly, Shirley represented poor clients of all ages for the Neighborhood Legal Services Program. Before attending and graduating from the Antioch School of Law, Shirley received a bachelor’s degree in Management and Marketing from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Shirley has volunteered her time to the Alzheimer’s Association and the District of Columbia Bar. She is the past vice-president of the policy board for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Washington Area Chapter. At the DC Bar, Shirley has served as trustee for the Clients’ Security Fund, co-chair of the Estates, Trusts and Probate Law Section Steering Committee, chair of a Hearing Committee for the Board on Professional Responsibility, and board member on the Board of Professional Responsibility.
Barbara A. Wood is an ordained and licensed minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  She serves on the Ministerial Board of Rhema Christian Center Church where she has been a member for 30 years.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Strayer University and an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Johns Hopkins University. Barbara is a graduate of Givens Bible College, where she serves as college provost, and teaches Systematic Bible Study.

Barbara is a certified Christian Life Coach and is in the process of obtaining certification as a Biblical Counselor with the American Association of Christian Counselors. Barbara serves on the Board of Directors of the Church Without Walls Outreach Ministries, and is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of B&B Wood and Associates, Inc. She and her husband are co-owners of Hair Chef Barbershop and Beauty Salon.

Barbara retired from Bell Atlantic in 1998 after 33 years of service.  With 45 years of experience in Corporate America and in other small business and entrepreneurial ventures, Barbara embraces strong transformational leadership skills.

Barbara and her husband, Robert, have a combined family of four children and ten grandchildren. 
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