Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley is the exciting, gifted and anointed senior pastor of the historicAlfred StreetBaptistChurch (ASBC) in Alexandria,VA. A courageous, dynamic, and visionary leader, he is only the eighth pastor in the church’s 217-year history of worshipping Christ while serving humankind. Currently, Dr. Wesley is part of the first of its kind in the world; the inaugural cohort of only ten (10) exceptional students in the PhD in African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric program at the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Under Dr. Wesley’s extraordinary leadership, the Alfred Street Baptist Church has grown from 2,800 members to 10,000 members, 60,000 plus monthly online viewers and 80 active ministries with an emphasis on children’s ministries and missions. To accommodate its favor and growth, the church holds four weekend worship services, including one on Saturday night. As a result, Dr. Wesley has launched an initiative to redesign and/or expand the current sanctuary and ministry facility.
Senior Assistant to the Pastor and Christian Education, Director of Christian Education
Contact: Rev. Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams
Areas of Ministry: Rev. Dr. Judy Fentress-Williams supports the pastor as instructor for Tuesday night Bible study, Senior Bible Study, Christian Life Institute, Ministers in Training, and as retreat facilitator. She is also a professor of Old Testament at Virginia Theological Seminary and the author of “Ruth,” a commentary published by Abingdon Press. Rev. Dr. Fentress-Williams is married to Kevin Williams, M.D., they are blessed with two children, Samantha and Jacob.
Education: B.A. in English, Princeton University; Master of Divinity, Ph.D. in Religious Studies/Old Testament, Yale University
Why I love working at Alfred Street Baptist Church: “I am very blessed to be a part of the Alfred Street Baptist Church ministerial team. I love the worship experience at Alfred Street. Our music, preaching, fellowship usher us into the presence of God.”
Assistant to the Pastor for Youth
Contact: Rev. Denzel Goodlin
Rev. Denzel Goodlin is the Assistant to the Pastor for Youth at Alfred Street Baptist Church. Prior to this role, Rev. Goodlin served as the Senior Pastor of St. Stephen African Methodist Episcopal Church in Liberty, North Carolina. Under his leadership, the church secured $44,000 for parsonage and church renovations and live-streaming upgrades to provide low-income housing for members in the community and increase revenue through digital outreach. Rev. Goodlin’s powerful voice and partnership with the community led to an increase and giving, attendance, and membership which sparked a need for new ministries to be created in the church.
Rev. Goodlin has also served on the ministerial staff of First AME Church of Alexandria in Alexandria, Va.; St. Joseph’s AME Church in Durham, N.C.; Rush Temple AME Zion Church in Jamaica, N.Y.; Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C.; and as a former ministerial intern of Alfred Street Baptist Church.
A native of Woodbridge, Va., Rev. Goodlin holds a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, where his academic research focused on black liberation, theology and ethics. Prior to his matriculation at Yale, he obtained a Bachelor of Social Work degree from North Carolina Central University (NCCU). As an NCCU student, Denzel received multiple accolades, including being named the 2016 Tom Joyner Hercules Foundation Scholar, 2017 HBCU All-Star Ambassador, 2018 Brother of the Year for the Association of North Carolina Alphamen, and 2019 HBCU Male Student of the Year by HBCU Digest. He was also initiated into the Gamma Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
Aside from being a pastor, chaplain and dedicated member of the ‘oldest and coldest’ Greek-lettered fraternal organization, Goodlin is most delighted to be the best friend, partner and husband to the Mrs. Adeola Busuyi-Goodlin. Together, the two are dog parents to Fifi and Issa Doodles-Goodlin. In his free time, he also enjoys cooking, reading, exercising and Marvel films.
Assistant to the Pastor for Children, Culinary Manager
Contact: Rev. Marla C. Hawkins
Areas of Ministry: Rev. Hawkins oversees all programming for children ages 4–12. She is the instructor for the Ministers in Training program, AWANA and WOW, and is a small group leader. She also offers pastoral counseling and serves as director of the culinary ministry. A seasoned educator, she is a vital part of the church’s Christian Formation Program. She is married to the love of her life, Charles D. Hawkins, and is the mother of Wallace, Omar and David. She has two grandchildren, Nokomis and Micco.
Education: B.S. in English, Dillard University; M.S. in Adult Education and Education Administration, North Carolina A & T State; Management Diploma by Objectives from Louisiana State University; Master of Divinity, Samuel DeWitt Proctor school of Theology at Virginia Union
Why I love working at Alfred Street Baptist Church: “Alfred Street has a rich tradition of Christian learning and I am blessed to pass this legacy on to the next generation of this faith community.”
Assistant to the Pastor for Congregational Life
Contact: Rev. Paul Hypolite
Education: B.A. Speech Communication- Minor in Journalism, Texas Southern University; Master of Divinity, Virginia Union University in progress.
Assistant to the Pastor of Pastoral Care
Contact: Rev. Edward Y. Jackson
Areas of Ministry: Reverend Edward Jackson serves as the assistant to the pastor for congregational care. He oversees the visitation to those who are sick and shut in and those who are hospitalized, and shares in the care of those dealing with grief and bereavement. He is also director of the Jail and Prison Ministry, leading this ministry to worship at the Juvenile Detention Center and the Alexandria Jail. Rev. Jackson has a passion for missions and works side-by-side with the church’s Missions Program, caring for the needs of the congregation and members of the community. He is married to Cynthia Jackson, has two children, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Education: Master of Divinity, Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University.
Why I love working at Alfred Street Baptist Church: “It is truly a blessing to serve others while lifting their saddened hearts, and I pray for the sick to be well again.”
Assistant to the Pastor for Young Adults
Contact: Rev. Robert “Ty” Jones
Areas of Ministry: Rev Jones serves as the Assistant to the Pastor for Young Adults. He gives direction to CAYA and its numerous initiatives and is responsible for ministry to the Young Adult demographic at Alfred Street Baptist Church.
Education: Bachelors in Biblical Studies; Victory University, Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Ministry Leadership; George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University, Doctorate of Ministry; United Theological Seminary.
Why I love working at Alfred Street Baptist Church: “ It’s the most unique experience. Alfred Street is one of most unique congregations in the country. I’m thankful to serve and be a part of the rich history and continue the legacy going forward in advancing the Kingdom of God.
Assistant to the Pastor for Counseling
Contact: Rev. Dr. LaTasha L. Morgan, LPC
Areas of Ministry: Rev. Morgan serves as the assistant to the pastor for counseling. As a board certified and licensed mental health therapist, she provides professional and Christian counseling, mental health program implementation and support to the existing and growing Alfred Street ministries and membership.
Education: B.A. in Business Administration, Strayer University; M.A. in Organizational Leadership, Nyack College; M.A. in Education and Human Development- Counseling, George Washington University, D.Min. in Christian Counseling, Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary.
Why I love working at Alfred Street Baptist Church: “I love working for Alfred Street Baptist Church because of the unique opportunity it has provided to integrate spirituality, faith and theology with psychotherapy to help heal, build and uplift an amazing community and beyond!”
Assistant to the Pastor for Missions and Seasoned Saints
Contact: Rev. Marcia M. Norfleet
Areas of Ministry: Rev. Norfleet oversees the mission activities for the Alfred Street Baptist Church, both foreign and domestic. She also manages all education, pastoral care, and fellowships for the Senior Ministry. As coordinator of the summer intern program, she supports emerging church leaders to discern their call and vocation.
Education: B.S. Mathematics, North Carolina Central University; Master of Divinity, Duke University.
Why I love working at Alfred Street Baptist Church: “There’s a sweet spirit of generosity and outreach embedded in the membership of Alfred Street and I’m always amazed by the heart of this community of faith because it seems to expand year to year.”