Meet Our Board Leadership
Rev. Theodore Henderson
Dover Christian Church, Dover, DE
Pastor Theodore A. Henderson is a retired United States Air Force Chaplain. He received his ordination and ecclesiastical endorsement from the Church of Christ. He has been in the ministry for over 40 years. In the fall of 1974, he entered Howard University Theological Seminary. Upon completion of the master of divinity degree in May 1978, Pastor Henderson received a direct commission and entered the United States Air Force in August 1978 and served for 24 years until his retirement September 2002. He immediately became involved in the Dover community after retiring. He is married to the former Beverly Glanton of Minneapolis, Minnesota. They have 1 daughter and 2 sons. Erica, John, and Anthony.
Elder Bobbie Alston
1st Vice President
Crossroad Christian Church, Dover, DE
It is a truth that God and God alone is the only one who can transform a human heart or bring it into harmony with God. We error if we trust ourselves or our good works to bring us in right standing with God. It is the life lived in Christ and His character revealed in us by our pursuit for Him.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says "If any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Bishop W. James Thomas II
2nd Vice President
Calvary Baptist Church, Dover, DE
Bishop W. James Thomas, II is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, and formerly served as Pastor of a thriving congregation in Memphis, Tennessee for 23 years before being called to become the Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of Dover, DE. In addition to his pastoral assignment, he is also the General Overseer and Presiding Prelate of The Apostolic Covenant of Churches International, Inc. He also currently serves on the Board of the Academy of Dover Charter School and Dover Interfaith Mission in Dover, Delaware, and was appointed as Chaplain of the Dover Police Department in 2018 by Mayor Robin Christiansen. He is married to Elder Antonia R. Thomas, with one daughter, Joshlyn.
Bro. Herbert Byers
Dover Christian Church, Dover, DE
Bro. Herbert E. Byers is a member of the Dover Christian Church and is a member of the Board of Directors where he serves as the Board Secretary.
Rev. Leandra Casson-Marshall
Rev. Leandra Casson Marshall has been in ordained ministry since October 2004. Rev. Marshall has devoted her life to God and serving His children. Currently, Rev. Marshall is the founder of Leandra Marshall Ministries International, Inc. Rev. Marshall is one of the founders and Vice President of External Relations and Development for Delaware Multicultural and Civic Organization (DEMCO). DEMCO is the 2020 winner of The Delaware State News Stars of Delaware Best Nonprofit (Multicultural). Rev. Marshall is a professor at Delaware State University and a “Preacher/Teacher” of the scriptures. Rev. Marshall’s passion is studying the Old Testament and Pan Africanism. Her academic education includes the following schools: Lincoln University, PA, University of Delaware, University Of Kent at Canterbury United Kingdom, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei Taiwan, ROC. Kalinin Polytechical Institute, Kalinin Russia, Former Soviet Union, Norwich University Russian School Eastern University, Palmer Theological Seminary, PA, Emory University Candler School of theology, GA and Mercer University McAfee School of Theology.
Deaconess Starlet Harden
First Pilgrim Baptist Church, Camden, DE
Deaconess Star Harden is a native of Philadelphia, PA, and has been a resident of Delaware for twenty-nine years. She has a son named Shawn who is a Private Chef. She was ordained in 2014 and is a member of First Pilgrim Baptist Church. She serves on the Diaconate Ministry and ENCOUNTER Outreach Ministry of First Pilgrim.
Since 2015, Deaconess Harden has been a member of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA) and serves currently as the Treasurer/Financial Secretary, Agape Banquet Co-Chairperson and is a member of the Assistance Program and Budget Committee.
Motto: “God is greater than any obstacle that you may encounter on your life’s journey. He will never leave you or forsake you and the joy of the Lord is your strength”.
Bishop Doreina Miles
Bishop Miles is a strong staple in the Dover Community and throughout the State of Delaware and serves as the Dean of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Dover and Vicinity.
As Pastor, of Union she continues to reach out to the Dover community through such ministries as: Community Bible Study, Community Church School, Sunday Morning Breakfast, Clothes Closet, and Food Bank donations. Under Bishop Miles’ leadership and through much prayer, Union has undergone many areas of beautification and renovating to make the church relevant to the 21st century.
Rev. Fred Brunson
John Wesley United Church, Milford Neck Road, Milford, DE
Fred Brunson is a native Floridian, the son of the late William Henry Brunson and the late Martha T. Brunson Brown. After graduating high school in Daytona Beach, Florida, he attended Kittrell Junior College in Kittrell, North Carolina and received a bachelor’s degree in 1963 from Delaware State College, Dover.
He is a retired health and physical education teacher and a retired basketball and football coach.
Reverend Brunson serves as Co-Pastor of the John Wesley United Church, Milford Neck Road, Milford, Delaware. He is the chaplain for the Christian World College of Theology, Camden Extension.