Ministerial Staff

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Rev. Marion C. Howard

Rev. Marion Denese Cotton Howard was born November 22, 1953 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Lillie Pearl Cotton and Charles T. Nelson, Jr.  She attended the public schools of Caddo Parish and graduated from C. E. Byrd High School in 1971.  She continued her education and training by attending Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management.  She received additional training in Literacy Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  

She has been active in civic affairs by serving on numerous boards and organizations in her community including the local democratic party, local PTSA board and the Neighborhood Education Association.  

Her early spiritual foundation and training was received in the African Methodist Episcopal Church where she served in many capacities and on all levels.  Her 50 years of service to the AME church included leadership on the local, area, regional, and national levels.  She has a passion for the youth of the church.  Because of that passion, she had the privilege of serving the African Methodist Episcopal Church for 30 years through the Young People’s and Children’s Division of the Women’s Missionary Society in the local church (8th District – North Louisiana Conference) for 12 years, as the Area Director for 2 years (2nd District - North Carolina Conference – Pattie L. Edwards Area ), as the Conference Director for 8 years (2nd District - North Carolina Conference) and as the Episcopal District Director for 8 years (2nd Second Episcopal District - Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, and the state of North Carolina).

On Sunday morning September 9, 2007, while worshipping at Destiny Church, Charlotte, NC in the Hornets Nest Elementary School facility, she heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”  She answered, “Here am I; send me.”  She accepted and announced her call into the Christian ministry that very morning. She preached her initial sermon on December 16, 2007.  She was ordained an Elder in Destiny Church on June 6, 2008.  

She is formerly the Executive Pastor of Destiny Church, Ministry Leader of the “Women of Destiny” Women’s Auxiliary and the Adult Sunday School teacher. Her mission is to fulfill the great commission wherein Jesus commanded His disciples to, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.”  Matthew 28:19-20

She is a retired educator in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County School System where she taught Career and Technical Education at West Mecklenburg High School. She is a member of the North Carolina Association of Educators and the National Education Association.

She is married to Rev. Dr. Walter V. Howard, Jr., Founder & First Pastor of Destiny Church, Charlotte, North Carolina.  They have three adult sons, Rev. Steven L. Howard (Rev. Sharrell N. Howard), William E. Howard and Michael E. Howard, Sr. (Candice J. Howard).  

She is the proud grandmother to Samuel James Howard, Sydney Denise Howard, Michael Edward Howard, Jr., Emery Alisia Howard and Silas Alexander Howard.

Most of all, she is a born again Christian who knows and loves the Lord!

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Rev. Tony Pauling

Tony Curtis Pauling was born in Charlotte, NC, February 13, 1960 to Rosa B. Johnson and the Late James E. Pauling.  He is the second oldest son of seven brothers and three sisters.  He accepted Christ at the age of 12 and professed his faith by being baptized at 1st Mt. Zion Baptist Church. God has always been the foundation of his life.

His professional career started in 1979 after the completion of CNA training through CPCC’s Wesley Nursing Center with over twenty years of service in Convalescent Facilities Retirement Center and Private Care Home Health Services.  Those life experiences were nurturing the love for all of God’s people, allowing him to grow as a prayer warrior and comforter to his clients, patients and their families during their time of need.

In March, 2008, he joined Destiny Church, Charlotte, NC.  He immediately became active in Sunday School and Wednesday Night Bible Study.  In 2010, he expanded in stewardship by joining the usher board.  Before the manifestation of his actual calling into the ministry, which came by way of a spiritual awakening during a phone conversation on April 12, 2012, he made his pastor aware of what the Holy Spirit had imparted in him.  With his leadership and pastoral guidance for the next four years, he set him on a path of personal and spiritual discovery to grow his faith.  During that time, he developed the necessary spiritual principles needed to prepare him for his initial sermon that took place on June 26, 2016.  He is looking forward to doing what God has called him to do.

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Rev. Dorothy Blakeney

Rev. Dorothy Blakeney is a native of Union County. She began her career as an employee of the Union County School System where she worked as a teacher and school bus driver for over seven years. In 1974 she decided to join the United States Army, even then God had His hands upon her. She began as a Private and was blessed to excel to Private First Class. She is a Vietnam Veteran. While in the Army she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She spent over ten years in the Army and she served in the Civic  Service as a secretary. She was blessed to receive numerous awards for work that she did.  

She has been a solider for the Lord for over 40 years. The Lord has blessed and anointed her with the gift of prophecy. She has been blessed to carry the Word of God to Germany and abroad. She served as senior pastor of Calvary Church for six years and she has served as assistant pastor for over many years. She is a member of God’s Patchwork Prayer Ministry and continues to minister whenever the opportunity arises. 

She is the proud mother of two sons Ray Doster, 39 years old, and Joseph Doster, 34 years old both of Charlotte, Stepmother to Latoya Adams, 30 years old, and two sons Rico Adams, 40 years old, and Travis Adams, 29 years old. She has four granddaughters Raeniyah, two months, Makayla, 15 years, Latavionna, 8 years, Taynah, 2 years of age. Her motto is: “To make war on the Devil and to tear his kingdom down” and she lives by St. Luke 4:18, 19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord”