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Reverend Wayne E. Bennett

The Reverend Wayne E. Bennett is the son of Robert and the late Wilhelmenia Bennett. He was raised between Summerton, SC and the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He is a product of Prince George’s County Public Schools.

He later continued his educational quest by earning a BS degree in Management and Technology from the University of Maryland, University College; a Master of Divinity degree from Howard University School of Divinity; a Master of Arts in Teaching from Trinity College in Washington, DC; and has completed the core courses of Doctoral studies in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University.

Reverend Bennett has always had a passion for young learners; as such, he has been an educator for over 20 years. He has extensive experience working with youth and has been blessed to be: a mentor in the Rites of Passage ministry, a teacher in the children’s church ministry, and a member of the prison ministry at Ebenezer AME Church in Ft. Washington, Maryland prior to going to St. Mark AME Church.

Reverend Wayne E. Bennett is the former youth minister and Minister to Men at St. Mark AME Church in Oxon Hill, Maryland under his father in ministry, the late Henry D. Harper and the guidance of the current Pastor Sterlin Powell. He has also served on the Community of Faith Committee, which is an organization comprised of three churches in the Oxon Hill community bringing businesses, churches, and law enforcement together to combat crime and facilitate a more proactive approach to community development.  Rev. Wayne also served as the Chaplain of the Washington Area AME Ministerial Alliance from August 2015 to August 2016.  He was appointed the Pastor of Bethel AME Church at the 64th session of the Washington Annual Conference of the 2nd Episcopal District in April, 2014.

Reverend Bennett accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior on March 31, 1989 and is an ordained Elder in the AME Church. He is the proud father of three wonderful children.  Reverend Wayne holds fast to Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..." (NIV).