The Reverend Dr. Edward P. Harding, Jr. is the Senior Pastor of Prince George’s Community Church. He is the first pastor of the church and serves as the current Minister of the Word and Sacraments.
A native of Garysburg, North Carolina, the Reverend Dr. Harding was educated in the public schools of Northampton County in North Carolina. Dr. Harding received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting (with honors) from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina; his Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut.
Dr. Harding was formerly the pastor of Northeastern Presbyterian Church of Washington, DC and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Massachusetts. Pastor Harding’s ministry focuses upon strengthening the faith of the parishioners and extending the mission of the church to serve and assist those in need in the community.
Pastor Harding serves on various organizations, committees and executive boards to include The Collective Banking Group and Martha’s Table. In addition, he holds the position of Field Staff for the New Church Development Program of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Pastor Harding also had the pleasure to serve as the 2008 Moderator for the National Capitol Presbytery.
Pastor Harding is married to the former Karen Brown. The Hardings are the proud parents of one daughter Tuere and one son Edward, III.
Pastor Edward P. Harding, Jr. can be reached by email at email@example.com.
Reverend Willie J. Thompson, Jr. was raised in Columbia, South Carolina. Born to loving parents he is affectionately known as J.R. Being gifted and anointed at the early age of 11, he began to use his musical talents of singing and directing at the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Pontiac, South Carolina. As the years passed, he began to soar to the highest plains of the ministry. Outside of Oak Grove Baptist Church, Rev. Thompson directed the C.A. Johnson Gospel Choir, the Columbia Chapter of the United States Postal Workers Praise and Worship Chorale, and the Gethsemane Baptist Association Youth Crusade Choir. That same year he was elected, 2nd Vice President of the Congress of Christian Education under the Leadership of Reverend Dr. Charles B. Jackson, Sr.
While completing the Bachelor of Arts in Religion & Philosophy at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina Rev. Thompson served as Business Manager and then President of the Concert Choir; member of the Gospel Choir; Political Action Chair and then President of the NAACP; Resident Assistant, and received several student leadership awards.
In 1997, Rev. Thompson accepted the call to ministry. He was licensed in 1999 and ordained in 2002 and continues to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rev. Thompson has been entrusted to travel all over the United States, Canada, Africa and the Caribbean. In 1999, he founded a non-profit religious organization, “In His Presence” Ministries, Inc., dedicated to evangelizing to the lost. “In His Presence” Evangelistic Crusade is a crusade composed of ministers, psalmists, dancers, missionaries, teachers, and minstrels committed to taking the presence of God to the world.
Rev. Thompson holds a Master of Divinity Degree from the Howard University in Washington D.C., serves as Youth and Young Adult Pastor at the Prince George’s Community Presbyterian Church (Springdale, Maryland), Youth & Young Adult Pastor at the Oak Grove Baptist Church Elgin, South Carolina), Founder for Willie J. Thompson, Jr. Ministries, Inc. (Columbia, South Carolina), Founder, of “In His Presence Ministries,” Inc. (Columbia, South Carolina), and Symposiarch for the JUST LEAD Pastors & Christian Leadership Conference (Columbia, South Carolina).
At Howard, Rev. Thompson serves as a recruiter and ambassador for the School of Divinity. He continues to serve as a graduate assistant and former president of the Office of Residence Life Leadership Institute. While at Prince George’s Community Church, Rev. Thompson has strengthen the youth and young adult program by establishing a vibrant college ministry, youth mission team, and co-founded a national association for youth ministers. Here he has debuted his theatrical gifts by writing and producing stage plays; The Rock: A History of African American Worship; When Sunday Comes and a Mitchellville Christmas.
Rev. Thompson is completing a PhD in Sociology at Howard and serves as Associate Dean at the COL School of Ministry in Capital Heights, MD. In his two non-profit organizations, he is in the midst of land acquisition for the construction of a multi-million dollar ecumenical institution and community development to break ground in 2012. Rev. Thompson attributes his earthly success to his many God-given spiritual fathers and mothers. His heart and passion is to build real, open and honest relationships reaching people, by any means necessary, with the life changing truth found in Jesus Christ. To this end, he travels world-wide, ministering the liberating word of God.
Rev. Willie J. Thompson, Jr. has been dubbed a present-day David because of his zealous passion for true praise and worship. He is an anointed leader who has become a man after God's own heart. To God be the glory for his accomplishments and continued perseverance.