Our Staff

1210 N. Highland St. Suite A - Arlington, VA - 22201

Reverend Danielle L. Bridgeforth, Senior Pastor 

Reverend Danielle L. Bridgeforth graduated with honors from Howard University School of Law, and spent several years as an attorney in health care litigation, before answering the call to serve in ministry. She made the career change to become an associate pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church in Alexandria, attended seminary, and obtained a Masters of Divinity degree with high honors. In 2015, Pastor Danielle joined the John Leland Center for Theological Studies as the Director of Enrollment and Development.

Pastor Danielle founded Joy4Life Ministries in 2013 and is certified in marital and pre-marital counseling through the Prepare-Enrich Marital/Pre-Marital Counseling Program. She is also in the process of publishing her first book, a devotional entitled Vantage Point. This is a topical devotional that will help readers expand their perspective, enlarge their faith, and experience God anew. Pastor Danielle recently completed training and was certified as a member of the Fairfax County Community Chaplain Corps, an interfaith group which provides chaplain care and support to community members during and after an emergency or disaster.

Connect with Pastor Danielle at, [email protected] 

Deborah Shields, Church Administrator

Deborah was born in North Carolina, but grew up in Florida.  After graduating from high school she moved to Lynchburg, Virginia to attend Liberty University, where she majored in business administration. Deborah has spent the last 20+ years in the non-profit world as Director of Conference & Events.  She enjoys planning events, doing things for others, visits to the mountains and spending time with her family. [email protected]

Eliazar Martinez, Facilities Sexton

Eliazar was born in Honduras, but moved to the United States in 1993.  He has one daughter who lives in Wisconsin, a son in New York and two sons back in Honduras.  In his spare time, Eliazar enjoys cooking and spending time with friends.

Stephen Curtin, Worship Leader

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