Reverend David Hale
Rev. Hale was licensed to preach in December 2007 and ordained in November 2012. Pastor Hale is passionate about proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ. Rev. Hale’s education includes a Bachelor degree in Ministry, Associate degree in Human Service as well as Course Studies at Temple University. He is dedicated to making the Word of God relevant in the lives of believers, and building the Kingdom of God within the congregation and community, through following the leadership and vision of his Senior Pastor, Rev., Dr. Antione J. Hutchins Sr.
Reverend Sharon Burton
Reverend Sharon Best-Burton serves as the Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Assimilation at the Christian Unity Baptist Church where the goal is to draw and disciple people to the body of Christ. Reverend Sharon was ordained in October 2014. Reverend Sharon is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She is a recent graduate from George Mason University school of Public Policy and the University of Maryland College Park. Her favorite scripture is 1 John 4:8 “God is Love”. She is married to Deacon Linwood Burton and they have four children.
Reverend Ricky Burton
Reverend William “Ricky” Burton serves as the Youth Pastor of the U.N.I.T.E.D Youth Ministry of Christian Unity Baptist church, where they strive to nurture, educate, develop, and draw more youth to Christ. He was licensed to preach the Gospel in December of 2013 and ordained into the Gospel ministry April 2016. Rev. Ricky graduated from Elizabeth City State University with a B.S. in Computer Science and Minor in IT networking and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Divinity at The Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. Rev. Ricky is married to the beautiful Charnece Burton who also serves in ministry as a coordinator for G.E.M.S (Girls Empowered and Motivated for Success) girls mentoring group.
Youth Pastor Burton is responsible for all aspects of supervision, organization, and accountability, as it pertains to the ministering to those ages 4 to 17. Founder of the campaign “Project U”, and manager of the Youth Programs of The Unity Corporation (a Non-profit Community Development Corporation that is geared towards the preservation of the history and legacy left by previous generations, along with the equipping and empowering the youth of today’s generation) Rev. Ricky engages youth ministry in all aspects of CUBC. He currently serves as the organizer for “Boy to Men” boy mentoring group were African principal for rites of passage are used to develop young boys and prepare them for manhood.
Pastor Ricky heads the development and leadership of the Youth Leadership Staff and Youth Workers, in order to create and enhance the structure and curriculum that are under his Jurisdiction. Reverend Ricky oversees those who make up the staff of the youth initiated “C.U.B.C. Bookstore”, as well as operates as the leader of the youth choirs and praise teams. His function is also that of maintaining financial accountability of all programs and products that fund the ministries to C.U.B.C.’s young people.
Youth Pastor Burton also conceptualized and implemented the community program #WildNOutCUBC. Wild N’ Out is a youth organized and run production that mimics the popular MTV show with a Christian Twist. This program uses unique methodology to teach Biblical knowledge and gives youth the opportunity to showcase that knowledge through games and challenges in a live game show production. Youth also learn production skills and techniques such as Microsoft office, audio/visual management, video editing, and marketing.
Rev. Ricky began his walk with Christ at a very young age, even to the point of acknowledging God’s anointing on his life by delivering a sermon at the age of ten. He strives to convey Gods word with relevance, simplicity, and a dash of humor in order to teach the saved and unsaved how to live abundant lives through the Word of God. During Rev. Burton’s college journey, God allowed him to branch out to use his gifts and talents in all areas of ministry to include Church & College choirs, Instrumental music, Public Radio, Youth Ministry, and even Christian Comedy. His unique experiences as a Christian comedian has allowed him to approach the word of God with a refreshing view, while using the critical thinking and problem solving skills learned in the studies of Computer Science to ask hard questions and dig deep for answers.
Reverend Ernest Hickerson, Jr.
Rev. Ernest A. Hickerson, Jr. has faithfully served as an associate minister for 22 years, a marriage and relationship facilitator for 20years, and facilitated men’s conferences. He currently serves the Christian Unity Baptist Church, of Waldorf, MD, as an Associate Pastor of Worship and Protocol, to Senior Pastor Antione J. Hutchins, Sr.
Pastor Hickerson is the supervisor of the coordination aspects, as it pertains to the worship experiences at C.U.B.C. He is the person who oversees the Ministerial Staff, Ushers, Music Ministry, Greeters, Media Ministry, Culinary Ministry, Pastor’s Aid Ministry, along with any other ministry that has physical responsibilities within the C.U.B.C. worship services.
Born in Camp Springs, Maryland and reared in the Washington Metropolitan area, as well as in Europe.
Rev. Hickerson received a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies, Associate of Arts Degree in Business Management, certified and facilitated training in the disciplines of Integrated Conflict Management (Workshops), Langevin Learning Services (Workshops for trainers), and an Equal Employment Office and Civil Rights trainer. During his tenure as Marital and Relationship facilitator, he has made a serious impact on the lives that have well attended over the span of years. Some dynamic resources have been explored to deposit spiritual and realistic relevance into the singles and couples in the matter of God intended relational skills, such as Two Becoming One, The Marriage Builder, The Five Love Languages, and Family Life’s HomeBuilders couples series Building Teamwork In Your Marriage, Building Your Mate’s Self-Esteem, Improving Communication in Your Marriage, Managing Conflict In Your Marriage, and Love and Respect. Many churches have been richly blessed to have such individuals and couples become the core of her many ministries.
Rev. Hickerson also enjoys serving men ministries, whom he has said, “Have helped mature, shape and qualify him to be a man’s man, under God’s anointing.” Rev. Hickerson, has served as an under-shepherd to the youth ministries, and have witnessed spiritual and numerical growth in many of whom have gone on to have outstanding college success and having achieved higher education, are now embarking upon careers and entering professions.
Rev. Hickerson’s love for servanthood is defined by the passage found in 1 Cor. 13:13, “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love,” and his Grandfather’s quote, “Man at his best is still but a servant.” With the love for God, Jesus-his Savior, and humanity, Rev. Hickerson serves until he hears from heaven, “Well done my good and faithful servant…”
Rev. Hickerson is married to the former Lesia M. Williams and they are the proud parents of one married daughter, Devona K. Wade to Donta Wade, and also are grandparents to Saniya Kellis Wade and Savion Kole Wade.
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