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Gladys O. ShepardAdministrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor
Gladys O. Shepard has been a member of the Ebenezer church since 1999. She has served as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Larry E. Covington since 2001.

Born and raised in Prospect Hill North Carolina, she is the second oldest of seven children born to Mrs. Fannie Mae Corbett Kirby and the late Mr. James Roosevelt Kirby. She attended Caswell County High School and graduated from Bartlett Yancey Senior High School, Yanceyville, NC. She also attended Alamance Community College and Brookstone School of Business in Greensboro, NC.

Gladys is the proud mother of three adult children: Tracey Milton (husband Rev. Gregory), Timothy Kirby Shepard, Tia Shepard and she is the very proud grandmother of nine grandchildren.

Valinda 'Faye' GravesBookkeeper
Valinda “Faye” Graves is currently serving as the Full Charge Bookkeeper for Ebenezer United Church of Christ Inc. Inclusive duties are but not limited to Contribution management and preparing the financial statements, balancing books reconciling bank statements filing taxes, paying the bills and payroll for the corporation employees and contractors.

Faye is the sole proprietor of Graves Income Tax Service with over twenty years of individual and small business income taxes. She received her degrees from Alamance Community College in business administration and accounting. Other than her profession she enjoy various music selections, reading, and spending quality time with her family especially Sunday dinners. She has a profound love for her church.

Clement EmehelDirector of Operations
Clement has a MS from Steven’s Institute of Technology and a BS from Winston-Salem State University in Computer Science.  He also has certificates in non-profit management from Duke University and is a licensed Nationwide Insurance Agent.

Clement has prior experience in the cable, telecom and software engineering industries.  Over the past few years, he has been more involved in church operations and management.  Clement also actively participates in several volunteer and service activities within the local community.

He is the owner of ECI where he operates as an Independent Contractor and he currently serves as the Director of Operations at Ebenezer United Church of Christ in Burlington, NC.  Clement is married to Shawana and they have a daughter named Grace.

Anthony McDonaldMinister of Music
Natasha Long
Lindsay & Amy HarrisRecreation and Leisure
Lindsay & Amy Harris has been married 22 years and they have five kids: Amber, Marcus, Chris, Trae, & Toshia and five grandchildren Karson, Karmen, Jhase, Traelinn, & Meila.  Lindsay & Amy are the owners of Harris Travel Charter Bus Service and Sweet Cakes & More.  We are mentors at Broadview Middle and Newlin Elementary School.  In our free time we love to camp, travel, fish, and most of all spend time with family.
Pastor Michael 'Tre' Walrond IIIYouth and Family Life Pastor
Reverend Michael Walrond III, affectionately known as Pastor Tre, was born in Galveston, Texas. After He was a raised of Durham, North Carolina then completed his early education in Rockland County, New York. He accepted his call to Ministry in the Fall of 2012. Reverend Walrond is a 2014 graduate of Morehouse College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion. He then continued his education at Duke University School of Divinity where he obtained his Master of Divinity degree in May 2017. Reverend Walrond is the proud son of Reverend Michael Walrond, Jr. and Reverend Lakeesha Walrond, Ph.D. who are the Senior and Executive Pastors of First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. Reverend Walrond currently serves under Pastor Larry Covington as the Associate Pastor of Family Life Ministries.
Min. Shawana EmehelChristian Education
Davina Boldin-WoodsDirector of Excel Christian Academy
Rev. M. Jarrell JonesDirector of Champions Academy and Director of Outreach Ministries