Reverend Dexter U. Nutall serves as Senior Pastor of the church of his childhood, the historic New Bethel Baptist Church in Washington D.C. He holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Virginia Union and a Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law.
In Reverend Nutall’s first career as a licensed attorney in DC, MD, and VA, he worked for the Supreme Court of VA, the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, the United States Senate, and the law firm of Reed Smith LLP. Upon confirmation of GOD’s call to lead New Bethel in 2009, Pastor Nutall embarked on establishing a new culture within the walls of the church extending to the external community.
Consequently, he has used his vast experience to implement a vision that has attracted children, youth and young adults while still maintaining the Christian values that speak to seniors. This voice has reenergized New Bethel and opened a new season of exponential growth birthing a multitude of new ministries. In an age where historically black churches are closing their doors New Bethel continues to grow serving six generations as one of the fastest growing urban churches in the country. It is proud to serve the developing new generation of leaders for the 21st century urban church.
Emily Holladay is the pastor of Village Baptist Church in Bowie, Maryland, where she has served since January 2020. Rev. Holladay has more than 10 years of experience serving church and ministry non-profits in Alabama, Georgia, and Kentucky.
She received her Master of Divinity from Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Ga., where she also served on staff of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Global Office. She and her husband, Scott, are the proud parents of a 15-month-old child, Franklin.
Rev. Aleisha A. Langhorne currently serves as the Interim Pastor of the Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church in Silver Spring, MD. Her ministerial passions include preaching, teaching and providing care and support to families and individuals in crisis. Above all else, she loves God and God’s people.
God gifted Rev. Langhorne with an aptitude for learning. As such, she holds a Master of Divinity degree with honors from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC and two Masters Degrees in Public Health from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also graduated magna cum laude from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia.
As a federal government employee, Rev. Langhorne dedicated the first half of her career to improving the health and well-being of women and girls across the nation. She continues her federal career in public health working to support the development of a skilled, diverse healthcare workforce. Her latest pursuits include establishing the Elsie Marrow Legacy Foundation to support students pursuing careers in education.
Rev. Langhorne grew up in Smithfield, Virginia, the Ham Capitol of the world. Despite living in DC over a decade, she remains a country girl at heart, enjoying the simple things in life.
Pastor Kenneth Eugene Rioland, Jr. is a native of Tampa, Florida. He is the eldest son of the late Kenneth Eugene Rioland, Sr. and Johnnie Mae Rioland. Pastor Rioland graduated from the Hillsborough County Public School System and enrolled in Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University majoring in Business Administration in Tallahassee, Florida. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry in Church Leadership at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Pastor Rioland yielded to the call to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in 2006 and was licensed and ordained by Pastor Fredrick Amos Davis at First Calvary Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina. Under his leadership, Pastor Rioland served as an Associate Minister, Sunday School Teacher and Ministerial Liaison of the Male Summit until being called to pastor the historic Macedonia Baptist Church in Heathsville, Virginia where he served faithfully for seven years. He was subsequently called to serve as pastor at Union Branch Baptist Church in Chesterfield, Virginia for five years. In November of 2019, Pastor Rioland was called to serve as pastor of Paramount Baptist Church located in the heart of Southeast, Washington, D.C.