Reverend Marlene Rochelle Mitchell, a native Washingtonian, is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, having accepted the call to preach in 1995 at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, Fort Washington, Maryland under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Dr. Grainger and Rev. Dr. JoAnn Browning. She is a 1990 graduate of Towson State University in Baltimore, Maryland, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. She earned a Master of Divinity degree from Howard University School of Divinity in 1999 and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary. Professionally, Reverend Mitchell is employed by US Department of Treasury. Since 2007, she has been listed among Who’s Who Among American Women. Rev. Mitchell has used her professional gifts, knowledge, and expertise to bring about financial freedom within the Body of Christ. She has conducted financial freedom and stewardship workshops and seminars throughout the Washington Metropolitan area. Reverend Mitchell is confident that until all of us are free from the bondage of financial and spiritual poverty, NONE of us will be free.
From 2007-2010, Rev. Mitchell served as the Senior Pastor of Cowdensville African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Reverend Mitchell has also served as the Assistant Pastor of Lee Memorial A.M.E. Church (Kensington, MD) and First A.M.E. Church (Alexandria, VA), as well as on the ministerial staffs St. Paul A.M.E. Church (Washington, DC) and Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church (Washington, DC). Most recently, Rev. Mitchell served as the Senior Pastor of Star of Bethlehem African Methodist Episcopal Church in Baltimore, Maryland from 2010-2017. While at Star of Bethlehem, a host of new ministries were birthed including and extensive Prison Ministry, a Food Pantry, a Clothing Closet, a Record Expungement Ministry, a Substance Abuse Counseling Ministry, a Christian Education Department and Evangelism Ministry. During her tenure at the Star, Rev. Mitchell led the leadership in renovating nearly the entire church to include new bathrooms, a new kitchen, the installation of central air and heat, the replacement of all doors and windows, as well as a complete rebuild of the exterior front porch and steps of the church! On April 22, 2017, at the seat of the 67th Session of the Washington Annual Conference, Rev. Mitchell was appointed as the Senior Pastor of the Historic Brown Memorial AME Church in Washington, DC. Reverend Mitchell is a dynamic and energetic preacher who God has used mightily to preach, teach and conduct retreats, workshops, seminars and revivals throughout the United States. She served as the Chair for the Stewardship and Finance Committee for the Capital District of the Washington Conference and is member and instructor for the Board of Examiners of the Washington conference. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of SMGiNYC, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to much needed outreach and social services to the marginalized of society. Additionally, she serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Fort Washington Medical Center. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Reverend Mitchell is married to Bro. Andre Mitchell and they are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Maya Patrice, a graduate of Wake Forest University and Morgan Rochelle, a seventh grader at Thomas Pullen School of the Performing Arts. Reverend Mitchell is “sold out” to the Lord Jesus Christ and is a firm believer in the liberating, saving, and transforming power of God. “For eyes have not seen, nor have ears heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that truly love Him!”