Rev. Dr. Welton Fields, Jr.
Pastor Fields willingness to lead and make personal sacrifices came early in his adult life with his volunteering to serve militarily our Country in 1968 and acknowledging God’s call to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ while serving in Vietnam.
That same year, he was licensed to preach by the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Logan West Virginia; where, he, following intense study, was ordained in 1970.
Fields, who was formerly employed as a manager with Bell Atlantic Telephone, relocated his family to the Washington, DC area in May 1986. He joined the Ministerial Staff at Canaan Baptist Church, where he faithfully served under the auspices of Reverend Dr. Cornelius Carter.
While all of the above was going on in his life, Reverend Fields continued his preparation to preach and teach by attaining a Bachelor of Theology and a Master of Divinity from Andersonville Baptist Seminary in 1994 and 1997, respectively, where he was bestowed the prestigious Seminarian of the Year Award. In May 1998, the Faith Bible College and Seminary conferred upon Reverend Fields a well-earned Doctorate of Philosophy.
In January 1988, Reverend Fields accepted the position as Pastor of the Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. In January 1994, Pastor Fields placed his faith and fate, totally, in the Hands of the Lord. He resigned his career to devote his full attention to pastoral ministry.
Yielding to God’s purpose for him, Doctor Fields remains an obedient Under Shepherd – a highly anointed Preacher and Teacher of the Gospel. As he followed God on this journey, the world has seen many parishioners mature spiritually and many new disciples surrender their lives to the Lord. In order to reach out and advance God’s Kingdom, the flock increased and new and expanded outreach programs outgrew the walls of the Minnesota Avenue location. This growth meant a new Church site. To that end, the Church purchased a site, across from the Suitland Metro, where a new edifice was to be constructed. But, God had a different plan for this dynamic Church. God, and only God, made it possible for this small, but growing Congregation, to purchase its current Temple Hills edifice, which consists of a 94,000 square foot building and 13 acres.
Continuing to pursue the vision from God, Southern Friendship is a “beacon” to those seeking the Lord, through many new and expanded avenues of thirty-three ministries. At Southern Friendship, there is a place to serve and opportunities to be of service.
Pastor Fields served as a former President of the National Capital Baptist Convention of Washington DC & Vicinity (NCBC); served as an Instructor for the National Capital Baptist Congress of Christian Education; faculty member of Faith Bible College and Seminary; Member, Board of Directors, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc.; and is a member of The Baptist Ministers' Conference of Washington, DC & Vicinity.
Internationally, Pastor Fields is currently the President of Four Corners International Mission, Inc.; he led the effort to collect over 60,000 pairs of shoes to fund the drilling of two fresh water wells in Kenya, where he visited in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and included Uganda in 2012, 2014, 2015; the building of two new dormitories; two complete bath rooms; new kitchen; facilitated workshops for local pastors; retrofitted the medical clinic; and brought the Word to over 2000 souls.
In 2013 Pastor Fields visited Israel, as part of a twenty-two-member delegation, representing the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., hosted by the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).
At home, Pastor actively supports various community events, Prince George’s County Council and the Maryland State Legislature.
Pastor Fields is jubilantly married to Lady Mary K. Fields. They are the proud parents of Andrea, Brian and Nicole; and Grandpa and Grandma to Nicholas, Ariel, Philip, Antonio, Roland and Zoe.
Reverend Dr. Robert M. Fields, Associate Minister
Areas of Ministry: Associate Minister and Director of Christian Education. Bob was licensed to preach the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ in 2002, and was ordained in 2007 at the Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, under the auspices of the National Capital Baptist Convention of Washington, DC and Vicinity.
Education: Doctor of Ministry, Howard University School of Divinity; Master of Divinity, Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University; Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree, Colorado State University; BBA, University of the District of Columbia; AAS, Washington Technical Institute.
About Me: A native of Logan, West Virginia, Bob Fields is the sixth born of Welton and Hazel Fields Sr. Rev. Bob celebrated the attainment of his Doctor of Ministry Degree by embarking on a religious pilgrimage of Egypt and Israel with internationally known scholar, theologian and editor of the African American Heritage Bible, Dr. Cain Hope Felder. Bob has held high level management positions with several major corporations. In recent years he has chosen to be an independent entrepreneur and has achieved noteworthy success as a private business owner. Bob is a founding Board Member of the Prince George’s County Black Chamber of Commerce. Bob and his lovely wife, Kay, reside in Camp Springs, Maryland.
Bob publicly acknowledged his calling into our Lord’s ministry in the Fall of 2001. In his own words, “God has called me from business transactions to faith transactions. Mere words cannot adequately express the joy I feel.” One of Bob’s most beloved texts is “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Matthew 16:15 (NIV)
Reverend Wallace L. Johnson, Sr., Associate Minister
Areas of Ministry: Reverend Wallace L. Johnson, Sr. serves as an Associate Minister, Head of the Audio Ministry, Sunday School Teacher, Men's Bible Study Teacher and a member of the Male Chorus.
Call and Ministry: Rev. Johnson received and accepted the call to the ministry in 1994, while serving as the Chairman of the Deacon Board at the Greater Mt. Sion Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Pastor D. Lee Owens. In 1997 he was lead to join the Abundant Life Missionary Baptist Church to assist his brother-in-law, the Pastor Kenneth Hilliard. In 1998, under the guidance of the late Reverend Dr. Green, Rev. Johnson was ordained into the Baptist Ministry. In 2007 he became a member of SFMBC where Rev. Dr. Fields accepted him as an Associate Minister.
About me: Rev. Johnson is married to Sister Frederica Johnson and is the father of tow, Wallace and Taneka, and grandfather to Grace, Giuliana and Grayson. He is a supervisor for the Meter Department of the Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) and his daily responsibility is to keep the lights on. His primary interest is being a light for the Lord to the lives of men, women, boys and girls, but especially men. His desire is to fulfill his favorite scripture, Romans 12:1-2, as he goes through each day.
Minister Craig Marshall, Associate Minister
Areas of Ministry: Minister Marshall currently serves as an Associate Minister, Youth and Young Adult Ministry leader, Sunday School Ministry, and Pastor’s Aide Ministry. Min. Marshall served as the Chairperson for the Security Ministry (Gatekeepers) from 1998-2009, and coached with the church Youth Basketball team from 2007-2009.
Education: Min. Marshall is a High School graduate from Washington, DC Public Schools. He attended University of DC and the first look program at the Washington Bible College in Lanham, MD. He was licensed to preach at SFMBC by Rev. Dr. Welton Fields, Jr. on December 6, 2008.
About me: Min. Craig C. Marshall is a native of Washington, DC. He married his lovely wife, Carol Marshall on May 3, 1988. He enjoys coaching youth basketball and football and has coached for over 30 years. He loves encouraging and inspiring young people through the word of God to be the best they can be. But most of all, he has a genuine love for the Lord! His favorite scripture is Psalms 23.
Minister Rhonda Moaland, Associate Minister
Areas of Ministry: Minister Rhonda Moaland teaches Sunday school to the youth. She also is Assistant Superintendent to the Sunday School, has taught Youth Bible Study Classes, sang in the Mass Choir, participated in the Drama and Liturgical Dance Ministries, served on various committees, participated in NCBC as Youth Teacher, Youth Ministry Leader from 2004–2009 with Sisterhood and annual Youth Retreats. She continues to teach at every opportunity still.
Education: She attended Prince George’s Community College from 2009-2010, the University of Phoenix from 2011-2012 pursuing an Associate Degree in early childhood development, by the end of 2015. Now, she is almost complete at Strayer University for her B.A. with a concentration in Human Resources.
About me: In 2003, she was led to Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, in Temple Hills, MD. Min. Moaland has five children. On December 6, 2003, Minister Moaland received her License to preach from the Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Reverend Dr. Welton Fields, Jr., Pastor. Presently, one of her favorite scriptures is found in Genesis 5:24 “Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” Now that’s something to shout about!
Minister Otis Moses, Associate Minister
Areas of Ministry: Minister Otis Moses has served as an Associate Minister since April 29, 2007. He also teaches in the Youth Bible Study Ministry. Blessed with a gift to sing, he delivers songs for our Lord Jesus Christ with body, mind and spirit while serving on the Mass Choir and Male Chorus. Minister Moses had previously served as Chairman of the Trustee Ministry for 19 years, Vice-Chairman for Budget and Finance, and the Usher Board.
Education: Min. Moses graduated in 1967 from Hillside High School, Heath Springs, SC. He acquired a Master Mechanic Certification in 1986 from a technical mechanic school in Jessup, MD, and has completed additional mechanic training at Prince George’s Community College.
About me: Min. Moses has been a member of Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church for 45 years. He has served as an Associate Minister since April 29, 2007. Min. Moses has owned and operated a successful automobile repair services business since 1982 in Washington, DC, and relocated it in 2013 to Clinton, Maryland. Minister Moses was blessed and married to Deborah Moses, on December 24, 1996 by Pastor Fields. In March 2006, he was called to preach and studied under the leadership of Pastor Welton Fields, and executed his official sermon in April 2007. His profession of faith and love for the Lord is expressed in one of many favorite scriptures: Act 10:42 “He commanded us to preach to the people and to justify that He is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.”
Minister Charles Robinson, Associate Minister
Areas of Ministry: Minister Robinson teaches Adult Sunday School, is Chairperson of the Men’s Ministry and is a strong advocate in serving the homeless.
Education: Min. Robinson is a high school graduate of Virginia public schools. He gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1985 at the age of 36. Minister Robinson began his ministry at Good Shepherd Ministry in Capital Heights MD. There he was ordained a Deacon and licensed to preach in May 2005 under the leadership of Pastor Phillip Coram.
About Me: Born and raised in Charlotte, VA. Minister Robinson preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ and is the husband of Minister Mildred A. Robinson and the father of four adult children and loves five precious grandchildren. Min. Robinson has made it his life’s mission to share the gospel that people may know who Jesus is and give them hope. His favorite scripture; John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever, believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life”.
Minister Mildred Robinson, Associate Minister
Areas of Ministry: Minister Robinson humbly serves as an Associate Minister, Women’s Ministry Leader, teaches discipleship and bible study classes, and is her husband’s helpmate. She accepted the call to preach in 2011 and strives to be an example of a virtuous woman, who is yielded to God and lives with a purpose in every area of her life.
Education: Min. Robinson received her Associates Degree in Paralegal from Prince Georges Community College in 2004, her Bachelor's Degree in International Business at Strayer University, in Alexandria, VA in 2011, and her Masters Degree in Biblical Studies from Washington Bible College and Lancaster Seminary in Greenbelt, MD in 2015.
About Me: Min. Robinson was born and raised in Washington DC, is the wife of Minister Charles L. Robinson and the mother of three adult children and loves five precious grandchildren. She accepted the Lord at an early age and has over 10 years of Evangelism experience, and has a passion for preaching the gospel. She aims towards excellence in all of her ministry opportunities with a heart for people. Her life scripture is Psalm 27:1, “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?”.
Reverend Andrea R. Russell, Associate Minister
Areas of Ministry: Rev. Russell has been a member of Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church for over 20 years under the pastorate of Rev. Dr. Welton Fields, Jr. She currently serves as a Sunday School Teacher and Co-Director of the Southern Friendship Youth & Young Adult Ministry.
Education: Rev. Russell completed her BS in Math at Bowie state; an MS in Management of Information Technology from Rensselaer; a Master of Divinity from Howard University; and is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Pastoral Counseling at Liberty University. She was licensed to preach the gospel by the Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in 2004 and ordained in 2007.
About me: Rev. Russell is an engineer, wife, and mom. She has a wonderful husband, Wendell P. Russell, Jr., and two children – Ariel and Philip. Rev. Russell enjoys volleyball, carpentry, and cooking for her family; but, her greatest love is mining the scriptures and preaching God’s word. Her favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”.
Reverend Charles Sanders, Associate Minister
Jarvis Smith, Minister of Music and Arts
Reverend Dr. Theresa Scott-Woodruff, Associate Minister
Areas of Ministry: Rev. Dr. Scott-Woodruff united with the Southern Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, April 10, 2005, on her Christian Experience, under the Pastorate of Rev. Dr. Welton Fields, Jr. She was ordained June 23, 2007, and currently serves as an Associate Minister and Coordinator for the Evangelism Ministry. Rev. Dr. Scott-Woodruff is a member of the National Capital Baptist Convention Associate Minister’s Division and Evangelism Board.
Education: Rev. Dr. Scott-Woodruff is an Alumnus of the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) Degree, in Computer Information and Systems Science. She is an Alumnus of Virginia Union University, The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Richmond, VA. with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Degree. Reverend Dr. Scott-Woodruff also graduated Summa Cum Laude (with highest honors) from the Bethlehem Bible College and Seminary, Roanoke, VA with a Doctoral Degree in Theology.
About me: Rev. Dr. Theresa Scott-Woodruff is married to First Sergeant Thomas W. Woodruff, Jr., US Army (Ret) and has one daughter, Tia Raeshel Scott. She accepted her calling to the Ministry, October 1996 and was Licensed May 26, 2002, as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, at the Good Shepherd Baptist Church, Oxon Hill, MD, the late Rev. Rodney L. Young, Pastor and where she also served as Youth Minister.
Rev. Dr. Scott-Woodruff has a passion for God’s Word; one of her favorite scriptures is Psalm 34:1-4 KJV, “I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O Magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”
Reverend Dr. Arthur Wright, Associate Minister
Areas of Ministry: Associate Minister, Sunday School Teacher, Youth, and Young Adult Minster Sight and Sound Engineer. Dr. Wright was licensed to preach the gospel at the Mt Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Armona, California in 1990 and ordained in November 1992.
Education: Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University, a Masters of Ministry and Doctor of Ministry degree from The Christian Bible College and Seminary. In addition, he earned a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministries/Church Leadership from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
About Me: A native of Baltimore, MD. Arthur upon graduation from high school entered the United States Navy where he served for 22 years achieving the rank of Chief Petty Officer before retiring. After retirement, he started Decision Dynamics LLC as President and CEO, a Business consulting firm that provides travel, insurance, business consulting and proposal writing services. Dr. Wright is a Certified Travel Specialist, Licensed Insurance Specialist and Maryland Notary. Dr. Wright is married to Phyllis J. Wright and together they have six children and five grandchildren.
One of Dr. Wright’s most beloved texts is “And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry." Habakkuk 2: 2-3
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