Meet The Team
Pastor Welton "Scott" & Karen Bonner
Born and raised in Shelby, NC Scott played multiple sports; football, basketball, track, and softball. After graduating high school he joined the United States Marine Corps. In 1992, he was medically retired from the military due to being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). MS ended his career in the military yet God birthed a new experience in the proclamation of the GOSPEL (good news of Jesus Christ). The disease left him legally blind yet it enhanced a vision for service in the local church . Nine months prior to being diagnosed , he prayed to receive Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord and was baptized in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 1989, he and his family relocated to the Washington, DC area and joined New Bible Baptist Church. The word of God was rich and deep at NBBC, while the evangelism and outreach energy did not fall short. He taught Sunday School, and preached his first sermon there. After seeking counsel from his Pastor he was licensed to preach the gospel then ordained in 1996 to the Gospel Ministry. In May 1999, Elder Bonner received his B.A. degree in Pastoral Ministry from the former Washington Bible College (now known as Lancaster Bible College) and his Masters of Divinity (M. Div) in 2003 from Capital Bible Seminary (Lancaster Bible College). He and Karen have been married for 32 years. They have 5 Children, 2 sons in law, a daughter in law and 7 grandchildren expecting number 8 in May!
Rev. Ronald "Ron" & Dr. Therian Brown
Elder of Missions, Outreach, and Evangelism
Born in Neptune, New Jersey, he grew up in Jackson, New Jersey. He was an all-around athlete in high school in 1972 and was named the athlete of the year and most valuable player in football and track that same year. He attended Ocean County College from 1972 to 1974 where he was an outstanding basketball player and was ranked 9th in the nation in shooting percentage. Ronald obtained his Associates Degree from Mattatuck Community College in Waterbury, Connecticut in 1976. He received the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in 1974 and was later baptized at Jackson Baptist Church in New Jersey. However, it wasn't until 1977 that he fully repented and committed his life to Christ. After a career ending knee injury, he joined the Army. God used him to minister to military soldiers from 1977 to 1983. In 1989 Ron and his family moved to the Washington, DC and began a work at New Bible Baptist Church (NBBC) under the leadership of Pastor James Parker. Ronald served at New Bible Baptist Church for 20 years. He was appointed Minister of Evangelism due to prior staff training from Campus Crusade for Christ and Billy Graham's School of Evangelism. He graduated from Capital Bible Institute with a Certificate in Biblical Studies on June 20, 2007. He was licensed to preach on January 1, 2006 and ordained to the Gospel Ministry on September 6, 2008. He graduated from Washington Bible College with a BA degree in Biblical Studies on May 14, 2011. Ronald has been married to his wife Therian for 33 years and they have two daughters, Kimberly and Kelly.
Pastor Lionel "Lonnie" & Vicki Williams
Elder of Christian Education
Preaching Pastor Welton & Kacie Bonner
Elder of Youth and Young Adults
Welton Bonner is a D.C. born, Maryland bred disciple of Jesus Christ. Growing up as a pastor’s kid, he knew his Bible inside and out, but did not come to true repentance and faith until later in life. Through his teenage years he pursued the pleasures the world had to offer, only to land him in jail 4 times. There, in hopelessness was the very place that the Lord met him, and Welton entrusted his life to the Lord during his final time in jail. He has been passionately pursuing Christ and sharing His grace and truth ever since! After graduating High School, he attended Washington Bible College, and later transferred to Lancaster Bible College, where he graduated in December 2014. It was at LBC then he met Kacie, whom he married in January 2015. Welton and Kacie moved to Washington, D.C. to do ministry with the people around them and serve at Greater Love Church. Welton attends Capital Seminary where he continues to gain understanding of God’s Word so that his life and the lives around him may be transformed by the living Christ. They recently welcomed their first baby, Elijah!
Lionel is a native Washingtonian. Education in the DC Public School system where he earned a certificate as a Cabinetmaker and Mill worker. He accepted Christ in 1979 under the ministry of the late Dr. Andrew Fowler at Capital View Baptist Church and begun to live for Christ. He joined a bible teaching church in 1985 called New Bible Baptist Church (NBBC). There he worked for the Lord in many capacities from teaching Sunday School, Ushering, VBS Director, being ordained as a Deacon/Trustee and so many other areas. After seeking counseling with his Pastor regarding the call he felt on his life he began formal training at Washington Bible College (Lancaster Bible College). In February 2000 he was licensed to preach the gospel and in March of 2003 he was ordained into the Gospel Ministry. Lonnie served at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Charles Cato as a part-time pastoral staff member in the office of Assistant Pastor to the Church. Elder Lonnie enjoys spending time with the family and friends. His hobbies are teaching, graphic arts, sci-fi movies, and sports. He and Vicki are happily married for 23 years. They have 4 children, 1 son-in-law, and 4 grandchildren.