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Rev. Dr. Valdes J. Snipes-Bennett


On Friday, April 22,2016, at the 66th Session of the Washington Annual Conference, Reverend Dr. Valdes J. Snipes-Bennett became the newly appointed Senior Pastor of "The Mount" . Dr. Snipes-Bennett served as Senior Pastor of Cornerstone AME Church of LaPlata, MD from April 2012.-2016.  She is an ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She accepted her call to the ministry in 2005 at Hemingway Memorial AME Church under the Pastoral leadership of Rev. Dr. Samuel E. Hayward, III.  Prior to her call to the ordained ministry she served in many lay leadership positions and served 10 years as Church Administrator of Hemingway Memorial under the leadership of Rev. Dr. William R. Porter.  Rev. Dr. Bennett served as the Washington Conference Women in Ministry (WIM) Caucus Leader for the Capital District (2010-14) and currently serves as the Executive/District Administrator to the Episcopal Leadership and to the Second Episcopal District.

Dr. Bennett holds degrees and certificates in the following: BA degree in Gerontology, High Point University; Certificates in Gerontology from Livingston College and North Carolina A & T University; Master Public Administration (MPA) specializing in Gerontology and Counseling. North Carolina Central University; PhD in Organization and Management, specializing in Leadership, Capella University; Master in Divinity (MDiv) from Howard University School of Divinity. She was awarded the Dean’s Award (academic excellence) for being one of three highest ranking graduates while attending Howard University Divinity School, for two years she received the Trustee’s scholarship and was inducted into an International Honor Society.

Dr. Bennett has 27 years working in the field of Aging, intergenerational programs, leadership and management. Over the years, she has held leadership and executive management positions, managing program budgets up to 50 million.  She was Director of Employment Program with United Services for Older Adults; Program Officer/Training Coordinator and Director of Senior Community Service Employment (SEE) Program with Senior Service America (SSAI) and Deputy Director of Workforce Development and Initiatives with the National Council on Aging (NCOA).  She has traveled extensively across the US advocating for older adults and training professionals in leadership, working in the fields of aging, employment and training.

Dr. Bennett is currently Founder/CEO of Sed-Lav, Inc. Management and Administrative Support services, Vice-President and COO of Bent’ler Enterprises, a small business specializing in government contracting:  transportation, solid waste management, and logistical and facility management.  She has served as Editor of several books.

Dr. Bennett is married to Mr. Carl Robert Bennett and they have a son, Carlton.

Dr. Bennett loves the Lord.  She is committed to uplifting and motivating people.  She has been called to help individuals recognize their God-given potential and empower them to use their talents and gifts to the fullest in building and equipping God’s kingdom. Dr. Bennett is a leader, change agent, and administrator who is faithful, committed, and dedicated to her Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.  Her favorite scriptures are: Psalm 34:1-“I will bless the Lord at all times, His praises shall continually be in my month” and Philippians 4:13-“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”