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Melynda Clarke holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University and was accepted into the LCCN internship program to complete her MS in Mental Health Counseling. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Maryland College Park, a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from American University and a Master of Divinity (MDiv.) from Wesley Theological Seminary. Reverend Melynda Clarke serves as the Pastor of a local church in Waldorf, Maryland. She is married with 2 adult sons.
Melynda has a passion for women’s issues. She has worked as a Crisis Counselor and Victim Advocate with the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center of Dimensions Healthcare. Other positions held include the Coordinator for the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) for Prince George’s County, a member of the Ethics and Patient Care Advisory Board for Prince George’s Hospital Center, is a faith based committee member of the Maryland Sexual Violence Prevention Planning Committee and a member of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council for Prince George’s County. She is currently the Director of Patient Relations at Prince George’s Hospital Center.
Melynda is an avid missionary, facilitating missions work in Africa and Jamaica. She serves as Vice-President of Operations for the Organization for the Development of Women [Organizationne Pour la Femme et le Developmente] (OFED), a 501 C-3 Corporation that designs and operates economic and social empowerment programs for women in West Africa and the Sudan. Melynda Clarke has been instrumental in church planting. Through the leadership and guidance of Bishop Carolyn Guidry and Bishop Sarah Davis Melynda was the key educator and lead minister in expanding the AME church in Europe. Her work resulted in the establishment of Nouvelle Alliance (New Covenant) AME Church, the first AME church in France. Through each of these endeavors, Melynda continues to seek the Lord and serve the people of God. She bases her walk on this scripture:
“Brothers [and Sisters], I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do. Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14; NIV)