PASTOR THOMAS E. & FIRST LADY CUNNINGHAM
First Lady Candace Cunningham is the loving and devoted wife to the pastor of the Hear The Word Bible Church, Pastor Thomas E. Cunningham.
She accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior in 1970 at Wells Cathedral Church of God in Christ where she served on several ministries for a number of years and she rededicated her life to Christ while in college in 1982. A distinguished woman in her own right, First Lady Candace received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland in 1984 and her Master's degree in Special Education from Trinity College in 1995. Her love for the Lord, His people and ministry has inspired her to further pursue certification in Christian Counseling through AACC.
First Lady Candace's greatest desire is to walk in excellence before the Lord, serve others and to be a woman who is yielded to God in every area of her life. She relishes her various leadership roles in ministry at Hear The Word Bible Church. She serves as the leader of the Women's Ministry where her desire is to reach and touch the heart's of other women, so that they can experience the depth of God's love for them and fulfill the destiny He has designed for their lives. First Lady Candace also serves as the leader of "Real Talk Wednesdays" ministry where she strives to teach, encourage and equip teenage ladies to become disciplined young women of Christ. She has a heart for people and is humbled to serve as a helpmate to her husband in the several other ministries that God has birthed at Hear The Word Bible Church.
When she is not serving in ministry, First Lady Candace spends her time working in her profession and passion as an Autism Specialist and working with children with special needs, maintaining the Cunningham's home and spending quality time with family and friends.
"For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39
Born in Washington, D.C., Pastor Thomas Cunningham was raised in a God-reverencing home with two brothers and four sisters. At the age of 13 he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. Later in his life, he strayed away from his Christian faith. In 1990, he rededicated his life to Christ and began serving in his local church. He became a Deacon in 1992 and soon recognized God's call on his life and his call to the ministry in 1994. Pastor Cunningham was licensed as a Minister at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Charles E. Cato, Sr. and was ordained a Pastor in 2000.
In August 2001, Pastor Cunningham held Bible Study classes at the rental office of an apartment complex in Lanham, MD. For two years he and a handful of faithful believers met every Wednesday night to hear him teach and expound on the Word of God. Being led by the Holy Spirit to know and fulfill God's purpose for his life, God began to speak to his heart about establishing Hear The Word Bible Church.
In 2004, Pastor Cunningham founded Hear The Word Bible Church, a non-denominational house of worship where he preaches, teaches, and ministers the love of God. The church opened its doors with a membership of 15 believers and two active ministries. Today, the church a membership base of over 250 followers and more than 15 active ministries.
Pastor Cunningham studied religion at Washington Bible College, Howard University, and Omega Bible Institute & Seminary. He holds a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Theology. He is also the founder of T.C. Community Development Services, Inc., a non-profit organization that seeks to increase unity in the community through educating and promoting awareness of resources available with the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Pastor Cunningham is a man that knows God, seeks God, labors before God, and preaches the Word of God. He has a passion for the souls of people, the church, and preaches God's Word with love and conviction. He is married to the lovely, First Lady Candace and has two daughters, Daria and Jasmine.
"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all long-suffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on Him to life everlasting."1 Timothy 1:15-16