Meet Our Pastor

Rev. Dr. Nicole A. Johnson-Douglas

(Abbreviated Biography) September 2017

Rev. Dr. Nicole A. Johnson-Douglas is a native Washingtonian and a servant leader for all. She is a product of the District of Columbia, attending Emery Elementary School, Shaw Junior High School and a 2000 graduate of School Without Walls Senior High School.

Nicole is a graduate of Bennett College for Women with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy, Summa cum Laude with a cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.00.

She is a graduate of the George Washington University where she earned both Masters and Doctorate Degrees, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, but most notably the Ph.D. in Urban Policy and Planning being the youngest to ever receive that degree in the history of the University. Her dissertation is entitled, “Chronicles of the Lost People: Urban Renewal, Urban Revitalization, and Urban Renovation equals Urban Removal.

In 2010, she was afforded the opportunity to participate as a Pilot Student in a Distance Learning Law School Program administered through Yale University. She is a scholar in her own right that has been published in notable and scholarly journals.

Nicole is a lifelong member of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church who began her ministry at her home church, Metropolitan Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church. She heard the voice of God at a very young age.

In 2000, she preached her first trial sermon; however, she preached an additional trial sermon in 2004 upon the completion of her undergraduate career both under the pastorate of the late Rev. Dr. Lewis M. Anthony, her godfather and father in the ministry. In 2000, she was also given the privilege by the late Bishop Milton Alexander Williams to preach for the Youth Worship Service at the Philadelphia and Baltimore Annual Conference. She is an ordained Elder in the life of the church, ordained by the late Bishop Richard Keith Thompson.

As of June 2012, she is a member and servant of the Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church. She previously served as the Executive Minister and is dedicated to utilizing her gifts and talents to propel ministry forward in the lives of all who come into contact with Deliverance Temple.

On Sunday, May 28, 2017, she received her first pastoral appointment, and currently serves as the Pastor of Deliverance Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in the Southeast, Washington, DC. She is an out-of-the-box kind of preacher who is concerned about doing kingdom work and taking the church to the next level.

She is very involved in the community wherever she may be. She has served as two-term Youth Mayor of DC from 1998-2000. She is a product of The Mayor’s Youth Leadership Institute in the DC.

She has belonged to the following organizations and has served on the following boards: American Association of University Women, National Council of Negro Women, Stand for Children Campaign, and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

During the 2016 Election Cycle, she successfully managed three campaigns for individuals running in the DC Local Political Contest, all of which three were elected. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, initiated in April 2002 in the Zeta Xi Chapter, Bennett College and is currently a member of the Upsilon Tau Omega Chapter in Fort Washington, Maryland.

She is a world-class traveler who has had the privilege to travel and learn in the following overseas countries: Bolivia, Brazil, the continent of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Greece, France, and England. She is a product of the People to People Student Ambassador Program.

She has received many awards in her life. She has received the Key to the City of Columbia, South Carolina as well as the key to the city of Greensboro, North Carolina.

Currently, she is pursuing yet another degree in Management with a focus on churches, faith-based and non-profit organizations, and corporations. Through her love for people, she has begun the process to fully operate A Ray of Hope Family Resource Center, a faith-based organization where resources and services are rooted in FAITH, LOVE, PEACE, and HOPE. It is also her dream to open a school in the District of Columbia in the near future.

She is also an independent consultant for Scentsy as well as an independent consultant for Thirty-One Gifts and uses these opportunities to not only share, empower, and minister unto women specifically but also to encourage and strengthen all with the gift of love.

She is married to Rev. W. Ray W. Douglas, Jr. and they have one daughter, Rayah McKinzie Leigh, who is affectionately called “Princess Miracle,” as she was born prematurely three months weighing less than 3 pounds at birth and one son, Rayghan Neko Elijah, who is affectionately called “Our Prince Blessing,” as he was gifted to us and blessed our lives.

She is a servant of God that many describe as a virtuous young woman. Her only desire is to help others and to see her generation live lives that reflect their creator, the one who died on the cross for them.

Nicole strives to live her life scripture, “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, and God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9). She is a mountain climber, a fighter, an obstacle beater, an overcomer, and a miracle.