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Min. Shaunda Joy Howerton is the First Lady of Little Zion Baptist Church in Oak Grove, VA, where she happily serves as an associate minister under the leadership and guidance of her loving husband, Pastor Earl T. Howerton, Jr.
She is a native of Hampton, Virginia. In 2002, she graduated from University of Maryland University College where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Sensing a call to ministry, she was led by God to begin preparation. In 2005, she completed graduate school where she received a Master of Divinity degree from Howard University School Divinity. She was licensed to preach the Gospel in 2009 at Little Zion Baptist Church.
Min. Howerton serves within the church as well as in the community. Min. Howerton is currently the President of My Sisters’ Keeper Women’s Ministry of Little Zion Baptist Church. She has ministered in various churches, conducted workshops and taught spiritual development classes and organized spiritual retreats. She assist wherever there is a need, including with the Media Ministry. She represents the church as a member of the newly formed Mission Committee with the American Heart Association, where the 2020 impact goal is to educate the community to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20%, while reducing the number of deaths from heart disease and strokes by 20%. Lady Howerton is a licensed and active REALTOR in the state of Virginia. She is also a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
“First Lady” as she is affectionately called, is the proud mother of Earl Thomas, III and Justus Joel. She has a tremendous passion for serving God and His people. As a yielded vessel, this anointed woman of God continues to allow her gifts to be used for the glory of God. She is thankful to God for all things and looks with great expectation toward all that He has in store for the body of Christ.