Elder Benny & Pastor Valerie Burrell
Benny & Valerie Burrell are passionate about creating an atmosphere for change in the Kingdom! In 2012, God spoke to Valerie regarding the many traumas she’s experienced in life, letting her know that she was equipped to make change through the use of God’s word and transparency. It was then that she began the work, aiding those who have been physically, emotionally and spiritually abused. In 2015, Benny and Valerie were joined in holy matrimony, adding more depth and power to the vision of The Empowerment Place.
Elder Benny Burrell is a retired police officer who served in several locales in Virginia along with working in several schools. He entered retirement from The College of William and Mary in 2012. Benny is currently serving as a School Security Officer for Henrico County and in the planning stages of establishing his Crime Prevention Consulting firm. Benny is pursuing a degree in Leadership and Management and will graduate in December 2016 from Bluefield College.
Pastor Valerie Burrell is adamant about bringing change to the lives of those who are seeking it. She shares in the community by doing group sessions with men and women in transitional homes, those in therapeutic drug programs and individuals with intellectual disabilities. She’s worked in her community as a board member of the Neighborhood Resource Center – with an effort to pinpoint the needs in the Fulton area and implementing the plans to make it happen. Her passion for prayer allows her to flow within the community to other ministry leaders with Prayer Boot Camps, Adjutant Training, Pre-Marital Counseling, and Grief Counseling. Valerie will complete her MS in counseling in a few months and will continue her education by pursuing her PhD in Christian Counseling.
In addition to the work they do with The Empowerment Place, Benny and Valerie are members of Kingdom Ministries Global Church under the leadership of Apostle Alroy and Pastor Carolyn Henderson in Richmond, Virginia.
Pastor Linda Brown along with her husband Elder Johnnie Brown are the Founders of Agape Christian Ministries in Plainview, Virginia. Pastor Linda works closely with The Empowerment Place, hosting retreats and gatherings; intercessory prayer and Bible Teachings. Elder Johnnie and Pastor Linda understands the importance of Kingdom building, realizing that we can do more together. We are grateful for their Covenant Partnership with us.
Prophet Nina is on the “fast track” to fulfill her purpose in the earth. Nina is a member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in West Point, Virginia and serves in the Music Ministry. With The Empowerment Place, Nina place the crucial role as an intercessor, watchman and one who holds up the arms of the leadership. We are blessed to have family that serves with us to build the Kingdom!