Candidates for Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce there are four candidates to serve on the board.    

  • Thaddeus Hemingway
  • Erika Howell
  • Alieyyah McKinley
  • Bernard Murrell

Active members should have received an email in August. Their names will be publicized for 30 days.  Please provide  your feedback to the board at



Thaddeus Hemingway

Thaddeus Hemingway has been an active member of Heritage-Fellowship Church for more than twenty years. He has served on the Men’s and Worship Ministries, along with assisting where needed with several other ministries.

Thaddeus has a Bachelor’s Degree in information technology and an Associate’s Degree in applied science. In his professional life, Thaddeus has extensive experience in cybersecurity as a consultiant for commercial and federal government clients. He is currently a senior information security consultant, a partner in a bio-technology company, and entrepreneur. He is passionate and committed to living a life pleasing to God, effectively providing leadership, direction, motivation, and behavioral management techniques to inspire and encourage members to reach their full potential. 

Thaddeus has been married to his wife, Laverne, for 17 years, and they have five children. He enjoys traveling and spending time with family






Erika Howell

Erika Howell is the Chief Financial and Operations Officer at the Center for Children’s Law and Policy. She earned a Master of Science degree in management from Wilmington University and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Hope College. She is a certified Project Management Professional.

At Heritage, Erika is an active member the Intercessory Prayer Ministry, the Dance Ministry, and the Adult Sunday School class. She also a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts and serves as a Girl Scout troop leader. Additionally, she is a member of the Kappa Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Erika cherishes her role as a mother to her daughter, Anaya, and they enjoy bonding over movies and savoring ice cream together.






Alieyyah McKinley

Alieyyah McKinley is a policy advocate with a passion for education equity. She is a senior policy associate at the Virginia Education Association, where she works on issues such as school funding, teacher pay, and school choice.

After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree. in political science from Hampton University, she moved on to pursue her Master of Science in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University

At Heritage Fellowship Church, she serves with middle school students during Sunday school and volunteers with the Heritage Helps food distribution program. She enjoys spending time with her family (especially her husband, Hal), traveling, reading, and playing sports.







Bernard Murrell

Bernard Murrell is a native Washingtonian and was educated in the DC Public School System. For his undergrad studies, he attended Ambassador University where earned an Associates of Arts in theology and a Bachelor of Arts in theology with a minor in management information systems.  He continued his formal theological education by receiving a Master of Arts in biblical studies from Lancaster Bible College Capital Seminary and Graduate School.

Since joining Heritage Fellowship Church in 2003, Bernard has taught both Teen and Adult Vacation Bible School, facilitated Singles Bible Studies, delivered Biblical lessons in Teen Church, and taught Introduction to New Testament Greek Grammar.  He leads the IT ministry, focusing on infrastructure.

Bernard lives in Leesburg, Virginia with his wife, Knikki, of 13-years and their two sons, Joshua and Noah.