Rev. Dr. Anita J. Gould, Pastor
Rev. Debra Grant, Associate Minister
The Reverend Dr. Anita J. Gould is the oldest of six children born to Annie K. and the late Jay O. Gould, Sr. A native Washingtonian, she grew up in the Capitol Hill area of South East and graduated from The Western High School in (Georgetown) DC. Her undergraduate studies were completed at Morgan State (College) University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Nurtured in the Christian faith from early childhood, she grew as an active member and young adult leader at the Jerusalem Baptist Church (Old Georgetown), Washington, DC.
Rev. Gould completed evangelism training through the World Christian Training Center and she was a participant in the Intermet Preacher Training Program taught by Rev. Dr. James Forbes, at Howard University. In response to the call to Christian ministry she matriculated in the Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD), where she received the Bishop Bunton Preaching Award when she was conferred the Master of Divinity Degree. Rev. Dr. Gould is a 2014 graduate of the Doctorate in Ministry Program for Church Leadership Excellence at Wesley Theological Seminary, in Washington, DC.
On July 3, 2015, at the Second Episcopal District Planning Meeting, held in Hampton, VA, Presiding Bishop William P. DeVeaux assigned Rev. Dr. Gould to her first pastoral post – to serve as the Pastor of the historic Mt. Gilboa AME Church, in Catonsville, MD – the oldestactive African American congregation in Baltimore County. Dr. Gould is excited about the work of equipping the saints for Kingdom building at such a time as this. The possibilities in the many gifts and talents will flow as Christian witness from the sanctuary into the community so that the Catonsville community will be made better and stronger.
Called to leave the church of her youth, Rev. Gould’s Christian journey began anew when she joined Reid Temple African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Glenn Dale, MD, under the visionary leadership of her Pastor, the Rev. Dr. Lee P. Washington. Reaffirming her call to the ministry, she was licensed to preach by the AME Church in 1999 and ordained in the Washington Annual Conference – as an Itinerate Deacon (2003), by the late Bishop Vinton R. Anderson, and an Itinerate Elder (2005), by Bishop Adam J. Richardson. Immersed in numerous ministry opportunities while serving on the Ministerial Staff at Reid Temple AME Church, over the past fifteen years Dr. Gould has evolved as leader in discipleship development. She has traveled to equip the saints for the work of the church, growing the body of Christ as an instructor of “Identifying and Developing Your Spiritual Gifts” classes and workshops for pastors and leaders of congregations located as far West as Chicago, South to the Crescent City, and up and down the East Coast.
Pastor Gould serves the Second Episcopal District, the Washington Conference and the Capital District in several capacities as: Administrative Support Staff for the Executive Director of the Second District R.E.D. Board; Recording Secretary for the Second Episcopal District Clergy Caucus; Corresponding Secretary for the AME Ministerial Alliance of Washington DC and Vicinity; an instructor in the Washington Conference Board of Examiners; the Capital District Director of Christian Education; and the Capital District Assistant Superintendent of Program for the Church School Convention.
Rev. Dr. Gould is the founder of New Freedom Ministry LLC - an agency whose focus is on restorative justice by providing training to restore families affected by incarceration separation; working in educational, preventive and restoration efforts for youth victims rescued from human trafficking exploitation; and teaching persons reentering civilian life to discover their God-given purpose. She is currently writing a book entitled “Preaching It Real: Releasing the Power of the Leader Gifts” a guide for Pastors; and the companion book in the works is “Except the Lord Build the House: Discovering the Power of the Leader Gift” for clergy and congregation leaders, so that all may rediscover their personal spiritual gifts in Ephesians 4. She is a contributing writer for several discipleship development manuals and program guides published through Reid Temple AME Church.Each of the works assists pastors, leaders, and members in self-assessment, spiritual growth, and faith development as a Christian disciple.
Rev. Gould was employed with the U.S. Department of Transportation-Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). After more than twenty-five years of service in the HUD Headquarters Office of Human Resources, she retired as Chief of the Pay, Performance, and Workforce Analysis Branch. She is a Life Member of Blacks in Government (BIG), and a Golden Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Clearly, the Lord remains true to His promise to be with her always.Dr. Gould’s heartfelt desire is that others may come to know and trust God with their life – through saving faith and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the essence and spirit of the message that she shares as she preaches and teaches so that all may come to know that no one has shown love greater than Jesus the Christ who laid down His life so that we may have a more abundant life now and forever.
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