Dr. Roderick S. Hawthorne, Senior Pastor, and his wife Pastor Crystal W. Hawthorne, reside in Virginia along with their children Roderick II, Christian, and AvaMarie.
Dr. Hawthorne is a 1991 graduate of Hampton University where he received his B.S. Degree in Airway Science Administration with a minor in Psychology. He received his Masters of Divinity and Counseling Degree from Virginia Union School of Theology in 1999. Following graduation, he traveled and studied in Ghana, West Africa under the theme, “Encounters with African Religion and their Culture.” Dr. Hawthorne matriculated to Howard University School of Divinity where he received his Doctorate of Ministry Degree with the concentration of Psychotherapy in 2002.
Dr. Hawthorne serves as the Executive Director of Divinely Directed Services (DDS), Inc. DDS is a highly structured therapeutic program for adolescent males, who possess serious and emotional behavioral problems. Dr. Hawthorne and his wife have created a therapeutic family-like atmosphere that is conducive for emotional healing, acceptance, and development of self-worth. He has 26 years of clinical and administrative experience in behavioral health services, and has served as chairman for Virginia’s Local Human Rights Committee.
Dr. and Pastor Hawthorne are the founders of Truth Transformation Ministries, which is a thriving ministry that is transforming the community located in Chesapeake, Virginia. In October of 2002, he was ordained by Bishop T.D. Jakes at The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas, in which he remains under Bishop T.D. Jakes’ leadership and spiritual guidance. Dr. Hawthorne has been commissioned to “Build Hope in the Lives of People.” His heart is to empower transformation to our community, our nation, and our world.
It is Dr. Hawthorne’s desire that the Healthy Chesapeake Coalition will aim to build a healthier milieu, nurture an atmosphere for a healthy lifestyle, and establish community empowerment and transformational strategies that can improve upon individual and corporate health outcomes.