Senior Advisory to Executive Director

Pastor Saunders is a licensed and ordained minister. She pastors Transformation Worship Center whose mission is to ‘transform brokenness into wholeness through the impartation and application of God’s Word thus birthing a divine healing in the people of God.’

She studied at Norfolk State College (Business Education) and Saint Leo College (Computer Information Systems). She holds a Bachelor of Theology and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Richmond Virginia Seminary. Additionally, she holds a Master of Theology and a Master of Divinity from Christian Life School of Theology and an earned Doctor of Ministry from Christian Life School of Theology (now known as Beacon University).

Through the Holy Spirit’s leading she operates in the teaching and healing ministry, and the praise and worship ministry. She is a former instructor for the Virginia Baptist Sunday School Conference and Baptist Training Union. Pastor Saunders is an adjunct professor at Canaan Theological Seminary and formerly served as an adjunct professor at Richmond Virginia Seminary, Calvary Bible College, and Hampton University. She is a former Executive Director of a program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assualt, as well as a homeless shelter for women and children. She is a former Director of Administrative Services of a program for ex-offenders of substance abuse (drugs and alcohol).

She is the author of the published book “Come with Me to the Secret Place – The Place to Find Solace.” A story of how God used her trying times to develop a closer relationship with Him. A story of how God drew her to her Secret Place through the studying of Psalms 91.

Minister Maria Saunders is the wife of the late Mr. Charlie H. Saunders and the mother to two girls (Kimberly and Tyffani) and one son (Torland). Her most important quality is that she seriously loves the Lord. Her motto is ‘Never close a door that is opened by the hands of God. Walk through the door and keep the faith.’