Dr. Maria Saunders, Pastor
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  • Newport News, VA
  • United States
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Transformation Worship Center
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Richmond VA Seminary, B.Th.; Christian Life School of Theology, M.Div., D. Min.
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Dr. Maria Saunders is a licensed and ordained minister. She is the founder and pastor of Transformation Worship Center in Newport News, VA whose mission is to ‘transform brokenness into wholeness through the impartation and application of God’s Word thus birthing divine healing in the people of God.’

Dr. Saunders authored a published book entitled “Come With Me to the Secret Place – The Place to Find Solace.” It’s a story of how God used her trying times to develop a closer relationship with Him and how God drew her to her Secret Place through the studying of Psalms 91. (You may order the book through Barnes and Nobles or amazon.com).

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. Presently, Pastor Saunders is an adjunct professor at Canaan Theological Seminary. She has eleven years’ experience in the nonprofit industry and presently is a nonprofit consultant in the areas of grant writing and fundraising, as well as human resources. She formerly served as an adjunct professor at Richmond Virginia Seminary, Calvary Bible College, and Hampton University. She also has worked in the nonprofit arena as an Executive Director of a program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, 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 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.

Pastor Maria Saunders is the wife of the late Mr. Charlie H. Saunders (23 years of marriage) and the mother to three adult children (Kimberly, Tyffani and 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.’
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Dr. Dwight Riddick (her pastor), Dr. Charles Stanley, Dr. John W. Kinney, Joyce Meyers, Dr. Natalie Francisco, Dr. Jasmine Sculark, Dr. Millicent Thomas, Pastor Sheryl Brady, Dr. Noel Jones, Pastor Jackie Parham, Dr. Marion Kirby,

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At 2:15pm on May 2, 2013, Liz said…

Greeting in the name of Jesus Christ,

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At 8:48am on March 26, 2013, Demetria E. Bass said…


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At 3:45pm on November 13, 2012, mary said…

My name is Sister mary,how are you and your ministry also your family?i hope all is well, if so thanks be to God almighty,I pray in this month of grace,May God pour out incredible miracles grace in your life and family,as i came a cross your page now on this ABC PREACHERS So I decided to stop by an let you know that I really want to have a God fairing friendship with you. Beside i have something special i want to discuses with you, but I find it difficult to express myself here, since it's a public site. I will be very happy, If you can get back to me, through my e-mail( maryjaafar@yahoo.com ) So we can get to know each other better,also tell you more about myself, my e-mail id Is,( maryjaafar@yahoo.com )

At 2:20pm on March 1, 2012, Valerie Davis said…

Greetings in the Name of Jesus Christ!

My name is Valerie Davis; I’m a local Christian actress and playwright in VA. I am writing to ask if your Church would be interested in presenting a Powerful One Woman drama entitled At The Cross? This is a Dramatic presentation told through the eyes of the women that followed Christ from their first encounter with him, to the Cross and then the tomb. This Presentation is great for Lenten Season. The women represented in this presentation are Joanna, Mary Magdalene and Mary Mother of Jesus. This presentation can be done during Bible Study or added addition to Sunday Worship service.

Please review my Bio and give me a call at your earliest convenience and let me know of your interest.

My telephone number is 804-370-3440 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 804-370-3440 end_of_the_skype_highlighting .

I look forward to hearing from you.

In His Service,
Valerie Davis(Performing Arts Ministry)
Psalm 45:1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer


At 8:51pm on December 18, 2011, House of Praise Ministires said…

Hear No Evil The Psalmist teaches us, in the very first verse of the Book of Psalms, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful.” – Psalms 1:1 NKJV. Therefore, do not listen to ungodly counsel, or in other words, hear no evil.

Speak No Evil The Apostle Paul admonished the saints in Ephesus to speak purely: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” – Ephesians 4:29 KJV

See No Evil Jesus Himself, when it comes to “seeing no evil”, teaches us to go to extremes to keep our eyes from causing us to sin: “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.” – Matthew 5:29 NKJV

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At 8:40am on October 28, 2011, Dr. Michael A. Butts said…

God bless you Dr. Saunders,

It is a pleasure to have you as a friend, and co-laborer in the Body of Christ. Thank you for adding me. I see that you are close in proximity to me and i will definitely keep that in mind. Thank you again for adding me, and may the Lord continue to richly bless you and your ministry.

At 12:41pm on August 18, 2011, esther cunder said…

Dear Friend in Christ,

Grace and peace to you in Jesus name. I greet you out there in Jesus Lovely name. I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh to the Father but by me John 14:6. Jesus Christ is our salvation! I was searching for a study material when I came across your email and convinced you are a Christian. And please do not be angry at this letter and undermine me because I am reaching you through the internet. God led me to your email and I know I’m blessed having to know you. To introduce my self: I am a faithful God loving Christian and

At 12:41pm on August 18, 2011, esther cunder said…
fellowship at Grae Of GOD ministry which is a small growing church here. I am assisting our pastor Paul at the vineyard of God. I am married with three children and seven grand children. My wife isEsther a Faithful mother, wife and God loving woman. We married 30 years ago but it still seem like yesterday. My wife among other gift has the gift of helps. She has laboured in the Mission Field both physically and spiritually… Labouring in orphanage homes, hospitals, and teaching the word of God to women where she can. I tell you this is not to boast for without Christ we could have done nothing. I tell you to let you know what it is like to live by faith and suffer hardships that go with the true Ministry of Christ. My wife has always worked to support our family.
At 12:41pm on August 18, 2011, esther cunder said…
Our church  ministry is soul winning “He that winneth souls is wise” – If it were not for soul winners, the other four ministries (Eph. 4:11-16) couldn’t do their job. It takes a complete working of the body, controlled by the head, to bring sons to glory. One plows the ground, another plants the seed, another digs around it and water it, while yet another cuts the weeds down and digs out their roots – but only God can do the increasing of it. I thank God for his beautiful plan of salvation. ‘O that man would praise the LORD for his wonderful works to the children of man”. The church started two years ago with my family and Pastor denis’s family but today has about 40 members

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