We welcome any questions you may have about the ministries of Word of Life, as well as any other questions you might have about spirituality, doctrine and relationship with Jesus Christ.

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D. Wendel Cover

Senior Pastor

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Dan Thompson

Associate Pastor

Dan and Lynda Thompson have been in the Ministry for 56 years and at World of Life for 26. Thoughout his ministry, he has held positions like Director of Youth Camp, Director of International Ministry ( South Korea ), Radio Ministry ( WPET , WABS ). Children's Pastor, Director of Single Adults, Drama and Special Events.

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Jim Lyman

Children's Pastor

Jim and his wife, Kim, have been doing Kid's Ministry for more than 25 years in big and small churches both as volunteers and staff. They have a passion for making church both fun and meaningful and the highlight of a child's week.

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Wolde Dagnachew

Amharic Ministries

Wolde and his wife, Bisrat Tadese, have been ministering in the Assemblies of God since 1996. Previously, He was Senior Pastor and General Secretary of the Ethiopian Assemblies of God Church. Since, joining Word of Life he has devoted his time and efforts in reaching the Ethiopian diaspora in our area.

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Cathy Mechlin

Christian Education

A native Washingtonian, Cathy has lived in each part of the DMV during her life. She is a graduate of Central Bible College with a BA in Missions and Communications, and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary with an MA in Intercultural Ministries with 35 years ministerial experience.  She initially prepared for ministry as a missionary, but has been teaching and discipling the nations at Word of Life and the surrounding community for 28 years. 

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Samary Resto

hispanic Ministries

Samary was born and raised in Caguas, Puerto Rico.  She is a graduate of the University of Puerto Rico, with a degree in Nursing.  She traveled the back roads of PR as a visiting nurse. In 1979 she came to Virginia where she served as a nurse at a hospital and then in a doctor’s office as head nurse. In 1989 she graduated with a BA in Bible from Central Bible College, Missouri, to fulfill her life-long desire to preach the Gospel.  She has been a credentialed minister for 29 years.

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Bill Rappe

Music Pastor



Betty Melendez

Youth Ministries