First Lady Beverly A. Terrell (M.A.R.S.) was born in Washington, D.C. to Willard D. Johnson and Barbara J.G. Johnson. She and her older brother, Victor, were educated in the District of Columbia Public School System. Upon graduating with honors from Calvin Coolidge Senior High School, she attended The University of the District of Columbia.
As a teenager, First Lady Terrell knew that God had something for her to do but did not understand the full extent; therefore, she focused on “preparation”. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior in July 1977 while a member of the Isle of Patmos Baptist Church. While there, she served on the Junior Usher Board and the J.M. Woody Chorale Ensemble.
In June 1991, she joined her husband’s church home, the New Samaritan Baptist Church. She served in many ministries, such as: Music, Christian Education, and Hospitality. She also served in Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, D.C. State. In March of 2007, First Lady Terrell was licensed to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ by Bishop Michael V. Kelsey, Sr. and Co-Pastor Sheila Bowens-Kelsey at New Samaritan Baptist Church.
First Lady Terrell studied at Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Capitol Heights, Maryland where she graduated number one in her class of 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies with emphasis in Church Administration. She is also a graduate of Howard University School of Divinity where she received her Masters of Arts Degree in Religious Studies, Magna Cum Laude.
Alongside her husband, First Lady Terrell worked diligently as they organized the Shechem Covenant Outreach Ministries (SCOM) that was launched in April 8, 2007. Continuing her dedication to God’s work she serves as part of SCOM’s Ministerial Staff, member of the Council of Elders, Chief Financial Officer, Youth Ministry, and the Director of Christian Education.
First Lady Terrell is partnered in life and ministry to Pastor Tommy Terrell, III who is also a graduate of Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies with emphasis in Pastoral Ministry and also a graduate of Howard University School of Divinity, where he received a Masters of Divinity Degree, in both instances with Magna Cum Laude honors. They are blessed to be the parents of one son, Tommy.