Reverend Demetria Shands: was born on August 28, 1963; the day Martin Luther King marched to Washington D.C. and gave the, “I have a dream” speech. She was raised in Baltimore Maryland in a Christian family. Her mother Texie Ann Shands a single parent along with the aid of her grandfather Willie Moore Gooch and other family members made sure that Christ was the center of their family life. At the age of six she received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and at age of seven she was baptized and allowed to become a member of St. Mark’s Institutional Baptist Church.
As a child growing up in St. Mark’s she was a junior usher and sang on the youth choir. She was very active in all of the youth and Sunday school activities until graduating from high school and started to work. Even when she was not able to attend church because of her work schedule, Demetria was always in a Bible study class or doing a corresponding Bible class study through the mail. She has always had a deep love for God and a strong hunger to know more about Him Demetria was educated in Baltimore City Public Schools and Graduated from Walbrook High in 1982. After high school, she attended trade school and was certified as a Nurse’s Aide/Geriatric Aide and work in several Nursing Homes and Hospitals for twelve years. During those twelve years she also received other certifications in other area before redirecting her career from Nursing to Clerical work were she now work as a Fiscal Assistance II for a Methadone clinic.
Demetria surrendered in April of 2003 after she got tired running from her calling, and of God chastising her. Demetria became a licensed minister under the leadership of Pastor Derek Hart on May 18, 2003 were she did her initial sermon along with two other ministers who had been licensed at Good Sheppard by the late Rev. Hunt prior to them coming to St. Mark’s. Demetria served on the Church Advisory Board, the By-Law Committee, Co-Chair on the Pastor Search Committee, She became a Trustee and served as the recording secretary and filled in as the Chairperson for a short time. She was the Chairperson of the children’s Sunday school, Chair for the Convalescent Ministry, filled in as teacher for the Pastoral Bible class and was Co-Chair of the Ministers Ministry. She also served as a member of the Missionary Ministry and the New Members Ministry.
Currently Demetria is the overseeing Minister of all the outreach ministries, Chairperson of the Evangelism Ministry, one of the Co-Chairpersons of the Newsletter Ministry, and sings on the St. Mark’s Inspirational Choir. Her plans are to further her education in ministry so that she will be able to serve in ministry without limitations, that may affect what she will be able to do in her work of the Kingdom. Her objective for her call in ministry is found in II Timothy 4:2