Cornel Dunmore is the visionary, founder and senior pastor, Catch of the Day DC Church. He is responsible for organizing and managing the day to day operations of the ministry. He is the third child of the late Dorothy and Charles Dunmore. He is a native Washingtonian, reared in the Washington Highlands neighborhood located in Ward 8 and is a proud 1978 graduate of Ballou Senior High School, home of the award winning Majestic Marching Knights Band and the “2017 Turkey Bowl” football champions.
For more than 40 years, Cornel served in many leadership capacities including Sunday School Teacher; First Director of Vacation Bible School; Founder and Director of the Sword of the Spirit Fellowship Club Children and Youth Ministry; First Director of Evangelism and Outreach; and lastly, Visionary and CEO of Catch of the Day Worldwide Evangelistic Ministries, where he developed a comprehensive evangelism program and curriculum. He personally trained local and international church leaders to lead the charge in community and international evangelism. He is a former 20 year faithful member of both Revival Temple Church, 2431 Shannon Place, SE Washington, DC and Ebenezer AME Church, 7707 Allentown Road, Fort Washington, MD.
On August 1, 2015, while in Philadelphia, PA, the LORD spoke to Cornel to pastor and shepherd his people. He instructed him to CATCH, CLEAN, CONNECT AND COMMISSION DISCIPLES FOR CHRIST. On April 10, Cornel, along with 8 charter members legally launched Catch of the Day DC Church at THEARC in Southeast Washington, DC with over 150 guests in attendance. On November 12, he was officially installed as Senior Pastor of Catch of the Day DC Church. Cornel passed his oral ordination examination by unanimous vote.
He is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), where he earned a B.S. in Printing Management and an A.A.S. in Printing Technology. He was hired by the UDC Printing Department immediately after graduation as a laboratory technician. Cornel is proud to have installed the first desktop publishing laboratory at UDC. He transferred from the Printing Department to the Graphics Department and assisted with the layout and design of over 120 publications. Cornel’s career took flight when he accepted the Communications Representative position with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW). After nearly 20 dedicated and super rewarding years, he retired from employment to pursue full-time ministry on April 1, 2016.
Cornel is married to Felicia Quarles-Dunmore and they have two excellent sons. Braxton is a Morehouse graduate earning a B.A. in history. Royce is a New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts Film School graduate with honors, earning a B.A. in film & television.
When he is not engaged in ministry, Cornel enjoys attending theaters, museums and traveling. He and First Lady Felicia just recently celebrate 30 years of marriage with a trip to Aruba.
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