Meet Our Senior Pastor

Min. Cornel Dunmore

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 nearly 40 years, Cornel has been an faithful member at Revival Temple Full Gospel Church, Washington, DC and Ebenezer AME Church, Fort Washington, MD. He has 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; Founder and 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. Cornel personally trained local and international church leaders to lead the charge in community and international evangelism.

Cornel was licensed to preach the gospel in April 1988. 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, he legally launch Catch of the Day DC Church at THEARC in southeast Washington, DC with over 150 guest in attendance. He was presented to an ordination council on September 17, 2016, where he passed the ordination examination by unanimous vote. On November 12, 2016, he was officially installed as Senior Pastor of Catch of the Day DC Church.

Cornel is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), where he earned a B.S. ’90 in printing management and an A.A.S. ’84 in printing technology. He was hired by UDC Printing Department immediately after graduation, where he installed the first desktop publishing laboratory. He transferred from Printing to the Graphics Department and assisted with the layout and design of all 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 years, on April 1, 2016, he retired to pursue full-time ministry as a pastor.

Cornel is married to the former Felicia Quarles and they have two excellent sons. The oldest, Braxton is a Morehouse history graduate, and the youngest, Royce is a New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts, film and television graduate.

When he is not engaged in ministry, Cornel enjoys attending theaters, museums and traveling. He and Felicia just recently celebrate 29 years of marriage with a trip to Paris, France and Rome, Italy.
Catch of the Day DC Church is currently seeking a part-time Minister of Music. Please click The Sound of Music to complete an application and to upload your resume.

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