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 44 years, Cornel served in many leadership capacities including Sunday School Teacher; First Director of Vacation Bible School (ten years); Founder and Director of the Sword of the Spirit Fellowship Club Children and Youth Ministry (ten years); First Director of Evangelism and Outreach (seven years); and lastly, Visionary, Founder and CEO Catch of the Day Worldwide Evangelistic Ministries (CODWEM) (eighteen years), where he developed a comprehensive school of evangelism program and curriculum. CODWEM Board of Directors included the Reverends Karen and Charles Bell, Rev. Dr. Ronald Quarles and Administrator Sharon Wester.
He personally trained local and international church leaders and laypersons to lead the charge in community and international evangelism. He was a faithful member of Revival Temple Full Gospel Church (The Late Bishop Milton L. Carter, Pastor), 2431 Shannon Place, SE Washington, DC and Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church (Rev. Dr. Grainger Browning, Jr. Senior Pastor), 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, 2016, Cornel, along with 8 charter members legally launched Catch of the Day DC Church at THEARC on 1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE, 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 on November 12, 2016. On September 17, 2016, Cornel appeared before an ordination council led by Rev. Dr. Ronald Quarles and passed his oral examination with unanimous consent.
Dunmore is a graduate of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), where he earned a B.S. in Printing Management, 1990 and an A.A.S. in Printing Technology, 1984. He was hired by UDC Printing Department immediately after graduation as a laboratory technician. Cornel is proud to have installed the first desktop publishing laboratory at UDC. He later transferred from the Printing Department to the Graphics Department and assisted with the layout and design of over 120 publications. The Printing Department Chair hired Cornel to adjunctly teach desktop publishing to the evening students.
In 2007, Cornel self-published two publications: a pamphlet entitled, “Senseless Dollars,” a letter to young adults to encourage them to save and protect their financial assets, and lastly a book entitled, “The Ultimate Debt Escape Plan,” a graphicly detailed step by step book on credit and debt management. Cornel has a deep concern and passion for young adults holistic well being.
Cornel’s career took flight when he accepted the Communications Representative position with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), where he was primarily responsible for the layout and design of the “IAM Journal“, a 32 page 600,000 membership magazine. On March 31, 2016, after nearly 20 dedicated and super rewarding years, he retired from the Communications department to pursue full-time ministry with the blessings of International President Robert Martinez.
Cornel is married to Felicia Quarles-Dunmore and they have two excellent sons. Braxton is a Morehouse graduate earning a B.A. in history, 2013. Royce is a New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts Film School graduate, 2013, where he earned a B.A. in film & television.
When he is not engaged in ministry, Cornel enjoys attending theaters, museums and traveling. He and Felicia recently celebrated 33 years of marriage.
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