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Our Board of Directors

Devoted to God. Dedicated to learning.


Meet Our Board of Directors

Dr. Jacob Al Hassan

Board Member

  • Adjunct Professor and Board Member at Ascent College formally Bethel College
  • Prayer and Breakthrough Pastor at River of Life Worship Church in Spotsylvania, VA
  • President and founder of Authentic Life Identity, Inc, a nonprofit parachurch organization that offers a syndicated daily Christian devotional podcast
  • He has more than 15 years of pastoral experience with the Assembly of God Church, Potomac Ministry Network
  • Former Vice-President of Bank of America for six years managing branches and six years with Bank of America Home Loans
  • Currently Vice-President for Business Development with Fidelity Direct Mortgage, Gaithersburg, MD
  • DMin degree from Southeastern University, Lakeland, FL
  • Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology at Northcentral University, CA
Rev. John Rajan

Board Member

  • PhD in progress Strategic Management
  • MDiv Interdisciplinary Studies
  • MBA Regent University
  • BS Engineering Karunya University, India
  • ECPI University Business Faculty
  • Married with one daughter
  • Has been involved with many outreach and overseas ministries
  • Proficient in 3 other languages
  • Ordained in Assemblies of God
Rev. Lori Ricks
  • Executive Assistant, Huntington Ingalls Industries
  • Director, Beautiful Women Ministry, Bethel Temple Church
  • Potomac Ministry Network Women Who Lead Leadership Team
  • BS, Organizational Leadership and Management, Regent University
Mr. Robert McDowell
  • Retired Air Force Communications Officer
  • Retired government
  • Intelligence/Communications Program Manager
  • Education:  AAS, AS, BA, BS, MPA
  • Past Church Positions:  Pastor, Elder, Deacon, Church Boards
Mr. Kenneth Moreland
  • Retired Financial Executive
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • University, College and other Not-for-Profit Board Experiences
  • Elder and Treasurer, Trinity Assembly of God, Lutherville, MD
  • BS- Towson University
Ms. Sherilynn Tounger

Board Member

  • Married to  husband, Alex, and mother of 3
  • Currently teaching for Fairfax County
  • 22 years US State Department/ Diplomatic Security Special Investigator
  • U.S.Embassy, Jordan, Tanzania, Senegal, Burkina Faso, France, Switzerland, Greece
  • The World Changers Award 2009, Presented by Bethany University for humanitarian work in Burkina Faso
  • Secretary of State Award (SOSA) 2008, Presented by the U.S. State Department in recognition for work with orphans & preschool-aged children of Burkina Faso
  • Ascent College Board of Directors, 2020-Present
  • Convoy of Hope Board 2018- present
Dr. George Raduano

Board Chairman

  • Pastor at TrinityLife in Lutherville, MD – 25 years

  • DMin – Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

  • MA in Ministerial Leadership from Southeastern University
Dr. Ken Cramer

Board Secretary

  • Lead Pastor of Lighthouse, Gloucester, VA.
  • D.Min. in Leadership from AGTS
  • MA. in Christian Ministry
  • BS in Bible from UVF
  • Primary passions are his wife and family.
  • Loves entrepreneurism, leadership/networking, and fly-fishing
  • Certifications in both Leadership and Congregational coaching.
  • Preached the gospel and taught organizational leadership in 30 different nations.
  • Communities under his leadership include Lighthouse, Little Lights Childcare Center, and coming soon Legacy Springs Senior Living Community.
Rev. Steve Evans
  • BA Ascent College 
  • Lead Pastor of Faith Assembly of God, Winterville, NC
  • Serving God in the local church


Dr. Rob Rhoden

President, Ascent College AG

  • Dr. Rob Rhoden is from Richmond, VA where he pastored for 28 years.  He is married to Jennifer who is a principal of an elementary school in Richmond, and the father of two adult children
  • Ordained in the Assemblies of God in 1995
  • DMin, Union Theological Seminary
  • MDiv, Union Theological Seminary
  • Bachelors from Bethany Bible College
  • Executive Director of Education for the Potomac Ministry Network.  In that capacity, he is the Director of the Potomac School of Ministry and President of Ascent College
  • Loves to teach/preach and write.  He considers himself a “Pastor-Scholar.”  His first book is entitled See with plans for more to come in the future.
  • Dr. Rhoden’s blog

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