About Us


    Apostles Benny & Valerie Burrell

Benny & Valerie Burrell are passionate about creating an atmosphere for change in the Kingdom!  In 2012, God spoke to Valerie regarding the many traumas she’s experienced in life, letting her know that she was equipped to make change through the use of God’s word and transparency.  It was then that she began the work, aiding those who have been physically, emotionally and spiritually abused.  In 2015, Benny and Valerie were joined in Holy matrimony, adding more depth and power to the vision of The Empowerment Place.

Apostle Benny Burrell is a retired police officer who served in several locales in Virginia along with working in several schools.  He entered retirement from The College of William and Mary in 2012. Benny is currently employed as an Auto Sales Consultant and in the planning stages of establishing his Crime Prevention Consulting firm. Benny received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Leadership and Management from Bluefield College..

Apostle Valerie Burrell is adamant about bringing change to the lives of those who are seeking it.  She shares in the community by doing group sessions with men and women in transitional homes, those in therapeutic drug programs and individuals with intellectual disabilities.  She’s worked in her community as a board member of the Neighborhood Resource Center – with an effort to pinpoint the needs in the Fulton area and implementing the plans to make it happen. Her passion for prayer allows her to flow within the community to other ministry leaders with  Prayer Boot Camps, Pre-Marital Counseling, and Grief Counseling.  Valerie completed her MS in Human Behavior and is continuing her education by pursuing her Doctorate in Education. Valerie is a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor with the National Christian Counseling Association.

As they continue their journey of empowerment in West Virginia,  lives are being impacted through their biblical and kingdom teaching.  Pray for them as they desire to establish a Christian Counseling Center in that region.


Pastor Linda Brown
Covenant Partner

Pastor Linda Brown, Covenant Partner

Pastor Linda Brown along with her husband Elder Johnnie Brown are the Founders of Agape Christian Ministries in Plainview, Virginia.  Pastor Linda works closely with The Empowerment Place, hosting retreats and gatherings; intercessory prayer and Bible Teachings.  Elder Johnnie and Pastor Linda understand the importance of Kingdom building, realizing that we can do more together.  We are grateful for their Covenant  Partnership with us.





NinaProphetess Nina Williams, Covenant Partner

Prophet Nina is on the “fast track” to fulfill her purpose in the earth.  Nina is a member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in West Point, Virginia and serves in the Music Ministry.  With The Empowerment Place, Nina plays a crucial role as an intercessor, watchman, and one who holds up the arms of the leadership.  We are blessed to have family that serves with us to build the Kingdom!


g hawkins 2 Apostle Gloria Hawkins, Covenant Partner

Apostle Gloria is the Founder of Tell Them Ministries in Richmond, Virginia.  She is an advocate for many and champion in the area of outreach.  She has a passion for aiding women who have been victims of domestic violence as she is an overcomer.  With The Empowerment Place, she serves as an intercessor, watchman, counsel, and voice of reason.  We are blessed to have her serve with us to build the Kingdom of God, here on earth.

4 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Arnita says:

    2 Corinthians 5:7 – (For we walk by faith, not by sight:). God said it and his word is powerful.

  2. Arnita says:

    These are the days of Revelations. I see God working his miracles and exposing the enemies. Please keep me lifted up in prayer as I continue to love those who dislike; hate and have strife against me and as I walk by faith not by sight.

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