Rev. Dr. Donita Edwards is a native of Hampton Roads. She is a
product of the Chesapeake School System. She is the "knee baby" of
(retired pastor) Dr. James and Rev. Delores Edwards, III.
Dr. Donita is a mother, grand-mere, ordained minister, communicator, disability advocate, entrepreneur, and 3x author. She has over 25 years of experience implementing projects that required her to hone her gifts of strategic planning, innovation, teaching, and administration. Her extensive professional and ministerial experience includes serving as Youth Minister, Learning Center Administrator/Director, Phyllis Young Ministries' Administrator, Singles Pastor, Christian Educator, Intercessor, Radio Host, and Instructor.
She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree (2001) from Norfolk State University, Master of Divinity Degree in Practical Theology (2007), and Doctor of Ministry Degree in Christian Leadership and Renewal (2021) from Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA. Dr. Donita's doctoral dissertation focused on a contextualized curriculum designed to create a special needs ministry.
She is the founder of Birthright Kingdom Deliverance Ministries, Inc., and host of a social media platform called Disability in the Church LIVE. A large amount of her personal life consists of serving her family, her home church (the Mount @ Chesapeake), and organizations such as Norfolk State University Alumni Association, Christian Women Alliance, and (previously) the Tidewater Metro Baptist Ministers Conference of VA.
Part of her assignment in the earth is to help close the divide between (dis)ability and ability. As an ordained minister and caregiver for her oldest daughter, Blake, who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, she relates to the stigma that accompanies disabilities culturally. Moreover, she understands that the Church needs an effective plan to reach individuals with disabilities. Together, she and her daughter host events that promote self-confidence, positivity, and inclusion. Dr. Edwards and her staff also conduct disability and faith workshops, as well as staff and organizational training.
Dr. Donita lives to serve family, God, and the community. Click Here
The mission is to educate, encourage, partner, and empower the
Body of Christ. We host quarterly activities in the community that
promote positive self-image, purpose, and spiritual development.
Did you know that disability exists in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation? What is the Church's role with regard to individuals with disabilities? Does the Church lose its relevance if it is not partnering with persons of unique abilities? These and other difficult questions are addressed Saturdays @ 10 am EST. Every FB episode examines disability through a practical, biblical, and cultural lens. Our assignment is to be the tool God uses to close the divide between (dis)ability and ability. Click Here
Modeling is more than playing dress-up! Marvel on the Runway, an annual fashion event, gives uniquely-abled models a voice and a platform that builds confidence and self-esteem. Girls and women who have an IEP, IPP, 504 Plan, SSI, or physician's document proving disability are eligible to participate. The inaugural Marvel on the Runway was held in Portsmouth, VA, in May 2022. Click Here