Reverend Barbarann Breland is the founding pastor of Destiny Temple of Faith UCC, a new church plant in Alexandria, Virginia. One of the church’s first ministries was a bi-monthly bible study for The Women’s Group of Mt. Vernon. In addition to the bible study the Fishes and Loaves Ministry provided monthly meals to celebrate birthdays and special events for The Women’s Group. She is also the former Designated Pastor of Lincoln Congregational Temple UCC in Washington, DC.
Reverend Breland was ordained to the ministry in 1995 in the African Methodist Episcopal Church where she served First AME Church of Alexandria, VA and Adam’s Inspirational AME Church in Clinton, MD. She wore a variety of hats at both churches. While at First AME Church of Alexandria she was a Sunday school teacher, she sang in the choir, the director of the Young People’s Department and the Financial Secretary. Reverend Breland started the women’s ministry at First AME, “WAR” (Women Armed for Righteousness). Adam’s Inspirational AME Church she was the assistant pastor and chaired the Stewardship and Finance Committee.
As a child Reverend Breland was reared in the church. She was active in the choir, the youth department, girl scouts and Sunday school at Day Spring Baptist Church. It was the church that gave Reverend Breland her public speaking and leadership skills. Even though she was active in the church she never considered the church or anything connected with it to be a means to her future endeavors.
In 2001 she was featured in the “Black Women in Ministry Calendar” and in March 2003, she was recognized by Freddie Mac as a “Woman in Peace Making” in commemoration of Women’s month. One of her favorite quotes is: “The triumphant life belongs to the individual who narrows the gap between, who he/she is, who he/she appears to be and who he/she wants to be, through the power of Jesus Christ”.
She has a Master’s of Divinity degree from Howard University in Washington, DC and Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting, from Long Island, University in Brooklyn, New York. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.