OUR FOUNDERS AND PASTORS
Bishop Lyle Dukes is the Lead Senior Pastor of the Harvest Life Church in Woodbridge, Virginia founded with his wife, Pastor Deborah Dukes in 1995. Together they work with the mission of unifying and empowering the local church in its efforts concerning the salvation of souls, discipleship in Christian principles and serving the needs of the community and region.
Bishop Dukes is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a Master’s Degree in Divinity and Master studies in Business Administration. He is a veteran, having served as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army, and he is a successful author of over twenty books.
Bishop Dukes is the Presiding Bishop of Churches United along with his wife Pastor Deborah, who serves as Executive Director. Together they serve as “Pastors to Pastors” through this international organization. Churches United is a global ministry which includes approximately 500 churches in the United States and abroad.
Additionally, Bishop Dukes is sought after in the corporate arena for his godly wisdom, integrity and business skill. He serves on the boards of several organizations, including having served as the Chairman of the Board of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, the largest municipal Chamber in Virginia.
His loving relationship with his wife and partner in ministry, Pastor Deborah, serves as a model for marriages around the world. Their powerful close-knit relationship has become a signature of their ministry as they reach the world together for Christ.
Bishop Lyle Dukes is a passionate Kingdom leader on a mission to bring people together, teaching and empowering them to do greater than what they could do on their own. He is a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, son and friend.
Pastor Deborah Dukes is a “Proverbs 31 woman” and her husband, child and grandchildren “arise and call her blessed.” She is the daughter of Pastor Lorene Poindexter and the late Bishop Carver Poindexter of the Love of Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia. It was there she received her foundation in Christ. Pastor Deborah is an anointed woman of God dedicated to the work of the Lord Jesus Christ with a strong passion to bring in, nurture and empower souls for the Kingdom of God.
Pastor Deborah is the co-founder of Harvest Life Church in Woodbridge, Virginia where she and her husband, Bishop Lyle Dukes, serve as Senior Pastors. Pastor Deborah is the Executive Director of Churches United, where she along with Presiding Bishop, Bishop Dukes, serves as “Pastors to Pastors” and provides spiritual leadership and empowerment to approximately 500 churches in the United States, Europe, Africa and beyond.
Together they work with the mission of unifying and empowering the local church in its efforts concerning salvation of souls, discipleship in Christian principles and serving the needs of the community and region. Pastor Deborah is the recipient of a Bachelor of Christian Education degree and she has authored numerous books with her husband Bishop Dukes. She has produced and directed 4 life-changing stage plays: Church Wives, The #1 Player, The Sinner’s Choir and The Wishing Well. She has a gift to equip and empower leaders and has a specialty for organizational infrastructure development.
Her ministry as a mother helped to shape and develop her daughter, Minister Brittany Dukes-Bryant, to be a powerful young woman of God. Brittany currently serves as the Youth Pastor at the Harvest Life Church leading hundreds of youth; teaching, training and developing life-changing programs to help them to be strong Christian leaders.
Pastor Deborah Dukes is a passionate Kingdom leader on a mission to use her platforms and all of her gifts, talents and experiences to help people live an intentional life now to produce victorious Kingdom results. She is a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend.