Reverend Brenda Girton-Mitchell is a native of the state of Indiana. She is married to very supportive spouse, Mr. James A. Mitchell and resides in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Reverend Girton-Mitchell received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Ball State University and a Master degree from Indiana/Purdue University in Indianapolis. She graduated with honors from Chicago Kent College of Law. Rev. Girton-Mitchell was licensed to preach in 1998. She received a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2004 and served as the Associate General Secretary for Justice and advocacy of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, directing the advocacy work of that organization.
Rev. Brenda joined Metropolitan in 1987. She has served as a Sunday School teacher; was ordained as a Deacon in 1992; served as Chair of the Trustee Ministry; and as a member of the Metropolitan Community Development Corporation. She currently serves as Minister of Stewardship & Missions. She is the chaplain for the National Bar Association and is vice Chair of the Board of Wesley Theological Seminary.
The Reverend Brenda Girton-Mitchell, J.D., began her service as the director of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Education on Dec. 13, 2010 and served for the duration of the Obama Administration. She provided leadership to help meet the goal of engaging community-based organizations, both faith-based and secular in building a culture of high expectations and support for education. Girton-Mitchell also worked as part of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to implement its mission in cooperation with the Centers for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships at 12 other federal agencies.
Her professional life includes working as an elementary school teacher and serving as the president of the Indianapolis Education Association in her hometown, Indianapolis, Ind.; legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate, legislative counsel for Sears, assistant executive director for president Dorothy Height at the National Council of Negro Women, and director of diversity for Mitsubishi Motors of America. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Education, Girton-Mitchell served the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA as associate general secretary for justice and advocacy.
A recipient of numerous awards, she has received the National Council of Negro Women Bethune Recognition Award for an Outstanding Woman in Ministry, the National Bar Association’s Presidential Award, and the Sagamore of the Wabash Award—the highest award given by the state of Indiana—and was inducted into the Morehouse College Martin Luther King, Jr., International Board of Preachers. She has also received the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr., Drum Major for Service Award. In 2008, she received the John Wesley Award of Merit, the highest award presented by Wesley Theological Seminary.