ABOUT OUR PASTORS

Apostle Dr. Muriel & Pastor Danny Fuqua

Dr. Muriel Avant Fuqua is a native of Louisville, Mississippi, but has resided in Daytona Beach, Florida since 1989. She is married to Co-Pastor Danny Fuqua, a retired U.S. Army veteran of 29 years. They have two children (Phebe and Daniel) and three grandchildren, Amaziah, Jaylisa, and Hezekiah. Apostle Fuqua has earned the following degrees: B.A and M.A. degrees in English Literature from Jackson State University; Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from International Seminary; CDA (Child Development Associate) from the State of Florida; and her National Child Care Director’s Credentials. She has been teaching English at Daytona State College (DSC) since 1989. During the Fall/1998 semester, Dr. Fuqua wrote and developed the first African American Literature course offered at Daytona State College, and has been teaching this course since that time.  Also, in 1998, Dr. Fuqua reorganized DBCC’s (now DSC) Literary Society. This student club had been inactive for over eight years, but during Dr. Fuqua’s tenure as advisor, the student club won several state literary awards. While being the Advisor of DBCCs (now DSC) literary magazine (at that time named Reflections), Dr. Fuqua, along with student club members restructured the library for the Rose Marie Bryon Children’s Center, one of the oldest after care centers in Daytona Beach, Florida. The literary club collected and donated over 1,000 books to revamp the center’s library.

Dr. Fuqua has received numerous scholastic awards. Among them is the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers Award, received in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2004.  In 2008, during the Juneteenth Banquet, the City of Daytona Beach, Florida awarded Dr. Fuqua a Hometown Hero Recognition Award for her work in the local community.

After assisting various pastors for over 10 years, and evangelizing for 11 years, Dr. Fuqua accepted the office of a Pastor, in 2000.  The church began in an extra room in the family's home, with four people: her husband Co-Pastor Danny, Phebe, and Daniel.  Apostle Fuqua is currently the Senior Pastor of Word And Praise Family Church Inc., Overseer of a pastor I Montego Bay, Jamaica, and mentor for covenant members/partners throughout the United States and overseas.
Pastor Danny Fuqua is a native of Edwards, Mississippi. He received his A.S. Degree from Vincent University in St. Augustine Florida, a Diploma of Practical Theology from International Seminary in Plymouth, Florida, attended Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi, with a study in Military Science, and in May of 2014, he will receive his B.S. degree in Business Administration from Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia, and is currently in the M.B.A. program at Liberty University. Pastor Danny is a retired veteran of 29 years, with the Florida Army National Guard. He worked with the military since 1984 and retired with 29 years of committed service in the United States Army.  Pastor Danny served our country in Iraq from November/2010 until November/2011. He is happily married to Apostle Dr. Muriel Fuqua.
 
Pastor Danny is the Co-Pastor of Word And Praise Family Church, Inc. in Daytona Beach, Florida. He is a mentor, entrepreneur, and has unique business and finance skills. His ambition is to make sure that everyone become homeowners and debt free.  For several years, Pastor Danny was a private real estate investor, and he assisted many people with acquiring a place that they can call “home.”
 
Pastor Danny has taught budgeting and money management classes that have changed the lives of many people. Additional, he is also the Co-Chairman of the Midtown Redevelopment Board for the City of Daytona Beach, Florida. Pastor Danny is also the President of the Midtown Neighborhood Association. He is a great encourager and a great provider for his family and the church.  In 2013, the City of Daytona Beach, Florida awarded him a Hometown Hero Recognition for his work in the local community. Recently Pastor Danny became a private pilot student and wishes to obtain his private pilot license in the very near future. His motto in life is: “Give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day.  Teach a man how to fish, and he will eat for a lifetime.