The Board of Education reports to the Board of Trustees of From the Heart and has the responsibility to provide the Headmaster with counsel, assistance and input that ensures the school operates in response to the Christian school’s Mission Statement and values. The Board of Education assists the Headmaster in the overall management and direction of the school by implementing decisions, as directed by the Headmaster, that are in keeping with the Holy Bible and the School Mission Statement. The authority for spiritual matters affecting the school, however, rests with the Headmaster. The Board of Education is a working board, not a board that meets in “name” or formality only.
FTHCS Board of Education Members
As the Headmaster of From the Heart Christian School, Bishop Cherry works on behalf of the administration, staff, parents, volunteers and students of the School. Bishop Cherry is responsible for the overall direction and management of the School, Board of Education and Alumni Association. Bishop Cherry is a proud hornet, having attended From the Heart Christian School (formally Full Gospel AMEZ Christian School) for 3 years as a child; worked as a teacher in the School for 8 years, after graduating from college; served as a Member and now Chairman of the Board of Education since 2002; was a proud parent of three Christian School students from 2000 to 2020 for 20 years; established the Parent Teacher Association in 2021; and is honored to be the Head Hornet, rooting for our students in their academic, athletic and extra-curricular endeavors since 2006!
Bishop Cherry is the type of Headmaster that finds time to stop by morning formations to check in on the student body to provide godly instruction and encouragement. He enjoys stopping by the preschool and elementary classrooms just to greet the younger students and remind them to have a good day.
Bishop John A. Cherry, II
Sister Whitney A. Ambush, Esquire
Jacqueline Cheaves was born and raised in the great city of Washington, D.C. Her parents taught her and her sister to love the Lord and to value education. After graduating from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, she attended George Washington University majoring in Psychology with a minor in Biology.
After working several years in the Federal Government and with the love and support of her husband and three children, she returned to GW to obtain a master’s degree in Education and Human Development with a concentration in School Counseling. At the same time, she became certified as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She immediately began working in the field as a School Counselor at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, in Wheaton, MD and remained there for three years before relocating to Charles County, MD where she served as Student Services Department Chair at Westlake High School for eight years and seven years at St. Charles High School. She is currently the Supervising Counselor for Charles County Public Schools.
She and her husband, Alton, have been members of From the Heart Church Ministries® for over 25 years. They have three adult children, Malcolm, Mariah and Anthony.
Sister Jaqueline Cheaves
Brother Johnathan Jackson
Brother Jonathan Jackson is an established professional with over 15 years of experience in the information technology (IT) industry. Currently he is a cloud architect and manager at Stanley Black and Decker where he leads a team of cloud professionals in the development and implementation of cloud architecture for enterprise systems. Prior to this role, he worked in various positions of increasing responsibility in database administration and cloud computing. As a solution-oriented and hands-on leader, he is passionate about leveraging technology to solve problems and mentoring youth and young adults who are interested in the IT field.
Brother Jackson is an active member of From the Heart Church Ministries® where he is a member of the Multimedia and Intercessory Prayer ministries. He served six years as ministry head of the Multimedia ministry, and currently serves as an assistant ministry head of Intercessory Prayer ministry. In 2001, he graduated from From the Heart Christian School, and in 2005, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Science and Systems from Morgan State University.
Brother Jackson currently resides in Washington, DC with his lovely wife and sons.
Brother Ralph Ogundiran grew up in Prince George’s County and has lived in the District of Columbia since 2012. Brother Ogundiran graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies with a concentration in race and ethnicity from George Washington University in Washington D.C.
Bro. Ogundiran began his first teaching position in 2012 with KIPP DC through the Capital Teaching Residency program. After completion of this program, Bro. Ogundiran began teaching kindergarten at KIPP DC Grow Academy which he did for five years.
Bro. Ogundiran began teaching fourth grade students at Two Rivers Public Charter School in 2018 where he currently serves as the mathematics teacher for fourth and fifth grade students. Brother Ogundiran has been a member of From the Heart Church Ministries® Parent Church since 2009. He currently serves with his wife as the ministry head of the Boy Scouts Ministry.
Brother Ralph Ogundiran
Dr. Faith Kelley, MD