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Rev. Daniel B. Bland

Co-Founder of The WELL Connecticut Wellness & Urban Trauma Center 

 

Motivator, mentor, pastor, advocate, and friend, Overseer Daniel B. Bland is respected and called upon by many. He is the Senior Pastor of the Mt. Calvary Revival Center located in New Haven, Connecticut. Since his appointment in 2012, the Revival Center has become a thriving & innovative multigenerational church, whose congregation continues to grow in both size and spirit. Rev. Bland is mostly known for his passionate and prophetic approach to preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As a highly sought after conference speaker, God has deposited within him a mandate to equip and empower the lives of believers across the globe.

 

Rev. Bland serves the lower house of the Episcopacy of the Mount Calvary Holy Churches of America, as the Jurisdictional Overseer of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. He often considers himself privileged to serve the Lords Church by providing regional oversight and pastoral instruction to senior leaders and their congregations. In 2016, Archbishop Alfred Owens Jr. appointed Overseer Bland as the International Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry. As International Director Rev. Bland provides cutting edge ministry solutions and strategies to emerging youth and young adult leaders across the United States, Trinidad, Barbados, Canada, & the United Kingdom.

  

In addition to his service to the local and national church, he is an avid social services practitioner and advocate. With over a decade of experience and expertise, he can often be found: providing counseling and guidance to at risk youth involved within the Juvenile Justice system, advocating for the essential needs of individuals living with HIV and AID’s, and providing consultation and training for nonprofit organizations, executive leadership teams, and community practitioners. In 2020 Rev. Bland along with his Wife Melonie K. Bland founded The WELL Connecticut Wellness & Urban Trauma Center and initiative of the Mt. Calvary Revival Center.   

 

Rev. Bland’s desire to Serve God, by Serving God’s people has been recognized on both the National and Local level. In 2007 he was asked to serve as the Advisor & Professor of Gospel Choirs & Choruses at the University of New Haven, In 2014 he was named the Connecticut Gospel Music Awards Pastor of the Year, and most recently in 2015 he became the recipient of Connecticut 100 Men of Color Award, and received the Albertus Magnus College Alumni Premier Achievement Award for his dedicated work with the marginalized and underserved. Rev. Bland is married to Lady Melonie K. Bland and is also a singer & songwriter and national recording artist. 

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Melonie K. Bland

Co-Founder of The WELL Connecticut Wellness & Urban Trauma Center 

 

Melonie K. Bland was born on the beautiful island of Jamaica in the West Indies. She was raised by her maternal grandparents, Millicent Mathews and Roy Bennett along with a host of aunts, uncles and cousins in Jamaica before reuniting with her mother, Joan Eccleston in the United States. Lady Bland matriculated through the magnet school system and graduated from Central Magnet High School, where she was awarded numerous awards for being a student leader, president of the community service club, and other academic accomplishments.

 

Lady Bland went on to obtain a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Communications and Psychology from Albertus Magnus College in 2005. While at Albertus, Lady Bland was granted numerous leadership opportunities through Student Government, the Office of Residential Life, the Admissions Office and the Office of Student Affairs. In 2005 she was named Student Leader of the Year for the College and achieved a host of other awards and recognitions upon graduation. Albertus Magnus College is also where Lady Bland met Pastor Bland and their 7 years courtship, blossomed into a lifelong marriage on May 29th, 2010.

Directly after graduating from Albertus Magnus College, Lady Bland was awarded a full scholarship to attend the University of New Haven and she obtained her Master’s Degree in Community Psychology in 2007. While at the University of New Haven Lady Bland also worked in the Office of Residential Life, was a substitute teacher and interned at the Wallingford Youth and Social Service Bureau as a therapist.

 

Upon graduation from The University of New Haven, Lady Bland worked at Eastern CT State University for a year in the Office of Residential Life, specifically with first year students. Since that time, Lady Bland has been working more directly in her field of psychology with at-risk youths and their families by providing family therapy and suicide/homicide crisis intervention services. Lady Bland has a keen love for working with broken and at-risk families, believing whole heartedly that “when the problem can be addressed at home and when families are given the right tools to make a difference, our youth can have a fighting chance, and families can be healed and made whole.” Therefore, Lady Bland can be seen throughout the state at various schools, detention facilities, courts and probation offices; meeting with various officials advocating for our youth, truly believing that our future rests in the services we are willing to provide this generation today and order to secure a promising tomorrow.

 

Lady Bland stands with her husband, Pastor Daniel Bland in ministry at the Mt. Calvary Revival Center and enjoys being the Leading Lady of the ministry, believing that God has equipped her for such a time as this! Locally, Lady Bland enjoys working with the women and youth ministries, believing in the power of self-worth, self-love and self-acceptance by teaching and modeling biblical standards and showing God’s love to all. Lady Bland is also a member of the International Board of First Ladies through the Mt. Calvary Holy Churches of America, where she has the opportunity to work with International First Lady Co-Pastor Susie Owens on various projects for the organization.

 

In her spare time, Lady Bland enjoys being with her friends and family, traveling, shopping, baking and running. Lady Bland also works on the Board of Governs at Albertus Magnus College.