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City of Praise Family Ministries
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7:45 am - 10:00 am, 11:15 am - 1:30 pm













Ministry Bio


Pastor Joel Peebles is the son of one of the most loved Christian families in the nation. He is the youngest of three sons born to the late Bishop James Peebles and the late Apostle Betty Peebles. When Pastor Peebles was in his mother’s womb, Bishop and Apostle Peebles began planting a church that would have grown into one of the largest and most respected Christian Ministries in the United States. Pastor Peebles counts it as one of God’s greatest blessings on his life to have grown up living, and learning under the divine anointing of his parents. Pastor Peebles received the call to preach the gospel at a young age. And under the tutelage and encouragement of his father, he occasionally joined his father on a weekly radio broadcast in the late 1970's. 

In addition to the great education that he received from his parents, Pastor Joel Peebles’ formal education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from Bowie State University, a Masters of Arts in Council from Bowie State University and a Master of Divinity from Wilbur Henry Waters College.

Pastor Peebles began preaching at the City of Praise over 20 years ago and has worked to grow and realize the vision established by his parents. Apostle Betty Peebles appointed Pastor Peebles to serve on the church’s Board of Trustees in 1999. In 2001, she appointed him to serve on the Board of the Center of Hope a senior living facility. Pastor Peebles currently serves as President of the Board of the Center of Hope. In August 2012, Pastor Peebles was consecrated Pastor of the City of Praise Church Ministries.

Pastor Peebles is married to Ylawnda Peebles, who is his greatest blessing from the Lord. First Lady Ylawnda Peebles matches her husband’s enthusiasm for the Lord. Together they have counseled hundreds of couples and host an annual marriage and family seminar Marry Me Again.

Pastor Joel and First Lady Ylawnda Peebles are the parents of four children. They live in Southern Maryland.


The Mission & Ministry of Pastor Ylawnda J. Peebles

A Woman of Worship, Wisdom and Elegance.  Ylawnda Peebles has dedicated her life to Faith family and friendships. She is the happy wife of almost 20 years to her best friend Joel R. Peebles, Sr., Senior Pastor of the City of Praise Family Ministries. She is also blessed to have four amazing children Joel, Jr., Janay, Jordan and Jeremiah.

Ylawnda is a graduate of Bowie State University, where she graduated with high honors earning the Magna Cum Laude Award.

In 1999 - she adopted a female group home where she provided mentoring, warm-winter coats, school supplies, trips to classical theaters, and counsel. In 2003 she founded Heart to Heart Literacy Program. This 501 (c) 3 not for profit charitable organization was designed to inspire literacy in school aged children. She also wrote and published a children's book entitled, "God Loves Me Just The Way I Am" which is now in its 3rd printing. 

She later established Heartfelt Inc., a community based organization designed to teach adult literacy. 

From 2004-2008 Ylawnda founded and directed "Blessed By You" After-school Program which trained students between the ages of 9 - 16 in etiquette, interview skills and career education.  Ylawnda also co-hosts many ministry affairs such as "The Marry Me Again Experience Marriage Events, "Touching the Hearts of People" telecast aired on the Word Network, the Word of The Day aired on both Praise 104.1 and 105.1 WAVA stations in the Washington DC metropolitan area.

In 2012 she was Ordained Co-Pastor of the City of Praise Family Ministries to officially stand beside her husband.

She is honored to serve with her City of Praise Family and knows "the best is yet to come.

"An empty life only focuses on personal achievement. True happiness is trusting in God, loving your family and making a substantial impact on one's community."
Ylawnda J. Peebles


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