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Frances Terrell

Title: Deaconess
Company: Oakland Baptist Church
Location: Alexandria, Virginia, United States

Frances Terrell, Deaconess at Oakland Baptist Church, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in religious and community services.

With 50 years of experience to her credit, Mrs. Terrell has excelled as a deaconess with the Oakland Baptist Church since 1996. From 2006 to 2010, she concluded her full-time professional efforts as the owner of Fran and Cal Travel Agency. She previously served under Congressman Parren Mitchell and Congressman John Conyers with the U.S. House of Representatives between 1976 and 1999. Mrs. Terrell began her career as a congressional staff assistant for Congressman Jack Brooks from 1972 to 1976.

Before embarking on her professional path, Mrs. Terrell pursued an education at Hampton University, at which she completed coursework. She would later obtain her certification as a deaconess in 1996. Though she had initially aspired to become an educator, Mrs. Terrell discovered her aptitude and interest in business administration before turning her attention toward Capitol Hill.

Notably affiliated with the NAACP and the Urban League, Mrs. Terrell has found much success in numerous endeavors beyond her primary responsibilities. From 2011 to 2021, she contributed as a past president of the Seminary Civic Association. Since 2019, Mrs. Terrell has been additionally active as a member of the Westend Alexandria chapter of the Seminary Hill Association. 

Mrs. Terrell attributes her success to her dedication, determination and the values instilled in her by her remarkable parents. Among the many highlights of her career, she is proudly renowned as an instrumental figure in having the city of Alexandria, Virginia incorporate the history of the African American community into the history of Fort Ward Park, as she was able to bring recognition and dignity to the freed slaves and Black Civil War veterans while a member of the Fort Ward Seminary Descendants Society. Looking toward the future, Mrs. Terrell hopes to remain involved with her community and her respective organizations.

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