Rev. Dr. Portia W. Rochelle graduated from Drew University Theological School located in Madison, N.J. , with a Doctor of Ministry degree. Her area of concentration is Church Growth And Congregational Development. For her dissertation she developed a mentoring ministry to integrate previously incarcerated females into the community. The ministry is entitled “Women With A Vision Everlasting (WAVE)”. It is a faith-based and community model that churches can use as a roadmap to develop a successful re-entry-mentoring ministry. WAVE is projected to be implemented in October, 2012.
Dr. Rochelle is the founding Pastor of Word For Transformation Church And Outreach Center, Inc. located at 3009 Sanderford Rd - Raleigh, NC. She is also the President of the Raleigh-Apex NAACP Branch #5436.
She is a native of Fuquay-Varina. Dr. Rochelle graduated with the class of 1970 Fuquay-Consolidated High School and is a former member of St Augusta Missionary Baptist Church.