Provided by Prince William Chamber of Commerce
On July 1, Bishop Lyle Dukes became the 10th Chairman of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce. The Prince William Chamber is the largest municipal chamber in Virginia. It is the one of the strongest voices for the business community in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan region, representing numerous businesses and nearly 80,000 employees.
“Our theme for this year is ‘Courageous Leadership Together,’” Dukes said. “It’s building on the idea we, the Board of Directors, Ambassadors and Chamber staff, have been working on for the last few years – to ensure that the Prince William Chamber is taking a leadership role in the positive transformation of our local area.”
Bishop Dukes is a graduate of University of Virginia (Col ’86), with MBA studies at St. Ambrose University and a Master’s degree from Faith Bible College and Seminary. He has also served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army.
After serving as Credit Officer for the Navy Federal Credit Union, Dukes worked for several years as a Computer Programmer (Human Resources) for the Federal Government in Arlington, Virginia. In 1995, he and his wife, Pastor Deborah Dukes, founded the Harvest Life Church, where he serves as Senior Pastor. Harvest Life is among the largest faith-based non-profit organizations in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area with thousands of attendees, a multimillion-dollar budget and more than 100 ministries and community programs.
Bishop Dukes, along with his wife, also heads the Pastors Network. In this role they serve as pastors to pastors both domestically and internationally. They cover approximately 600 churches across the United States, Europe and Africa. In 2009, the organization completed construction on their African headquarters building (Harvest Center) in Kenya. The building seats over 2,000 and has become a distribution center for food and clothing. The organization has built schools and churches and is scheduled construct a medical center and additional housing on the Harvest Center campus.
Bishop Dukes is also the founder and former CEO of Mainstream Concepts, Inc., a media marketing company, which consulted high-end clients. Mainstream was a partner in the development of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red” campaign.
In addition to his full-time responsibilities at the church, Bishop Dukes is the author of several books and publications. He serves on the Sentara Medical Community Assessment Board, he is the General Secretary and a member of the Executive Board of Bishops, International Bible Way, Inc., Police Chaplain for Prince William County and the former President of the Prince William County Ministerial Association. He and his wife have one adult child, Brittany, a son-in-law, Brandon, and three grandsons.
“As we enter into a new Chamber year, it is my honor and pleasure to lead the continued work of the Prince William Chamber in its efforts to strengthen the business community and produce a better quality of life for our communities and this region,” Dukes said.