Pastoral Staff & Leaders


Pastor William McCarty – Lead Pastor

Pastor William and Amanda McCarty came to HWWC in September of 1999. The church then was known as the Smithfield Church of God, with less than 10 in attendance at that time. The church has grown, acquired 12 Acres of property, built new facilities and has over 300 that currently call HWWC home. Pastor MAC and Amanda love their community and the precious people that they have been called to shepherd. To God be the glory for all that He has done, they know and believe that the best is yet to come! They have been happily married for 22 years and they have two children, Mason is 20 and Elizabeth is 19. Both of their children have very active roles in the ministry at HWWC. Mason just began in a role as a Youth Pastor and Elizabeth continues to be very active in leading worship and is our lead musician on the keyboard. Pastor McCarty (Pastor MAC) has spoken in conferences and revivals in the United States as well as internationally. He is also a vocalist and has produced two albums and one single. He is an Ordained Bishop with the Church of God, Cleveland Tennessee, and he is currently enrolled at the Pentecostal School of Theology pursuing a D-Min doctoral degree. He has an earned Master’s Degree in Counseling M.A.C from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary (specializing in Trauma, Addiction and Family components) Pastor MAC is currently serving his first term as the Elected Official on the Board of Supervisors of Isle of Wight County VA. He currently serves in his second year in a row as Vice-Chairman of The Board of Supervisors. Pastor MAC serves on several Intergovernmental State, Regional and local Boards in VA:
  • Member of the HRPDC (Hampton Roads Planning District Commission)
  • Member of the WTRJ (Western Tidewater Regional Jail Authority) Board of Directors
  • Member of the VA Department of Social Services 2016 – 2018
  • Member of The HRMFFA Board (Hampton Roads Military and Federal Facilities Alliance)
  • Member of the Isle of Wight County Personnel Committee
  • Member of the Department Of Tourism and Marketing Committee
  • Member of the Board of Directors for Opportunity INC. Workforce Development Board.
STATE VACO (Virginia Association of Counties) Boards Appointments:
  • Member of the Health and Human Services Committee
  • Member Planning and Conferences Committee
Pastor MAC also serves on two VA State Boards for the Church of God in VA:
  • Elected Member of the VA Church of God State Youth and Discipleship Board. 2010-2014 and 2016 – present
  • Appointed Member of the State World Missions Board of Directors. 2010 – present
  • Elected Member State Evangelism and Ministerial Development Board 2014 – 2016
If you would like more information on him, please visit Amanda has worked alongside her husband in ministry as the Women’s Ministry Leader, Kids’ Ministry director, worship team member, church administration, Care Groups and more. She has a wonderful gift in administration and is currently working at the Isle of Wight County Schools in the Finance / Accounting Department. Her love for kid’s ministry, women’s ministry and administration is something that shines through her. Amanda has worked in secular work for many years supplementing ministry income for their family. From working in a church sponsored daycare, Christian school to Administrative and Office Management; she remains faithful to the Lord, her husband, her family and her ministry.  

Pastor Marcel Berrios – Executive Pastor

Pastor Marcel and Millie Berrios are originally from the NY/NJ area and came to Hampton Roads via their travels and business ventures during Pastor Marcel’s service as a Marine Corps Officer and their time working within the government contracting industry. Pastor Marcel is a graduate of the University of North Florida and has worked within Program Management and as a Director of Training and Development for multiple corporations. Additionally, he has served as a youth leader for churches in North Carolina, Florida, Okinawa Japan and Virginia. Having yielded to God’s call on his life, he became an ordained minister and is now serving as the Executive Pastor for Healing Waters Worship Center. Millie has served within Leadership, Praise & Worship Ministries, Women’s Ministries and Sunday Schools for multiple churches during her travels as a military spouse. As an entrepreneur, she founded her own small business, Prestige Notary Signing Services and currently oversees operations for Prestige Diversified Solutions, LLC, a small business founded by Pastor Marcel. As servant-leaders, both Pastor Marcel and Millie are passionate towards sharing the message of hope and faith within the Word of God and having it reflect in the lives of others. They enjoy driving, music, movies, sporting activities and teaching God’s Word. Together, they are the proud parents of 4 adult “children” and grandparents of 14 grandchildren and counting.  

Pastor Sandra Gurganus – Care / Senior Adult Pastor

Pastor Sandra Gurganus has been an active member of the Smithfield Church of God for many years prior to its transition in 1999 to Healing Waters Worship Center. She is married to James and they have three adult children and four grandchildren. Sandra has served in many capacities including; Worship Leader, Ladies Ministry Director, Sunday School Teacher, Prayer Ministry Director and more. For the past ten years Sandra has been very active with the MPACT Girl’s Ministries, which consists of six classes of girls ages 3-19. She serves as the Coordinator of the group and also as a teacher of the Stars Class. Sandra is grateful to serve as  the Care / Senior Adult Pastor and to be the direct lead for the Care Teams at Healing Waters. She has a heart to seek after God and pray on behalf of others and loves serving in the prayer ministry as well.  

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