About Us

Shonda Denise Covington known as Lady Shonda was born in Smithfield N.C but in Clayton North Carolina. She was born to the late Claude E. and Rosa L. Branch on June 5th, 1973.  Shonda is married to the love of her life and best friend Pastor Danta Covington. While obligations to ministerial commitments are a priority, Lady Shonda ensures that her other covenant relationships are well maintained. She serves as a faithful and devoted wife to her husband and loving mother to their four children. Shavonna, Veniqua, Rayvon, and Shaneika along with seven precious grandchildren.

In January 2010  Danta and Shonda was called by God to  start a nonprofit that incorporates a church as well as a day care. Together they bring biblical wisdom, compassion, and integrity to the H.C.M. family. Lady Shonda is the director of Higher Calling Child Care …. Which is a division of Higher Calling Ministries and Child Care Inc. Lady Shonda has love for children because she says it allows her to contribute to the future of our world. Her definition of Love is others! She states that she loves to teach, encourage and Loves every child that comes through the door.

Philippians 3:14 KJV- pressing towards the mark for the prize of the high calling in CHRIST JESUS. She states that as she presses on in her purpose to serve others - she understands and knows for a fact that this is all Gods doing.

Nelson Danta Covington

Danta Covington was born in 1978 to Nelson and Geneva Covington in Fayetteville N.C He grew up in Raleigh N.C. with a strong calling upon his life. The word of God was birthed in to Danta by numerous family members and friends of the family. Danta, even though bought up in church decided that at age sixteen the church was not for him and the world was. So, he hit the streets of Raleigh and engaged in all kinds of criminal activity from drugs to violence. Thinking that he could run faster than God but not knowing that at a set time he was going to have to come face to face with God once again. These years the enemy tried all he could to kill this man of God from being beat with a gun almost to the point of death to the system of modern-day slavery which is prison. Through this entire God was behind the scenes saying what the enemy means for good I am going to muse for my glory. When Danta finally could go no other place but in the arms of God he surrendered his life in 2006 to the Lord and has been running ever since. The years that Danta was in the street have now become his most powerful testimony to young kids who are lost. Since then, God has done a quick work in him by birthing Higher Calling Ministries.  Danta is happily married to Shonda Covington of Clayton N.C. and they have four children and seven grandchildren. They also have a childcare center. This ministry specializes in reaching the kids that are unreachable. Through his unique style and the anointing of God in this area they have a youth ministry that will target 1000 souls, 1000 marriages, and 1000 black males graduating High School. They are already on the way. Danta always says that it is all good and it is all God.