Reverend Professor Quardricos Bernard Driskell
Reverend Professor Quardricos Bernard Driskell is a pastor, policy expert, educator, and lobbyist.
Rev. “Q”, as he is affectionately known, is currently the fourteenth pastor of the historic Beulah Baptist Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Before being led to the pastoral role, he served as Associate Minister and Youth Minister at Beulah for nine years under Rev. Dr. Columbus Watson. Prior to Beulah, he was assistant to the pastor at the historic West Hunter Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia and he was assistant director of church school at The Memorial Church, Harvard University. Rev. Driskell was inducted into the Academy of Young Preachers, an innovative movement underwritten by the Lilly Endowment to inspire and develop the next generation of preachers and public theologians.
In addition to the pastorate, he has ten years of government relations experience. He has worked in education policy and for several healthcare associations where he advanced the patient voice into policy and research deliberations through services to Congress, FDA, CDC, and NIH. Rev. Professor Driskell is the recipient of the Remedy Health Media (Remedy) and New York City Health Business Leaders (NYCHBL) Boldest Digital Health Influencers Awards for 2016 for his efforts in healthy policy government relations, and the 2016 National Minority Quality Forum’s inaugural 40 Under 40 Leaders in Health Awards honoring influential young minority leaders making a difference in health care.
Moreover, Rev. Driskell is an adjunct professor of legislative affairs at The George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management, where he teaches his signature course, Religion and Politics. More than a political pundit, Rev. Driskell is an outspoken advocate for religious liberty and freedom, social justice and human rights, as well as a passionate voice in support of the marginalized. In fact, his devotion to these social issues is prevalent in his writings, media interviews, speaking engagements, and sermons.
As an influencer, he continues to expand his digital media footprint. He is published in From Generation to Generation: A Commemorative Collection of African American Millennial Sermons; is a columnist for the African Methodist Episcopal Church’s (AME) newspaper The Christian Recorder; is an opinion contributor for the Washington DC top political news site, The Hill and is the recipient of numerous commendations and honors. His work and insights have been featured in several national and international news outlets including the New York Times, the BBC and Showtime’s Documentary, “The Fourth Estate”.
He also serves on several professional boards and committees, advocating and supporting change at the grassroots level.
Rev. Driskell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Leadership Studies from Morehouse College; a Master of Theological Studies in Religion and Society from Harvard University Divinity School; a Master’s in Legislative Affairs and a Graduate Certificate in Lobbying at The George Washington University.
A native of East Point, Georgia. Rev. Driskell is the son of Johnny Bernard and the late Dorothy Driskell.