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  • Rose Perkins-Banks
    Rose Perkins-Banks
    Sr. Pastor

    How did the Lord change my life?

    I believe the Lord changed and continues to change my life in stages. I received the Lord as my Savior at age 12. But at the age of 16, I felt as though something was missing and I began to seek the Lord for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. I didn't receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit until I was in my third year of college when our Bible Study was meeting in the Student Union Fellowship Hall. The leader of the Bible Study decided that we would have communion. She asked me to break the bread and ask God to bless it. When I did, that's when I began praying in a language that was unknown to me. This changed my life and marked the beginning of a more intimate relationship with Him.

     

    The next point of change is when I was accused of negligence in my nursing practice. It was then that I learned how to suffer for Christ’s sake. In this time of trial, my life was changed to have the assurance in knowing that the Lord would never leave me nor forsake me and that He would be my avenger. Finally, when the Lord told me that He was preparing me to be a healing and deliverance minister, He said it would come at a cost. This cost was to become a vegetarian. Since then, I have been preaching the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, witnessing souls being saved, healed and delivered in Jesus Name.

     

    What led me to become a ministry leader?

    At the age of 16, I was trained to become a Sunday School teacher by my late Pastor Dr. Donald A. Tunie, and then appointed to teach the Primary Class. I was later selected to direct the Youth Choir and attend a class on how to minister at the Altar. The class included how to pray for individuals who were seeking the Lord for healing, deliverance from demonic forces and to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. This training prepared me to be a ministry leader.

     

    My most memorable ministry moments

    My most rewarding experiences are when individuals receive Jesus as their Savior, and I begin to see how the Lord changes their lives. I also find it rewarding when I see individuals freely worshipping the Lord in Spirit and Truth. One Sunday, the congregation was singing the song I am Freewith lyrics of I am free to run, I am free to dance, I am free to live for you, I am free. No more shackles no more chains, no more bondage I am free. While singing, the Praise Team and everyone in the congregation were on their feet jumping and dancing in worship to our Lord. What a wonderful sight and memorable moment. 

     

    Something most people don't know about me

    I played the clarinet for the concert band from the 4th grade all the way through my freshman year in college. 

  • Dale Perkins-Banks
    Dale Perkins-Banks
    Associate Pastor

    How did the Lord change my life?

    I was 20 years old and “playing” church. I was holding ministry offices; serving the church, not the Lord. After an encounter with a Young Adult Ministry from another church, I received the Plan of Salvation, and professed Christ as my Lord and Savior. Along with Baptism of the Holy Spirit, Christ started the process of moving me from carnality to holiness. Through the guidance and molding of the Holy Spirit, my tastes changed from worldly to Godliness.

     

    What led me to become a ministry leader?

    From a previous church, I was already a licensed Deacon. I had also played bass guitar since I was in 10th grade. God used the gifts that He had given me to be elevated in servanthood unto Him. All I did was say “yes Lord.”

     

    My most memorable ministry moments

    Seeing the captives set free through deliverance. Seeing the wheelchair bound rise up and walk, squat, and leap for joy. Every time someone yields and accepts Christ as their Lord and Savior.

     

    Something most people don’t know about me

    I’m really a wall flower and shy at heart. I’d rather operate in the background and not be up front. It’s God that grants me the boldness to do the things He has me to do.

  • Corey Lester
    Corey Lester
    Ministry Leader

    How did the Lord change my life?

    As a young child, I had an awareness of God's existence, but didn't know what it meant to be in right relationship with Him. I remember going to church from time to time, reading poems, singing songs and even getting baptized. However, all of these were forced activities while with my grandmother. How God changed my life was through putting me in circumstances that opened my eyes to the realization of needling Him. God demonstrated very vividly how my life needed a real change that only He could provide.

     

    What led me to become a ministry leader?

    After receiving Jesus as my Savior, I became really focused on reading and understanding His Word. I wrote down and prayed about ministry and others began asking me about involvement in ministry. I soon became active in a variety of functions before I accepted the call to ministry.

     

    My most memorable ministry moments

    Two memorable moments in ministry come to mind. The first took place in Hawaii. A friend who knew me in the world visited me. While we were eating, she asked me what happened to me that brought about so many changes in my life. I told her I had been studying the Bible and given my life to Christ. A few months later, she moved to Hawaii and I invited her to church. Shortly after, she gave her life to Christ.

     

    The second memorable moment came when a student of mine started asking me questions about success and life. I told her about who I was and who I am now. I shared with her that whatever success I have is because of who and what I believe. I invited her to begin reading the bible. We would discuss what she read from time to time. One day, the student approached me crying because of having a really bad day. We talked, and at the end of the conversation, we prayed and she received Christ.

     

    These were most memorable because I felt as if I made the most of an opportunity God provided to share the Gospel. It felt great to actually do what God has called every Christian to do – share the Gospel. I felt at each of those moments I was truly being an ambassador for Christ.

     

    Something most people don’t know about me

    Contrary to what people may think, I have a reluctance or fear of speaking, teaching, and preaching. I feel pretty comfortable in the background. However, once a discussion about God has started, I'm fully engaged because I enjoy talking about God's Word.

  • Vanessa Robinson
    Vanessa Robinson
    Ministry Leader

    How did the Lord change my life?

    My life was changed as the awareness of God's word came through many trials and tribulations that have anchored my faith even more in the Lord. I am so grateful to God for His sacrifice of Jesus Christ on my behalf.

     

    What led me to become a ministry leader?

    After many years of dedication to the Word of God and ministry, it was God's calling that lead me to ministry leadership in 2004. In 2009, I actually had a vision in the form of a dream calling me to preaching ministry. God is so faithful and sovereign.

     

    My most memorable ministry moments

    My most memorable memory was our first year at Praise Center in July 2013. We had an outdoor revival and it had been raining most of the day. I was reluctant about attending, but I pressed my way and God showed up mightily. First, there was huge rainbow in the sky just before we started. Second, a lot of the neighborhood people showed up, Pastor preached, we prayed and heard many testimonies. Third, one of the young people stopped by and sang "Never Could Have Made It." He sung that song like it was his own – it was a God-size event that evening. You had to have been there…it was just simply marvelous. HALLELUJAH! 

     

    Something most people don’t know about me

    Most people don't know that I really enjoy eating Outshine’s popsicles all year round. They are so fruity and refreshing! 

  • Christopher Dews
    Christopher Dews
    Ministry Leader

    How did the Lord change my life?
    Before Him, the best word I could use to describe my life was “stranded.” I felt like an alien in a foreign land; misunderstood, abandoned and confused. I couldn't grasp my place in the world and why I was surrounded by so much cruelty. God blessed me with the opportunity to know Him personally and we fostered an ironclad relationship. He became my best friend and saw me through each and every great conflict in my life. He literally turned sorrow into joy, pain into perseverance, and skepticism into deep truth. God became the hero of my story and a bright light into my dark heart. 

     

    What led me to become a ministry leader?

    When God changed my life at a young age, I was then privileged to an incredibly abundant life regardless of physical, emotional or financial circumstances. Nothing really brings me down anymore, and if one of life's weights did prove to be too heavy, God always spotted me through it. I was never alone, I always had an exceptional partner in the battlefield.

     

    In this life, I see deep, searing pain ready for anyone who dares to live. No one avoids it and no one escapes it. It's like traversing a minefield – one wrong step can have brutal consequences. I truly believe that the best way to get through it is to have a personal relationship with God through his son Jesus Christ. I became a ministry leader so that I can do my part in bringing God's people into a knowledge of the great fullness that emanates from a life dedicated to Him.  

     

    My most memorable ministry moments

    The Youth Retreat 2007- THE BEST RETREAT EVER!!!!!

    Filming, "The Truth"  

     

    Something most people don't know about me

    I rarely ever call God, "God" in my prayer life. For at least a decade, I've almost always referred to Him as "The Boss" or "Boss" for short, which was the code name for the Hero of my favorite video game series growing up. 

  • Erika Buchanan
    Erika Buchanan
    Ministry Leader

    How did the Lord change my life?
    I remember being taught the Word of God in my early years as a kid. At the age of 5, I ran in the middle of the street and yelled "I don't want to go to Hell.” Needless to say, I accepted the Lord as my Savior and have been preaching Hell-Fire and tribulation messages ever since. Throughout the years, however, I have endured a lot of health issues. But I have seen God do the miraculous. 

     

    What led me to become a ministry leader?

    I actually had one of those wrestling with God moments one night in regards to my call to minister the Word of God. When we first started the church, Pastor was away one Sunday and I knew things still had to run as usual. So I volunteered to lead Praise and Worship. That's how I am. If I see a need, I try to step up and fulfill it. When it comes to designing publications, I use my God given talent for His Glory.

     

     My most memorable ministry moments

    There have been so many since 1998. The ones I'm most fond of happened during Praise and Worship. A lot of people come in with lost hope, in despair and in bondage, only to surrender everything to God and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. Chains are broken and God sets people free. Other memorable moments are the Sundays when people praise God like crazy, running, jumping, dancing and prostrating. Or when the presence of God just abides and hovers over during worship, and you don't want to move on to the next part of service. I see a lot of healing (physical, emotional, and spiritual) happen during praise and worship. It is so imperative to make it a part of our daily lifestyle...along with fasting and praying.

     

     Something most people don't know about me

    I play seven instruments and taught myself how to play five of them.

  • Lauren Moreland
    Lauren Moreland
    Ministry Leader

    How has the Lord changed my life?

    He changed it for the better in making me more aware of my need for Him. That abiding in Him, depending on Him, trusting in Him, having faith in Him and believing in Him was, and is, the only anchor I needed to hold on to. And as I surrender my all in holding on to Him, He would direct my path. Proverbs 3:5-6

     

    What led me to become a Ministry Leader?

    The desire to be used as a vessel to help people get and stay connected to the true vine – and watch them bear fruit as they develop a more personal relationship with Him. John 15:5

     

    My most memorable ministry moment

    When 30 new and growing believers sacrificed their time to take a class on discipleship. They committed to 13-weeks of small group discipleship study and all received certificates of completion. To God be the Glory!!!

     

    Something most people don’t know about me

    Since a little girl, I always wanted to go to college to be a teacher. Now, I would like to attend college to obtain a degree in Human Services.

  • Dale Banks
    Dale Banks
    Ministry Leader

    How did the Lord change my life?

    Reflecting back to that one moment when the Lord changed my life is a bit hard for me. Instead, the culmination of lessons learned, eye opening moments, and the one-on-one personal interactions that created an unshakable faith is what molded me into the person I am today. Jesus Christ has truly made a mark on my life that I have no choice but to share it with others. Every day, the Lord reveals himself to me in various ways, whether through answered prayers to simple everyday questions or the revelation of Bible prophecy being displayed before us today. When the scales are removed from ones’ eyes, you can’t help but notice God everywhere! 

     

    What led me to become a ministry leader?

    I felt like I had no choice, regardless of how hard I tried to run and do my own thing. God has an interesting, and often funny, way of getting you where you are purposed. Grudgingly at first, I agreed to substitute as the youth director for a month or two. Years later, I can’t see myself not leading the youth! I realized fairly quickly that I actually loved being around the youth and sharing the good news of the Gospel – and teaching them how to apply it in their daily lives. The look on their faces when the light bulb finally flickers is priceless. There is great satisfaction when you operate in God’s purpose for your life. If you are not yet sure of yours, just get in the habit of communicating with God and the revelation will be made. 

     

    My most memorable ministry moments

    They tend to happen after Sunday school class or in between classes at the youth conventions. The questions that follow the lesson, or just the jovial comments during and after class that break the ice are great. Our quarterly youth outings have become events of great anticipation. 

     

    Something most people don't know about me

    Hmm...very hard to resist anything peanut butter and chocolate.

 



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