Fellowship Team

Elder Dr. Ralph A. Martino, Sr., Senior Pastor
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Contact: Minister Betty Gentry, Ministry Leader
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The mission of First Church Cares is to express the love of God to God’s children here at First Church. As led by the Holy Spirit we encourage, edify, and speak life to the members to help them mature as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. We reaffirm the member’s value to the First Church ministry and to the body of Christ always emphasizing their significance to First Church as it is written in Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. We provoke our members to pursue a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, and we always remind them that Jesus loves them and First Church Cares.

Contact: Deacon Lucas, Ministry Leader
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The mission of the Brotherhood Ministry is to empower men to rule and govern God’s kingdom.  Men holding one another accountable with the Word of God to ensure we reach our mission.  We host monthly open forum meetings, bi-weekly conference calls, 2 by 2 accountability calls and Sunday morning prayer huddles.  Join us on this journey as we learn to govern God’s Kingdom and walk in authority.

Contact: Elder Wilburn and Minister Tracey Cleveland, Ministry Leaders
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The mission of the marriage ministry is to have every married couple and those planning  to marry, build their relationship on the foundation of God’s word (Matthew 7:24).  The goal is to present stimulating marriage altering classes, workshops, forums and seminars in addition to fun date night and recreational activities as a means for couples to “invest” in their marriages.

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Contact: Sister Robin Harley and Deaconess Loraine Roach, Ministry Leaders
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The Seasoned Saints Ministry creatively honors disciples who have attained the age of 60+ years. “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be fresh and flourishing (Psalm 92:13-14).”

Contact: Deaconess Cherie Dargan, Ministry Leader
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The Singles’ Ministry offers full commitment and support for the life of the single Christian. We believe and stand on Philippians 4:11 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Our God wants us to live a lifestyle that is pleasing to Him while being content in our singleness. We have a vast array of fellowship activities planned for the year along with organized discussions and topics that singles are facing and may be struggling with. Our ultimate goal is that someone will be drawn closer to Christ and fully commit their life to Him!

Contact: Prophetess Toni Fykes, Ministry Leader
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The Pearls of Jesus provide sound Christian values and clear direction for young ladies 6 to 12 years old.  We strive to make a difference in the lives of our young daughters by creating opportunities for fellowship, outreach, spiritual growth and development.  We encourage our young ladies to become women of faith, goodness, prayer, courage, services, sacrifice, preparedness, and have a life devoted to God.

Contact: Vacant, Ministry Leader
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Beautiful Jewels for Jesus (BJJ) is a First Church Mentoring/Leadership Ministry for teen girls (13-18). BJJs mission is to Make, Mature, and Multiply young ladies to be Disciples for Christ by walking in Gods purpose, plan, and promises for their live. We meet on the 1st and 4th Sundays of the month. We use a table talk style of teaching lead by teens for teens.

Motto: I AM who God says I AM

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Phillippians 1:6

Contact: Missionary Irene Aultman, Ministry Leader
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The United Christian Women’s Ministry (UCWM) is part of a multi-national ministry with a God-driven purpose, wide reaching vision, and awesome mission. Our purpose , through faith and prayer, is to unify women for God’s glory.  We encourage all women, regardless of age, to Uplift the Name of Jesus, Cultivate accountable relationships with Christ and with each other, Work to train and Mentor future generations for ministry, evangelism, and spiritual growth.  Our Secret Sisters encouragement program helps to cultivate accountable relationships among the Sisters.

Contact: Sister Shirlie Newsome
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The ministry’s mission is to help the nutritional, emotional, and spiritual needs of others through Christ’s love and the generosity of the community.

Contact: Missionary Dianne Harris, Ministry Leader
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In keeping with the Lords commission to remember the sick, this ministry provides encouragement and support to residents of various Nursing Homes. Ministry is ongoing throughout the year. On special occasions, such as Christmas, the ministry also gives residents gifts to remind them how much God loves and cares for them.

For more details: The Nursing Home Ministry meet on the 4th Saturday of every month and on the 5th Sunday at the Specialty Hospital. Residents participate in a spirit filled worship service that includes prayer, biblical teachings and songs. Those who are a part of this ministry have the unique opportunity to exercise their gifts and share a biblical teaching or song on an assigned date.

Scripture Reference: Psalm 71:9