PASTORS @ ABUNDANT LIFE
Pastor Alex Ellis – Pastor of Ministerial Development
Pastor Alex O. Ellis has been in covenant with Abundant Life since 1994. He was licensed to preach in 1997, and ordained in 2006. He developed the preaching component for our 6am Ministerial impartations for the continued education of our ministerial staff. He also assisted in the 7 Last words preaching preparation process for our Ministers In Training. He received his Undergrad Degree from North Carolina A&T State University. He also received his Master’s Degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary and just completed his first year in pursuit of his Doctorate. His pastoral responsibilities at Abundant Life include: establishing and overseeing the ministerial development track for Ministers In Training, Licensed Ministers, Ordained Elders and Pastors of Abundant Life. He also oversees Holy Orders (Licensing and Ordination services) at Abundant Life.
Pastor James S. Hart III – Pastor of Pastoral Care & Counseling
Pastor James S. Hart III has been in covenant with Abundant Life since 1997. He was licensed as a Minister in 2003, was ordained as an Elder in 2008 and became a Pastor in 2011. He started the Rapha Counseling ministry at Abundant Life in 2001. He currently oversees a team of five counselors. He also teaches the Pastoral Care class for the Ministers in Training. He has received his Undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in Psychology. He also received his Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University. He is a Licensed Social Worker in the State of NJ and a Professor at Rutgers University in the Graduate School of Social Work program. His pastoral responsibilities at Abundant Life include: providing pastoral counseling to the members of the church, leading the Rapha Counseling Ministry and overseeing the team of counselors. He also is involved in the training and development of aspiring Christian counselors, as well as training Elders and Ministers in pastoral care. Pastor Jim is also the Director of Church Ministry Development where he oversees the volunteer Ministry Leaders at the church. He is also the Co-Chairman for the church’s Annual Golf Tournament which raises funds for the Back to School, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Drives.
Pastor Angela Peters – Youth Pastor
Pastor Angela Peters (Pastor Angel) has been in covenant with Abundant Life Family Worship Church (ALFWC) since 1997 under the leadership of Bishop George and Lady Mary Searight. She was licensed as a minister in 2002, elevated to youth pastor in 2003, and ordained in 2006. Pastor Angel is the oldest of seven children. Her passion for working with young people began at the early age of 17 as she began teaching Sunday school.
Pastor Angel attended the Fountain of Life School of Ministry in Pennsylvania and continued her hands-on education as she invested unlimited support, time, counseling, and love into the lives of many children, teens, young adults and parents whenever the opportunity presented.
At ALFWC, Pastor Angel oversees the Toddlers Ministry (Ages 2-Kindergarten), an ever-growing, full-of-life Youth Church that includes all youth from 1st to 12th Grade, Chosen Generation Choir (Grades 6-12th) and Children of Abundance (Pre-k – 5th) choir. Through trainings and monthly youth meetings, she equips over 40 youth leaders with the necessary tools to teach young people about the love of God. With great enthusiasm, she develops classes for P.R.I.N.C.E.S.S. and Boyz II Men Ministries, plans and schedules onsite/offsite activities and fellowships for the youth.
Pastor Angel appreciates the support her husband, Ronald Peters, has given her as he works alongside her in ministry. They have been blessed with 24 years of marriage, 5 beautiful children and 4 wonderful grandchildren.
Pastor Angel’s commitment to “Building Relationships that Last” will continue with each person she touches.