Ministries

Associate Ministers

Program Description:  The purpose of the Associate Ministers is to assist the Pastor in various ministerial duties not limited to preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, serving the laity as directed by the pastor, participating in the worship services, funerals, hospital visitations and accompanying the Pastor on church visits.

Ministry Benefits:  The Associate Ministers have the privilege of learning from a Pastor who has been serving St. Paul for 42 years.  Associates learn information about pulpit decorum, life skills, preparing messages, studying the Bible, and serving God’s people.

How to Join:  In order to become a St. Paul Associate one must be a minister by vocation.  You must be called by God and have met with the Pastor for consultation.  The Pastor will give appropriate direction concerning “the call” and potential assignments.

Meeting Time & Location:  The Associate Ministers meet intermittently.  Associates receive phone notification of prospective meetings.

Contacts(s):  Al Hall (Chairperson), Jerry Springer (Co-Chairperson)

Bible Answer Ministry

Program Description:  The Bible Answer Ministry (BAM) is also called the Apologetic Ministry.  The goal of this ministry is to offer seminary level education at no cost to learners.  BAM trains, empowers, and educates Christians by teaching them how to defend and articulate the tenets of the Christian faith.

Ministry Benefits:  Participants will learn about the fundamental principles of the Christian faith.  They are also trained in the appropriate use of Bible tools.  Additionally, students learn to distinguish the doctrines associated with classical theism from other aberrant groups.

How to Join (participant):  Individuals interested in joining BAM can just report to the next meeting (2nd Saturdays of the month).

How to Join (volunteer):  Individuals interested in working with the BAM ministry can contact the church office at 916-737-7070 or e-mail the ministry Chairperson.

Meeting Time & Location:  BAM meetings are on 2nd Saturdays of each month at the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center. Meetings are held in room 203from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.

Contact(s):  Clarence Abner (Chairperson), TBA (Co-Chairperson)

Christian Education Committee

Program Description: The Christian Education Committee (CEC) is responsible for planning and designing educational opportunities for the church.  In addition, this ministry is responsible for fulfilling the Pastor’s vision of edifying the church through Christian Education curriculum.

Ministry Benefits:  Members of this ministry will experience spiritual growth.  In addition, each member will learn how to work harmoniously as a team with other believers.

How to Join:  Members are appointed by the Pastor. There is no need to apply.

Meeting Time & Location:  The Christian Education Committee meets monthly in the church’s resource office (formerly the church’s library).  The meetings are normally scheduled in the evenings and are pre-arranged by the chairperson.  CEC meet on the 4th Thursdays of each month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Contact(s):  Bridgette Bell (Chairperson), Kavin Black (Co-Chairperson)

Culinary Ministry

Program Description:  St. Paul’s Culinary Ministry is responsible for cooking, serving, and preparing food for various church functions.  This ministry serves the church as well as the community with physical sustenance.  In addition, culinary workers provide interesting recipes, quality ingredients, and food preparation training.

Ministry Benefits:  Individuals that are involved in this ministry are able to exhibit the love of God through serving others.  In addition, participants will get to know members from other ministries and will also learn how to clean and utilize commercial cooking equipment.

How to Join (volunteer):  If you are interested in joining this ministry please contact the chairperson or call the church office at 916-737-7070.

Meeting Time & Location:  Monthly meetings are designated by the ministry chairpersons.  Meeting location is to be determined and workers are contacted by phone with pertinent information.

Contact(s): Deacon Bobby Barefield (Chairperson),  TBA (Co-Chairperson)

Deacon Family Ministry

Program Description: The Deacon Family Ministry is an extension of the Pastor.  This ministry supports the Pastor by meeting the needs of the church congregation.  This spiritual fraternity is called upon by members to visit the sick, serve communion, baptize new converts, mentor young men, perform baptism, provide counseling resources to members, and to build relationships with the congregation.

All members are assigned to a Deacon.  Members are invited to call their Deacons when a death occurs in their family or a hospital visit is warranted.

Ministry Benefits:  Deacons lighten the burden of the Pastor.  Through their services, Deacons get to know members, learn more about the Bible, develop a better prayer life, and are privy to the vision of the Pastor.

How to Join:  Deacons are selected and appointed by the Pastor.  There is no need for application.

Meeting Time & Location:  Deacons meet bi-monthly on the 3rd Thursday of each month at various locations (Church Main Campus or DEW Family Life Center).  Only Deacons can attend this meeting.

Contact(s):  Deacon Les Holmes (Chairperson), Deacon Wayne Odd (Co-Chairperson)

Deaconess Ministry

Program Description: The Deaconess Ministry assists the Deacons in fulfilling the ordinances of the church.  This spiritual sorority of Godly women pray for the sick, set up communion, assist with baptism, provide spiritual counseling, support the bereaved, mentor young ladies, and assist with sharing the plan of salvation.

Ministry Benefits:  Deaconess are given the opportunity to serve God’s people through the various tasks assigned to them by the Pastor.

How to Join:  Deaconess are appointed by the Pastor, there is no need to apply.

Meeting Time & Location:  The Deaconess Ministry meets on every 3rd Thursday of each month.  Only Deaconess can attend this meeting.

Contacts(s): La Tonya Cubit (Chairperson), La Keysha Puckering (Co-Chairperson)

First Aid Ministry

Program Description: The goal of the First Aid Ministry is to provide first aid for medical issues that may arise on the campus of St. Paul Baptist Church.  Ministry participants also participate in events such as screenings, health fairs, and other related functions.

Ministry Benefits:  Participants will learn how to work efficiently as a team.  In addition, first aid workers are able to witness and share the gospel through the discipline of medicine.

How to Join (volunteer):  If you are interested in joining this ministry please contact the chairperson or the church office at 916-737-7070.

Meeting Time & Location: This ministry meets quarterly on the 4th Saturday of each month at the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center (4036 14th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95820).  Contact the chairperson for the meeting time.  Meetings are intended to strategize and develop solutions to problems related to the first aid ministry.

Contacts(s):  Jackie Pruitt (Chairperson), Margaret Anderson (Co-Chairperson)

Pastor’s Intercessory Ministry

Program Description: The purpose of Pastor’s Intercessory Ministry is to pray for the Pastor and his assignments to the church.  The Pastor’s prayer team is an intercessory group assembled to aid the Pastor in his work by talking to God.

Ministry Benefits:  Participants will gain confidence in talking with God.  In addition, the Pastor’s intercessory team members often witness their numerous prayers answered.  Members learn how to pray according to Scripture, understanding God’s kingdom agenda, and how to walk by faith.

How to Join (volunteer): This ministry requires individuals who believe in prayer and are open to interceding on behalf of others.  If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact the ministry chairperson or contact the church office at 916-737-7070.

Meeting Time & Location:  Pastor’s Intercessory Prayer Ministry assembles each Sunday in the Pastor’s Conference Room at 9:50 am.  The Pastor’s Conference Room is located inside the church office.

Contact(s):  Wanda Brown (Chairperson), William Robinson Sr. (Co-Chairperson)

Information Booth Ministry

Program Description: The purpose of the Information Booth is to provide information to those who have questions about the church or its programs.  These greeters are often found stationed at the information booth which is located in the center of the church’s vestibule.

Ministry Benefits:  Participants get an opportunity to meet new members.  Additionally, they will learn more about the operation of the church and how to practice Christian hospitality.

How to Join (volunteer):  If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact the ministry chairperson or the church office at 916-737-7070.

Meeting Time & Location: This ministry meets quarterly at the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center (4036 14th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95820).  Chairpersons are responsible for coordinating meeting dates.

Contacts(s): Wanda Singer (Chairperson), Annie Spears (Co-Chairperson)

Hospitality Ministry

Program Description:  The purpose of the Hospitality Ministry is to greet visitors with warmth and dignity.  Hospitality workers are often stationed at the front doors greeting people and sharing pertinent information to attendees.

Ministry Benefits:  Participants will have an opportunity to meet new people.  Additionally, Hospitality Ministry members are given an opportunity to display Christian love through congeniality and courtesy.

How to Join:  This ministry requires individuals with great energy, warmth, and kindness. If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact the chairperson or the church office at 916-737-7070.

Meeting Time & Location:  The Hospitality ministry has a mandatory meeting on each 2nd Sunday immediately after church service in the wedding chapel or another assigned room.

Contact(s): Vonya Johnson (Chairperson),  Doris Wright (Co-Chairperson)

A Little Love 4 Your Soul

Program Description: The purpose of A Little Love 4 Your Soul is to provide temporary support to St. Paul members and their immediate families when there is no existing support structure available to them.  A Little Love 4 Your Soul provides a variety of service to families who need support services such as food, doctor visits, transportation, and a variety of other needs.

This ministry provides bereavement and telephone outreach, food assistance, and transportation assistance. Bereavement support is for families who have experienced loss.  Food assistance is for those in need of groceries.  Transportation assistance is also offered for visits to the doctor, lab, and pharmacist.  Lastly, the telephone outreach is an attempt to help reduce the feeling of isolationism.

Ministry Benefits:  Members, through their altruistic acts, experience satisfaction in helping others.  Participants learn how to serve God by serving people.

How to Participate:  If you are in need of services from a Little Love 4 Your Soul please contact the church office at 916-737-7070.

How to Join (volunteer):  This ministry seeks volunteers who are compassionate, friendly, cheerful, good listeners, servant minded, and love people.  If you possess these qualities, please contact the chairperson or the church office at 916-737-7070.

Meeting Time & Location:  Members meet 4 times a year to strategize and discuss methods to better serve God’s people.  Chairpersons are responsible for scheduling meetings.

Contact(s):  TBA (Chairperson), TBA (Co-Chairperson)

Married Couples Ministry

Program Description:  St. Paul Married Couples Ministry provides opportunities for married couples to fellowship through date nights, workshops, and field trips.  The goal is to nurture Christian marriages by developing programs and events that reinforce the marriage covenant.

Ministry Benefits: Participants will get an opportunity to meet other married couples.  In addition, couples will receive tools needed to strengthen their marriage.

How to Join (participant):  If you are interested in participating in Married Couple Ministry events please contact the chairpersons or call the church office at 916-737-7070.

How to Join (volunteer):  We are always in need of workers who have a desire to foster Biblical relationships.  This ministry needs individuals who are gifted in administration, event planning, facilitating small groups, and following up with members.

Meeting Time & Location:  The Married Couples Ministry is event based and meets at various times.  Currently there is a Married Couples’ Sunday School class that meet on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am at the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center.

Contact(s):  Lucius and Kathleen Williamson (Chairpersons), Bobby & April Patterson (Co-Chairpersons)

New Membership Ministry

Program Description:  The New Membership Ministry is the main source for providing encouragement, instruction, fellowship, and attention to all new members.  After completion of the curriculum, the desired outcome is for a new member to possess a firm Biblical foundation in regard to the basic doctrines of the Bible and to equip them for ministry.

A person who joins this ministry is given the opportunity to serve God and His people, to help others develop their relationship to God, to have purpose and to enrich their spiritual gifts, to cultivate leadership skills and to gain fellowship with other believers.

Ministry Benefits:  Participants will be exposed to the basic doctrines of the Christian faith.  In addition, they will get better acclimated to the church as well as other members.  Completing New Membership provides participants with eligibility to serve in leadership positions upon graduation.

How to Join (participant):  All potential new members must first attend the Pre-Membership class on Sunday mornings.  Individuals who want to attend Pre-Membership should report to New Membership at 8:45 am in the church fellowship hall. Instructors will direct individuals to the Pre-Membership class in the library. Pre-Membership classes start at 9:00 am.  Once an individual completes the Pre-Membership class, they will be enrolled in the full New Membership class on Sundays at 8:45 am in the church’s fellowship hall.

How to Join (volunteer):  If you desire to work in New Membership, please contact the ministry chairperson.  This ministry desires workers who love the Lord, have a heart for discipleship, possess administrative skills, and are patient as well as compassionate.

Meeting Time & Location:  New Membership class is held on Sunday from 9:00 am to 9:50 am.

Contact(s):

Sheryl Parker (Chairperson), Minister Greg Lawson (Co-Chairperson)

Pre-Membership Teachers

Freddie Burnett, Aprile Hicks and Thomas Dillard

Nursery Ministry

Program Description:  The goal of the Nursery Ministry is to provide a Christ centered safe, clean, happy, loving, and fun environment for children ages 0 to 3 years-old during Sunday morning worship and Wednesday night services.  Nursery services are also available during special events.

Ministry Benefits:  Children that participate in the Nursery Ministry can expect to learn more about Christ in a fun, loving, and safe environment.

Workers can expect to be spiritually fulfilled by serving God’s children.  They will also learn how to prepare Bible lessons for preschool children.

How to Join (participant):  If you would like to have your child participate in the Nursery Ministry please come to the Nursery which is located at the front of the church’s main campus facility.

How to Join (volunteer):  If you desire to work with our children please contact the ministry chairperson.  They are in need of workers who are patient and nurturing. Please note that all workers must submit to a background check.

Meeting Time & Location:  The Nursery is open from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon on Sunday mornings and from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Wednesday nights.  The Nursery room is within the church’s main campus facility.

Contact(s):  Shanine Coats (Chairperson),  Corinthia Irving (Co-Chairperson)

Pastor’s Appreciation Committee

Program Description:  The purpose of the Pastor’s Appreciation Committee is to organize and coordinate event planning and culinary services for Pastor’s annual recognition program.

Ministry Benefits:  This ministry provides volunteers with an opportunity to demonstrate their gratitude for the man of God in service at St. Paul.  In addition, volunteers are able to exercise their gift of hospitality.

How to Join (volunteer):  Pastor’s Appreciation Committee is looking for workers with good attitudes, administration skills, and gift of exhortation. Potential workers can contact the ministry chairperson or call the church office at 916-737-7070.

Meeting Time & Location:  Meetings are scheduled by the ministry chairpersons.

Contact(s):  Wanda Henderson (Chairperson), Doris Wilkerson (Co-Chairperson)

Praise Team

Program Description:  The purpose of the Praise Team is to lead the congregation in worship by leading the congregation in selected songs.  The Praise Team are a group of consecrated men and women of God, who desire to lift the name of God through worship music.

Ministry Benefits:  Praise team participants are encouraged to have a prayer life, study God’s word, and work on their gift of singing.  Team members spend personal time working on their worship music.

How to Join:  Participants must be tolerant, meek, possess the fruit of the Spirit and have a heart for worship.

There is no application process for this group.  Members are appointed by the Pastor.

Meeting Time & Location:  The Praise Team meets twice a month for one hour.  They meet on Tuesdays before the 1st Sunday and Friday before the 2nd Sunday.

Contact(s):  Loralene Hampton (Advisor), Brenda Holloway (Chairperson), Keisha Mathews (Co-Chairperson)

Prayer Ministry

Program Description:  The goal of the Prayer Ministry is to glorify God by encouraging continual prayer.  The Prayer Ministry meets every Wednesday prior to Bible Study in the main sanctuary.  During meetings program members are able to pray corporately with other saints.  Anonymous prayers are read and the prayer groups engage in intercessory prayer for other people.

Ministry Benefits:  Those who participate in prayer during this time will learn how to talk with God.  They will also gain confidence in praying in front of others.  Moreover, participants learn about the different types of prayers.

How to Join (participant):  The Prayer Ministry meets weekly and all are welcome to join.

How to Join (volunteer):  Prospective workers, who believe in the power of prayer, are able to encourage others, show mercy and hospitality, are welcome to join the team.

Meeting Time & Location:  The Prayer Ministry meets every Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm in the church’s sanctuary.

Contact(s):  Jerushua Eddy (Chairperson), Judy Miller (Co-Chairperson)

Prayer Room Counselors

Program Description:  The purpose of the Prayer Room Counselors is to share and explain the doctrine of salvation to new members.  Prayer Room Counselors are responsible for greeting new members, escorting them to the counseling rooms, and sharing the plan of salvation with the prospective member.  Counselors minister on Sunday mornings, Wednesday nights, and other special event programs at the church.

Ministry Benefits:  Counselors get an opportunity to share the plan of salvation in a controlled environment.  Additionally, counselors often learn more about how to share the word of God and Bible doctrines in a way that is easy to understand.

How to Join (volunteer): The Prayer Room Counselors ministry is looking for workers with a servant’s heart and a desire to share the gospel with love and boldness.  Individuals interested in joining the Prayer Room Counselors can contact the chairpersons or call the church office at 916-737-7070.

Meeting Time & Location:  Please contact ministry chairpersons for meeting time.

Contact(s):  Gary Lewis (Men’s Chairperson),  Sandi Harris (Women’s Chairperson), Jeremiah Williams (Men’s Assistant Coordinator), Sheryl Parker (Women’s Assistant Coordinator)

Recreation Ministry

Program Description:  The purpose of the Recreation Ministry is to create opportunities for St. Paul members to fellowship through sports.  The Recreation Ministry coordinates St. Paul’s softball, basketball, and bowling league.

Ministry Benefits:  This ministry promotes healthy habits, team work, and provides an opportunity to exercise while fellowshipping with other believers.

How to Join:  The Recreation Ministry is looking for workers who love the Lord and have a background in sports.  If you would like to help coordinate sport activities for the church, please contact the ministry chairperson.

Meeting Time & Location: Meeting times and locations vary.  Please contact the ministry chairperson for more information about joining or participating in any of the sponsored activities.

Contact(s):  William Terrell (Chairperson),  Louis Kemp (Co-Chairperson)

Scholarship Committee

Program Description: The purpose of the Scholarship Committee is to award college scholarships sponsored by St. Paul and the community.  Additionally, this ministry coordinates workshops for parents of college bound students dealing with financial aid, scholarships, grants, and other funding opportunities.  Scholarships are normally awarded on the 1st Sunday in June.

Ministry Benefits:  Team members experience joy by helping families find free financial assistance.  Also, members learn more about available scholarships within the church and from other subsidy sources.  Additionally, members get the opportunity to meet and assist other St. Paul members.

How to Join (participant):  Parents and students who have inquiries about scholarships should contact the ministry chairperson.

How to Join (volunteer): The Scholarship Ministry seeks workers who have a passion for youth and higher learning.  Workers must exemplify patience and have experience in the educational system.

Meeting Time & Location:   This ministry meets on specific Thursday evenings at the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center (4036 14th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95820).  Please contact the ministry chairpersons for questions about meeting dates and times.

Contact(s): Gerald Ellis (Chairperson), Lynn Cain (Co-Chairperson)

Security Ministry

Program Description:  The purpose of the security ministry is to ensure that St. Paul’s campus is a safe environment for its members and the community.  The primary goal is to serve as deterrent to crime through physical presence.  This ministry performs surveillance of the church campus by walking around the perimeter during church sponsored events and DEW Family Life Center hours of operation.

Ministry Benefits:  Participants help to create a safe environment on the church’s campus.

How to Join (volunteers):  Individuals interested in joining the Security Ministry should contact the ministry chairpersons.

Meeting Time & Location:  The Security Ministry meets every 1st Saturday of the month at 9:00 am in the Family Life Center (4036 14th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95820).

Contact(s): TBA (Chairperson),  Dorothy Smith (Co-Chairperson)

St. Paul Seniors and Retirees Ministry

Program Description:  The Seniors and Retirees Ministry exists to bring together seniors and retirees monthly for Bible Study in a Christian environment.  The Seniors and Retirees also plan trips throughout the year.  They have gone to Florida, New Orleans, and other parts of the United States.  Members also support one another through home visitation.  This ministry also distributes information that is related to senior living and well-being.

Ministry Benefits:  Members will get an opportunity to meet other seniors who are living for the Lord.  Also, participants meet new friends and get an opportunity to travel with like-minded saints.

How to Join (participant):  Interested persons should contact the ministry chairpersons.

How to Join (volunteer):  This ministry is looking for workers who are faithful, dependable, and have the patience to work with our seniors and retirees.  Please contact the ministry chairperson for any inquiries.

Meeting Time & Location:  Meetings are held monthly on the first Wednesday after the first Sunday.  Please contact the chairperson for meeting locations.

Contact(s):  Kathleen Kennedy (Chairperson),  Joan James (Co-Chairperson)

Ushers’ Ministry

Program Description:  The purpose of the Ushers’ Ministry is to demonstrate hospitality towards members and visitors.  The ushers serve a very prominent role at the church.  Ushers are of the first members that visitors meet when they enter the doors of the church.  Ushers aid worshippers in finding a seat, supplying them with fans and handouts, responding to emergencies, and providing parishioners with general information.

Ushers also have an annual day which highlights the work of the ministry, goals, and objectives.  The Ushers’ Ministry is composed of four groups which share assignments monthly based on their rotation.  The Junior Ushers (ages 7 to 12), Youth Ushers (ages 13-21), Young Adults Ushers (ages 21-35), and Adult Ushers (35+) compose the Ushers Ministry at St. Paul.

Ministry Benefits:  The Ushers’ Ministry allows participants to serve God’s people.  Additionally, ushers learn about the church facility, ministries, and programs.  Ushers also learn how to have an active prayer life, and have the opportunity to meet other Christians who also have a desire for service.

How to Join (volunteer):  There is room available on each of the usher groups for new volunteers.  Prospective ushers must be congenial and receptive to all people.  If you are interested in becoming an usher, please contact the ministry chairperson.

Meeting Time & Location: Ushers practice every 3rd Saturday at 10:30 am in the sanctuary.

Contact(s):  Valerie Johnson (Chairperson),  Marvin Sloan (Co-Chairperson)

Wedding Coordinators

Program Description:  St. Paul’s Wedding Coordinators help couples in planning their wedding at St. Paul.  They meet with couples and walk them through what the church is able to provide for their wedding event.

Ministry Benefits:  There is a joy that comes from being part of someone’s special day.  Wedding Coordinators experience a sense of satisfaction and gratitude in helping couples have a pleasurable wedding experience.

How to Join:  If you are interested in becoming a wedding coordinator please contact the ministry chairperson.

Meeting Time & Location:  Please contact the ministry chairperson for time and location of meetings.

Contact(s):  Vickie Kelley (Chairperson), Darice Barefield (Co-Chairperson)


St. Paul Male Chorus

Program Description:  The purpose of the St. Paul’s Male Chorus is to lift the name of Christ through music.

Ministry Benefits: Participants will learn more about the word of God, vocal training, time management, public speaking, and music composition.  Men will also get an opportunity to bond with other like-minded men. Furthermore, the Male Chorus is a great environment to meet other Christians who have a common interest in lifting the name of Christ through music.  The Male Chorus sings on the 3rd Sunday of each month.

How to Join (participant): In order to join the Male Chorus, you must be a member.  Potential members should attend rehearsal.  If you would like to join the Male Chorus please contact the chairpersons or the music director.

Meeting Time & Location:  The Male Chorus meets on the Tuesday after the 1st and 2nd Sunday of each month in the church’s sanctuary.

Contact(s):  Lynn Diggs (President),  William Robinson, Jr. (Vice President)

Men’s Ministry

Program Description:  The purpose of the Men’s Ministry is to teach, train, and disciple men for Christ through fellowship, Bible study, leadership training, retreats, workshops, and worship services.

All men are invited to sign up for a small accountability group.

Ministry Benefits:  Men will get an opportunity to meet other men who are striving to live for Christ.  In addition, men are able to be honest and share their struggles in an intimate atmosphere.  Through the Men’s Ministry participants learn how to be spiritual leaders, fathers, husbands, uncles, nephews, boyfriends, and priests.

How to Join (participants):  Men interested in becoming part of the Men’s Ministry should contact the chairpersons or the church office at 916-737-7070

Meeting Time & Location:  St. Paul’s men assemble on the 1st Saturday mornings of each month at 8:00 am at the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center (4036 14th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95820).

Contact(s):  Michael Mitchell (Chairperson), Chris Page (Co-Chairperson)

Young Ambassadors for Christ

Program Description:  The Young Ambassadors for Christ is a Bible Study designed for young men (ages 18-35).  Each session is intended to provide practical, Bible based principles that relates to young men thirsting after God.  In addition, the Young Ambassadors for Christ group is a forum for men to share their earnest thoughts and desires without condemnation.

All young men from ages 18 to 35 are invited to participate in this dynamic bible study.

Ministry Benefits:  Young men will learn how to study the Bible, become better husbands and boyfriends, budget their finances, and live out the tenets of the Scripture with boldness.

How to Join (participants):  Any young man interested in joining this group should contact the church office or the ministry chairperson.

Meeting Time & Location:  The Young Ambassadors for Christ currently meet on Wednesday night from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Contact(s):  Minister Ernest Polk (Chairperson), TBA (Co-Chairperson)


Minister’s Wives
Program Description:  The goal of the Minister’s Wives is to support their husbands in fulfillment of their divine calling to share the good news.  Minister’s Wives help serve communion, mentor young ladies, assist with baptism, make phone calls to members, teach Bible study, pray for others, visit the sick, and are assigned other tasks by the Pastor.

Ministry Benefits:  The women in this spiritual sorority get an opportunity to bond with other women whose husbands are ministers.  In addition, this ministry allows the participants to disciple other women.  An opportunity is given to each participant to share their unique gifts to the rest of the group as well as the church.

How to Join:  Only women whose husbands are called in to the ministry can participate in the Minister’s Wives.  All potential Ministers’ Wives must meet with the Pastor before joining the group.

Meeting Time & Location: This group meets on various dates at the home of a designated minister’s wife.

Contact(s):  TBA (Chairperson), Deborah Williams (Co-Chairperson)

Mother’s Board

Program Description
:  The Mothers’ Board is composed of senior women of the church.  The purpose of this group is to aid the Pastor in imparting wisdom and life skills to the younger women of the church.

Ministry Benefits:  The ladies who are part of this group feel a sense of gratitude when they are able to disciple others.  In addition, each Mother is able to grow closer to God through this discipleship opportunity.

How to Join:  This position is appointed by the Pastor and there is no application process.

Meeting Time & Location:  The Mother’s Board meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month in the Wedding Chapel of the church (3996 14th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95820)

Contact(s):  Rosemary Marshall (Chairperson), Sherry Baccus (Co-Chairperson)

Women’s Intercessory Prayer Group

Program Description
:  The purpose the Women’s Intercessory Prayer Group is to provide care for the Pastor, his family, and the church.  Every Sunday, this ministry prays for the Pastor regarding specific and general issues.

Ministry Benefits:  Participants are able to personally witness the benefits of prayer and are able to see, in a tangible sense, what God can do through prayer.

How to Join (volunteer):  Individuals interested in joining must believe in prayer and its power. They must also have a love for people, and possess a spirit of humility.  If a person desires to join this group, they can contact the ministry chairperson at 916-737-7070.

Meeting Time & Location:  The Women’s Intercessory Prayer Group assembles each Sunday at 9:50 am in the church’s conference room prior to worship service.

Contact(s):  Wanda Brown (Chairperson)

Women’s Ministry

Program Description
:  St. Paul’s Women Ministry consists of all women who are members of the church.  The goal of the ministry is to ensure that every female member have the necessary resources to grow in Christ.

Ministry Benefits:  Each woman can learn more about God and His word through scheduled Bible studies, Small Accountability Groups, Women’s Retreat, Women’s Breakfast and ministry opportunities.

How to Join (participant):  All St. Paul women are automatically a part of the Women’s Ministry.

How to Join (volunteer): If you are interested in serving other women at the church please contact the ministry chairperson.

Meeting Time & Location:  There are various times and locations for our women centered ministries. Please contact the chairpersons for specific dates and times.

Contact(s):  Letitia Earl (Chairperson),  Gloria O’Neal (Co-Chairperson)

Women’s Steering Committee

Program Description
:  The goal of the Women’s Steering Committee is to serve women by assisting them with their spiritual growth.

Ministry Benefits:  Women who work on the steering committee gain a stronger relationship with Christ.  Additionally, participants gain a sense of sisterhood from working together in ministry.  Also, this ministry provides an opportunity for women to disciple other women for Christ.

How to Join (participant):  If you are interested in participating in a women’s ministry event please contact the chairpersons.

How to Join (volunteer): If you are interested in joining the Women’s Steering Committee please contact the chairperson.

Meeting Time & Location:  The Women’s Steering Committee meets quarterly. Contact the chairperson for meeting times and locations.

Contact(s):  Letitia Earl (Chairperson),  Gloria O’Neal (Co-Chairperson)


Academic Enrichment Center

Program Description:  The Academic Enrichment Center (AEC) was originally called the St. Paul Oak Park Community Outreach.  The Ministry provides small group and one-on-one tutoring to students (kindergarten through 12th grade).  Students are provided with individualized academic support in all subject areas.

Ministry Benefits:  Students who participate in AEC are able to better understand and accomplish their learning goals.  In addition, students acquire the skills needed to become better test takers.

How to Join (participant):  If a student is in need of academic support, come to the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center on Tuesdays for assistance.

How to Join (volunteer):  If you are interested in assisting us with tutoring students, please contact the church office at 916-737-7070 or e-mail the ministry Chairperson.  Please note that all applicants must submit to a background check.

Meeting Time & Location:  AEC meets every Tuesday at the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center (4036 14th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95820).

Contact(s):  Toni Coleman (Chairperson), Doris Griffin (Co-Chairperson)

ALERT

Program Description:  Awareness, Leadership, Education, Respect, & Teamwork (ALERT)

Ministry Benefits:  The ALERT program is a ministry dedicated to teaching young girls (ages 5 to 12).  ALERT disciples young girls in the essential life skills needed to live a fulfilling life.  Girls are taught how to live their lives as Godly young ladies based on practical examples from the Bible.

How to Join (participant):  Girls (ages 5-12) interested in joining ALERT come on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm.

How to Join (volunteer):  If you are interested in working with our girls, please contact the church office at 916-737-7070 or e-mail the ministry Chairperson.  We are looking for women who have a Godly passion for mentoring children. Please note that all applicants must submit to a background check.

Meeting Time & Location:  ALERT girls meet every Wednesday from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  Children have general assembly at 6:45 pm in the church’s fellowship hall (3996 14th avenue, Sacramento, CA 95820).

Contact(s):  Estelle Giles (Chairperson), Annette Herring (Co-Chairperson)

Children & Youth Reading Ministry

Program Description:  The purpose of this ministry is to promote strategic and extensive reading beyond the classroom environment.  Additionally, this ministry encourages families to read interactively with their children.  Children who participate in the Reading Ministry read books and submit written reflections for review.  Participants are often recognized in front of the church for their accomplishments on the 4th Sundays.

Ministry Benefits:  Students (grades K-12) are provided with structured opportunities to become better readers.  Additionally, participants gain confidence in their ability to apply strategies and techniques to comprehend text with automaticity.  Students also learn to sharpen their literacy skills and develop high-level critical and analytical thinking skills.

How to Join (participant):  Parents who have an interest in their child or youth joining the Reading Ministry are asked to contact the chairperson.

How to Join (volunteer):  Individuals interested in assisting the Reading Ministry must have a passion for children and youth.  Additionally, they must have an intimate understanding of critical analysis, Biblical interpretation, and literary text.  There are no standard meeting dates for this ministry.  The chairperson contacts   volunteers when there is a need to meet.

Meeting Time & Location:  There are established meeting times associated with this ministry.  Ministry events and workshops are announced in the church bulletin. Students read independently and submit written reflections when completed to a ministry volunteer, the ministry mailbox, or online at .

Contact(s): Kimberly Ashcraft (Chairperson), Andrea Hughes (Co-Chairperson)

Children’s Church

Program Description: St. Paul’s Children Church is designed to enrich the lives of the children and parents who participate.  Children (grades K-6th) will experience spiritual growth through praise, worship and interactive services.  Children who participate learn Bible verses, participate in skits, sing, pray, and engage in Christian education studies.  Children’s Church occurs at the same time as adult worship service (10:00 am-12:00 noon).  Children are also provided with healthy snacks.

Ministry Benefits:  Children and parents who participate in Children’s Church experience spiritual growth and enlightenment.   Children are exposed to Bible-based activities and parents are provided with newsletters to educate them about healthy parenting and current events for all Children’s ministries.

How to Join (participant):  Children may participate in Children’s Church with parents  sign-in at the desk located in front of the vestibule.  Workers are positioned on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sundays to sign-in children.

How to Join (volunteer): Children’s Church is always looking for passionate, spiritual, spirit-filled workers.  Those who desire to work with our children must be patient, committed, punctual, trustworthy, flexible, and able to engage children.  If you are interested in signing up to work in Children’s Church, please contact the church office at 916-737-7070 or the ministry chairperson.  Please note that all potential workers must submit to a background check.

Meeting Time & Location:  Children’s Church meets every 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sunday from 10:00am to 12 noon.

Contact(s): Cheryl Brooks (Chairperson), Deborah Grey (Co-Chairperson)

Little Workers Guild

Program Description: The Little Workers Guild is the children’s choir (grades pre-K-6).  The purpose of this choir is to share the good news of Jesus Christ through music.  They sing on every 4th Sundays as well as for special church events.

Ministry Benefits: Participants will learn more about the word of God, vocal training, time management, public speaking, and music composition.  Children gain boldness and confidence in speaking and singing in front of people.  In addition, participants are able to fellowship with other Godly children.  Children also learn correct singing posture, scales, principles based on the Scriptures, and how to share their faith with others.

How to Join (participant): All prospective children should attend choir rehearsal.  Parents can also contact the chairperson or the church office at 916-737-7070.

How to Join (volunteer):  The Little Workers Guild is in need of workers who love the Lord and His children.  Workers must be patient, gentle, and appreciate the significance of gospel music.  Participants who volunteer must be in good standing with the church and are active in Bible study.  We require all potential workers to submit to a background check.

Meeting Time & Location:  The Little Worker’s Guild rehearses on the Saturday before the 4th Sunday at 11:30 am in the church’s sanctuary.

Contact(s): Evelyn Kennedy (Chairperson), Helen Vann (Co-Chairperson)

St. Paul’s Mathematics Ministry

Program Description:  St. Paul’s Mathematics Ministry is part of our tutoring program.   The goal of this ministry is to promote mathematics through personal tutelage.

Ministry Benefits:  Students who participate in this ministry gain confidence in Mathematics as a discipline.  In addition, participants will learn and practice skills needed to achieve success on standardized tests.

How to Join:  Students who are need of Math tutoring can contact the chairperson.

How to Join as a Volunteer:  If you have a desire to assist this ministry, please contact the chairperson or call the church office at 916-737-7070.  All tutors must submit to a background check.

Meeting Time & Location:  This ministry has no set time and date.  If you need tutoring assistance please contact the chairperson.

Contact(s):  Maria Herndon (Chairperson)

Manhood Development

Program Description: The Manhood Development program was created to help boys develop into men through Bible study and life skills principles that are based on Biblical principles.   The boys are mentored by Godly men.  Additionally, the boys participate in community service projects to teach them civic responsibility.

Ministry Benefits:  Boys will learn life skills lessons such as proper attire, appropriate hygiene, good manners, and how to manage finances.  Participants will learn about their unique purpose in God’s plan.

How to Join (participant):  Parents can bring their boys on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm or contact the ministry chairpersons.

How to Join (volunteer):  If you are a man in good standing at St. Paul, love to disciple young men, and are seasoned in the word of God, please contact the ministry chairperson.  All Manhood Development workers must submit to background checks.

Meeting Time & Location:  This ministry meets every Wednesday from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  Children have general assembly at 6:45 pm in the church’s fellowship hall (3996 14th avenue, Sacramento, CA 95820).

Contact(s):  Amos Holts, Jr. (Chairperson), Marjahni Jackson (Co-Chairperson)

Youth Choir

Program Description:  The goal of the Youth Choir is to spread the message of the gospel through singing for youth (grades 7-12).  St. Paul’s youth are invited to share their gift of singing by participating in this choir.  Participants are trained on singing, music composition, and singing along with others as one voice.  The Youth Choir sings every 4th Sunday of the month.

Ministry Benefits:  Participating youth gain confidence in their voice, are able to meet other teens who are serving the Lord, and gain boldness in their faith.  In addition, the Youth Choir fosters spiritual growth and appreciation for God’s word through classical and contemporary gospel music.

How to Join (participant):  If you are interested in joining please contact the ministry chairperson.  Youth can also attend choir rehearsals to join.

How to Join (volunteer):  The Youth Choir is looking for workers who love the youth, are able to commit to rehearsal dates, interested in grooming Godly teens, and appreciate different styles of gospel music.

Meeting Time & Location:  Choir rehearsals are scheduled Wednesday evenings before the 3rd and 4th Sundays of each month (see Music Ministry calendar).  Additional rehearsal dates are communicated to youth and parents via e-mail, Facebook, and phone calls.

Contact(s):  Anthony Kennedy (President), TBA (Vice President), Kim Black (Supervisor), Eddy Kennedy (Assistant Supervisor)

Sunday School

Program Description:  The purpose of the Sunday School department is to provide curriculum, and training in the area of Christian Education.  The Sunday School classes are intended to train and edify the church in sound doctrine.  There are a variety of classes designed to meet the needs of all ages (nursery-seniors).  Teachers are trained in the ministry teaching of Christ and are knowledgeable about the word of God.

Ministry Benefits:  Sunday School workers and teachers grow spiritually.  They also are used by God to help train His people.  Furthermore, workers receive additional training in teaching, administration, doctrine, and Bible study.

How to Join (participant): Sunday School is every Sunday from 9:00 am to 9:50 am.  New members may attend class and get registered.

How to Join (volunteer): If you have a desire to learn and serve God’s people please contact the Sunday School superintendent.  Please note that all teachers must be graduates of our New Membership program.

Meeting Time & Location:  Sunday School classes are located across  the entire St. Paul church campus.  Location varies based on age, gender, and marital status. Contact the General or Assistant Superintendent for your meeting location.

General Superintendent

Carl Brown

Assistant Superintendent

Walter Davis

Children’s Department Superintendents

Debbie Wilson, Barbara Jenkins, Stanley Rucker, Darice Shelton

Youth Department

Mary Knight Johnson

Adult Department

Dennis Weaver, Reggie Kennedy, Sherry Davis

Outreach Coordinator

Patsy Green

Vacation Bible School

Program Description:  The purpose of the Vacation Bible School is to provide a fun, spiritual, and educational program for children during the summer time.  Vacation Bible School is a 4-day event that introduces and reaffirms the tenets of the Bible through singing, recitation, classroom teaching, skits, and a variety of other methods.

Vacation Bible School is open to children of all ages.  Teens (ages 13 to 17) have a separate program at the Family Life Center during the week of Vacation Bible School.

Ministry Benefits:  Children can expect to learn about the gospel and salvation in a fun and educational format.  Workers can expect to feel a sense of humility and joy from seeing children grow and learn from the word of God.

How to Join (participant):  If you wish to have your child participate in the next Vacation Bible School please contact the chairperson.

How to Join (volunteer): Vacation Bible School workers must have passion to teach and demonstrate the love of Jesus.  If you have that desire, we invite you to contact the ministry chairperson or the church office at 916-737-7070.

Meeting Time & Location:  Vacation Bible School is located in the church’s Fellowship Hall.  The youth program is held at the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center.

Contact(s):

Sis. Evelyn Kennedy (Advisor)

Tammy Terrell (Director), Rhonda Henderson (Principal), Bill Jenkins (Assistant Principal)

Teen Ambassadors for Christ

Program Description:  Teen Ambassadors for Christ (TAFC) is the ministry for our teens (ages 13-17).  TAFC create opportunities for Christian youth to learn more about the Bible through classroom sessions and fellowships.

Ministry Benefits:  Youth that participate in TAFC get a chance to meet other youth striving to live for the Lord.  In addition, teaching and learning about Christ, the church, and the Bible are the basis of all ministry activities.

How to Join (participate):  All youth are welcome to participate in TAFC activities.  If a youth desire to participate in a TAFC activity you are welcome to attend.

How to Join (volunteer):  If you would like to be a youth volunteer please contact the Staff Minister.  Please note that all potential youth volunteers must be interviewed by the Staff Minister and submit to a background check.

Meeting Time & Location:  TAFC have Bible studies on Wednesday nights, Sunday School on Sunday mornings, worship service on 2nd Sunday of the month, and several activities on the calendar.  Please contact the ministry chairpersons for any inquiries concerning dates and times.

Contact(s):  Gary Lewis (Chairperson), Gianna Lewis (Co-Chairperson)


911 Ministry

Program Description: The 911 Ministry was created to aid those co-dependents who are trying to help their loved one(s) overcome addictions.  Additionally, their primary goal is to facilitate group members as they learn how to set healthy boundaries as prescribed by the Bible.

The atmosphere is safe and all dialogues are kept confidential.

Ministry Benefits:  Those who participate in the 911 Ministry will learn how to set healthy boundaries, create healthy relationships, and interact with individuals in their lives who are struggling with addictions.

How to Join (participant):  All that is required to join the 911 program is an open heart and a desire to learn.  Prospective members come to the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center on Mondays at 7:00 pm. .

How to Join (volunteer):  We are currently in need of additional workers.  If you have background in clinical psychology or experience in aiding those with addictions please contact the church office at 916-737-7070 or e-mail the ministry Chairperson.

Meeting Time & Location:  The 911 Ministry and the New Joy Ministry meet at the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center every Monday from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Contact(s):  Ron Marshall, Sr. (Chairperson), Minister Michael Wright (Co-Chairperson)

Food Service for Bereaved Families Ministry

Program Description:  The Bereavement Ministry offers spiritual and physical support to St. Paul families in mourning.  Members who experience the loss of a loved one are contacted by the Bereavement Ministry.  This ministry prepares food for the repast to be held at a designated home or the church.

Ministry Benefits:  This ministry provides support to those who are grieving by preparing food to sustain the family during their season of loss.

How to Join (volunteer):  Individuals interested in joining this ministry must complete St. Paul’s New Membership.  A volunteer must also have a warm attitude, be able to follow instructions, and be willing to provide encouragement to those experiencing grief.  For those interested in joining please contact the church office at 916-737-7070 or e-mail the chairperson.

Meeting Time & Location:  This ministry meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at the church (3996 14th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95820).  The meeting time is 5:30 pm.

Contact(s):  Deacon Bobby Barefield (Chairperson), TBD (Co-Chairperson)

People to People Ministry

Program Description:  Clothing Give Away is a ministry dedicated to sharing the good news of Jesus Christ through benevolence.  This ministry collects, cleans, and assembles apparel for monthly distribution.  The dissemination of the apparel is a display of charity.  Moreover, through this ministry workers are able to share Christ with those who normally may not come to the church edifice. Workers also meet on Wednesdays and Fridays to sort clothes.

Ministry Benefits:  All workers are given an opportunity to serve those who are less fortunate.  In addition, workers are able to fulfill the great commission by sharing the gospel to visitors.

How to Participate:  Apparel is distributed on every 2nd Saturday of the month.

How to Join (volunteer):  Individuals who desire to join this ministry must a passion for witnessing and an attitude of compassion for the downtrodden.

Meeting Time & Location:  Every 2nd Saturday from 10:00 am to Noon at the Annex (4020 12th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95817)

Contacts(s): Brenda Cager (Chairperson) Edna Galbaldon (Co-Chairperson)

Convalescent Ministry

Program Description:  The Convalescent Ministry visits the sick and shut in at various facilities.  The goal of the Convalescent Ministry is to practice Christian love by visiting those who are confined.

Ministry Benefits: Those who participate in this ministry are given an opportunity to share the gospel.

How to Join (volunteer):  If you are interested in joining the Convalescent Ministry please contact the chairperson or the church office at 916-737-7070.

Meeting Time & Location: The Convalescent Ministry meets every 4th Saturday at 10:00 am. Locations vary by meeting date and are predetermined by the chairpersons.

Contacts (s):  Minister Ron Clark (Chairperson), Reginald Kennedy (Co-Chairperson)

Evangelism Ministry

Program Description: The purpose of the Evangelism Ministry is to provide opportunities for church members to get training in the area of evangelism.  Additionally, this ministry is responsible for scheduling evangelism workshops and outreach events.

Ministry Benefits:  This ministry provides mentoring and practical experience in the sharing of our faith.  Participants grow closer to God and gain boldness in the proclamation of the gospel.  In addition, members are exposed to the major doctrines associated with classical theism.

How to Join: If you are interested in joining this ministry please contact the ministry chairperson or the church office at 916-737-7070.

Meeting Time & Location:  Meetings are pre-determined by the ministry chairpersons.  Chairpersons are responsible for contacting members with meeting times, dates, and location.

Contact(s):  Roy Mathews (Chairperson),  Braxton Sheehy (Co-Chairperson)

New Joy Ministry

Program Description:  The New Joy Ministry is a Bible Based addiction recovery program.  The goal is to treat member’s addictions through anecdotes based on Biblical principles.  It is designed to assist those dealing with addictive habits by pointing them to Christ.  Facilitators also use the book “The Twelve Steps, A Spiritual Journey: A Working Guide for Healing Damaged Emotions.”

Ministry Benefits:  Participants become part of a loving community interested in their deliverance.  In addition, all dialogue is kept confidential.

How to Join (participant):  Individuals interested in participating in New Joy can attend the next session (each Monday at 7:00 pm in the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center)

How to Join (volunteer):  If you are interested in working and assisting the New Joy workers please contact the ministry chairperson.  They are looking for workers who have a passion for serving others, spiritually mature, and are able to uphold the confidentiality clause.

Meeting Time & Location:  New Joy meets each Monday at 7:00 pm in the Dr. Ephraim Williams Family Life Center (4036 14th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95820) in room 201.

Contact(s):  Ron Marshall, Sr. (Chairperson), Minister Michael Wright (Co-Chairperson)

St. Paul Transportation Ministry

Program Description:  The Bus Ministry is a service offered by the church to provide members, without transportation, a ride to church.  Drivers provide transportation for Sunday School, children and youth field trips, senior field trips, church conferences, and other scheduled events as specified by the church.

Ministry Benefits:  Workers can fulfill the good neighbor mandate by helping those who have a need.  Additionally, drivers form a bond with the riders.   Drivers see this ministry as a privilege because they are carrying precious cargo, God’s children.  This is another great opportunity to share the gospel.

How to Join (volunteers):  Prospective drivers require a class B license with passenger endorsement.  All drivers must have taken and passed the class B driver’s license examination.  Additionally, drivers must possess a spiritual compassion for the passengers and their needs.

Please contact the ministry chairperson if you are interested in joining this ministry.

Meeting Time & Location: Ministry members communicate via e-mail.

Contact(s):  Eugene Keitt (Chairperson), TBD (Co-Chairperson)


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