Bishop Arthur C. Naylor, Senior Pastor
First Lady Barbara Naylor
The Reverend Dr. Arthur C. Naylor was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey and grew up in Newark, New Jersey. He is happily married to Barbara Naylor and has 6 children, 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He learned of salvation and was baptized in Jesus Name under Elder Davis in the year 1980 and later under the leadership of Pastor Calvin Enlow of New Destiny Family Center in Highland Park, New Jersey.
Dr. Naylor holds an Associate of Social Science Degree from Mercer County College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Christian Leadership from Philadelphia Biblical University, and a Doctor of Divinity from Saint Thomas Christian College: a religious scholar of standing and distinction. He is also an International Chaplain as well as a licensed mediator and member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).
Dr. Arthur Naylor is the founder and Senior Pastor of the First Pentecostal Prayer of Faith Church established April 24, 1988. The church has evolved into a multicultural congregation in Hamilton Square, New Jersey now residing in Lambertville, New Jersey. The work started in Trenton, New Jersey and flourished into a powerful church with over 600 members from various racial and socioeconomic statuses. He has been a Pastor for 23 years and has started 4 churches, with the newest location in Newark, New Jersey. Throughout the years of growth and transition from one location to the next, he has always remained focused on evangelism and reaching our lost world.
With a commitment to evangelism and obedience to the Lord, he has acquired the ability to be an effective pastor, leader and administrator in a church where there has been tremendous growth. Dr. Naylor envisioned an increase in ministry and expanded services to the community as a result of early church growth. As the Lord led, he shared the gospel of Jesus by doing as many as three to four home bible studies per week.
He developed a sincere love for the Word of God early in his Christian journey and felt that he wanted nothing more than to be obedient to Christ and to share the good news as much and as often as possible. This principle has followed him throughout his ministry as he spread the gospel in several other countries and continents: Ethiopia, Liberia, Canada, Philippines, Israel and Europe.
Dr. Naylor is the Superintendent of the New Jersey Metro District of the United Pentecostal Church International, Inc. His years of service have included District Home Missions Director, District Presbyter and currently District Home Missions Director, District Presbyter and District Superintendent.
Prior to accepting the Lord's call into ministry, Dr. Naylor was a successful computer programmer and entrepreneur. He is the epitome of the cliché God uses ordinary people for extraordinary purposes". His life story is one of tragedy to triumph and poverty to prosperity. Through these life experiences, God prepared and equipped him with the skills and leadership abilities that are necessary to shepherd his flock.
In spite of his numerous credentials, Dr. Naylor is a humble, praying man of God, who makes himself available to everyone. Those who have had the opportunity to talk with him leave the conversation having felt his warmth, compassion and genuine love for people. He spends countless hours counseling, encouraging and teaching both lay persons and pastors.
His timely arrival to the kingdom of God and his obedience to His Word, brings to the First Pentecostal Prayer of Faith Church family many answered prayers. Dr. Naylor’s ministry has been characterized as challenging the congregation to be a living witness for Jesus Christ and to deepen their own personal relationship with their Lord and Savior.
Dr. Naylor’s personal faith goal is to "work hard to model discipleship of Jesus as best as I am able through my prayer life and study of the scriptures”. If one were to ask his wife how he finds the time, strength and energy to accomplish all that has been assigned to him as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, friend and pastor, her response would be: "The joy of the Lord is his strength".
Miniter Ruben Christie
Wife, Melissa Christie
Minister Christie settled in NJ in early 1994 after accepting a position out of college with General Electric. In a search for a church home, he looked through a "special Sunday issue" of the newspaper featuring all churches / denominations in the Mercer County area. After visiting a few on the list under the Pentecostal heading, he visited FPPF on East State Street where the power of God was electrifying from the pulpit to the pews. He was baptized in Jesus name on July 15, 1994 prior to taking a business assignment overseas in China.
While away on assignment, he decided to marry his college sweetheart Melissa who had recently relocated to NJ to join GE as well. They married on October 14, 1995 in Hamilton, NJ by Pastor Naylor and have been faithful servants in the ministry ever since. Over the years, Minister Christie has held key leadership positions such as Youth Ministry Leader, Sunday School Director, Men's Ministry Coordinator, and most recently Singles' Ministry Leader. Minister Christie has been a Sunday School teacher for over 10 years and has taught every age group from beginners to young adult. His passion is to teach the complex in simple terms.
The Christie's currently reside in Pennsylvania and have three children; Amaya, Ruben Jr. and Preston.
Minister Kendall Henrick
Wife, Sonia Hendrick
Minister Hendrick, graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University and current member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society of New Jersey was baptized into the Body of Christ and the First Pentecostal Prayer of Faith Church Family December 19, 1993. The first active role he had in the ministry was being a Sunday School Teacher. He counted it a great honor to be asked by Dr. Naylor to teach. Shortly after his conversion, his girlfriend at the time followed him and was baptized as well. Her support and behind the scene service she renders to others has been a personal inspiration to him. They currently celebrate 14 years of marriage, and have been blessed with three daughters Imani, Azariah and Kendalyn.
Since his membership, he has served such rolls as: Sunday School Assistant Superintendent, Evangelism Team Coordinator, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, Campus Ministry Coordinator and Bible Quiz Director. However, long before he served in these roles he was a dedicated saint driven by teaching bible studies and evangelism. He remembers clearly the times he pulled out his chart in homes, parks, corporate conference rooms and even street corners. One of his favorite passages was from Paul as he encouraged Timothy to "Fight the Good Fight of Faith, do the work of an Evangelist making full proof of the ministry.” He encourages all to stand fast in these final hours, and support and pray for the ministry along with the Pastor his wife and family.
Minister Alameen A. Spells, born on September 25, 1979 in the living room of a loving home in South Jamaica, Queens, New York to George T. Spells and the late Carolyn J. Spells. Being raised in a Christian home, Minister Spells received the baptism of the Holy Ghost at the tender age of 5 years old.
Minister Spells was educated in the New York public school system graduating from the Springfield Gardens High School and furthering his education receiving an Associates Degree from Nassau Community College majoring in Mortuary Science. After obtaining his degree and completing a state required apprenticeship he is now a licensed Funeral Director in the State of New York and is in the process of being licensed in the State of Pennsylvania.
Being reared in the apostolic faith and taught the fear of the Lord, he heard the voice of God calling him into ministry at the age of 9 years old. Accepting the Lord's call he was appointed a minister at the age of 14, in the year 1994. He was later ordained a licensed minister in 2001. In 2006 he was licensed by UPCI and the New Jersey Metro district under the Leadership of his Pastor, Bishop Arthur C. Naylor.
God saw it was fitting for him to relocate to New Jersey. Now being a member of the First Pentecostal Prayer of Faith Church it is counted as an honor to work under the leadership of Bishop Naylor and Sis. Naylor. Minister Spells serves as an altar care worker, youth leader, member of the men's choir, transportation ministry, drama ministry, and an ordained minister. We are serving God looking forward to see revival in this latter day as we await the return of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Minister Warren White
Wife, Belinda White
Minister Warren W. White was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. His country roots go back to South Hill, Virginia, and he is thankful to God for his loving and nurturing parents.
With a burning desire to serve the Lord, in July 2004, he was baptized and later received the Holy Ghost in August 2005 at First Pentecostal Prayer of Faith of Church under the leadership of Bishop Arthur C. Naylor. His is a first generation Apostolic Pentecostal.
He met Sis. Belinda A. Bellamy and was married in June 2005. She is the bone of his bone, flesh of his flesh. She being a woman of God, has always been very instrumental in encouraging him to follow the plan God had for his life, not his own will.
Minister White not only excels educationally, but spiritually as he aspires to obtain a much higher level in God's knowledge and service in the Kingdom. He likes this saying, "Being humble is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less."
Minister White is presently the Director of Security and Van Ministries. He is a highly regarded servant with a humble spirit. He also serves in the Men's Chorus, Altar Care, Assistant living home servant, and Evangelism Team. He has a love and passion for teaching home Bible studies. "It saved me and I believe I must pass it forward as long as the Lord sees fit to continue to give me breath and words to speak."
He is very instrumental in re-directing the youth to a higher level of motivation as young people within the church and community.
You often see him sitting on the edge of his seat, Bible in hand, waiting to feast on the word of God. He loves the Lord very much, and has proven that prayer and the Word is the only true connection with our Lord Jesus Christ. He is powerful and bold in his walk with God!
Minister Wayne Wyatt
Wife, Nicola Wyatt
Minister Wayne Wyatt was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, W.I. He migrated to the United States on February 19, 1982. He is proud to acknowledge his strong upbringing and loving relationship with his praying mother who prayed him into the Kingdom.
In February 2002, Minister Wyatt was licensed by the UPCI (United Pentecostal Church International). He is our Pastor's Armor Bearer and Assistant and is totally submissive to him. He is the director of the Evangelism/Outreach team, Prison and Nursing Home ministries. While holding these positions, he is a member of the Mens Choir, Mass Choir, Baptismal Committee, Trustee Board, and teacher of our New Members Discipleship Level 2 Class.
Minister Wyatt's journey began on March 17, 1996 when he became a member of the First Pentecostal Prayer of Faith Church (FPPF). He received the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior, and was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ on February 1, 1997. He later received the gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. It is at the FPPF church under the tutelage of Bishop Arthur C. Naylor where Minister Wyatt received his spiritual foundation and development. Since his conversion, he has been totally committed to serving the Lord. It was through his faithfulness and dedication that the Lord called him to preach the Gospel. He demonstrates a relentless desire to see souls saved by preaching and teaching the word of God with anointing, authority and passion.
Minister Wyatt is married to Sis. Nicola Wyatt. They are the proud parents of two sons, Nacir and Richard and a set of twins, Payton (girl) and Jordan (boy).