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Week 5: Elevating: Executing Discipline

The Reverend Doctor Agnes M. Lover is a native of Montgomery,

Alabama. She enthusiastically serves as Lead Pastor at Saint Paul

African Methodist Episcopal Church in Montgomery, Alabama,

Rosa Parks Home Church, and is committed to passionate

worship, community-focused ministry and the anointed preaching

of God's Holy Word.

Committed to life-long learning, Dr. Lover received the Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary. Her doctoral project, “From Preying to Praying: Exposing the Effects of Spiritual Abuse in the Church,” establishes a psycho-ecclesial model to equip church leadership with the necessary knowledge concerning spiritual abuse and utilizes a biblical behavioral model to illustrate how church leadership should implement spiritual authority.

She received the Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, the Master of Business Administration from St. Peters College, the Master of Science in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology and the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics & Computer Science from Xavier University.

Beyond the local pulpit, Pastor Agnes also compassionately serves in several capacities. She serves as Alabama River Region Conference Chair of Ministry Study, Conference Trustee, Chair of Finance Committee, and past annual conference secretary. In a five-year period, awarded over $60,000 in scholarship as the Episcopal District Christian Debutante Master Commissioner.

Pastor Agnes secured funding and established Haven, at Ward Chapel AME Church - Prattville, a ministry that provides advocacy and professional counselling to victims of sexual assault; and ST. PAUL AME CHURCH ROSA PARKS FOUNDATION, INC, a non-profit to continue the legacy of Rosa Parks, Johnny and Arlam Carr, and espouse acts of Civil and Human Rights locally and globally. In addition, she made significant plant improvement in all four pastoral assignments and eliminated debt and burned the mortgage of one. Prior to pastoring fulltime, she served at Turner Chapel Marietta, GA as worship pastor, discipleship and fellowship purpose leader.

Prior to serving in ministry fulltime, she pursued a corporate career that extensively evolved around 24 years of telecommunication experience combined in systems engineering, project management, sales and marketing.

Spirit-led and Sprit-driven, Pastor Agnes is a proponent that strength is found within family - a bond that is strengthened every day.

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