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About us

Meet Our Pastor & First Lady

Senior Pastor Warren Montgomery, Sr. and First Lady Essence Montgomery are committed to God the Kingdom and his people.

Pastor Montgomery is a native of Anniston, Alabama.  He was born to the later Mother Robbie N. Montgomery.  He is a man of courage, honesty, and integrity.  Pastor Montgomery is a retired Brigade Command Sergeant Major who served over 26 years in the United States Army in numerous locations, including: Wildflicken, Germany; Fort Stewart, Georgia; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Camp Casey, South Korea; Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Jackson, South Carolina; and Fort Riley, Kansas. 

His outstanding leadership abilities have brought him many exceptional honors and recognitions, including the Legion of Merit, the Purple Heart, three Bronze stars, five Meritorious Service medals, ten Army Achievement Medals, Audie Murphy Medallion, Drill Sergeant Badge, Sapper Tab, amongst many others. He has spent his life in the military fighting for the rights and freedoms that people sometimes take for granted.  He served in four combat tours: Operation Desert Storm, Operation Intrinsic Action, Operation Vigilant Warrior, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  As mentioned above, he received the distinguished Purple Heart for his sacrifices during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Pastor Montgomery was a faithful soldier in the United States Army and an even more faithful warrior for Christ.  He accepted Christ into his life at an early age and embraced the call that God placed upon him to minister His divine word at the young age of 19.  He preached his first sermon on October 18th, 1991, at Wildflicken Gospel Chapel where he went on to serve as Youth Pastor and Assistant Pastor.  Pastor Montgomery has served in two other pastorates: He served as the pastor of New Fellowship Baptist Church in Glennville, Georgia, and of Camp Casey Full Gospel Service in South Korea.  He holds a Bachelor's degree in Religion and Biblical Studies from St. Leo University.

Pastor Montgomery currently serves as the Senior Pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church located in Slater, Missouri, where he leads an amazing body of believers.  He has served as a woldwide evangelist that has hosted several revivals and spiritual warfare and leadership conferences around the world, and he has served as an Executive Pastor of Memorial Church International under the renowned leadership of Apostle Larry B. and Pastor C.Q. Aiken.  He is also a member of the Global United Fellowship, where he serves as the North Central Provincial Director of Emerging Churches.

Pastor Montgomery has a love for God and a love for God's people, and this love has been demonstrated throughout his 28 years of ministry.  He is married to Essence Montgomery and is the father of four beautiful children, Waneik (Raul), Briaunna, Warren, Jr., and Wylin, and together they strive to fulfill God's purpose for their lives by serving God and His people.

Lady Essence is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, born to Clifford and Juanita Scott.  From the age of four, Lady Essence was primarily reared by her grandmother, the late Mother Sarah McKissick.  Mother McKissick instilled in her strong morals and values and a reverence for God.  Lady Essence was educated in the Kansas City Missouri Public School District and graduated from Lincoln College Preparatory Academy.  She completed undergraduate studies at Rockhurst University in Kansas City earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and graduating Summa Cum Laude from the university's honors program in 2005.  In addition, Lady Essence earned a Master's of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Rockhurst in 2006, graduating at the top of her class.  

Lady Essence is a Certified Public Accountant and serves as the Chief Financial Officer / Vice President of the St. Francis Health ministry in Topeka, Kansas.  She has served in the health care finance industry for the past 16 years, working in various leadership roles.  In her roles in the ministry of healthcare finance, she has a top priority of aiding in the healing of the whole person – body, mind, and Spirit.  Also, through her assignment as a healthcare administrator, Lady Essence has learned to extend God’s healing love to every person she encounters.

Lady Essence received Christ at the early age of 13 as she understood God’s amazing assignment for her life.  She is a woman of virtue, character, and strength.  She has served in many different ministries in the church including armor bearer, usher, finance committee, and women’s ministry, just to name a few.  She received her call into the ministry of evangelism in 2011 while serving under the awesome leadership of her spiritual parents Apostle Larry B. and Pastor Olivia C.Q. Aiken at the Memorial Church International.  She preached her first sermon on May 24th, 2015.  Lady Essence currently serves as the first lady of St. Paul Baptist Church located in Slater, Missouri, where she works side-by-side with her husband as he leads an amazing body of believers.    

She is married to Pastor Warren Montgomery and is the mother of two handsome sons, three-year old, Warren, and two-year old, Wylin.  Lady Essence has mastered many other accomplishments and when asked which accomplishments she is most proud of, her answer is always being a woman after the heart of God, loving her family with all of her heart, and her desire to be on course with God's eternal destiny for her life.

VISION STATEMENT

We are a purpose-driven church that is committed to the eternal plan of God for the Kingdom first, and secondly for our lives.

 (Matthew 6:33)

We believe in the Word of God in its entirety. We stand on its principles to claim our inheritance as believers and operate in our God-given authority.

As a result, God will order our steps as His representatives on earth to impact the world through teaching, preaching, evangelism and love, as we walk in victory as overcomers.

 (Romans 8:37)