Elder Jacqueline Barbour
Director of Clergy Support
Favorite Scripture: Philippians 4:8
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Elder Jacqueline Barbour has been in church all her life. She has sung in choirs, groups and as a soloist for most of her life in some of the more prominent church and community choirs of our era. She was first called to the ministry when he was 13 years old. She is a very spiritual person and a seeker after the Truth of God. She enjoys writing, singing, photography and drawing. Reverend Barbour is looking forward to being used by God in her current role as Minister of the Women’s Ministry at LAI Sanctuary of Praise.
Minister of Music
Senior Deacon LaVerne Handley
Senior Deacon/Chief of Staff
Senior Deacon LaVerne Handley oldest of three children, her journey into ministry begins almost 6 years ago. She have been an active member and leader holding various positions within the church from Head Usher to her current position as Senior Deacon at LAI Sanctuary of Praise. Through her Christian walk she has been able to be touched and blessed by my many ministries including our former house of worship Unity Fellowship of Christ Church-NYC. Little did Deacon Handley know that God was preparing her for service at that time. She considers herself a humble servant that is ready to do what God has called her to do.
Elder Sandi Gutierrez
Director of Bilingual Ministry
Favorite Bible Scripture: Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Sandi Gutierrez is an Elder currently leading our bilingual services. She was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and raised in the South Bronx.
Sandi has a passion for doing God’s will, sharing the gospel with as many individuals as possible from any age group or culture. She loves music, fishing and enjoys quite time alone. Her long term goal is to lead a full Spanish ministry for the Lord.
Minister-elect Trunoa Dargan
Director of Audio and Sound Ministry & Music Ministry Coordinator
Minister Kelvin O. Howell, Jr. (On assignment)
“I am just a nobody trying to tell everybody about somebody who can save anybody”
-The Williams Brothers
Minister Kelvin O. Howell Jr. currently serves as a Minister, Director of the LAISP’s Youth & Young Adult Ministry.
At age 28, he decided to combine his love for people and life experience which enables him to bring true liberation, freedom,
and most of all the unconditional love of Jesus the Christ; to the same oppressed and overlooked communities MIT Kelvin was once engaged.
He has affiliations with several not-for-profit agencies, community boards, and organizations. He also currently serves as
a Chaplain, First Responder and Grief Counselor with the New York State Chaplain Task Force.
Minister Renee King
Director of New Members Ministry
Elder Antionettea Etienne
Director of Global Health and Wellness Ministry
Elder Antionettea Etienne is one of the pioneers of HIV education, prevention and care within New York City. When we talk about “grass roots”, we look back at Elder Antionettea known affectionately as “ Dreadie’ in the streets. She walked into crack houses and shooting dens to get her communities tested for HIV/AIDS and also to get them into Recovery Treatment. We remember when she was at Bedford Hills Correctional in 1989 fighting for services for women living with AIDS. She fought the system because condoms weren’t allowed and she cradled her” Sisters in her arms” when they died. Antionettea and her peers formed support groups and insisted that the Dept. of Corrections implement discharge & transitional planning to assist women that had no one upon their release.
Elder Antionettea has been instrumental in designing, implementing and various HIV/AIDS prevention workshops and support groups for prisons & jails, homeless shelters, churches, NYC residents, PLWHA’s Dept. of Health, Dept. of Corrections, Dept. of education and numerous CBO/ASO’s just to mention the least.
Elder Antionettea has advocated and provided case management services to ensure that HIV positive individuals and their family members receive all of the entitlements that they are due. She gives clients and their families’ peace of mind in dealing with this pandemic. Elder Antionettea Etienne has done pre/post test counseling, testing & education and referred all who come in contact with her for any services that they may need. Elder Antionettea had dedicated her life to being available all hours of the day & night to outreach, support & educate all who have crossed her path. People have called her at all hours of the night and if need be, she has gotten up to assist, say a prayer or simply listen.
Elder Antionettea has been and continues to be a strong advocate in NYC streets. She is a member of the New York City Planning council, New York State Prevention Planning Group, former member of NYC Planning Group, former chairperson of Riker’s Island Advisory Board & Consortium. Elder Antionettea is currently the Director of Global Health & Wellness Ministry for Love Alive International Sanctuary of Praise Church in Manhattan. Elder Antionettea is currently employed with Iris House and she effortlessly continues to be a strong advocate/health educator and test counselor.
Elder Jackson Blackwell
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