Minister Shirley J. James is the Senior Associate Minister. She graduated with honors from Manna Bible Institute. She is the director of Christian Education and has been involved in the Christian Education Ministry for over 25 years. She is a former business owner and is now retired.
Minister Shirley J. James
Reverend David Pridgen
Reverend David Pridgen is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of the Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University (Masters of Theological Studies). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Magna Cum Laude) from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. He was licensed and ordained at MMBC. He is a member of the Christian Education Ministry serving as a Sunday School Teacher, Bible Study Teacher, and Vacation Bible School Teacher.
Minister Dawn Duppins
Minister Dawn S. Duppins is an Associate Minister. She holds a Masters of Human Services from Lincoln University (Pi Gamma Mu). Minister Duppins graduated from New Life Bible Missionary Training School, receiving the President’s Award and Highest Honors.She is the Intercessory Prayer Ministry Leader. As a member of the Christian Education Ministry, she teaches Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. Her motto is "Today, Oh Lord I say yes, to you, to life and to all that is good and beautiful." Her scripture: “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV).
Minister Addie Pate Edmonson is a retired educator, having taught 27 1/2 years in the same Philadelphia Public School, 16 1/2 years at the largest Human Service Agency in the U.S and 28 years at Manna Bible Institute. Minister Addie is blessed to have been voted to be "The First" two times at Miller Memorial. In the late 1970's, the Trustee Board opened its ranks to females and Minister Addie and another Sister in Christ were voted in as the first two to serve. Then on Wednesday, February 13, 1991 she preached her Trial Sermon, the very first female to do so. Of the several gifts God has bestowed upon her, teaching is Minister Addie's passion because it is an integral part of utilizing each of her gifts for God's glory, Praise His Holy Name.
Minister Addie Edmonson
The Trustees serve as stewards of the Church's finances, the management of the church's assets and the maintenance of the building.
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (NLT)
The Deacons serve God by making known the truth of the Bible, which is God’s Inerrant Word, teaching others that Salvation comes wholly of Grace and is the Gift of God bestowed upon the true believer at the time of their conversion, at which time God also indwells them in the person of the Holy Spirit. Our objective is to serve in a manner worthy of our calling, carrying ourselves at all times as children of God should and in a way that is pleasing to God. We seek to bring others into a saving knowledge of Christ, that mankind is in a fallen state and in need of a Savior, that only through the Perfect Sacrifice of Jesus Christ can we be made right with God and that those who believe in Him will be spared judgement.
This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be a church leader, he desires an honorable position.” – 1 Timothy 3: 1, NLT
The Deaconesses strive to be an example of Christian unity reflecting peaceful deportment through our walk, our talk and our actions in and outside the church. The Deaconesses help to prepare candidates for Baptism, assist in communion, and look after the well-being of the sick and shut- in members of the congregation.
Teach me your decrees, O Lord; I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions; I will put them into practice with all my heart. -Psalm 119: 33- 34, NLT