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THE FAITH
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Meet the Leadership of Our Church

Pastor & First Lady, Ministerial Staff, Deacons, Mothers, Administrative Staff

Ministerial Staff 

Deacons

Mothers

Admin Staff


Pastor Dameion L. Royal

Pastor Dameion L. Royal is a native of New Bern, North Carolina, and he is a proud member of the St. Paul Church of Christ in the Pembroke community. He began his official preaching ministry as a teenager under the leadership of the late Dr. Andrew Mckinley Cogdell. Being ordained by the Goldsboro Raleigh District Assembly in 1994, Elder Royal has spent the last twenty-eight years traveling near and far declaring the Word of Jesus Christ.

In 1998, Pastor Royal graduated from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Disorders. Since that time, he has earned a Master of Theological Studies, Master of Religious Education, and the Master of Divinity Equivalency from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. On May 19, 2018, he also earned a Doctorate of Ministry Degree in Leadership and Management from Liberty University.

Pastor Dameion L. Royal

Pastor Royal spent several years as an evangelist and an Instructor at the Goldsboro Disciple’s Ministers Training Institute. In 1997, following his years of evangelism, he was called to the St. Rose Church of Christ to serve and assist the late Bishop Mordecai W. Johnson. In 2000, upon Bishop Johnson’s retirement, Pastor Royal was called to serve as the pastor of the St. Rose Church of Christ for three years! In 2004, by the will of God, Elder Royal became the pastor and founder of Contending for the Faith Church in Wilson, N.C. Since the church’s inception, God has blessed him with the support of many faithful parishioners. Indeed, the Lord’s favor and faithfulness have rested upon him and the church family; together they were blessed to build a new edifice which was dedicated in 2006.

In 2011, Pastor Dameion Royal was called to serve as an assistant pastor to his uncle, the late Bishop Randy B. Royal and the Philippi Church of Christ in Greenville, N.C. After Bishop Randy B. Royal went home to be the Lord on July 26, 2015, Pastor Dameion L. Royal was elected as pastor of Philippi Church of Christ on August 26, 2015. God has blessed Pastor Royal with another loving church family, and he is excited about the call of God and the powerful things that will take place in both churches.

Pastor Royal has a heart to obey God and serve His people, and he believes that God has given him a divine mandate to advance the Kingdom through preaching, teaching, training and demonstration of Christ’s Word. He firmly believes that as he continues to live before the Lord in obedience, that God will use him to touch lives in increasingly greater ways.

Elder Royal is married to Lady Melessha Royal and they are the proud parents of three children: Dameion Jr., Isaiah and Sarah. He thanks God for his family and many friends who have helped shape his life and ministry. Indeed, he is humbled by the awesome grace that has been extended to him.


First Lady Melessha Royal

Lady Melessha Royal is a minister of the Gospel and the co-founder of Contending for the Faith Church Ministries.  In the ministry, she currently serves as the Women's Ministry leader and Music Director.  She also serves as a teacher, workshop facilitator and conference speaker.

Lady Royal is a graduate of North Carolina State University (NCSU) with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Master's Degree in Nutrition.  She has also received certifications as a personal fitness trainer, aerobics instructor, and health and nutrition consultant.

In the spirit of excellence, Lady Royal strives to please God in all of her ways by being the wife, mother, and minister that God has called her to be.  She is determined to see lives transformed by the power of God as she walks in her divine purpose.

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God predestined that we should walk in them."  (Ephesians 2:10) 

First Lady Melessha Royal


Ministerial Staff

Contending for the Faith Sons & Daughters

Elder Ella Boone

Elder Ella Boone

Elder Lewis Claxton

Elder Lewis Claxton

Elder James Daniels

Elder James Daniels

Elder Joseph Davis

Elder Joseph Davis

Elder Amos Smith

Elder Amos Smith

Elder Deborah Yelverton

Elder Deborah Yelverton

Minister Angie Barnes

Minister Angelia Barnes

Minister Priscilla Barnes

Minister Priscilla Barnes

Minister Rosetta Barnes

Minister Rosetta Barnes

Minister Earnestine Battle

Minister Earnestine Battle

Minister Pamela Barrett

Minister Pamela Barrett

Minister Tonya Burch

Minister Tonya Burch

Minister Miguel Hall

Minister Miguel Hall

Minister Avis Davis

Minister Avis Davis

Minister Rose Eason

Minister Rose Eason

Minister Wanda Joyner

Minister Wanda Joyner

Minister Shirley Hines

Minister Shirley Hines

Minister Stephen Hyman

Minister Stephen Hyman

Minister Yvette Lee

Minister Yvette Lee

Minister Kelvin Lamb

Minister Kelvin Lamb

Minister Stephanie Lamb

Minister Stephanie Lamb

Evang. Theressa Matthews

Evang. Theressa Matthews

Minister Iris Lucas

Minister Iris Lucas

Minister Tonya Manning

Minister Tonya Manning

Minister Cynthia Monk

Minister Cynthia Monk

Minister Mary Melton

Minister Mary Melton

Minister Shirley Miller

Minister Shirley Miller

Minister Alfreda Poole

Minister Alfreda Poole

Minister Gwen Williams

Minister Gwen Williams

Minister Regina Haskins

Minister Regina Haskins

Evang. Glenda Pate

Evang. Glenda Pate

Minister Tasha Curtis
Minister Tasha Curtis

Minister Melessha P. Royal

Mary
Minister Mary E. Speight


Evangelist Carolyn Sherrod

 

 

Not Pictured

Minister Otisteen Brunson 
 Elder George Hyman Sr
Minister Donna Best  


Deacons

Finch Atkins

Finch Atkins

Curtis Best

Curtis Best

Reginald Hinton

Reginald Hinton

Danny

Danny Jackson

Leroy Kirk

Leroy Kirk

Barry Lucas

Barry Lucas

Charles Plummer

Charles Plummer

James Roberson

James Roberson

James Thomas

James Thomas

Doug Vick

Doug Vick

Herbert Lucas
Herbert Lucas



Mothers

Betty Barnes

Bettie Barnes

Dorothy Brown

Dorothy Brown

Janice Edmundson

Janice Edmundson

Robin Hinton

Robbin Hinton

Earnestine Kenney

Earnestine Kinney

Mable Kirk

Mable Kirk

Petrena Pettaway

Patrena Pettaway

Sheryl Plummer

Sheryl Plummer

Rebecca Roberson
Rebecca Roberson

Jeanette Smith
Jeanette Smith

Bobbie Suggs
Bobbie Suggs

Ella Tillery
Ella Tillery

Jean Vick
Jean Vick

Emma Watts
Emma Wells

Diane Williams
Dianne Williams

Carol
Carol Stevens

Judy Murrill
Judy Murrill

Mary Jones
Mary Jones

 Betty Morgan
Betty Morgan

 Mattie Wright
Mattie Wright

Administrative Staff


Elder Deborah Yelverton

Elder Deborah Yelverton



Not Pictured

Minister Donna Best


Kingdom United Fellowship of Churches

By divine mandate, Pastor Royal serves as the overseer of six established churches in eastern NC.  These churches form the Kingdom United Fellowship of Churches so named by Pastor Royal under the direction and leading of the Holy Spirit.  

Kingdom Builder's for Christ Church Inc.
New Bern, NC
Pastor Eva Gaylor
Last Day Outreach Ministry
Rose Hill, NC
Pastors Carolyn & John Newkirk
Christian Faith Worship & Praise Deliverance Ctr
Greenville, NC
Pastor Leslie Farmer

 

Bethesda Deliverance Ministry
Wilson, NC
Pastor William Harris

 New Things International Ministries
Washington, NC
Pastor Samuel Hunt

The Life Church
Wilson, NC
Pastor Justin Barnes


"Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." (Jude 1:3)