Executive Pastor

Our Executive Pastor

Pastor DeBerry001

Please allow me to take this opportunity to introduce myself to all of you. It is a pleasure to have joined Pasadena Friendship Baptist Church (PFBC), the “Jewel of Old Pasadena,” which stands as a glowing reminder of the African American presence in this part of the city. I commit myself to work together with Senior Pastor Lucious Smith to remain true to the church’s historical roots, while transforming its ministries to be relevant with the contemporary application of the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. I consider myself fortunate to have been given this opportunity to serve as Executive Pastor of this living expression of the Body of Christ with such a fine reputation of loving worship and service to God, love for His people, and a passionate desire to reach the unsaved and unreached peoples of Pasadena and beyond.

This ministry, as your executive pastor, offers new and exciting challenges to me and my wife, Porcya and our son Halel, all of which we are looking forward to. Prior to coming to FBC my background entailed a bi-vocational career. In my first vocation, I served in the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for over 30 years in various capacities: Associate Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Yorba Linda (under the leadership of Bishop, Dr. James. D. Carrington, Associate Pastor of Greater New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles (under the leadership of the late Dr. T.P. Moss), a church planting Associate Pastor of New Dawn Missionary Baptist Church (under the leadership of Senior Pastor Henry Johnson) and the co-founder and president of the African American Center for World Mission (AACWM) —a collaborating missions ministry with the US Center for World Mission, Pasadena California.

During my past thirteen years of service with AACWM, I was bless to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God from a global missions perspective in various denominational and non-denominational churches throughout California, various US States, Africa, Philippines, Mexico, and the Caribbean. In my second vocation, I work for over 15 years as an Adult Vocational Education Training Specialist/Instructional Designer. In this capacity I worked for various clientele including, Southern California Edison, Riverside Office of Education ROP/CTE, Corona Norco Unified School District, and Devry Institute (now Devry University).

My educational portfolio includes:
• Ph.D. student (Christian Education with a focus on Spiritual Formation and Curriculum Development) at Trinity College and Seminary (Newburg Indiana)
• MA in Christian Apologetics (Simon Greenleaf University, now Trinity Law School in Santa Ana, California)
• BA in Missiology and Theology (Bethany College of Missions, Minneapolis, Minnesota)
I also studied Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena California) and Golden Gate Theological Seminary Extension (Brea, California).

I look forward to this new position as Executive Pastor where my responsibilities will include developing and implementing a strategic approach for church operations and growth that ensures all church ministry, program and operational initiatives are coordinated, reviewed and executed with excellence. I can see already that you are a dedicated and hard working group of God’s people that I will be working with. I am looking forward to having an opportunity of chatting with each of you in the next few weeks. I am Glad to be on board!

Sincerely,
Rev. Ivor J. DuBerry
Executive Pastor