Pastor Lady Alonda Hassell was born in Schenectady, NY to Alexander II and Louise Barnhill. She attended Schenectady public schools, graduating in 1989 with academic honors.
After meeting James N. Hassell in 1991 at a concert in Newburgh while singing with a local choir, the two united in marriage in 1992. They joined the Beulah Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Jesse V. Bottoms, Jr. Under Pastor Bottoms’ tutelage, Minister Hassell learned volumes about the Word of God and grew to love and worship the Lord freely. Lady Hassell became involved with the music ministry, singing in the Mass Choir and directing the Youth Mass Choir. She was also a member of Beulah’s Youth Commission, sharing her love for young people.
Min. Hassell moved with her family to Mount Vernon, NY after her husband was called to the city of Yonkers to pastor. Working closely with her husband, they endured many trials and tribulations, but realized the power of God in their lives. In November 2005, God used them to establish the Kingdom Baptist Church, a ministry that grew to over 500 members in one year.
First Lady Alonda, affectionately called “Lady A,” leads praise and worship and the worship services at Kingdom on Sunday mornings. She also serves as the Pastor of Training & Development, teaches bible study, served as the Music Director for the Empire Missionary Baptist Church Young People's Department for New York State for over 12 years, and just does anything that is needed to help build the Kingdom of God. She is the proud mother of Ralon, Kevin, Kayla and Kaira and has become a mother-like figure to many other youth in the community. Pastor Hassell received her BA in English from Lehman College and is currently employed with the Yonkers Public School System as a Teacher.