Senior Pastor James N. Hassell
Author, Communicator, Coach
James N Hassell born in NYC in 1972 was raised as the son of two preachers. Graduated as the President of Student Government from the Newburgh Free Academy in 1990, he showed leadership from a young age. Matriculating the halls of higher learning at Howard University and Marist College, he then went on to complete his Bachelors of Arts degree and Masters of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Theological Studies at Faith Evangelical Seminary in 2005 and 2009 consecutively. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate Degree at Faith Seminary.
James was joined in holy matrimony in December 1992 to the lovely and gifted Alonda S. Barnhill, and he is the proud father of four children: Ralon, Kevin, Kayla and Kaira. He was employed as a branch manager for Beneficial Finance Corp. for 14 years where he was a licensed insurance agent and real estate agent as well as notary public. He was also employed as the Executive Assistant to Pastor Jesse V. Bottoms, his mentor and teacher for 12 years at the Beulah Baptist Church of Poughkeepsie NY.
He is a trained musician plays 6 instruments. He is presently President and CEO of Salt & Light Fellowship of Churches, Hassell Ministries, the Kingdom Neighborhood Development Corp, GloCal Youth Empowerment & Ropheka Pharmacy. James is the Founder of Yonkers Aid to Haiti Fund, Chairman of the Faith-based Committee of the Yonkers Youth and Gang Violence Prevention Coalition, and the Pastor and Organizer of the Kingdom Christian Cultural Center, one of Yonkers foremost worship centers for Christian culture. He also serves as the Executive General Secretary for the Central Hudson Baptist Association and the Music Director for the Empire Missionary Baptist Convention
The Kingdom Church's mission is to share our balanced faith, to care for the people of God, to empower and educate people and build strong families in order to transform our city and our world. Our motto is “It takes a kingdom to raise a village and a village to raise a child.” We believe that we serve the same Lord and share the same faith, but we are a new church for a new generation. Pastor Hassell is a sought after lecturer on hip hop and Satanism, relationships, motivating men, youth mentorship, church and technology and praise and worship.
Pastor Hassell has authored two books: “The Worship Leader's Coach: What to do in case of a worship service" and “The Prayer Coach”, and more are in the works.
He has been honored as the Grand Marshal of the African American Heritage festival in 2008, Person of the year by the Westchester County Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs Inc. in 2006, honored as outstanding innovator and mentor to youth by the Women's Club of Nepperhan in 2006, Outstanding community service award from Nubian Brothers Association in 2007, Sister to Sister International honoree in 2006, Youth Theatre Interactions honoree in 2009 and the NAACP Champion for Justice award in 2010 to name a few of the many awards received.