Rev. Jruther Cole
In the year of 1997, Rev. Cole Joined House of Rhema Ministerial staff under Pastor Denise Clark. Rev. Cole received Certificate of Completion for Rhema School of Ministry and was licensed on October 3rd 1999. On May 19, 2002 Rev. Cole was ordained by Pastor Denise Clark. Cole completed the required Ministerial training at CFFC. He was licensed on June 27, 2004, and Ordained on November 2009 by Pastor Rev. Larry E. Sartin. Rev. Cole is a graduate of Biblical Studies from Liberty University. Rev. Cole joined Peoples Community Church in 2014. Serves as one of the Sunday school teachers, Assist with the Food Pantry Ministry, and as well as Preaching at Pacific Garden Mission.
Rev. Ben Curtis
Reverend Ben Curtis Jr. was born in Tallahassee, MS. He was raised on the Westside of Chicago in the Henry Horner Projects were he attended Dett Grammer School and Crane High School. He furthered his education at Malcomn X College and Moody Bible College, and Chicago Baptist Institute.
Ben attended Sunday School at Chicago Gospel Mission at the age of 10 where he asccepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Ben was one of the first kids to learn over three hundred scripture verses. He was the youngest person to ever to be on the board of directors of the Mission
In His walk of faith Ben Continue to be obedient to God. His journey led him to be under several Godly leaders that help him to Pray First, Aim High, and Stay Focused.
In 2006 Reverend Ben Curtis Jr. under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit with much prayer Still showing His Love for Christ. He started New Beginnings Bible Church. Holding on to his favorite verses Joshua 1:8, Jeremiah 17:7 and 1 john 4:4. Pastor Curtis has realized that the Ministry is like a Marathon, it’s not how you start that Matters, but How you end.
Rev. Robert Gay
In addition to serving as an Associate Minister, Rev. Gay is Sunday School Superintendent and an Adult Class Sunday School Teacher. Prior to uniting with Peoples Community Church, over the years he served as Deacon, Director of Missions, Trustee, and Sunday School Teacher in his former Church.
Prior to entering Ministry full time, Rev. Gay spent over 35 years in corporate administrative and technical positions. After retiring, he was appointed Missionary by the North American Mission Board of the SBC assigned to the Chicago Metropolitan Baptist Association—where he served almost ten years as Director of African American Church Extension/Services, and as the Association’s Business Administrator. Rev. Gay is ordained as a Gospel Minister.
Rev. Gay and his wife Beatrice have two sons, and a number of grandchildren and great- grandchildren. He has a B.S. in Engineering, Hampton University’, VA, an MBA, Lake Forest Graduate School, IL (with extended study at Keeble College, Oxford University), and completed Church Business Administration Certification Seminars at Candler School of Theology—Emory University, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Rev. Clarence Jones
Reverend Clarence Eugene Jones obeyed the call of God to become a Minister of the Gospel. He enrolled in Moody Bible Institute to further his study of the Word of the Lord. Rev. Jones subsequently was licensed to preach on May 3, 1987 at Unity Fellowship Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Charles B. Williams. Continuing his studies at Moody Bible Institute, and while a member of the Greater Garfield Baptist Church, Rev. Jones became an ordained Baptist Minister on March 6, 1993, under the pastorate of Rev. George Henderson. Presently Rev. Jones is serving the Lord here at Peoples Community Church as part of the Ministerial staff, and is very active in Sunday School and the Men’s Cell Group.
Rev. Harvey Smith
Rev. Smith received his call to ministry after retiring from the Department of Defense in Jan 2004. At the age of 58, he enrolled at Northern Baptist Seminary in March of 2004 and graduated in June 2008. He was licensed and ordained at Bethel Green Family Worship Center in Chicago, where he served as Assistant Minister and Superintendent of Christian Education.
Rev. Eddie J.O. Smith, Sr.
Reverend Eddie J.O. Smith, Sr. was born and raised in Chicago. From an early age, he has been a dedicated servant of the Lord. This service began at the church his Grandfather founded and pastored in the North Lawndale area of Chicago. He has served in every capacity of the church from the cleaning committee to the music ministry. At the age of seventeen, he accepted his call to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He received his Certificate of License to preach the Gospel in December 1998. In July 2003, he received his Certificate of Ordination. He now has been preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ more than half of his life. Rev. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University in Chicago, and is currently completing the Master of Divinity degree program with an emphasis in New Testament studies at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He has also studied Biblical Geography and History at Jerusalem University College in Jerusalem, Israel.