Our pastor, Rev. Raymonda R. Speller, has spent his entire adult life and much of his youth serving God and working faithfully in the Church of Jesus Christ. Raised among preachers, he was initially licensed to preach the Gospel in 2000, at the age of 13, and was ordained in 2013 by the St. Paul Community Baptist Church of Brooklyn, NY, at the hand of Reverend David K. Brawley.
A lifelong-learner and lover of Scripture, Rev. Speller has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Culture from Howard University in Washington, DC and the Master of Divinity Degree from the Duke University School of Divinity.
Rev. Speller’s heart beats for ministry and he has been uniquely gifted by God to teach the Bible in a way that is understandable and encouraging, hitting home for folks of all ages and colors. For the past 15 years he has dedicated himself to preaching, teaching and leadership wherever God has called. As early as high school he served as Youth Minister at the New St. Mark’s Baptist Church of Norfolk, Virginia and Youth Minister of Prayer and Praise Deliverance Temple of Portsmouth and Virginia Beach, VA. During college and seminary Rev. Speller continued serving God’s people, including working in youth ministry at the Calvin Presbyterian Church of Shoreline, WA and serving as Pastoral Intern at the historic United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church of Winston-Salem, NC and Binkley Memorial Baptist Church of Chapel Hill, NC.
In 2013 Rev. Speller was called to his first pastoral assignment, chosen from among seminary graduates all across the country to serve as the very first Resident Pastor at the historic 3,000-member St. Paul Community Baptist Church of Brooklyn, NY under the tutelage of Rev. Dr. David K. Brawley.
In March of 2015, by the divine providence of God, Rev. Speller became the Senior Pastor of Community Congregational United Church of Christ in Montgomery, AL. He and his family are excited about this call of God, looking forward with great faith and joy to seeing this church and this community further impacted and transformed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Rev. Speller’s greatest joy and pride come from being the husband and partner-in-ministry of Krystle Speller and the father of Christiana Naomi Speller. Most of all, the Spellers are humbled by and ecstatic about this assignment, “Preaching the heart of Christ from the heart of Montgomery!”