Our Leadership

Pastor R. L. West, Sr.

Pastor Robert West, Sr. is a preacher, teacher, leader and author dedicated to winning the lost for Jesus Christ and developing others to fulfill their God-given purpose. Pastor West was born and raised in Memphis Tennessee and graduated from Manassas High School. He studied architecture, technology, music and the arts in college before his later pursuit in biblical studies at Mid-South Bible College and Southern Seminary.

 

Professionally, he held several positions. Those positions include Contractor at John Heirigs Construction, Regional Manager at Christian Food Center, Mechanical Assistant at MLGW, Regional Vice President at Primerica Financial Services and more. There was a turning point, however, where Pastor West entered into fulltime ministry.

He confessed Jesus Christ as Lord as a young man at twenty-two years old. Growing in the faith, knowledge and love of Christ, he committed himself to this new life-changing relationship. He heard God’s call to ministry in 1980 and was ordained the following year. Since ordination, he has served in numerous positions in ministry.

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In 1981, Pastor West became the Assistant Pastor for St. Peter’s Rock Missionary Baptist Church. In 1982, he served as Assistant Pastor at Lamar Terrace Baptist Church, where he later became the Senior Pastor for over 20 years. In 2005, he pastored One Faith Fellowship Church for 5 years before founding Kingdom Center Ministries in Memphis, Tennessee. Pastor West currently shepherds the wonderful congregation of Kingdom Center Ministries, heeding the call and operating in an undeniable gift for community and urban outreach.

Pastor West participates in the Desoto & Tate County Mississippi Baptist Associations and Convention. He also participates in Leadership Development and Church Growth & Fellowships with Willie McLaurin of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board (TBMB), Dr. Chris McNairy of the Urban Fusion Network and Apostle Harold K. Browning of the Global Network of Christian Churches (GNCC).

 

Pastor West is a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. His lovely wife and helper in ministry is First Lady Jeanette West, to whom he has been married for over 40 years. They have five children who are also active in the ministry.

Pastor Robert West, Sr. has also been active in other ministry endeavors. He is currently the President of the African American Fellowship of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Current and previous positions include:

  • President of the Mid-South African American Fellowship
  • State President of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention
  • Board Member of the Mid-South Covenant Churches
  • Co-founder of the 5th Sunday Fellowship in West Tennessee
  • Consultant to Mid-South Baptist Association and Mississippi Baptist Convention
First Lady West

First Lady Jeanette West

First Lady Jeanette West is a woman of God who drives change while building and nurturing other women in the ministry. She leads from the front and works hard in the background. Her commitment to ministry is exemplary. She has a heart for God and for people.

 

She gave her life to Christ over 45 years ago. She’s from Memphis Tennessee and graduated from Manassas High School.  In college she studied engineering and technology to pursue a career as an Electronics Technician. In 1978 it wasn’t common for women to pursue this technical career path. She worked in that field for four years. As her home life and ministry responsibilities grew, it was inevitable that she would enter into fulltime ministry.

 

Lady Jeanette West works in ministry alongside her husband Pastor Robert L. West, Sr., the pastor of Kingdom Center Ministries, to whom she has been married for over 40 years. Her ministry path began, however, in the Children’s Ministry at St. Paul AME in 1967. She continued working with children at Bethel AME in 1978. In 1982 she served with her husband at Lamar Terrance for over 20 years. When her husband became the Pastor at One Faith Fellowship, the scope of her ministry grew.

She created the Sisters of Strength ministry in 2007. This ministry focused on the growth, spiritual development, and well-being of women. It addressed various topics such as healthy relationships, successfully living as a single woman, fulfilling purpose and more. In 2011 these workshops and training sessions developed into the Sista’ Please Women’s Conference. This conference is now an annual event drawing women from across denominations and the community.

 

First Lady West is also an active member of the Tennessee Baptist Women’s Missionary Union (WMU).  For over ten years she served as the Director for Sisters Who Care for WMU Mid-South Baptist Association. In 2016 she became the Director of WMU Mid-South Baptist Association. In 2018 she became the first black Vice President of West Tennessee of the Women’s Missionary Union of Tennessee.

 

Nonetheless grateful for her various roles in ministry, she cherishes the roles she holds within her family. First Lady Jeanette West is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She has five children who along with their families, are also active in Kingdom Center Ministries.