Rev. Marilyn Peoples
Reverend Marilyn Peoples is the wife of Robert Peoples and the mother of three daughters (Rev. Leah Kelly Bell, Mrs. Ingrid Kelly Lewis, and Mrs. Nicole Kelly Thomas). She maintains a close relationship with her last surviving sibling, Erma and husband Frank DelľAquila, as well as cousins Doris Frazier of Knoxville, Tennessee and Dr. Izora Harrison of Huntsville, Alabama. Both of Marilyn's parents as well as her two brothers are deceased.
Reverend Marilyn J. Peoples
Reverend Peoples accepted Christ at the age of nine at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in North Little Rock, AR. During the course of her membership she served in numerous official capacities, which included:
· teaching Sunday School;
· facilitating the Young Women's Association (ages 21 until married);
· conducting workshops, and leading the Weekly Divorce Recovery meetings; and
· serving as Assistant Registrar for the Middle Western District Congress of the National Baptist Convention at the age of 14.
She is a graduate of Philander Smith College in Little Rock, AR, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and in Economics, which included nine hours of Biblical Studies. She earned scholastic distinction in her field of study and graduated Cum Laude.
Her work history includes, employment as an Office Manager for a non-profit Health Service; several teaching positions where she taught Computer Technology in the Little Rock School District, computer classes at the Willie Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center for Senior Citizens; Computer Technology and Workplace Readiness at the Hoover Center/Hoover United Methodist Church; Business courses in the evening school at, now called, Draughon's Junior College; served as Board Secretary for both the Citizens Advisory Committee of Little Rock, AR, and the Military Heights Historical Society of North Little Rock, AR.; and after much prayer and believing action, started her own home-based Secretarial Services business, which specialized in psychiatric and psychological transcription;
After moving to New Jersey in 2004, she became a member of First Baptist Church in Englewood, New Jersey where, since 2005, she teaches advanced studies in the Sunday Morning Bible Class. She also conducts a multi-state weekly telephone ministry from her home. The purpose for which is to encourage, pray for, and minister the Word of God to those in need.
Under the pastorate of the Rev. Dr. John H. Spencer, Jr., she accepted the call to preach in 2006, and was ordained in 2009, in Little Rock, Arkansas. She enrolled in and completed studies at Palmer Theology Seminary, of The Seminary of Eastern University in Wynnewood, PA. She graduated in May 2011, with Honors, earning Certificates in both Biblical and Christian Studies. She became a trained Stephen Ministry Leader, in 2013, and has the authority and responsibility to administer the program under the leadership of Rev. Spencer.
While in seminary school, Rev. Peoples conceived the idea for her ministry and in 2013 established and licensed "A Word from the Lord" ministries in the State of New Jersey. Later she was given the responsibility of Pastoral Care for First Baptist Church where she ministers to senior citizens who are unable to attend the church of their choice, to assure that they, too, can receive God's magnified Word. Two of her favorite Scriptures are Proverbs 3:5-6: "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths."
In 2012, Rev. Peoples made history serving as the only African American female minister on the Board of Adjustments for the Borough of Harrington Park, New Jersey.