Staff
Pastor

Rev. Moses A. Ward, Sr

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Rev. Moses Ward was born in Des Moines, IA.  He graduated from East High School and attended Grandview University majoring in Religious Studies.  He is looking forward to completing his degree and advancing in higher education in the near future.
 

Rev. Moses Ward rededicated his life to Christ and was baptized in 2000.  Shortly after being baptized he answered the call to the gospel ministry and was licensed in 2001 at Corinthian Baptist Church under Rev. Dr. Charlie Stallworth.  He worked in several roles in the Baptist faith.  He served as an usher; chaplain for Central District Youth Department; youth pastor for Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, Corinthian Baptist Church, and Elim Christian Fellowship. Pastor Ward now holds the title of 2nd Vice Moderator of the Central District Baptist Association and Vice President of the Ames Branch NAACP.
 

Rev. Moses Ward is married to Sis. Breanne Ward and has 3 children; Madisen, Aliyah, and Moses Jr.  The guiding scripture of Rev. Ward’s life has remained Proverbs 18:16, “A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men” NKJV.


First Lady

Breanne Ward

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Breanne Ward is a nationally recognized certified rehabilitation counselor with the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).  She serves on numerous boards and committees, including the African American Case Review Team for Department of Human Services and Trauma Informed Care Stakeholder's Committee. She has provided vast trainings to Iowa CASA, Iowa's 5th Judicial Department of Corrections, Drake University, Simpson College, and Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services.

Her graduate alma mater is Drake University where she earned a Master’s in Counseling at Drake University.  Her undergraduate degree was obtained at Iowa State University, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services with a specialization in Youth.  Ward has her temporary license to provide mental health counseling for the state of Iowa.  She has great faith that she will continue to be a vessel to carry out the work of her community and welcomes new opportunities to strengthen and empower others.

Sis. Breanne Ward was baptized at Corinthian Baptist Church at the age of 12.  Her relationship with God grew and she became a part of the music ministry and dance ministry, Cheerleaders for Christ.  She also worked in several roles in the Christian faith.  She served as announcement clerk, youth choir director, New Life Choir member, Bible study and Sunday school teacher, Young Adult Ministry director at Corinthian Baptist Church, and youth choir director at Elim Christian Fellowship Church.
 

Sis. Breanne Ward is married to Rev. Moses Ward and has 3 children.  Sis. Ward believes that if “God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31 NKJV


Christian Education Director

Rev. Lonnie Ingram II

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Rev. Lonnie Ingram II was born January 30, 1979 in Des Moines, IA. Educated in Des Monies as well, it was often clear that there was a great purpose in his life. With praying Grandparents showing him the way to God and a Mother and Father who taught him right from wrong, Rev. Ingram did his best to live life in complete opposite of the Word of God and the rules of his parents. He was determined to be apart of the "In Crowd" no matter what that required of him. Blessed with the Gift of music, Rev. Ingram joined the High School choir and excelled in singing and earned top honors thanks to Ms. Mary Lee Barnett and Elder James McNear Jr.! Ms Barnett gave him hope and Elder McNear gave him Jesus! Elder McNear allowed Rev. Ingram to join the Iowa COGIC Jurisdictional Choir January 1, 1997 as a "Sinner". Rev. Ingram continued his sinful ways but never missed a Wednesday night State Choir rehearsal. Often times rehearsal turned into a revival, but Rev. Ingram would often leave still rejecting God and His word. Fast forward to Thursday, April 17, 1997. A close friend of Minister Ingram's named Elder Damion Rutues agreed to take Rev. Ingram to Faith Tabernacle COGIC for a revival that was going on that night. The Preacher , Elder R.J. Thornton was really laying it on the congregation with the Word. When he called for the Prayer line that night many went up, and Rev. Ingram felt a tug at his heart. After a Holy Ghost shove by his close friend Elder Rutues, Rev. Ingram gave his life to Christ. He accepted his calling to preach in 2001 and was licensed to preach at New Friendship COGIC under the late Supt. Richard L. Daye. For the last 15+ years Rev. Ingram has been sharing the gospel in many churches and events whether in Song or Preached word.

He is currently under the covering of Rev. Moses A. Ward Sr, Pastor of Friendship Baptist Church where he serves as the Director of Christian Education. Rev. Ingram is married to the  Love of his life, Mrs. Shondale Ingram. They are blessed to be the Parents of four and the Grandparents of one.


Director of Information Technology

Rev. Brandon G. Sayles

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Rev. Brandon Sayles was born in Des Moines on December 18th 1978. Rev. Sayles Graduated from Des Moines East High School in 1997. While at East High School Rev. Sayles worked in the Athletic Department as the Student Assistant Athletic Director. Rev. Sayles grew up in church attending King of Kings Missionary Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa. From a young age Rev. Sayles wanted to help out in the church becoming a usher at age 8. As Rev. Sayles got older he first became a Sunday School teacher, then eventually the Sunday School Superintendent while still in High School. However when Rev. Sayles graduated he rebelled and his whole life was turned upside down. After being incarcerated for 7 years he called out to God and rededicated his life to Christ! Upon his release from incarceration Rev. Sayles returned to King of Kings Missionary Baptist church and accepted his call to preach in December of 2011 while he was under the cover of Pastor Davis. Now under the leadership of Pastor Moses A. Ward he is continually growing in the Word and Spirit of the Lord!

in 2011 Rev. Sayles following his faith in God and went into Business for himself and started Computer Innovations, LLC and since then has started two more companies. Rev. Sayles is now helping to take the church outside the 4 walls by using social media platforms to show the world the light of Jesus through the internet.

Rev. Sayles enjoys spending time with his 3 children Alex, Autumn and Adaym who are his world and a blessing from God, and spreading the word of Jesus when he is traveling through the Midwest. He is guided by the scripture  "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me". Philippians 4:13!


Associate Minister

Min. Bryan Hall

Bryan Hall is an encourager, a teacher, and a constructor. While completing his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the University of North Texas, he encouraged undergraduate underrepresented minorities not to give up on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers due to financial and academic challenges; but rather to overcome those hurdles through scholarship and study groups, respectively. He partnered with students and professionals to develop to regional conferences for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and served as a professional mentor for students in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as well as the Cedar Rapids / Iowa City Corridor - all while pursuing a quality engineering career. 

 

Holding fast to God's calling on his life to minister the Gospel, to his passion for connecting passionate people to their purposes in God, and to his desire to glorify God through NSBE's mission "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community"; he works diligently with the Iowa State University NSBE Chapter, the InterVarsity Black Campus Ministries, and the Friendship Baptist Church Music ministry to connect students, faculty, staff, and professionals to the all-knowing, all-mighty God. 

 


Deacon Board

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Deacons serve the Lord by conducting the caring ministry of the church-doing the benevolence work, visiting the sick, being alert to the spiritual needs of the congregation-for the purposes of freeing the pastoral staff to focus on prayer and the ministry of the Word, promoting unity within the church, and facilitating the spread of the gospel. 

The word for “deacon” is the Greek word diaconos, which can be translated as “servant,” “minister,” or “deacon.” The use of this word in the New Testament can describe a variety of forms of service.  In 1 Peter 4:11, Peter refers to two categories of spiritual gifts: speaking gifts and serving gifts. Deacons are those in the church, appointed by the elders, who lead, facilitate, organize, and equip others with serving gifts to minister effectively within the Body of Christ. 

Our Deacon Board Consists of: 

  • Deacon Terrill Essex
  • Deacon Mel Lloyd
  • Deacon Major Robinson
  • Deacon Henry Campbell, Jr.
  • Deacon Keith Ward

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