Rev. Dr. Sandra Whitley
Known as Pastor Sandra. She shares the sentiments of her life journey as the Apostle Paul “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect…(1Cor. 15:10).” SShe was appointed to Pastor the People’s A.M.E. Church in Chelsea MA during the 156th Session of the New England Annual Conference. Born in Montgomery Alabama and now the eldest daughter of eight. Her father was military so the family had the experience of living in many different parts of the world. Prior to her calling to the ordained ministry, she was military veteran, having been commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program. Pastor Whitley served our country for 22 dedicated years. Pastor Sandra Whitley has dedicated her life to serving God through her relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ and fulfilling His “Great Commission.” At various military bases she was actively involved in chapel programs, including the Protestant Women of the Chapel. She graduated from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary where she earned a Master of Divinity degree, a Master of Arts degree in Counseling, and a Doctor of Ministry.
She is happily married to her friend and God-sent mate from Philadelphia PA, Reverend Kenneth L. Whitley. He also served in the U.S. Air Force. Together they share the love of God, travel, photography, people, and spoiling their nieces, nephews and god-children. They now serve together in team ministry. A member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Air Force Association, Women in Military Service for America, member of MA Governor’s Advisory Committee on Women Veterans. She is a teacher, preacher, author, and marriage and family pastoral counselor. Pastor Whitley loves the Lord and attests to the revelation of the Apostle John “…He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. The man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit (John 3:32-33).”
Reverend Kenneth Whitley
Known as Rev. Ken. He was ordained an Itinerant Elder during the 157th Session of the New England Annual Conference. he was born and raised in Philadelphia PA. He grew up in the inner city, and graduated from the Philadelphia public school system. His parents divorced when he was 12 years old but made sure he attended church. A friend of the family was also an associate minister at a local church. That friend made sure young Ken was in church even if his parents didn’t attend on a particular Sunday. Reverend Whitley graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1975 with a BS degree in Behavioral Science and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He also has a MS in Administration from Central Michigan University and an MDiv from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
His young adult years represented a weak commitment to serving God. Church attendance was sporadic. However, in his early thirties, he returned to faithful church attendance and a serious relationship with God. Rev Ken’s pastor challenged him to read the Word for his self and ask questions about things he did not understand. There in 1990 he rededicated his life to Christ, received baptism and later became part of the church lay staff. God blessed him with a God- fearing mate on March 9, 1996. Within a year, God also blessed him with a promotion and a new duty assignment to the Boston area. In the Boston area Pastor Sandra and Rev. Ken were active in ministry at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Boston and the Hanscom AFB Chapel. Rev. Ken’s ministry involvement included: Sunday School teacher, Men’s Retreat coordinator, Parish Council (Trustee Board) President, praise leader, worship service leader, Men’s Ministry coordinator, Crown Financial Ministries coordinator, Revival and Anniversary coordinator, Family Life Marriage coordinators, Vacation Bible School volunteer and Protestant Program coordinator. As Rev. Ken answered God’s Great Commission, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you...” Matthew 28:19,20