- Faith & Family
Pastor Felicia Hamilton-Parramore believes women should behave like women. She just believes that women can behave like women while they stand behind the pulpit as a pastor of a church.
“I like stilettos, I like weaves, I like the color pink and I love my husband,” she explained. “but when God calls you then there’s nothing that man can say to stop you.”
The 50-year-old pastor of the non-denominational Kingdom Agenda Ministries believes that the oft-referred to text in First Corinthians that says women should be silent in the church as a verse that is often taken out of context and misused.
“If they knew the history [of that verse] than they wouldn’t even use that for today,” she said.
In ministry for the past 26 years, Hamilton-Parramore finally founded her own church in 2002.
She says she is just “thankful for the opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ, His death, His burial and His resurrection.”
According to Hamilton-Parramore, that message can sometimes offend people, but pastors should not worry.
“People compromise the [message] because they fear rejection from family and friends and co-workers,” she explained. “They just want to be liked and to be popular, but instead they need to be worried if God accepts them because if God is for us then who can be against us?”
This message of finding yourself through faith is very important in particular for teenagers according to the minister.
“We really need to seek out the young people and let them know that their destiny is not in Beyonce, in Jay-Z, not in the Illuminati, it’s not in the Masons, it’s not in the Eastern Stars, it’s in Jesus Christ,” she said.
However, as much as she is concerned with preaching behind the pulpit and evangelizing, Hamilton-Parramore is also passionate about the practical applications of ministry. The church’s outreach ministry provides food and clothing to the needy and she is also a counselor at the Spectrum Drug Rehabilitation Facility and the Miami Bridge Organization. Her duties and responsibilities take up a great deal of time, but she does not mind. Fortunately, her husband understands her devotion. Married for a year-and-a-half, the pair met when Dwike Parramore, 37, sought to pay his tithes and offerings to the church. Their dating largely consisted of church activities.
Hamilton-Parramore describes him as her “co-pastor” and her “helpmate.”
“He completes me in the ministry,” she explained. “I love him because my biggest support is my husband and that’s how it should be.”
By Kaila Heard