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Pastoral and Ministry Staff 

REVEREND DR. alvin T. armstead, Jr.

Senior Pastor

Reverend Dr. Alvin Armstead is a native of Philadelphia, PA. He was licensed to preach the gospel and ordained at Gethsemane Baptist Church, Newport News, Virginia, under the visionary leadership of Rev. Dr. Dwight Riddick. While at Gethsemane, Reverend Armstead was actively involved with the youth ministry and served as the Minister to Young Adults. Through the outlets of these ministries he availed himself to be used of God in the areas of preaching, teaching, mentoring, administration and leadership development.

In 2008, he was called to serve as the Pastor of Cypress Baptist Church in Surry, Virginia. During his pastorate there, the growing congregation expanded its mission and vision, implemented new outreach programs, initiated youth focused ministries, and many other programs to love, educate, and communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to its congregation and the community at large.

Rev. Armstead was called to serve at the First Union Baptist Church (Dill Road), Richmond, Virginia in September 2011. Vibrancy and progress earmarked Rev. Armstead’s path. During his tenure the church experienced tremendous growth in attendance at worship services, Bible study, and new souls added to the church.  Rev. Armstead’s heart for growing the congregation and serving the community were evident as he worked diligently to encourage discipleship and spiritual formation.  In August 2018, Rev. Dr. Armstead was called by God to lead the United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  He is the third pastor of this unique congregation that originated as two churches merged together to serve the greater Winston-Salem community in a more impactful way.

In May 2018, Rev. Armstead completed his doctoral thesis entitled, Living Beyond Sunday: Preaching as a Catalyst for Discipleship and awarded the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching degree from Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL. He received his Master of Divinity degree from The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University, where he graduated with honors.  He also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA.

Additionally, he has held several positions in the public and private sector. He continues to be a sought-after preacher and teacher, yet he is humbled when he considers how God has ordered his steps in life and ministry.

Dr. Armstead is married to the beautiful Rev. Charla Armstead, and they are the proud parents of two daughters, Aria (12) and Alauna (7).


Reverend Dr. Yvette Lovett Martin

Executive Minister  (Ext. 1001) 

Yvette Lovett Martin was born to the late Julius B. and the late Beulah E. Lovett in Philadelphia, PA and reared in Columbus, OH. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University where she obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work.

Dr. Lovett Martin answered her call to ministry in October of 2003 and was licensed by the Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr. at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, DC in March of 2005. While in Washington, DC, she also obtained a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary. It was during her time at Wesley that she participated in a two-year internship with Galloway United Methodist Church serving as Student Assistant Pastor. Under the mentorship of Rev. Clyde T. Nelson, Yvette learned tools necessary for effective pastoral leadership and spiritual advising.

Yvette also served as an associate minister at New Samaritan Baptist Church in Washington, DC where Bishop Michael V. Kelsey, Sr. serves as Senior Pastor. She was an Executive Council member of the Chosen Vessels Women’s Ministry and served as Lead Servant for Spiritual Development. She has served as a facilitator for young adult and singles ministry workshops, women’s retreats and women’s day speaker for various churches.

In 2010, after being away from the Columbus, Ohio area for ten years, Yvette returned to that area and served as an Associate Minister at her home church; Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Bishop Jerome H. Ross, Sr. In 2013, she was called to Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Columbus to serve as Senior Pastor. While serving as pastor of Gethsemane UMC, Yvette was also enrolled in United Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program where her focus was church mergers. Yvette successfully defended her dissertation, “Discovering A New Identity: The Encounter of Two Congregations Becoming One,” in May of 2015 and was conferred the degree of Doctor of Ministry.

Shortly after receiving her doctorate, Yvette was called to serve as the Executive Minister at United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC; a church which was researched and studied for her dissertation.

One scripture dear to her heart is Matthew 14:27-33 as it reminds us to always focus on Jesus; if we should happen to lose focus on Him, He will still be there to catch us.

Yvette is married to Delvas A. Martin and together they have two children, the late Lauren Kristian Elizabeth, Jeffrey, and one grandson Antone.


minister Sean T. McClure

Youth Coordinator  

Sean T. McClure graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education and Saxophone Performance as well as a certificate in jazz studies. As a former High School Band Director at Morehead High School in Eden, NC and West Stokes High School in King, NC, McClure functions as a leadership consultant and clinician with a concentration on student leadership development and implementation. Sean is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity from Wake Forest University School of Divinity. McClure serves as the Artistic Director for the School of Divinity’s Jazz Vespers Services, Community Worship planner for chapel services, as well as the Public Relations and Communications liaison on the Akoni Executive Board. With a heart and passion for youth Sean enjoys working with middle and high school students as well as their parents. Sean has had over 10 years of youth ministry experience.  He has been blessed to work with the youth ministries of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro, Inc., Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church of Eden, NC and most recently United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church of Winston-Salem, NC.  McClure is a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is married to the love of his life, Yolanda and together they have a son McKinley Thomas. 


Lennis Cooper

Minister of Music  (Ext. 110) 

Lennis Cooper, Jr. received a Masters of Music degree in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on May 13, 2001 and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in May 2000 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a minor in Computer Science.

Affiliations during his collegiate career include membership in the Collegiate Music Educators National Conference, membership in the American Choral Directors Association, membership in Phi Mu Alpha Music Sinfonia, membership in Cornelia Strong Honors College, past Treasurer and President of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, and Vice-President of the Raleigh-Durham Triangle Chapter of the Thomas A. Dorsey National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses.

Mr. Cooper began his music ministry at the age of fourteen at Union Baptist Church of Durham, North Carolina. While at Union, he was the musician/choir director for the Grady Davis Senior Choir, Male Chorus, Sunday School Department, and Voices In Union. He also rendered service for the Male Chorus of Cain’s Chapel Baptist Church of Hillsborough, North Carolina. His other church affiliations include Community Baptist Church of Durham, Trinity A.M.E. Zion of Greensboro, Shiloh Baptist Church of Greensboro, and United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church of Winston-Salem.

Additionally, Mr. Cooper has taught private piano and voice in Durham and Greensboro, North Carolina. He served as the Gospel Piano and Gospel Voice Instructor at the Music Academy of North Carolina in Greensboro. For almost thirteen years, he was the choral director of Mendenhall Middle School of Greensboro, North Carolina.

Currently, Mr. Cooper serves as the Minister of Music and Fine Arts of United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church. He maintains private voice and piano students within the triad area. Mr. Cooper continues to explore additional career and educational options including higher education instruction and the pursuit of a doctorate degree.


Administrative and Support Staff  

Rev. Sharon McKinney  — Administrative Assistant, Ext (1000)

Bro. Charles "Chuck" Blackwell — Facilities Manager

Sis. Sigrid Hall — Marketing & Communications

Bro. Gary Kootnz — Media Technology & Production, Ext (1014)

Bro. Raymond McCall — Custodian

Bro. Richard Mayes — Custodian

Bro. Warren D. Leggett — Church Treasurer, Ext (1006)