Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Dr. James johnson-Hill

Founding & Lead Pastor

Dr. James Johnson-Hill is the founder and lead pastor of Agape Church. Pastor James has roots in Jones County, Mississippi. Prior to moving to Laurel, Pastor James served as the Associate Pastor for 13 years at Agape Church in San Luis Obispo, CA. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, James completed his Doctorate of Ministry in July of 2000. Pastor James has a genuine love for people and is passionate to see the church look like heaven… people of every race, every culture, every age and every background worshiping God, loving God, loving one another and living life together! As pastor and teacher Pastor James’ ministry focuses on building the local church, reaching people with the gospel, and developing passionate followers of Christ. His practical, and often humorous presentation inspires believers and reaches the unchurched.

nece hill

Administration & Women's Pastor

Nece was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, CA. A graduate of Mission College Prep, she pursued further education at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, and later received a degree in Early Childhood Education. Nece serves in several areas of ministry and loves worship and helping children connect to the life-giving message of Jesus. 

gabe malone

Worship Arts Director

Gabe is rooted and grounded in the radical grace of God. He sings with passion as he leads the congregation to focus on the finished work of Jesus as we worship. 

joshua pugh

Student Ministry Director

Josh is passionate about students having a deep relationship with Jesus. Josh has first hand experience with Agape Students having been a graduate and later an intern with Agape. He is currently student teaching at Northeast Jones and is one of the founders of Together.

hagen harrison

Bookkeeper / Facilities Coordinator

Hagen is a graduate of Highlands College. He work as part of the finance team to ensure accounting records and church database records present an accurate and timely financial picture of the church. He is engaged to Clara Wimberly.

Blake Moss

Operations Director

Blake is responsible for helping implement and execute the vision and values of Agape Church while overseeing the leadership teams on a weekly basis. Blake also facilitates our Discover Agape classes. He was raised here in Laurel and is married to Tiffany and they have a daughter named Ainslee.

Russell and Julie Delk

agapeKIDS Directors

Russell and Julie serve as the agapeKIDS diectors. They have been married since May 2018 and have three children, Grayson, Conrad and Jovie. They both have a heart to see the next generation grow closer in their walk with Christ and to form life-giving community along the way. In their free time, they love to hang out with family Crossfit, and explore baseball stadiums.

Jeff and Kim Guined

Prayer Team Leaders

Jeff and Kim serve as Prayer Team Leaders. They exhibit proven spiritual maturity and  leadership skills such as both an intercessor and a leader.