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. In 2010, after co-founding Agape Church with her husband, James, Nece joined full-time ministry as the Administrative Pastor and Children’s Ministry director. From that time until present, Nece has served in several areas of ministry and loves worship and helping children connect to the life-giving message of Jesus. She also manages the Laurel Farmers Market, a popular summertime event in Downtown Laurel. 

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. 

hagen harrison

Student Ministries Director / Bookkeeper

Hagen is a graduate of Highlands College. His heart for students and his understanding of the finished work of Jesus make for a passionate and Gospel focused student ministry! 

brad smith

Creative Team Director

The Creative team plays a part in everything you see, hear, and experience at Agape Church. From weekend services to graphics and social media, Agape Creative helps communicate the vision of this house and the hope of Jesus.