Renaldo Watkis was appointed to serve as Northeast District Minister in October 1998. Prior to his appointment, he served as pastor of The House of the Lord Church located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
During his 17-year pastorate, Watkis gained valuable ministry experience through the many and varied programs instituted at the church. These programs included youth computer classes, a neighborhood youth choir, providing Thanksgiving meals for the hungry, distributing toiletries to the homeless, and creating a coffee house at the local church during the winter seasons.
Watkis served as chaplain for Families of Victims Against Violence (“FOVAV”) for several years, and conducted worship services at the Bedford-Stuyvesant Senior Citizens Home. He regularly hosted the weekly radio broadcast for the African Peoples’ Christian Organization (“APCO”).
Ordained to the Ministry of the Gospel in 1982, Watkis has conducted Bible Studies across the City of New York, as well as in the hospital where he is employed. Through his teaching ministry, many have received the Word of God, and countless souls have been saved. It is always a joy whenever he encounters friends and family members who have received the gift of salvation through his ministry.
Watkis has been married for more than thirty years to Sandra James-Watkis, and they have been blessed with two sons, Ayinde P.J. Watkis and Andwele A. Watkis, both of whom are active in the Church.