Pastor Drake P.  Barber - Senior Pastor

Pastor, Drake P. Barber and his family who hails from St. Paul, Minnesota.  Pastor Barber first accepted Christ in 1973.  He heeded the call of the Lord to go into ministry and attended Oakwood University, where he served two years in Indonesia as a Student Missionary.

In 1982, Pastor Barber was hired to work in the South Atlantic Conference.  He and his family have served in various states for the past thirty-six years. They have ministered in South Carolina in the cities of Greenwood, Anderson, Pageland and Ridgeland.

The Barbers have also served in North Carolina in Charlotte (Northeast), Salisbury, and at East Market Street Church of Greensboro, N.C.

Additionally, Pastor Barber pastored in Georgia in Augusta (Ebenezer SDA Church), Wrens (Wrens SDA Church), Norwood (Thomson), Savannah (West Broad), Garden City (Wrens 1st SDA Church), Hinesville, (Hinesville 1st SDA Church), East Point (Mt. Olive), Jonesboro (First Riverdale) and Smyrna (Shiloh).  He has also served as the Youth Director of the South Atlantic Conference of Seventh-day Adventist (2004-2010).

Drake P. Barber is married to the former Brenda Allen of Brooklyn, N.Y. who is the last child born to William and Mary Allen. Sister Barber is a product of Adventist Christian Education having matriculated through the system from elementary school through college. The Lord has used Mrs. Barber in ministry during her entire career. She served as a Literature Evangelist for five years while living in Augusta, Georgia. God miraculously called her to minister for Him in the classroom for 16 years where she has taught at various schools. Mrs. Barber retired in 2016, but still holds a part-time position as the librarian at the Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy.

The Barbers have four children,      
Son:  Drake J. and Daughters:  Brittany, Tauriette and Cherese. They also have three Grandchildren: Astoria, D'Andra and A'vonta.
Pastor Barber enjoys reading, computers, Scrabble, golf, singing, and meeting people.

Pastor Jermaine L. Nelson - Associate Pastor

Maranatha welcomes our new Youth Pastor, Jermaine Luke Nelson. Pastor Nelson was born on the beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica. He is the eldest child of the union of his parents, Glendon and Maureen Nelson. At the age of 17 he responded with conviction to the call from Jesus to preach the Gospel of Christ.

Under the tutelage of Pastor Hubert Wilkie, who became his mentor and spiritual father, Pastor Nelson began working as an usher in the local church and eventually became a deacon. From there he began his training as an elder and spent time in the field assisting with evangelistic meetings.

In 2013, Pastor Nelson responded to God's call to attend Oakwood University where he received his Bachelors in Theology. It was at Oakwood where he met his beautiful and amazing wife, the former Deanja Sturrup (pronounced de-an-ya) who he considers a gift from the Lord. On August 11, 2017, the were joined in marriage, and on September 25, 2020, they gave birth to their first child Jianna Brianna-Grace Nelson.

After leaving Oakwood, Pastor Nelson attended Andrews University Theological Seminary. There he completed the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program in the fall of 2020.

Pastor Nelson has held evangelistic campaigns in India, New York, Kenya and Honduras where many gave their lives to Christ. He is excited about learning from, and serving the Maranatha church family. He is a man who loves Jesus and loves to be involved in ministry with Jesus. He feels blessed of the Lord for having him on this journey and gives praise to the Lord for keeping him on the narrow path.

Pastor Nelson is thankful for his lovely wife who has loved him for better and worse, through joy and sorrow, and through laughter and tears. He is also grateful for his parents who have been there for him and helped him climb over mountains and walk through valleys.

Pastor Nelson's ministerial mantra comes from Ephesians 2:8, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God."