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Pastor Lashley and his wife, Shelly, have been blessed with three beautiful daughters. They and their children have been born and raised in Peoria and have a great burden to see God's vision for this community come to pass. Pastor served as Youth Pastor and then as an Elder before taking over the pastorate in 2005. His gentle spirit is combined with an unyielding adherence to the scriptures. Pastor's passion for God, and the precepts of God, inspires us all to grow in Christ and shows us there is more to life than just physical existence. 

Pastor Jeffrey Lashley


associate pastor Jonathan Lashley

Jonathan and his wife, Carie, have faithfully served the Pentecostals of Peoria in a full time capacity for over 20 years. Having served as the Principal of New Life Christian Academy for 17 years, Jonathan currently serves as our business administrator overseeing our Ministry Leaders as well as the everyday business of the church. He also serves as Dean of Purpose Institute-Peoria, a satellite campus of Purpose Institute in Canton, OH. Working together, this couple continues to be a powerful ministry team with a strong passion for excellence.


associate pastor Jason grant

The Lord has blessed Jason and his wife, Jennifer, with three great sons. They have served at the Pentecostals of Peoria in various capacities over the years including roles as Sunday School teachers and members of the Youth Committee. Jason has also served as Sunday School Director, Premarital Counselor and currently serves as our Family Life Pastor.

Jennifer is our Music Director and both are involved in playing instruments in worship. Their lives are a testimony to the fact that while a good marriage is never easy, it is the plan of God, and with hard work, it can bring fulfillment for each partner that God intended. 


Elder Robert staton

Elder Robert Staton has been a member of the Pentecostals of Peoria for 20 years. His wife Barbara, grew up in this church and attended the school, New Life Christian Academy, during her high school years. They are currently serving on the Pastoral Staff, the Married Couples Ministry and he is the Principal of New Life Christian Academy. They have served in various ministries in the past including, Sunday School Ministry, Bus Ministry and on the Hospitality Staff. They have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, a wonderful son-in-law and three grandchildren.


Bishop James Lashley

Bishop Lashley came to Peoria from Greenville, Mississippi in 1966 and began pastorate with just 12 members. Over the next few years, the church exploded in growth. In 1970, Bishop, along with the men of the church, built our current facility. He and his wife Alice, faithfully served as our Pastor for 40 years. During this time, Bishop served on numerous regional boards and as a Presbyter for the Illinois District of the United Pentecostal Church. From 2008-2013, Bishop served as the Dean of Students at Christian Life College in Stockton, California. They have returned to Peoria and are once again serving on our ministry team. 

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