The Reverend Keisha Janel Agard
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor."
Born in Brooklyn, New York and raise in Queens, The Rev. Keisha Janel Agard is the youngest of six children with strong Caribbean and South American roots.
Rev. Agard's steps are ordered by the Lord, and her foundation is based on the word of God, and she lives the principles of God found in Philippians 3:14, as she presses towards the mark of the prize of the high calling of Christ Jesus.
Rev. Agard is a gifted and anointed preacher, teacher, psalmist, praise dancer and worship leader. She surrendered herself to the Lord and has allowed her gifts to be used for His glory. Under her leadership and vision she has developed the “Extended Grace” project that led a missions team to Guyana to help support ministries in that country. Rev. Agard has also birthed “Liberated to Love”, a project that educates, emancipates, and enriches the lives of those who are wrestling with the lasting effects of sexual abuse.
Rev. Agard currently serves as the Chief of Staff and Assistant to the Pastor of the over 6,000 member Greater Centennial AME Zion Church in Mount Vernon, New York under the anointed pastorate of the Reverend Doctor Stephen W. Pogue. With the spirit of love and compassion she provides leadership and oversight to over 30 ministers and over 60 ministries.
Reverend Agard is a graduate of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dramatic Speech and Dance, and a graduate of Howard University School of Divinity where she earned her Master of Divinity degree. Rev. Agard was a Gardner C. Taylor Fellow at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, New York. Rev. Agard is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and currently she serves as one of the Chaplains. Rev. Agard is a recipient of the "Sojourner Truth Service Award" for her service in her community and with youth and young adults from the National Association of Negro Professional and Business Woman Club and a recipient of the "Standing on Their Shoulders" Women in Leadership award for her impact in the lives of women in and around her community. Rev. Agard was also a guest commentator in the acclaimed African American Lectionary on the topic of Singles Sunday.
As an accomplished performer and recording artist, Rev. Agard has been blessed to perform with such musical greats as Teddy Pendergrass, Stephanie Mills, Enrique Inglesis, Bebe Winans and Richard Smallwood, just to name a few.
Reverend Agard was licensed to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in August of 2000 and ordained in March 2007 under the nurturing leadership of her father in the ministry the Rev. Dr. Marvin J. Bentley at the Antioch Baptist Church of Corona. Rev. Agard was also blessed to serve at the historic Metropolitan Baptist Church under the pastorate of the renowned Pastor, Rev. Dr. H. Beecher Hicks, Jr., where she served with the music, dance, women and youth ministries. In January of 2007 Reverend Agard became the Minister of Children, Youth and Young Adults at the First Institutional Baptist Church in Phoenix, Arizona, under the impactful pastorate of The Rev. Dr. Warren H. Stewart, Sr. In 2010 Rev. Agard became the Minister of Children, Youth, and Young Adults at the Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church under the leadership of the now Bishop W. Darin Moore. In 2014 Rev. Agard was ordained an Elder by Bishop Dennis Vernon Proctor, The presiding Prelate of the New York Annual Conference of the AME Zion Church.
God continues to bless the life of Rev. Agard and her faith rest on His Word for her life as she is confident that the best is yet to come as she stands on His promise that, eyes have not seen, neither ears heard, nor entered into the hearts of man that which God has prepared for those that love Him.
1 Corinthians 2:9