Meet Our Pastor...
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Pastor Maurice L. Bryant
Elder Maurice Bryant is a man of God. He is born of God’s Spirit, Filled with God’s Spirit and walks by the guidance of God’s Spirit. He is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and is one of 2 children.
Elder Maurice accepted the Lord at an early age and has enjoyed serving God’s people in various ministries such as the Jail Ministry, Outreach & Evangelism Ministry and the Music Ministry as a drummer. He has served as Youth Pastor, under the leaderships of Pastor Joel C. James, (James Temple Church of God in Christ) and Pastor Howard D. McMahon, Sr. (Greater Prayer Garden Church of God in Christ.) Elder Maurice is currently the Interim Pastor at Higher Ground Church Fellowship Center serving under the leadership of Overseer Elder Calvin J. Hooks.
Elder Bryant was licensed as a minister of the Gospel in August 2009 and ordained an Elder in the Church of God in Christ in August 2011 under Bishop Edward T. Cook.
He studied Business Management at ITT Technical Institute and has over 10 years of tenure at Citigroup where he is currently employed as an Assistant Vice President in the Retail Banking Department. He is currently attending Ohio Christian University studying Business Management and Pastoral Counseling (Dual Major) with a minor in biblical studies.
At Citigroup he has won various awards & has gained significant achievements for his involvement in community and site initiatives such as the Boys and Girls Club and the Urban League. He was a recipient of the Employee Community Award for his efforts with the 2015 Make a Wish Campaign and also the 2016 Community Award. He has also received a 2016 Platinum Award from Make A Wish.
Elder Bryant has written and produced several stage plays, traveled the Tri-State area as a Christian Comedian under the stage name, The L.A.W.S Comedian (Laughing And Winning Souls). He has had the privilege of preaching in many venues.
Elder Bryant is a dedicated family man and enjoys spending time with his three children, sons Leontye, Kyle and daughter Sydney, which he considers his first and most important ministry. The Lord has given him a passion and a heart for people.
His life scripture is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!”
Elder Maurice L. Bryant
Rev. Calvin J. Hooks
On behalf of the officers, staff and entire membership, we want to express how happy we are that you are visiting our site. Yes, we are “The Church Seeking a Higher Level of Spirituality.” We aren’t the perfect church, but we are striving to be the church that God would be pleased with. We’re excited because we’re aiming to build a congregation that looks like Heaven, irrespective of race, creed, color or denomination.
We are a non-denominational body of Believers.
Higher Ground has been blessed with members who are striving to grow in faith and to live a more prosperous, holy and Christian life. We realize that God has blessed us so that we can be a blessing to our families, our church, our communities and the world.
It is very important that you understand that you should be actively involved in a body of Believers to receive the abundant blessings God has in store for You. However, be prayerful and seek God concerning where He wants you to attend and serve.
If you are a new Believer, your growth in Christ should be nurtured and sustained by studying the Word of God for yourself. We pray that when you are in the area you will join us for a rewarding experience.
Because of God’s Love, we are Blessed!
Rev. Calvin J. Hooks, Founder/Overseer
Rev. Deborah D. Hooks, Co-Founder/Senior Elder
Elder Maurice L. Bryant, Pastor
TRUSTEES - 2018