Pastor Q&A: Wayne Black and wife Princess A. Black
Wayne Black and wife, Princess A. Black together lead Perfecting Love Ministries which was formerly Bethlehem Healing Temple. The two have been leading the ministry since 2009.
Q: How did you get into ministry?
A: As lay members, Pastor Princess and I served or led various auxiliaries at our home church in Mansfield, Ohio. Princess acknowledged her call to ministry in 1998 and began serving on the church’s ministerial staff. She received required ministerial training and pursued advanced training. In 2006, Princess earned a Masters Degree in Clinical and Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. I acknowledged my call to ministry 2005. I had already completed required ministerial training with my wife years earlier because of my involvement in lay leadership. I am currently in seminary pursuing a Bachelor in Theology.
Q: What is your greatest joy in your pastoral role?
A: Our greatest joy is serving people we’ve led to Christ; watching them lovingly and faithfully mature and serve God through and lead others to Christ.
Q: Do you have a book or devotional recommendation?
A: My choice of devotional for the last couple of years has been, “Experiencing God Day by Day” by Henry T. Blackaby & Richard Blackaby. We have incorporated, “I Am A Church Member” by Thom Rainer into our new member’s orientation and utilized it as a Bible study course for long time members which helped, tremendously, with giving our congregation a realistic and healthy view of church. I highly recommend these publications.
Q: What is your life verse from the Bible and why?
A: Pastor Princess’ favorite scripture is John 4:23. She finds it intriguing the God, Who sees all; knows all and is everywhere—He’s looking (even in the church) for those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth. The Lord places great importance on worship. My inspirational scripture is John 13:34-35. The world will know us as true Believers of Christ—not by our spiritual gifting—but by our Christ-like love for fellow Believers.
Q: What is unique about your church?
A: We believe our church has a unique atmosphere of loving acceptance of people in their present state with the stated goal of leading them into a loving obedience to Christ. We also have a remarkably gifted / anointed music ministry.
Events: There an ongoing community youth event called, “Midnight Musical.” It has evolved into a bimonthly late night musical worship service, drawing performers and supporters from churches, schools and nearby universities. It has become a place where those looking for an organic worship experience come. It is also an incubator for performers who bring and develop new material and presentations.
Location: Perfecting Love Ministries is located at 1021 16th Street, Phenix City, AL 36867. Reach them by phone at 334.297.4605.