Senior Pastor :
Reverend Vonner G Horton
Known for her passion for excellence in ministry, Apostle Vonner G. Horton has changed the lives of many across the nation. Horton is the Senior Pastor of the New Oxley Hill Baptist Church in Merry Hill, North Carolina and founder of Sisters in the Spirit, a ministry dedicated to the up-lift of women. Horton assumed the ranks of pastor in 2000, after serving the church as its interim pastor. This marked a historic moment, making her one of the first female pastors called to pastor an established Missionary Baptist Church in the state of North Carolina. Since the start of her pastorate, the church has grown in membership and ministries.
After years of pastoral experience, ministering to the community and preaching and teaching across the country, God saw fit to expand her work. In December 2010, Horton was publicly affirmed to the office of Apostle. She is a mentor to both male and female, seeking only to advance the kingdom of God. Most recently Apostle Horton founded and organized the Joint Covenant Christian Alliance, a fellowship of pastors and churches dedicated to ministry and personal development.
Apostle Horton earned her Bachelors of Art degree in Organizational Management from Mount Olive College in Mount Olive, North Carolina. Before assuming the pastorate of New Oxley Hill, Horton was an educator. During her tenure with the North Carolina Public School System, her work and responsibilities ranged from classroom teacher to a system administrator. Also, Horton worked as a District Manager for McDonald’s Corporation, after having more than decade of service to the franchise.
Horton has and continues to serve numerous boards and commissions throughout the nation and around the world. The following are a few: Elizabeth City State Univiersity (ECSU) Board of Trustees; Faith Partnership, Inc.; Table of Faith Board of Directors; Sisters of Faith; Commissioner on the North Carolina Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism; Chair of the Bertie County Medical Transport Service Board; former Northeastern Coordinator for Governor Beverly Perdue; and former member of the ECSU Foundation Board of Directors.
A native of Williamston, North Carolina, Apostle Horton was born to Mr. Willis and the late Mary L. Griffin. She is the mother of one adult daughter, Rovonne Junelle and has adopted a host of spiritual children.