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About Pastor Dickerson

Pastor Ashanti H. Dickerson is fully dedicated to the work of the Lord. He is invested and cares deeply for the community. He is the proud husband of Lady Christina Dickerson and loving father of two sons, Zacari and Zuriel Dickerson and one daughter, Brielle Boone. Pastor Dickerson was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. One of two children born to Rosyln Grace and the late George W. Dickerson, he was raised in a Christian household where his mother instilled in him the word of God and took him to church regularly. Pastor Dickerson attended Southern Missionary Baptist Church for 39 years. He has been exposed to great teachers of the Gospel throughout his lifetime.

Pastor Dickerson was baptized by the late Rev. Dr. L. C. Walker around the age of six and accepted our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into his life at the young age of eight. At the age of thirteen, he was called to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At the age of eighteen, Pastor Dickerson was chosen by God and he accepted the call. After preaching three trial sermons, Pastor Dickerson received his Ministerial license on July 14, 1996 by Pastor Bob Hope Robinson. He was ordained under the pastoral leadership of Pastor Victor Wilson on May 7, 2011.

While at Southern Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Dickerson was a dedicated member of several auxiliaries. In the music department, he served as a choir member, drummer and choir director. Pastor Dickerson served as a member of the Jr. Laymen/Laymen auxiliaries as well as Sunday School, Youth Department, Christian Education, Vacation Bible School, and the Ministerial Staff as the Youth Minister. Pastor Dickerson has served as a teacher for New Members Class, Ministerial Classes, Youth and Adult Bible Study, and several Empire Baptist Missionary Convention Inc. Youth Auxiliary conferences.

Even as a boy, he exemplified a spirit of devotion and cared for the needs of others more than his own. As a young student, Pastor Dickerson was an advocate for social injustices and had a passion for effecting change in the world. He served as a team facilitator at the Ella Baker Academy for Non-Violence, a commissioner for the NYS Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, and a peace organizer for a three day 30-mile march for jobs, justice, and peace. He studied Journalism at Corcoran high school and studied Liberal Arts and History at the University at Albany. Pastor Dickerson served as the head director for the University at Albany Angelic Voices of Praise. During his college career, Pastor Dickerson was under watch care at Shiloh Baptist Church in Hudson, NY under the leadership of Pastor Ronald Grant, President of the Empire Baptist Missionary Convention of New York.

Pastor Dickerson has worked as a teaching assistant for the Syracuse City School District for 17 years. He believes in the importance of training up a child in the ways they should go. Pastor Dickerson has overcome many personal struggles. The love of God and of preaching the word of God has always been his motivation. He realized it was time to go higher in Christ and do the work of the Lord. On March 18,2015, Pastor Dickerson was called to New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. He was installed as pastor of the New Hope MBC on September 19, 2015.

Pastor Dickerson is a true man of God, who is anointed to preach the Word of God and to minister to the needs of the people of God. He does so with passion for the Word and compassion and love for the people. Pastor Dickerson is also very visible in the Community. He works diligently with

other pastors and leaders of the community. He has been instrumental in establishing programs to address the needs of the community. He is often asked to preach, teach, and pray in various settings. Pastor Dickerson holds numerous recognitions and awards for outstanding service, dedication and distinguished service including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Award-Unsung Hero.

Pastor Dickerson enjoys preaching, music and spending time with his family. He is known to many as a man of humility and integrity. He loves people and takes great pleasure in being a servant of the Lord. He remains focused on ministry, growth and outreach. Pastor Dickerson’s ministry is best accurately described in Isaiah 61:1-2, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek, he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

A man chosen for this time, Pastor Ashanti H. Dickerson

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Welcome From the Pastor

"Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ! We are a family of high-spirited, loving, and imperfect people, serving, praying to, praising and worshipping a most holy, perfect, and divine God. We are correctly named New Hope because we believe that although God has already been in existence, many are experiencing His touch now for the first time in their lives and have a feeling of trust in His unfailing love and power. It is our desire to always provide an atmosphere where we can receive fresh anointing, fresh fire, and fresh bread. You have a spiritual gift, gifts and a divinely planned purpose in life. Here at New Hope MBC, you can discover and/or develop your spiritual gift/gifts, and discover God's purpose for your life. Get ready for breakthroughs and empowerment to do great works in the kingdom of God! We will forever perfect our praise, worship in spirit and in truth, and sharpen our gifts. That being said, we strive to provide ample opportunities where those gifts can be used to edify one another. We are a church family driven to transform lives through the word of God and exemplifying His love.

We strive to provide a place of worship that does not judge anyone's fault because we all have faults and none of us are perfect. All of us were born in sin and all have fallen short of God's glory. All of us are under construction striving to be better than the day before. This is why we have chosen to become a part of this body of believer that we might encourage one another, pray for and with one another, and edify each other with our gifts so that we can build each other up with love and not tear one another down through judgmental eyes and hurtful gossip. For this cause it is very important that we stay humble, be honest with ourselves, God, and each other, and love each other through whatever trials and tribulations we must face in order to complete God's perfect work in all of us. We do not use the sacrifice of Jesus as a safety net to continue to sin, but we understand that through His unconditional love, He has provided us grace to ever press forward towards the mark of the high calling in Jesus Christ.

Again, I welcome you to New Hope MBC!"

Rev. Ashanti H. Dickerson                                                                         Pastor/Teacher

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