Rev. Cleo Firby, Sr. Pastor
Pastor Cleo Firby was born in Wadesboro, North Carolina, where she received her education and graduated from the Faison High School. She met the Lord at an early age, and would beg her father and mother to go with them to the adult Bible class every week. As a result of her rural life she had much time to communicate with Him throughout the natural setting of farm life. Like David, she learned that, "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof."
Coming to Philadelphia in 1954, she enrolled in the Philadelphia School of Nursing remaining faithful to the Lord, under the leadership of the late Reverend Hattie Coleman in the Glorious F.B.H. Church. She was Youth Director of the young people of Downington, PA., Coatesville, PA and New York. Later on she met and married her husband, Wilbert L. Firby and joined his church. Accepting her call to preach the gospel, though with much opposition to "women preachers," she gave her all to the Lord and proclaimed the good news in season and out of season; doing revivals in and out of the city with signs following.
Rev. Ronald Bolden, Assistant Pastor
Ronald Bolden was born February 11, 1955 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
He was educated in the Philadelphia Public School System graduating from Germantown High School in 1972.
Growing up during the turbulent times of the '60s brought many challenges to the young man Ronald Bolden. The same challenges that caused many of his peers to fail in life or even to perish, proved to be a "wilderness experience" for this Man-of-God-under-construction. His testimony puts the enemies of God to an open shame.
Ronald Bolden gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1976. He is blessed to this day for his decision to share his life during that same year and marry Diane Walden, with whom he honors God parenting four children, Tymyka, Terrance, Wynette, and Lisa, and grandchildren.
Seriously pursuing his life of salvation, Ronald Bolden enrolled and graduated from the first class of Faith Bible School in 1982. He continues to this day being an honored teacher of the Word of God in the same institution. He is also even now serving as a Deacon in Faith Tabernacle Holiness Church.