2. To disciple converts for Christ.
3. To strengthen the fellowship of believers in Christ.
Alexander Lampkin was born in Chicago, Illinois to Olyen and Henrietta Lampkin. He is married to the former Laveta Baggett and their union has produced three sons—Brenton Alexander, Branden Ashton, and Braidan Alon.
After an evangelistic crusade by Elder L.O. Anderson in 1972, Pastor Lampkin, his mother, and one younger brother were baptized as charter members of the newly organized Maywood SDA in Maywood, IL.
Pastor Lampkin graduated from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois where he graduated in three years. In 1982 at the age of twenty, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama. While there, he served in the Student Senate, was president of the Lake Region Conference campus chapter and actively participated in campus and community religious affairs. Upon graduation from Oakwood, Pastor Lampkin served three years as pastor of Alpha Agape SDA Church, in East Saint Louis, Illinois for the Illinois Conference where scores of converts were added to the church. Then he matriculated through Andrews University Theological Seminary in Berrien Springs, Michigan in 1985 where he received a Masters of Divinity degree in 1988.
Pastor Lampkin’s next pastoral assignment following graduation from the Seminary was a brief post as Associate minister for the Goshen SDA Church in Chicago, Illinois serving from 1988 to 1990. In May 1990, he became the pastor of the Beverly Hills SDA Church in Chicago, Illinois where he served until 1995. During this time, in 1990, he was ordained into the gospel minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, added scores of believers to the fellowship, liquidated school indebtedness of $50,000, renovated the church, and made the church debt free by 1993. In 1993, in addition to his pastoral duties, he became the Black Youth coordinator for the Illinois Conference. Then in 1995, he completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Department of Religion and Health at Christ Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
In 1995, he received a call to the South Central Conference and served as pastor of the Lexington/Frankfort, Kentucky district from 1995-1998. During his tenure, he presented weekly devotional messages on the “Breakfast Buddies” radio program on 950AM in Lexington, Kentucky. He also initiated a weekly “After School Enrichment Program” that received local reputation and led to their staff being asked to coordinate the Summer program for the Lexington School Board of Education in 1997.
From 1998 to 2006, Pastor Lampkin served as the director for the departments of Community Services, Housing, and Inner City, and Disaster Response for the South Central conference of SDA. During his tenure, he trained more than 500 volunteers, served over 50,000 survivors of disasters such as 9/11 and Katrina through the Adventist volunteer network, initiated a dozen community services centers and food pantries, and added six multi-family housing complexes and two new senior citizen housing complexes worth more than 10 million dollars in Alabama and Mississippi. In addition to his departmental duties, he has served as interim pastor in Yazoo/Rolling Fork/Belzoni, Mississippi (1998-1999), New Life in Nashville, Tennessee (2002-2003), and Pulaski and Columbia, Tennessee district (2005). Pastor Al, as he is affectionately called during evangelistic campaigns, has conducted evangelistic campaigns in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1999 and Springfield, Tennessee in 2000.
Pastor Al served as the pastor of the College Hill SDA Church in Knoxville, TN from 2006-2014. In August 2007, his congregation organized and hosted a company of more than two dozen African refuges from Burundi. The Burundians conducted a separate worship service in the fellowship hall of the church. By October 31, his congregation held a mortgage burning ceremony, and by 2010 the congregation begun groundbreaking for a debt-free school building.
Since January 2015, Pastor Lampkin has been serving as associate pastor of First SDA Church, and lead pastor of the Abundant Life Ministries Campus in new Market, AL. Pastor and Mrs. Lampkin have a passion for ministry. It is their desire to share the love of Christ and prepare as many people as possible for His soon return.
Abundant Life Ministries (ALM) was born of the Holy Spirit, where Christ continues to serve as the Chief Cornerstone. The ministry has built its foundation on love, prayer and fellowship in Jesus Christ, which served as the sustaining power when faith was tested.
ALM opened its doors to worshippers on Sabbath, October 4, 2008. Wednesday evening prayer meeting was added later and subsequently changed to Tuesday evenings to facilitate three situations. First, it facilitated hosting a community-based bible study class versus the traditional prayer meeting. Secondly, it provided the opportunity for those who wanted to attend prayer meeting service at First Seventh Day Adventist Church (FSDAC) to do so. Finally, it allowed Drake State Community and Technical College to offer GED classes to the community at the facility.
ALM built its ministry on the power of prayer and fellowship. Every first Sabbath, after fellowship dinner, the body of believers would gather for prayer. There were countless evidences to answered prayer. However, two notable answers to prayer led to the purchase of the ALM van and television monitor. The first started when Elder Naomi Barton, at one of the prayer sessions, announced that she saw a van and had claimed it by faith. The team joined her in prayer. Before the following Sabbath, Pastor Benjamin Jones Jr. informed the group that an anonymous sponsor donated $10,000.00 to the group for the purchase of a van. The van was acquired that very week and Isaiah 65:24, “Before you call I will answer…, was realized. The second remarkable testimony to the fulfilment of God’s amazing promise was another prayer request from the group for a flat screen television monitor to enhance the worship service. The group expected to acquire the monitor within a couple of months, but that was not God’s plan. The following Sabbath, someone left $900.00 in a Bible that provided the funds for the purchase of the television.
ALM pastors have included Senior Pastor Benjamin Jones (2008-2012) with Associate Pastor Alfred Hill, and pastoral intern Pastor James Caldwell; and the current Senior Pastor, Debleaire Snell (2010-present) with associates Pastor Alfred Hill (2008 -2015), Pastor Alfonzo Greene (2010-present) and Pastor Alexander Lampkin (October 2015-present).
Abundant Life Ministries currently functions as a second campus of First SDA Church with Pastor Alexander Lampkin serving as the lead campus pastor.
Our Leadership Team
|Last Name||First Name||Position|
|Bailey||John||Bldg Fund Chair|
|Maycock||Connie||Sabbath School Supt|
|Padro||Dalia||Hospitality Chair and Couples Ministries|
|Shipe||Jacqui||Womens Ministries |
ALM’s outreach activities have included house to house visitation by knocking on doors three Sabbaths per month, distributing tracks, praying with residents, and conducting surveys of families’ needs. ALM also partnered with the Food Valu Supermarket to host its first Health Screening and Nutrition Fair, followed by an eight-week health seminar facilitated my Paula and Curtis Eakins. The effort resulted in two baptisms. Other outreach activities conducted included a Stop Smoking Clinic, Community Story Hour, community choir, Bible Bowl team, cooking classes, Vacation Bible School, health fairs and a community garden. During the April 2011 tornadoes, ALM responded to the needs of Saddle Creek Community residents by hosting a cookout to provide food for the residents. Other ministries were added as additional congregants joined the ALM team. Elder Oliver and Mrs. Jacquelyn Shipe introduced the Helping Hands Ministry that continues to provide staple food to residents on the first Sunday of each month. The Shipes were also instrumental in engaging the Huntsville Public Library Book Mobile to serve the community.
Many Bible studies were also conducted from the work of Elder Naomi Barton, who connected with community members in their homes; and Elder Nurse using his place of business, ADVENT AUTO as a ministry outpost. Materials used included: the Amazing Facts Basic and Advanced Series, Prophecy of Hope Series, and the New Beginnings DVD Series.
Church Growth ministries were conducted by Pastor James Caldwell in 2010, Pastor Benjamin Jones Jr. in 2011, Pastor Debleaire Snell in 2012, Elders John Bailey and Harrison Nurse in 2013, and Pastor Alexander Lampkin in 2016.