Dr. Ward, understanding his call, is equipped to do the work of the ministry. He holds an AA Degree in Business Administration, a BA, Master’s, and Doctorate Degrees in Theology. He also studied music in college and has a passion for excellence in the music ministry. Additionally, Dr. Ward served as president and director of the Star Bethel choirs.
After graduating from McClymonds High School, in Oakland, and attending Merritt Junior College, Dr. Ward enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps, where he served his country for 2 years. He spent 13 months in Viet Nam and was honored with a Purple Heart after being wounded on Easter Sunday in 1967 while in combat in the Viet Nam War.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, born to Edward Ward, Sr. and Hattie H. Gray; he accepted Christ and was baptized at the age of 5 on Easter Sunday in New Orleans. Dr. Ward acknowledged and accepted his calling into the Gospel ministry on January 12, 1980 and was licensed to preach in April of 1980. Dr. Ward was ordained in April of 1983 by Dr. C. Cedric Claiborne in Oakland, California.
Dr. Ward is passionate about proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ, making the Word of God relevant in the lives of believers, and building the Kingdom of God in the congregation and community.