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Praise God for this opportunity to share with you some important milestones in my life and ministry. It has been an incredible journey so far and I believe it can only get better!
I was born and raised in Philadelphia , the 3 oldest of 11 siblings and not from the most affluent family. God enabled me to graduate from High School and to go on to higher education.
In college, I discovered that I had a natural affinity to the medical professions.
So, I began training first as an operating room technician, and then I completed 3 years of training to become a licensed Professional Registered nurse through Philadelphia General Hospital. Caring for people just seemed to come naturally!
A friend in the profession suggested that I might like to go into teaching in Health Occupations given my ability to work with people.
So another chapter had begun. Back to school, this time Temple University from where I received a Bachelors Degree in Education and eventually my Professional Teaching certificate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The next thirty plus years was spent teaching in Secondary and Adult Education in the Philadelphia School System.
God was at work in all of these secular activities. I was recognized by my colleagues and was awarded The Chaplin of Four Chaplains’ Legion of Honor Membership and was also nominated for the Rose Lindenbaum Improvement-of-Education Award. As well a Recognitions for Volunteer Service in various community organizations.
During those years I was married to the late Rev. Dr. Edward S. Armstrong of Merchantville, New Jersey and raised a family. God used my husband to help bring me to the Lord. Together we worked in ministry. God allowed us to found churches in Philadelphia (one of which exist today) and to minister on the mission field in Liberia, West Africa and to participate in medical missions in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as pastoring in churches in New Jersey. As a pastor’s wife I learned even more about people and how to better care for their physical (RN), mental (BS Ed), and spiritual (Born Again) needs. God uses everything that we yield to Him for our good and His Glory.
Education was again a vital part of the process of serving God and His people.
As of this writing I have diplomas in Biblical Studies from Faith Christian Baptist Church Bible School, Philadelphia, Pa; New Life Fellowship Church – Alpha Omega Academy’s Diploma of Practical Theology, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Certificate of Biblical Studies.
As well as certificates of completion from the Evangelical Teachers Training Association, Equipping Ministries International’s Life Training, and our own Koinonia School of Ministry.
I have been a member of ALFC since 1995, this membership resulting from a merger between my previous church, New Life Fellowship (a cell group church) and Trinity Fellowship both of New Jersey . In January of 2000 I was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by Abundant Life Fellowship.
Currently, as a member of the pastoral team, my responsibilities include but are not limited to providing oversight for our Small Group Ministry, serving as a board member on the Apostolic Council and on occasion share in the preaching and teaching of the Gospel.
For the past thirty years, Rev. Richard W. Minus has played an important role in Christian ministry in several parts of the United States and overseas. He holds degrees from both Delaware State College and Princeton Theological Seminary.
In 1976 Richard W. Minus simultaneously began his public ministry and entered the United States Armed Forces, where he served as an Army chaplain for over three years.
During his tenure in the Army, Rev. Richard Minus was bestowed the US Army Achievement medal as well as the US Army Meritorious Service medal.
Rev. Minus has served as Pastor to The Second Baptist Church in Moorestown, NJ and also to Westminster Presbyterian Church in Jamaica, NY.
Rev. Minus also served the Family Service of Burlington County, New Jersey for twelve years in his role as program manager of a geriatric patient care program. Former patients at the Philadelphia VA Hospital may also remember his chaplaincy there.
For several years Rev. Richard Minus served as the co-founder and Senior Pastor of Agape Christian Fellowship in Burlington, NJ. Subsequently he united with Dr. Abraham E. Fenton to serve as co-Pastor of the former Trinity Fellowship of South Jersey, which later became Abundant Life Fellowship.
Here at Abundant Life Fellowship, Rev. Minus’ humble, genuine, prophetic leadership is held in very high esteem. His empathetic yet candid pastoral care and counsel has endeared him to the hearts of many believers.
Rev. Richard W. Minus now serves as Director of Pastoral Care at Abundant Life Fellowhsip. He also serves as an integral member of our Apostolic Counsel, which gives pastoral oversight to the church membership.
Basil O. Osbourne, Sr. serves the Abundant Life family as a member of the Apostolic Council, the governing body of the church. He is also one of our Zone Pastors, giving oversight, along with his wife Virginia, to four of our Koinonia (cell) groups. Basil also teaches the Men’s Class in the Koinonia School of Ministry.
Originally a native of the Caribbean island of Barbados, Basil was born the second oldest of five children. He received the Lord as his personal Savior at a very early age and has since dedicated His life entirely to the Lord.
Basil immigrated to the United States in June of 1969 and joined the membership of La Fayette Church of God in Brooklyn, NY. There he served in the choir, the men’s group, as a scout master, and as a deacon. He also gave instruction and assistance in finance, taxes, and investments. It was there Basil met and married his wife, Virginia.
In March of 1984 the family relocated to South Jersey because of a job transfer to the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, where Basil worked as a Stock Broker and Options Trader. That was when Basil was introduced to Pastors Abraham and Eve Fenton and became charter members of Trinity Fellowship Church, now Abundant Life Fellowship. In those founding days, Basil and Virginia gave yeoman service. Basil served as NetCare (cell) leader, part of the Audio set-up crew, member of the Stewardship team, Usher, Choir Member, Royal Rangers leader, and Church Board Member. Basil recalls this as a turning point in his life as Pastor Fenton drew the men ‘under his wings’ and led them through a series of classes called Operation Timothy.
In order to equip himself even further for service to the people of God, Basil enrolled at the Manna Bible Institute, and in May of 2002 he received their Diploma in Theological Studies and a Teaching Certificate. He describes his desire to serve God and His people as a ‘hunger and thirst’. Basil’s purpose is to be obedient to God and be available in his ministry of Finance and Investments.
Basil and his wife of 42 years, Virginia, reside in Mt. Laurel, NJ. They have two adult children, Basil II, and Cassandra, one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren. When asked what she admired or appreciated most about her husband Virginia’s answer was immediate: “I admire Basil’s genuine and consistent manifestation of all the fruit of the Spirit. It has provided much needed balance in my own life and in our home.”
Sister Virginia Osbourne is the wife of Rev. Basil Osbourne – they have been married for 42 years, and have two adult children, Basil jr. and Cassandra, both also married and raising children of their own. The Osbournes have been members of Abundant Life fellowship Church for almost 30 years – ever since it was first know as Trinity Fellowship. Sister Osbourne, has been a Christian for as long as she can remember, but is particularly aware of her baptism by the Spirit at age 12. Needless to say, therefore, that she possesses a tremendous wealth of spiritual knowledge which she is always eager to share. It is no wonder therefore, that she volunteers her time to teach others through the Abundant Life Institute. Her passion is to ensure that others receive sound spiritual teaching that is based solely on the unquestionable truth of God’s Word.
God blessed me to have grown up in loving, stable, Christian home in Alexandria, VA. With parents who loved the Lord and loved her and her siblings unconditionally. Her ancestry has been documented back 300 years to Ghana. Her life has been blessed by her marriage to late Rev. Lucius Shuler, Jr. for the past 47 years. Both Ruth and Rev. Lucius Shuler served in ministry over 47 years. Their lives have been enriched by their favor of God with his blessing of giving them two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and three grandchildren. Their oldest son LTC. Lucius Shuler, III, his wife LaRochelle Shuler, and their daughter Chanel Shuler. Their youngest son is COL. Paul David Shuler and his wife and his wife Colista Shuler who are parents of Sabrina Renee Shuler and Caleb Austin Shuler. Both sons are on active duty in the United States Army.
Ruth’s professional career spans over 40 years. She graduated from Virginia State University with a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education. She chose to stay be a stay at home mom during her sons’ formative years. She reentered the teaching profession, moved 15 times with her and sons during Lucius’ 21 year career in the Army. Ruth later earned earned a M.A. Degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from the College of New Jersey.
Ruth’s faith and trust in God were greatly increased when her husband served two years of active duty in the Vietnam War. Upon Luscius’ retirement from the Army, Ruth began her career as a teacher for the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Later she was promoted to Assistant Supervisor of Education (Principal). She retired from N.J. Dept. of Corrections as a principal. She is a Licensed Counselor by the Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners. She is a member of several professional organizations: Correctional Education Ass., N.J. Education Ass., N.J. Counseling Ass., Communications Workers of America, and Board of Trustees for the Children.
She is a member of Abundant Life Fellowship Church. Her areas of ministry are Zone Supervisor of Small Cell Groups, Director of Children’s Ministries, On the Apostolic Counsil, and the Women’s Ministry. One of her favorite scriptures is “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;”…PS 3:5-6.(NKJ)
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