Our Pastor

Senior Pastor



Reverend D. Lavel Crawford

The prophetic preaching of D. Lavel Crawford, Sr., touches the human condition to challenge the hearer to believe God is able. He is the husband to Stephanie and the father of six children, Dana, Jr., Tangier, Christin, Chelsea, Morgan and Jessica. Born in Ocala, Florida in a generation which felt the struggle for civil rights, yet understands the struggle of a new generation, he attended Central Florida Community College and then Florida A&M University, where he majored in music and was a member of FAMU’s famous ‘Marching 100′.

Raised in a family with a history in African Methodism, D. Lavel Crawford, Sr., received Christ and accepted the call to preach in February 1992. Having been baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit; and with the guidance of his Father in Ministry and mentor, Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr., Rev. Crawford served for five years as associate minister and Director of Evangelism and Membership at St. Mark A.M.E. Church, Orlando, FL.


Rev. Crawford has served as pastor of Mt. Pleasant A.M.E. Church in Fruitland Park, FL., 1997 thru 1999, Greater Mount Olive A.M.E. Church, Merritt Island, FL., 1999 thru 2002, Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Oakland, FL., 2002 thru 2008 and Mt. Moriah A.M.E. Church, Cocoa, FL, 2008 thru 2010. He has served as the District Secretary of the Daytona Beach District, Conference Secretary of the Orlando Florida Conference and Statistician for the Central Florida Conference. Rev. Crawford has also served as a board member of the Anvil Development Corporation and as an advisory board member of the Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corporation. He is also a member of the NAACP.


Rev. Crawford has twice traveled to Africa where he participated in an Evangelism Crusade covering three countries. he has served as Section Leader of Street Evangelism for the Department of Church Growth and Development of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. During his tenure in the 11th Episcopal District, he was recognized as “Pastor of the year” from the Young People’s Division. While serving these past two years at Mt. Moriah, he was recognized for his leadership amongst the business leaders in the August 2010 edition of “Space Coast Magazine” in Brevard County, Florida.


Humbled by the opportunity, Rev. Crawford gratefully accepted the transfer and appointment to serve as Senior Pastor at Bethel A.M.E. Church, Little Rock, AR in October 2010. The assignment given Rev. Crawford for Bethel Little Rock is to”Equip and Empower People for Victorious Living.”


Rev. Crawford was excited to accept the transfer appointment to serve as the Senior Pastor at Avery Chapel A.M.E. Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in November 2014.


Rev. Crawford holds that, “as long as there is breath in your body, there is hope for your soul.”