Our Pastor

Senior Pastor

Email:  esensha33@yahoo.com

Office:  405.424.3332

Reverend, Dr. Elijah Shafah

Rev. Elijah S. Shafah, affectionately called Pastor Shafah, comes from a family committed to service of God. A second generation pastor, he is the offspring of immigrants, Rev. & Mrs. Henry Borbor, both of Liberia, the first family of Mount Pleasant AME Church, Estill, South Carolina. 

Pastor Shafah hails from Atlanta where he graduated Clarkston High School, Clarkston, Georgia. In 2003, he graduated from Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, with a B.S. degree in Psychology, with a Minor in English. Pastor Shafah received the Masters of Divinity degree from the Interdenominational Theological Center (Turner Theological Semi-nary) in 2007 where he was the recipient of numerous academic and civic awards. 

Pastor Shafah started his ministry in the Atlanta North Georgia Confer-ence where he received both his Itinerant Deacon and Itinerant Elder’s Ordination. He is the former pastor of Cedar Springs AME Church, Whigham, GA (2001-2004), New Mount Carmel AME, Sharpsburg, GA (2004-2008), Fidelity AME Church, Atlanta, GA (2008-2009). 


Pastor Shafah took the opportunity to do full time ministry at the invita-tion of Bishop James Davis which led him to leave Atlanta and move to Alabama. He received the appointment to Greater Saint Paul AME Church, Troy, AL on September 19, 2009. God has tremendous blessed GSP over the course of twelve years of Pastor Shafah’s dynamic leader-ship. Greater Saint Paul has experienced phenomenal growth in church membership. Numerous ministries have been started at GSP which has broadened the congregation impact and import. The church has bought and paid off all of the surrounding property and owns nearly an entire block in downtown Troy, AL. 

Greater Saint Paul’s sanctuary, educational wing, and fellowship hall have been renovated with technological upgrades that make ministry rel-evant for the present age. Under Pastor Shafah’s leadership, the church started the Greater Saint Paul Community Development Center, the non-profit for the church, and has sought to engage in programs that minis-ters to the Troy-Pike County area. Greater Saint Paul has plans to build a twenty unit apartment complex that will allow the church to reach and impact the community at a higher level. 

Pastor Shafah currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Examiners, Chair of the Finance Committee, and Chair of the Ministerial Efficiency Committee for the Southeast Conference of the Ninth Episcopal District. Pastor Shafah enjoys the opportunity to as a Board Member on the Dan-iel Payne Center, Birmingham, Alabama. 

Pastor Shafah most recently served as the clergy representative from the Ninth Episcopal District on the Revisions and Reconciliation Committee for the AME Church at the 51st General Conference held in Orlando, Florida in July, 2021. 

On August 27, 2021, Pastor Shafah received the pastoral assignment to Avery Chapel AME Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma from Bishop Michael Mitchell, where is presence and leadership can already be felt. He looks for God to continue God’s faithfulness in the new challenge of ministry.


Pastor Shafah is happily married to his beautiful wife, Lady Melanie J. Shafah, and they are the proud parents to four beautiful daughters, Meley, Trinity, Elise, and Sage. Pastor Shafah credits all his success to the favor of God along with the love and support of his family.