Meet OUR PASTORS
The Rev. Dr. Harold B. Hayes, Jr. and Rev. Dr. Kellie V. Hayes are partners in life, love and ministry. Dr. Harold is a native of Philadelphia, Pa., and Dr. Kellie is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and they are both products of their respective hometown’s public schools. They are college sweethearts having met on the beautiful campus of Hampton Institute (now Hampton University). During their matriculation at Hampton Institute, during the spring of 1982, Dr. Harold pledged the brotherhood of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Dr. Kellie pledged the illustrious sisterhood of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
After leaving college and marrying in July 1984, they continued their life journey by relocating to Maryland. Their ministry journey began at Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Ft. Washington, Md. under the leadership of the Reverends Doctors Grainger and Joann Browning. It was under Drs. Brownings tutelage that they both accepted their call to ministry and preached their initial sermons. Dr. Hayes’s initial sermon title was “Inseparable” (February 1988) and Dr. Kellie’s initial sermon title was “Whatever It Takes” (April 1991). They served in various capacities on the ministerial staff to include youth ministry leadership and the implementation of the Rites of Passage Ministry. They are both ordained Elders in the African Methodist Episcopal church.
The Hayes are the founders of H & K Global Enterprises, Inc., a boutique coaching business dedicated to helping people maximize their potential in life and love. Adding author to their resumes, Dr. Harold released his first book “Three Keys to Access Financial Abundance” and Dr. Kellie released her first book “The Enlightened Woman: Inspiration and Reflections to Rediscover the Joy of Being You in Midlife and Beyond.” They are both excellent and transformative speakers, workshop and seminar presenters and consultants. Their groundbreaking signature lifestyle experiences, Mancave for men, The Serenity Experience for women in midlife, and Grown & Sexy for Power Couples have influenced, inspired and impacted the lives of many.
Dr. Harold received a Masters of Divinity degree at Howard University School of Divinity, and a Doctorate of Ministry degree at Payne Theological Seminary. Dr. Kellie received both a Masters of Theological Studies degree and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary. Dr. Kellie is also a certified Life Coach and has completed the certificate program in the Foundations of Christian Leadership program at Duke Divinity School.
In 1992 Dr. Hayes answered a call within a call, and in 1993 began his pastoral career when he founded and planted New Liberation A.M.E. Church in Landover, Md. Together he and Dr. Kellie served the faithful people of New Liberation and the Landover community for seven years. In October 2000, Dr. Hayes was appointed to the historic Hunter Memorial A.M.E. Church in Suitland, Maryland. Dr. Hayes led the faithful people through the relocation, renovation and eventual purchase of a plaza that came to be known as Kingdom Power Plaza. However, God was not finished with them and in the spring of 2018, they led the church in the debt-free purchase of an existing church on 11-acres in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. After completing renovations, not only did they have a new church home, they had a new name, they were now known as Real Power AME church, with the foundation scripture “true wisdom and real power belong to God and from God we learn how to live and what to live for” Job 12:13 (MSG).
As the senior and executive pastor, Drs. Hayes continue their ministry journey endeavoring to create a space and place for all people to experience the transforming power of God’s love through relationship, discipleship and fellowship. Praying that they leave a lasting legacy of life, love and healing.