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About Us

Our Pastor

Joshua Joy Dara

Dr. Joshua Joy Dara was born in Ipee, Kwara State of Nigeria, West Africa. In 1980, he came to the United States to pursue higher education. In 1998, he became a United States citizen. He and his family now reside in Pineville, Louisiana, USA.

Dr. Dara earned an Associate of Arts degree from the Kwara State College of Technology and Basic Studies, Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the California Baptist University, Riverside, California. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Southern University School of Law, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He earned the Masters of Law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Dr. Dara is licensed to practice law in the states of Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Additionally, he is licensed to practice law before the United States Federal Circuit, United States 5th Circuit, United States 8th Circuit, United States Court of Claims, and the United States Court of International Trade.

In 1980, Dr. Dara was called into the ministry. He served under various Pastors and Ministry leaders all across Africa and the United States as Pianist, Organist, Music Director, Minister of Music, Associate Pastor and/or Armor Bearer. In 1990, Dr. Dara was ordained as a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is now a Pastor, Teacher, Television Evangelist, Musician, Recording Artist, Attorney at Law, Notary Public, Businessman and Community Leader. Today, he is the Pastor of the Zion Hill Church in the city of Pineville, Louisiana. The church is one of the largest churches in Central Louisiana with more than 3500 members. Dr. Dara is a recipient of many honors, awards and recognitions both at home and abroad.

Dr. Dara is married to Elizabeth Joy Dara. They are blessed with five children.

Our Staff

HARREL DAVIS
CFO

JAMES SMITH
CEO, Family Life Center

JACKIE LOYD
Finance

PATRICIA WILSON
Administrative Assistant

DIANA MITCHELL
Administrative Assistant

MATHEW WILSON
Music Director

TERRENCE WILLIAMS
Praise Worship Leader

LINDA BURGESS
Learning Center Director

PAM BAKER
Custodial Services