Pastoral Staff

Reverend Dr. Michael Gittens

Rev. Dr. Michael Gittens has been active in Christian service for over 20 years. God has nurtured within Michael a true passion for people of all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities and walks of life, spreading the gospel from the U.S. to the coasts of West Africa.

As the English Ministry pastor at the New People’s Church of New York, Michael desires to show God’s love by serving the different needs of the church and the community. He is also a member on the ministerial staff at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of N.Y.

Michael has attended New York School of the Bible, New York Divinity School, and Bethel Seminary of the East where he graduated with his Master of Divinity degree and certificate of Theological Studies. Michael also has a Doctorate of Ministry degree from New York Theological Seminary with a focus on Christian Discipleship.

In order to grow in faith and walk in the liberty and power that Christ has given to each believer, he believes that we must be steadfast in our “Christ” identity, grounded in God’s Word, saturated in prayer, filled with His Spirit, walk in holiness, and be endured with His power manifested in our living, our purpose, and our gifts. 

May the name of the Lord be praised!

Reverend Val Gittens

Rev. Val accepted Christ at ten years old and has been walking with Him ever since with a few bumps and bruises along the way. She is married to Michael Gittens, who she serves closely with in ministry.

Val’s ministry has ranged from serving as a lay counselor for the Marriage Enrichment ministry to providing pastoral care as a ministry counselor for the Greater Allen Cathedral. She has also been very active in leading Singles Ministries, Discipleship classes, Sunday School programs, Riker’s Island Prison Ministry, and so much more!

In April 2013, Val was ordained, and continues to move forward in ministry. After twenty-five years of lay counseling, the Lord called Val back to school to prepare for further ministry. Val received her B.S. in psychology with a focus in Christian counseling. She is a member of the American Association for Christian Counseling, a certified financial coach, Life coach, and marriage mentor.

Val is passionate about God’s people living an abundant life and out of this passion, C.A.R.E. ministry was birthed. A Ministry devoted to change through the power of the Holy Spirit. She continues to serve God’s people, and longs to hear her Father say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”