Outreach & Next Steps
Sonia was born in Brooklyn, NY, and moved to Queens with her parents and brother at the age of 4. Growing up in NYC in the 1970's and 80's meant experiencing the last vestiges of racial injustice, which taught her to be bold enough to embrace the idea of being equal. As a child, hope sprang eternal, and Sonia was taught she could be whatever she wanted to be. She attended Hampton University, majoring in psychology. Upon graduating, she returned to NYC where she began a 21-year career which spanned 4 states. During that time, she went back to school to earn a master's degree in mental health counseling. She has worked in this field across all spectrums and with all ages.
Sonia's early Christian experiences began as an infant at 1st Baptist Church. Throughout her childhood, she attended several churches, but was never taught about having a real and personal relationship with God. Sonia's surrender to Christ was a process spanning many years, as was her call into ministry. In 2015, during a time of devotion, she clearly heard God tell her what was next for her life. After much prayer and counsel, she enrolled at CIU Seminary and School of Missions, earning her MA in Ministry Care-Pastoral Counseling in 2018.
Sonia has always actively participated in any church she attended, in various roles and ministries, and is grateful to be a part of the Sandhills team. She is currently working toward consecration with the C&MA, as well as continuing to complete her MA in Bible Exposition (she loves the Old Testament!). She is sure that whatever God has planned for her and all her experience, she will obediently follow. For the current season, her favorite verse is Ephesians 5:15 - 17 "Look carefully then you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is".
Sonia has the full and loving support of her husband of over 28 years, Lester, and their 10 year-old daughter, Lesley. Sonia's parents, who they share a home with, are elderly and battling illness, but they are also as supportive as they are able to be.