|Pastor Johnathan E. Alvarado (1984)|Pastor Sirdelrol V. Drayton (1985-1993)|Pastor Jeronn C. Williams (1993-Present)|
Pastor Johnathan E. Alvarado, Senior Pastor of Total Grace Christian Center in Decatur, Georgia, is one of the most prolific and sought after speakers across the U.S. as well as foreign territories. Pastor Alvarado is an anointed preacher and teacher whose vision for God's people enables him to build bridges and reach across denominations, generations, gender, race, culture and ethnicity, changing lives and rebuilding communities. He gives apostolic oversight in the Dominican Republic and in Puerto Rico.
Apostle Alvarado from his youth displayed the call on his life as he would stand on the end of his babysitter's bed and preach. This would be the beginning of his ministry, which now has touched lives all over the world.
He was licensed to preach in 1978 at the age of twelve. His developmental years in ministry were spent in Columbus, Ohio, where he was yoked together with Pastor LaFayette Scales who helped shape him into the minister he is today.
In 1984, Apostle Alvarado moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Morehouse College where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. During his college years, he served at many churches and received both musical and ministerial training from some of God's most anointed vessels. He served as Minister of Music and Associate Minister at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia under the pastorate of Bishop Eddie L. Long. In 2000, he also received his Master of Arts in Christian Ministry at Luther Rice Seminary. He is currently pursuing his Master of Divinity Degree at the Church of God Theological Seminary in Cleveland, TN. He is also an instructor at Beulah Heights Bible College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Apostle Alvarado's deeds have not gone unnoticed. His civic achievements are many: Atlanta Gospel Choice Award Nominee, Induction into the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Board of Preachers of Morehouse College, Georgia Most Outstanding Citizen Nominee, Georgia Ambassador Award.
Upon expressing the vision that God had given him, he was ordained and commissioned by Apostle LaFayette Scales and the Eldership of Rhema Christian Center, in Columbus, Ohio to establish Total Grace Christian Center in Decatur Georgia.
Total Grace Christian Center was founded June 6, 1992. Apostle Alvarado shares the pastorate with his wife, Toni Alvarado. Under their leadership, the church has become one of the fastest growing congregations in the United States. The spiritual attributes that best define the Total Grace Christian Center experience are the sound Biblical teaching and its intimate praise and worship.
Apostle Alvarado is a shepherd and psalmist with a powerful prophetic anointing. He is a noted writer, composer, vocalist and music director. He along with the Total Grace Christian Center's Levitical Ministry has three musical recordings and is on demand throughout the country. He has served with many well-known gospel artist to include: Candi Staton, Walt Whitman and the Soul Children of Chicago, Donnie McClurkin, and the late Thomas Whitfield. For many years, Pastor Alvarado served as Music Director for Daryl Coley.
Apostle Alvarado is married to Toni Alvarado and they are the proud parents of three children, Johnathan Elliott, II, Joshua Elisha, and Ariel Antoinette. Apostle Alvarado is a man on a mission. He is uniquely articulate and anointed to preach and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that is holistic and powerful. Through this awesome man of God, lives will be enriched by the word of God as he imparts life to the Body of Christ.
Biography and picture courtesy of Total Grace Ministries