Ja’mel Armstrong is Lead Pastor of New Horizon Baptist Church, assuming the role as of January 1, 2021.  He accepted his call and began his ministry career at New Horizon in 2002 under the pastorate and mentorship of Bishop Walter Smith Jr.

Prior to returning to New Horizon, Pastor J. spent 10 years planting churches and mentoring future church planters.  His first plant The Soul Center launched in 2010 in the Newburg community and eventually relocated to Old Louisville where it began to experience significant growth.  After some time in Old Louisville, The Soul Center formed a ministry relationship with another congregation and church plant The Avenue Church.  After much thought and prayer in their efforts to reach the diverse population of Old Louisville, the Soul Center and The Avenue Church chose to come together to form One Church, a multiethnic congregation formed to reach a diverse population.  One Church launched a new church plant in 2016.

Ja’mel is married to the love of his life Rochelle, whom he met and married at New Horizon.  Ja’mel and Rochelle are the proud parents or three children, Jonathan, Jessica and Dejah.

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