PASTOR JESUS LOPEZ is a prophetic voice echoing the heart and purpose of God for the church of this millennium. Known as a man who passionately loves God, His Kingdom and His people, he serves as the senior pastor of Agape Christian Center in Ridgewood, New York. He has been a faithful husband to his beautiful wife, Pastor Dawn Lopez, for thirty years. These two share a sincere desire to see God’s Kingdom advance and have co-labored together in a variety of life-changing ministries for over twenty years doing just that. While ministry to God’s people is the primary vocation of this dynamic duo, their first ministry has always been to their family and raising their two amazing children, Jesus Lopez Jr., 28 and Mia Lenay Lopez, 26.
A native of Paterson, New Jersey, Pastor Lopez moved to California and joined the United States Armed Forces at the tender age of nineteen. There he served in the Beach Master’s Unit of the U.S. Navy for three years. Shortly after his departure from the military life sent Pastor Lopez an array of personal challenges that led him to his knees and ultimately a “total surrendering” to God’s will. Not long after his transformation, Pastor Lopez began his public ministry in Brooklyn, New York. Pastor Lopez became the overseer of Genesis House: A Crisis Center for Men, where he loved, encouraged and gave practical life skills to broken men while introducing them to a life in Christ. Many of the men were delivered from addiction, restored to their families and some even entered into a life of full-time ministry.
As if the Lopez’s plate weren’t full enough, they were simultaneously pastoring Redemption Ministries, where most of the congregants were also residents of Genesis House. In the year 2000 God began speaking to this couple about a “new season.” Redemption Ministries was about to take a different turn. Heeding to God’s voice, the Lopez’s purchased a building in Queens, New York and God gave the ministry a new name; Agape Christian Center was the new house that God was building. Today, God’s hand has expanded the work with two blessed additions to the team and a morning Spanish Service.
Throughout his years of service, God not only used Pastor Lopez to shepherd God’s people, but has called him to be a powerful instrument for deliverance and healing all over the world. Pastor Lopez has ministered the gospel of Jesus Christ in Nepal, Peru, Trinidad, Suriname and Holland. Every place he has been God has revealed to him an overwhelming hunger and desperation for hope in our world. In addition to ministering abroad, Pastor Lopez has also traveled extensively throughout the east coast and mid-west bringing God’s message of hope and love.
Pastor Lopez’s heart is to father the flock of God and this conviction is embodied in his mantra, Ephesians 4. He believes God’s servant-leaders are responsible to lead and equip the Body of Christ into a place of maturity for works of service. His presence to minister the word of God and grace to offer deliverance through prophetic counsel has been requested by many across all borders and has also evolved into an international ministry. “Pastor Jesus,” as he is affectionately called by his members, is truly as a man of character, humility and integrity in today’s church.