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Rev. Rodney R. Payne has a love for God, the people of God, and the work of God. His personal approach is focused on loving the people of God and equipping them for the work of the ministry.
Prior to yielding to God’s call to preach, he served as an ordained deacon at The Loving St. James Baptist Church in Spencer, Oklahoma, for two years. Rev. Payne then accepted his call to the ministry and preached his first sermon November 27, 1996. He became an ordained minister July 28, 2002, at The Loving St. James Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. W. B. Parker.
Pastor Payne serves in many capacities in the work of the Lord. In 1999 he and Sister Thelma Payne founded One Voice Ministries, a non-profit marital and family enrichment ministry. His weekly Periscope broadcast, “Speaking with One Voice,” has a substantial following, enriching the lives of viewers. He also has established a leadership company, One Voice Leadership, in which he trains and equips leaders and organizations to achieve optimal performance within their companies. His focus to prepare others for the kingdom of God is evidenced by his personal mission to equip individuals to experience the power of God, every day, in every area of their life.
Prior to becoming a full-time pastor, Rev. Payne served in outreach and street ministries and as a Sunday School teacher, youth pastor, and associate minister. He also served as assistant pastor at Bethlehem Star Baptist Church for three years prior to being called to pastor the church in December 2008. He was officially installed as pastor January 11, 2009.
Since becoming pastor, the church campus has grown with the expansion of the existing facility with the addition of areas for youth and children’s ministries as well as a new administrative area. With the acquisition of three adjacent parcels of land, Bethlehem Star is positioned to grow yet again to support even more of the community’s needs.
Pastor Payne established a new program, Operation Increasing the Body of Christ, a successful outreach program that has led to a tremendous growth in membership. In 2014 his vision to continuously reach the populace of the metro area led to the three-day event Praise Beyond the Walls, partnering with local and private businesses, law enforcement agencies, and churches in an effort to provide support in the communities. This free epic outreach event focused on meeting the needs of the community by ministering to the whole person. The vision for Praise Beyond the Walls was expanded to a weeklong
event that included everything from health and wellness checks to professional development, a job fair, entrepreneur development, a leadership conference, and much more. Pastor Payne also hosted another community-focused initiative “It Will Get Better” (in collaboration with metro-area law enforcement personnel) that confirmed and showed support to local police officers as well as showing communities that they are not alone and that the law officials are there to serve and protect them.
Pastor Payne currently serves as Regional Director for the National Evangelism Movement, Incorporated.
He is the husband of Sister Thelma Payne. They have been married for twenty-seven years and have two beautiful daughters and one son-in-law, Danielle (Trevel) and Devin.