Pastor Ford Pickering is known for his tremendous love for people, a character trait that is a reflection of his love for Jesus. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he gave his heart to the Lord and felt called to the ministry at and early age. He got his college education at Louisiana State University. While serving as one of the pastors on staff at Bethany Church in Baton Rouge, Pastor Ford and his wife Debbie felt God leading them to serve on the mission field in the Netherlands. There, they started a dynamic church with far-reaching influence in the country, and after 10 years of growth, they turned the church over to a Dutch pastor who still leads the church today. After returning to the United States from the Netherlands, Pastor Ford and his wife Debbie moved to North Carolina, where they served several churches and non-profits. Over the years, Pastor Ford’s ministry has led him to minister all over the world including most of western Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Africa.
Finally, God has led Pastor Ford and Mrs. Debbie back to their home state of Louisiana to serve at Grace Community Church, and they are overjoyed to be home once again! He and his wife were invited to shepherd Grace Community Church in August of 2015, and they brought with them a desire to connect the people with their God-given callings and to raise up a new generation of Christ-like leaders.