7701 Zuni RD SE Albuquerque, NM 87108

Dr. Ivy O. Wheeler

Pastor

Biography

Dr. Ivy O. Wheeler has been the Pastor of Faith Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Church for the past thirteen years.  She is a native of Champaign, Illinois; the daughter of ministerial parents, beloved wife of the Late Bishop Lloyd A. Wheeler, mother of four sons and has a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Growing up in church, the Word of God became a vital influence in her life.  As an inspirational speaker in both church and secular settings, her words motivated listeners to seek the best for their lives.  She has worked untiringly in Kingdom building for over 40 years as a teacher, ministry leader and inspirational women’s speaker, First Lady and now Pastor.  She acknowledged her calling to preach the Gospel in 1995 even though it was not a personal desire but ordained by God.  She was ordained in December 2007 and formerly installed as Pastor of Faith Tabernacle in April 2008 after the home-going of her husband Bishop Wheeler.  Lovingly known as Pastor Ivy, she is truly dedicated and never allows trouble or trials to stop progress, but moves ahead believing “it’s already done.”

She continues the legacy her husband started, the Helping Hand Food Ministry which is in its 20th year of distributing food boxes monthly to those less fortunate.  During these thirteen years of faithful leadership her visions for this ministry continues to move forward; she has expanded the Outreach Ministry to minister where needed and established several ministries for members spiritual progress such as: Youth, Young Adults, Men’s, Women’s, Praise Dance, Children’s Church, Vacation Bible School, Stewardship, Street Evangelism, Feeding the Homeless and Social Media.  She teaches and conducts a Discipleship Class for new members, a monthly seminar for Christian growth and Intercessory Prayer sessions.

Pastor Ivy leads by example; teaching, preaching, serving, making disciples and letting all know that our focus must be on Jesus.  She attended several colleges while a Civil Servant and retired from Sandia National Laboratories.  However, no achievement has been as rewarding as becoming a Minister of the Gospel and receiving her Doctorate in Religious Education from the World Institute of Religious Education.  In February 2018, Pastor Ivy received an Everyday Heroes Award for Outstanding Vision, Dedication and Commitment to Excellence in the African American Community of New Mexico, 2017-2018 from the Office of African American Affairs.  She is a generous soul as well as an anointed and dedicated leader to whom God has given a double portion as she is committed to following His ways and that of His Son, Jesus Christ.

Pastor Ivy faithfully ministers as God commissioned, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

Awards

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