Rev. Lydia P. Ford is a licensed and ordained minister of the Gospel. She is the founding pastor of: “Don’t Forget To Say Your Prayers International Worship Center.” Rev. Ford is a gifted preacher, teacher, mentor, author and workshop facilitator. She is a retired teacher who worked in the Hartford School System for 28 years and in the Schenectady City School System for eight years. Rev Ford earned an Associate Degree in Nursery Education from S.U.N.Y Cobleskill, N.Y., a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from S.U.N.Y Oneonta, N.Y., and a Master’s of Science Degree from S.U.N.Y at Albany, N.Y.
In May of 2014 Rev. Ford attended the Greater Hartford NAACP’s (W. I. N. Gala). Rev. Ford was one of 19 African-American women honored with the “W.I. N. Award.” The initials stand for: Women in the NAACP. This is an award created and initiated by women and for women. The award recognizes woman for their exceptional work in the Greater Hartford Community.
Pastor Ford the author of three books: “Don’t Forget to Say Your Prayers,” was released by Total Publishing and Media on March 21, 2012; and “Carest Thou Not That I Perish, which was released in February of 2016. Pastor Ford recently published an E-book on Amazon Kindle entitled: from Broken bread to Poured Out Wine. It went live January 16, 2018. You can find the books on Amazon, or purchase them directly from Rev. Ford. Each of her books represent Pastor Ford’s faith challenges, and brokenness, recovery and healing, following the deaths of her daughter and husband.
Rev. Ford completed the Pastoral Counseling Training Program of the Saint Francis Academy for clinical Pastoral Training. She graduated from the Hartford Seminary’s Black Ministers Program and completed the Faith Works Faith based Community Development Leadership Institute sponsored by the Capital Region Conference of Churches in May and June 2008 respectively. Pastor Ford is a member of the Greater Hartford IMA where she holds the position of Chaplin.
In 2008, Rev. Ford started “Soul Talk,” a mentorship ministry for and about women. The purpose of the ministry was to provide Christian fellowship, friendship, spiritual guidance, mentorship and soul support for women seeking a closer with the Lord. It was out of the Soul Talk ministry that the annual BFF (Best Friends Forever) Valentine Celebration of women was birthed.
Presently Pastor Ford is in her sixth year of pastoral leadership at “Don’t Forget to Say Your Prayers Church.” Pastor Ford is a member of the Greater Hartford IMA.
Pastor Ford is the parent of an adult son, Trevor James Ford, a daughter-in-law Allyson, two granddaughters , Brianna Marie age 4 and Brittany Renee age 3; a son-in-law Jamus Geter, and another beautiful granddaughter, Jayla Marie Geter age 8.
A Pastor after God's Heart
Reinvention Mentor, Grief Counselor, Entrepreneur, Soulpreneur. Pastor Lydia P. Ford
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