Pastoral Staff


Pastoral Staff

Evangelist Ivory Nuckolls

Assistant Pastor - Personal Services

Reverend Ivory Jean Nuckolls is a daughter of Apostolic Church of God. She is the third of five generations of her family that serves Christ by serving the Apostolic Church of God. God’s hand upon her has been evident since she was a young teen. Between the beginning of her call and her full time vocational ministry, she achieved many milestones.

She studied at the American Conservatory of Music. She later received her Bachelor’s Degree in Counseling and Therapy and her Master’s Degree in Education, Human Services and Counseling both from DePaul University. Ivory also studied at the Moody Bible Institute. In between those achievements, she married the love of her life, Gerald R. Nuckolls, Jr. more than 53 years ago and they happily serve together in areas of ministry to this day.

Ivory’s response to the call upon her life has made her an indispensable part of the work of the Apostolic Church of God. Since receiving Christ she has faithfully served in numerous capacities both starting and supporting ministries. She has been a leader in music ministry, youth ministry, women’s ministry, as well as marriage and pre-marriage ministry. She is a gifted teacher and preacher and continues to lead and serve the Body of Christ as an assistant pastor. She leads the Personal Services Department and Pastoral Care team with both wisdom and compassion. She has gone beyond the walls assisting churches throughout the state and nation. Her obedience to the call of ministry has led to her being an integral part of the International Pentecostal Assemblies of the Word from adviser to the Young People’s Union to Director of Programming and conference coordinator for both the General Assembly and Intercessors Conference.

While her work in the church is extensive and laudable, a demonstration of her passionate love for God and His people is demonstrated in her extensive involvement in the community where she has been the recipient of the Big Hearts for Young Heroes award from La Rabida Children’s Hospital, nominated for the Community Leader of the Year award from the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., a member of Kappa Delta Pi international honor society in education among many other awards.

We celebrate and honor Rev. Ivory Jean Nuckolls as she continues to be a poured out offering for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Elder Ronald E. Smith Sr.

Assistant Pastor - Senior Adult

Elder Ronald Smith Sr. has been a member of Apostolic Church of God since he was a small boy.  He accepted the call to ministry in March 1975. He has served faithfully in the church throughout his membership.  His volunteer commitments include or have included the Prison Outreach Ministry, the Internal Security Ministry, Saving Grace Ministries (Media), Baptismal and Prayer Committee, teaching the Apostolic Man class (where hundreds of souls have been saved in this class), the Brotherhood leadership team, and the Official Board of the Apostolic Church of God. He was an armor bearer to the late honorable Bishop Arthur M. Brazier. Elder Smith has been married to his wife, Dolene, for 39 years; and he is the father of three children and the grandfather of four grandchildren.

Elder Marlon R. Medious

Assistant Pastor - Spiritual Development

Reverend Marlon R. Medious has a heart for serving God and serving God’s people.  He has been a member of the church since 1998 and was called into the ministry in 2005. Reverend Medious has served in many capacities in the church, always leading with integrity and grace.  Some include, Volunteer Ministry, Youth ministry, Brotherhood ministry, as well as serving as the pastors Armor Bearer.  He is a learned servant with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology, and a Master of Arts Degree in Urban Ministry from Trinity International University.  

Reverend Medious is a well-respected leader in the corporate arena, as a strong operations professional with great leadership skills, analytical thinking, and the ability to lead change in difficult environments.  He is skilled in Operations Management, Continuous Improvement, Business Process Improvement, Communication, and Analytics.  

With his operational background and passion for producing excellence in ministry, Reverend Medious serves as the Director of Spiritual Development Ministry for The Apostolic Church of God, which includes New Members, Sunday Morning Bible Study and Ministerial Alliance.

He is married to his lovely wife, Kellie P. Medious and they have a beautiful daughter, Genesis.  Reverend Medious preaches and teaches God’s word with passion, conviction, and confidence.  And he has dedicated his entire life to serving God in excellence, through grace, with humility.  

Rev. Isaac C. Hayes

Assistant Pastor - Auxiliary Development

Rev. Isaac C. Hayes has a heart for evangelizing unbelievers and empowering believers. He is a critical thinker committed to sound biblical exegesis and application of theological principles to the contemporary culture. Rev. Hayes is a dedicated student of the Holy
Scriptures with a Master of Divinity degree from Moody Theological Seminary and is a doctoral student at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

At the Apostolic Church of God, Hayes serves on staff as the director of the Ministry Development department and is responsible for the strategic development, volunteer, and community engagement ministries. He also ministers the Word during the Sunday morning worship services and midweek Bible classes and is a seminar and conference speaker.  

Hayes is the author of the book Men After God’s Heart: 10 Principles of Brotherly Love, which explores how Christian men can live in healthy relationships, grow in mutual fellowship, and engage in meaningful stewardship. A firm believer in the divinely ordained institution of marriage, Hayes is married to his wonderful wife Evangelist Dr. Latouna Hayes, who has her Ph.D. in Christian Counseling.

Rev. LaShondra K. Stephens

Assistant Pastor - Apologetic Research & Implementation

Rev. LaShondra Stephens is a critical thinker and planner who has over 20 years in ministry experience. She knows by experience how God can take little and multiply it for His glory. Rev. Stephens has served in several areas of ministry from her early call at age 9. She has been teaching, preaching, organizing worship services and singing throughout the world. Rev. Stephens has worked in TV and Film production and Radio Promotions, served as the Social Media Manager for McCormick Theological Seminary and even as an on-air host and associate producer for the Emmy Award winning show Different Drummers. She is a world traveler and blogger and loves to affect change wherever she goes.

Rev. LaShondra is a second generation preacher and teacher who follows in the steps of her parents Deacon Aaron Stephens and the late Evang. Veranda Stephens. They taught Rev. LaShondra to love learning especially since they were dedicated educators themselves. Rev. Stephens earned a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary, where she was awarded the Marshall Scott Urban/Labor Ministry Award in 2016. She received her Master of Arts in English from Morgan State University in 2003 and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Chicago State University in 2000.

Her ministry focus is to help cultivate the spiritual growth of the believer through Biblical knowledge and understanding. She loves youth and mentor’s women. She is the CEO of
Preacher Girl Swag, an inspirational T-shirt line and ministry whose mission is to educate, inspire and empower women. With her love for God and the Performing Arts, she provides compassionate care to God’s people.

Rev. Stephens has developed curriculum for ministries, planned spiritual retreats, served as host for special events and created content for digital media platforms. She is currently serving as an Assistant Pastor of Chicago's Apostolic Church of God.

Dr. Ricky Allmon

Assistant Pastor

Considered to be one of the most insightful communicators and inspiring leaders in the 21st Century, Dr. Ricky Allmon has been preaching for 39 years and pastoring for 31 years. Dr. Allmon has over 30 years of experience in Organizational Leadership, Personal Development, and Spiritual Growth.

He is committed to serving humanity through his diverse roles as a Scholar, Author, Leadership Strategist, Pastor and CEO.

His passionate priority is to touch lives and empower them to transform their world.

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