Pleasant Green Baptist Church
5555 Larimore Avenue Omaha NE 68104

Pastor Brian Page

Pastor Brian E. Page was born to Jozette and Earl Page on May 12, 1972. He is a high school graduate of Omaha Central High School, and has taken several College courses. Through the teaching and preaching of the late Rev. Horace G. McMillon, he was taught that Jesus Christ must be the Center of your life and he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and was baptized in 1983 at the Pleasant Green Baptist Church. Under the leadership of Pastor Wayne Banks Sr. He most recently held the position of Youth Pastor at Pleasant Green Baptist Church and served as the Sunday School Superintendent. Pastor Page served as a Deacon for 3 years prior to accepting his call to preach the Gospel in December 2003. He preached his first sermon in February 2004 and was ordained in October 2010. Pastor Page currently serves as 2nd Vice President of the New Era Baptist State Convention of NE Inc., Acting State Youth Director of the New Era Baptist State Congress of Christian Education and the Secretary of the Baptist Pastors Ministers Conference. He has held the role of Youth Facilitator in the New Era Baptist State Congress of Christian Education. Pastor Page served as Interim Pastor of the Greater New Hope Baptist Church in 2013 for 4 months and was called to lead Greater New Hope Baptist Church as their Pastor in April 2015. Pastor Page currently works for a Regional Bank as a CRA Mortgage Loan Officer. Pastor Page married the former Cali Mischo on July 23, 1994 and they have been blessed with 5 children; Alexis, Nate, Jakson Mia, Lauryn and 2 grandchildren, Quincy(5) and Kendall (5 months). In his spare time, Pastor Page enjoys spending time with his family and coaching youth basketball. One of his favorite scriptures is Philippians 4:13 that says “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me”

Reverend Alvin P. McCruel

Reverend Alvin Preston McCruel is an reverend at the Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church Omaha, Nebraska where the Reverend Wayne J. Banks, Sr. is the pastor. Rev. McCruel currently serves as the Director of Christian Education and teaches the weekly book study bible class. Rev. McCruel is a native of Catawba, South Carolina. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and  personal Savior and was baptized August 15, 1959 at the Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist Church,  Catawba South Carolina under the pastorate of the Reverend E. E. Riley. He acknowledged his call to  the Gospel ministry and preached his first public sermon on July 29, 1979 at the Bethel Missionary  Baptist Church Omaha, Nebraska under the pastorate of the Reverend Charles F. Thomas. He was  licensed to preach the Gospel by the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church on August 26, 1979. Rev. McCruel has received a Certificate in Christian Training and Diploma in Theology from the  Extension Department of the American Baptist Theological Seminary Nashville, Tennessee. He has  earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master of Arts  Degree in Biblical Studies from Grace University, Omaha, Nebraska. Rev. McCruel’s graduate studies  include Geographical and Historical Settings of the Land of the Bible, Jerusalem University College,  Mount Zion, Jerusalem, Israel. Rev. McCruel currently serves the New Era Baptist State Convention of Nebraska, Inc. as the  Evangelism Director and Certified Evangelism Instructor. He has previously served as State Director of  Christian Education, Convention Choir Chaplain, Convention Treasurer, Certified State Dean, Certified  Assistant State Dean and Certified Bible Instructor. Rev. McCruel accompanied the City Union Ushers in the spring of 1998 and 1999 and conducted  worship services and inspirational talks with the young people at the Youth Rehabilitation Center at  Geneva, Nebraska. Rev. McCruel is married to the former Emma J. McGee. The McCruel’s are the proud parents of two  children and two grandchildren.
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Reverend Jesse J. Isom

Minister Justin Payne

Rev. Jesse J. Isom is a native to Oxford, Mississippi. He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior at a young age. He acknowledged his call to Gospel Ministry and preached his first sermon on March 24, 1968 at the Greater New Hope Baptist Church, Omaha, Nebraska under the pastorate of the Rev. James E. Kelly and was licensed to preach the Gospel. Rev. Isom was ordained and set apart to the works of the Gospel April 12, 1970. Rev. Isom received a Certificate in Christian Training and Diploma in Theology from the Extension Dept. of the American Baptist Theological Seminary, Nashville, Tennessee, and also attended Grace Univ., Omaha, NE. Rev. Isom’s first assignment was assistant to Rev. James Kelly, Greater New Hope Baptist Church, and later became associate minister at the Pilgrim Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. William L. Blake. Rev. Isom’s first pastoral assignment began October 1977 when he was called to the Tabernacle Baptist Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa where he served for 37 years. After his retirement September 29, 2013, he shortly thereafter united with Pleasant Green Baptist Church where the Rev. Wayne J. Banks is the pastor. Rev. Isom is well known in the community and surrounding areas and has served and continues to serve on various committes and organizations. He has served as third vice president of New Era Baptist State Unified Convention and Congress of Nebraska, Inc., Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Television Ministry and numerous others.
The youngest of Pleasant Green clergy, Minister Justin Payne, affectionately called "Minister Jay," accepted his calling to preach in the summer of 2012 and preached his initial sermon in November of 2012. Minister Jay is extremely passionate about his calling, and he desires to utilize all of the gifts that have been given to him. An avid lover of music and drama, Minister Jay is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Voice Performance degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He plans to graduate in 2016 with his degree and immediately study music overseas in Germany. Philippians 4:13 states, "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me."

Reverend Lamont Smith

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Reverend Monroe Relford III

Reverend Monroe Relford III was born in Omaha, NE, where he graduated from Omaha South High. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving eight years as an aircraft maintenance technician during the Viet Nam Era, including a tour in South Korea. His professional career has been in sales and management in the Industrial Power Transmission, Fluid Power and HVAC industries. He studied Communications at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Reverend Relford accepted his call to preach in 1994, and was ordained by the Missionary Baptist Church in Little Rock, AR in 1995. His calling from God is to do the work of an evangelist, and has preached the gospel in the streets of Little Rock, in men’s prisons, community corrections units, juvenile detention facilities, as well as churches and various venues for over 20 years. He has served as Associate Pastor at Liberty Hill Baptist Church in Little Rock, also serving as ministry leader of the Prison, Outreach, and Marriage Ministries. While at Liberty Hill, he directed Vacation Bible School and taught Sunday School and other Christian Education classes. He has received numerous certifications from the Arkansas Congress of Christian Education and the Union District Congress of Christian Education.  He is the proud father of three daughters and four grandchildren. He spends his spare time enjoying travel, reading, and watching sports and movies.

Minister Justin Michael Sewell II

Minister Justin Michael Sewell II is an Associate Minister at the Pleasant Green Baptist Church in Omaha, NE, pastored by Reverend Wayne J Banks. He accepted his calling to preach the Gospel in November of 2015. He previously served as a deacon and currently serves as the Director for the Boys 2 Men youth mentoring program, teaches the High School Youth for Christ Bible Study, and co-teaches the High School Sunday School class with his wife Destynie. Minister Sewell was born in Zachary, LA to Justin Sewell Sr and Cassandra (Smith) Sewell. He grew up in Broomfield, CO with a younger brother and sister. At a young age, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at Second Baptist Church in Boulder, CO. He has a BS in Computer Science from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and an MS in Computer Science with a focus in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Michigan. He currently works at Union Pacific in Omaha, NE in the IT department.
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