Meet Our Staff

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Pastor

Sonji Collins

Pastor Sonji has a heart for the people of God and to build community relations within the neighborhood she pastors. 

sonji.roi@gmail.com  |  Tel: 815.227.9133

Pastor Sonji Collins was called to Pastor the church in Rockford, IL in October 2017. She has served as Pastors’ assistance for two churches in the Chicago area before relocating with her husband to Rockford, IL. There, she served as an Elder, Assistant Pastor and Co-Pastor. Pastor Sonji has a heart for the people of God and to build community relations within the neighborhood she pastors.  She is committed to the plan to empower Black America and to practice group economics and to put into action empowerment principles for all community residents.

Sonji earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Northeastern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies at Moody Bible Institute. She has served as a board member for the “No Dope Express” in Chicago. She serves as a member of the Neighborhood Friendly Group, and the Faith Based Initiative of Rockford. Sonji and her husband are the founders and owners of KDM Tutoring service for grades K-12, and Kenji’s Gospel Music School in Rockford. Sonji has worked as a Payroll Analyst, Tax Auditor, Tax preparer, and Bookkeeper. She has earned various certifications in Leadership Training, Mental Health crisis, and Rockford’s local FBI chapter.  

Sonji and her husband Kenneth have been Godly married for seventeen years. Their bond together in the ministry has allowed them to grow together in word and works. Although they do not have children from their union, they love spending time with their blended family; nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, and a host of other young people. 

Sonji was raised in the House of God church and has served on the National Young Folks and Friends Union Council, Nationals Elders Council, the State of Illinois Trustee council, and many other auxiliaries. She has assisted in the spiritual development/growth of churches in Milwaukee WI and Chicago. She was also appointed to do mission work in Iowa. 

Sonji loves electronics, reading, walking, and spending time with family.

Assistant Pastor

Elder Sharlane Brown

Pastor Sonji has a heart for the people of God and to build community relations within the neighborhood she pastors. 

sonji.roi@gmail.com  |  Tel: 815.227.9133

Deacons & Trustees

Lavon Primm

Brenda Foote

Mary Buckley

Maggie Jackson

Kenneth Collins

Kenneth McClelland

Estella McClelland

Teresa Jackson

Arnetta Anderson

Charlotte Donaldson