Pastor Elon Sylvester

Rev. Elon Sylvester has served in an exemplary manner in all of his appointments. He has faced the challenges of ecclesial leadership with courage and demonstrated excellent management and pastoral care skills. He intently improves his growing edges in eldership and is steadfastly on track for full ordination in 2019. Pastor Sylvester formerly pastored the Bellmore United Methodist Church where he led the congregation in extensive improvement projects to their facility and to their audio-visual ministries. He has labored with the congregation in developping new ministries of outreach and in transistioning their worship experience into a blend of traditional and contemporary styles so as to enhance the congregational appeal to its fast changing community. 

Prior to his service at Bellmore, Rev. Sylvester was the founding pastor of The One Foundation Ministries, an initiative of the NYAC Vision Bearers Program. In conjunction with his wife, Tani, and other colleagues, he converted their pre-existing Bible study/Prayer group into a new church start In the Bronx-Westchester area. This nascent church existed for over three years. TOFMin, which the new church was fondly called, grew into a thriving faith community with multiple auxiliaries including a Broadcasting Ministry from which was hosted a weekly two-hour radio program.  

Pastor Sylvester and Tani are the parents of four beautiful children who are all actively engaged in ministry. They are Aphia, Sage, Elania and Jaiden. The Sylvesters have a passion for social justice and are actively engaged in developing extra-ecclesial ministries which assist formerly incarcerated people to be reintroduced into the workforce by offering in-field training in various professional trades. This secular assistance coupled with the discipline of spirituality and prayer, enable former offenders to experience the transformative power of God which empowers them to redefine and pursue better and more fulfilling futures. 

Pastor Elon has graduated from the NYPD Citizens Police Academy program. He continues to pursue excellence as a clerical professional and is at the completing stage of a Doctor of Ministry (DMin.) degree at Drew University. Pastor Sylvester holds a Master of Divinity degree from Drew University. He also holds a master’s degree in Urban Policy and Administration from Brooklyn College, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from York College.

Ministry has been a lifelong passion of Rev. Sylvester, and excellence in ministry is his objective response to God’s call and the gifts God has invested in him.