Our Pastor & FIRST LADY

our pastor & First lady

Dr. Roderick L. Ware


Dr. Vonda Ware

About Pastor Ware

Roderick L. Ware is a native of Orlando, Florida, born one of two sons to Mr. & Dr. Joseph Perkins. Pastor Ware received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia where he majored in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. He graduated with honors from the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia with a Masters of Divinity degree with a concentration in Church Administration and Leadership. Pastor Ware recently obtained his Doctor of Ministry degree at the McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.

A former business man, Pastor Ware has established and operated several business ventures in his professional career. He has diligently given his time and talents to enhance the communities that he serves. Many hours and resources have been spent mentoring and counseling young men and women who are faced with challenges and concerns in their daily lives. He has also been recognized by local & national governmental institutions for his commitment to serving the community. 

After hearing and accepting the call of God upon his life, Pastor Ware concentrated his efforts to be a servant to God's people. 

Pastor Ware and his family answered the Lord's call and obediently planted a transforming ministry in that of Pillars of Faith Christian Church in Grayson, Georgia. In June of 2009, he became the Senior Pastor of New Monumental Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In March of 2018, Pastor Ware felt God's leading to return to the Atlanta Metro area to plant the Empowered Life Church in Gwinnett County. Dr. Ware is passionate about teaching God's people to live physically, spiritually, & financially empowered lives.

He currently resides in Snellville, Georgia with his lovely wife, Dr. Vonda Ware. They are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Kara and Jadyn.

Most importantly, Dr. Ware has dedicated his life to proclaiming Jesus Christ and Him crucified. He lives by Matthew 6:33 that says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you,” which enables us to “walk by faith and not by sight”. To God be the Glory!

About Lady Ware

First Lady, Dr. Vonda R. Ware stands in awe at the graciousness and loving kindness of   our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She is truly blessed to be married to the Senior Pastor of the Empowered Life Church, Pastor Roderick L. Ware and the mother of their two beloved daughters, Kara Alexandria and Jadyn Alejandra Ware—her greatest joys blessed by God.

First Lady Ware was raised in Atlanta, Georgia by her parents, Mr. Jesse Arnold and Mrs. Delores Hinton Roebuck. Instilled with Christian values, self-respect, hard work, and fortitude, she was motivated from a young age.  Dr. Ware matriculated with high honors graduating from Spelman College with a Bachelor in Science/Pre-Medical Concentration. Advancing to the Medical College of Georgia, she graduated at the top of her class.  Her successful and rewarding residency at Emory University School of Medicine was in the field of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Dr. Ware received high honors and accolades as a medical physician. Dr. Ware is a board certified Diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and currently specializes in Women's Health ~ OB/GYN with Gwinnett Gynecology and Maternity.

At Empowered Life, First Lady Ware considers it an honor and a privilege to serve as the facilitator of the ELLE Women's Ministry that was birthed to empower, encourage, and equip women to grow in love-from the hearts of women to the very heart of God. Allowing God to use her as a willing vessel to encourage, exhort, and empower women through the Holy Spirit is only possible by studying and surrendering to the Word of God. Lady Ware tells every woman ‘You are the Miracle in the mirror' divinely created for God's Glory.

Realizing the true blessing and allowing God to use her mightily as a ‘willing vessel' for His Glory, First Lady Ware's popular inscription is ‘Through His Love and for His Glory'. It is her sincere prayer that everything she does be in genuine love and in truth magnifying and glorifying Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!