About James Hassell


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Pastor James N. Hassell


James N Hassell born in NYC in 1972 was raised as the son of two preachers. Graduated as the President of Student Government from the Newburgh Free Academy in 1990, he showed leadership from a young age. Matriculating the halls of higher learning at Howard University and Marist College, he then went on to complete his Bachelors of Arts degree and Masters of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Theological Studies at Faith Seminary in 2005 and 2009 consecutively and is presently completing his Doctorate in religion at Faith Seminary with a specialization in Transformative leadership.

James was joined in holy wedlock in December 1992 to the lovely and gifted Alonda S. Barnhill and he is the proud father of four children Ralon, Kevin, Kayla and Kaira. He was employed as a branch manager for Beneficial Finance Corp. for 14 years where he was a licensed insurance agent and real estate agent as well as notary public. He was also employed as the Executive Assistant to Pastor Jesse V. Bottoms, his mentor and teacher for 12 years at the Beulah Baptist Church of Poughkeepsie NY.

He is presently President and CEO of Kingdom Neighborhood Development Corp,  and the Pastor and Founder of the Kingdom Christian Cultural Center, one of Yonkers foremost worship centers for Christian culture. He Serves as overseer for KCCC newburgh and Grace Temple in Kumasi Ghana.  He has travelled extensively as a missionary for Uganda, Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Burkhina Faso, Tanzania, Zambia, Haiti, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Flint,  Michigan. He represents the Nepperhan community center as a local job developer and internationally as a liason for church and business operations abroad. 
Pastor Hassell serves and has served on several local boards in the city of Yonkers including: the one Billion dollar municiapla project of th City of Yonkers Joint School Rehabiliation Committee, Homelessness task force, City of Yonkers Police Commisioners Community Relations Committee, Yonkers youth and gang violence prevention coalition, Mayor's African American Advisory board to name a few. 
 Pastor Hassell is a sought after speaker on Leadership, Team building, Men's conferences and church apologetics. 
Pastor Hassell has authored several books including Taking the wheel in a moving Car, Worship Leader's coach "What to do in case of a worship service". He has been honored as the Grand Marshal of the African American Heritage festival in 2008, Person of the year by the Westchester County Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs Inc. in 2006, honored as outstanding innovator and mentor to youth by the Women's Club of Nepperhan in 2006, Outstanding community service award from Nubian Brothers Association in 2007, Sister to Sister International honoree in 2006, Youth Theatre Interactions honoree in 2009 and the NAACP Champion for Justice award in 2010 to name a few of the many awards received.