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PASTOR ANTOINETTE (TONI) G. ALVARADO
Antoinette G. Alvarado is the Co-Pastor of Grace Church International established by her husband and Senior Pastor, Bishop Johnathan E. Alvarado. She assists Bishop Alvarado in preaching, teaching and leading the congregation of Grace Church International and the training of leaders, elders, deacons, ministers and pastors in the Grace Fellowship of Churches International.
She has studied at various seminaries and universities and has been awarded several earned degrees to include: Master of Divinity Degree (2003) Church of God Theological Seminary; Doctor of Ministry Degree (2008) Regent University School of Divinity; The Master of Theology (2009) Columbia Theological Seminary; and Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies (2013) University of Georgia. She has served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer in several colleges and universities such as Beulah Heights University, Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Howard University, Regent University, Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and the Spelman College Bonners Scholars Program.
With a divine call and passion for the advancement of women, Dr. Toni as she is affectionately called, has been privileged to serve as a speaker and workshop presenter for several national and international women’s conferences. She is the Founder and Executive Director of My Sister’s Keeper Foundation for Women a leading influential organization focused on “Moving Women from Average to Excellence” in their educational, personal and professional development and pursuits. Dr. Toni is the Retreat Leader for the Harmonize Your Life Women’s Self-Care Retreat and the host of Harmonize Your Life: Conversations on Self-Care for Women of Color Podcast.
Dr. Toni is the author of Run and Not Be Weary: The Pursuit of Purpose and Destiny, A Woman’s Heart Devotional Series, Stoking The Fire of Your Dreams, Harmonize Your Life: A Journey Toward Self-Care and co-authored Let’s Stay Together: Relationship Strategies For Successful Marriages, with her husband Dr. Johnathan E. Alvarado. She has also written several articles and sermons for such publications and periodicals as Gospel Today Magazine and The African American Pulpit, and participated in many interviews and documentaries on the topics of Coaching and Mentoring Relationships, Leadership, Marriage and Family and Women in Ministry.
Dr. Toni is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Graduate of Leadership Rockdale (2015), Board Member of Gilgal Recovery House for Women (2016-2018), Certified Coach & Coach Trainer through Lifeforming Leadership Coaching, Virginia Beach, Virginia (2005) and President of Targeted Living Coaching and Consulting, LLC. She is passionate about fitness training, reading, writing and spending time with her husband and family. Dr. Alvarado’s years of experience as a community leader, pastor, professor, coach and trainer coupled with her educational accomplishments imminently qualify her to empower others.