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Our Ministers

First Lady Michelle Roberts is the leading lady of Holy Spirit Cathedral in Camden, NJ.  She serves in ministry with her husband, Pastor Joseph N. Roberts, Jr.  Leading Lady Roberts is an evangelist as well as a licensed practical nurse with an anointing to heal the sick and broken-hearted.  Her encouraging down-to-earth teaching imparts wisdom and instruction from the Word of God to all that hear.  First Lady Michelle is the overseer of the Women’s Ministry, Children’s Ministry and Board of Trustees.  She and Pastor Roberts have four children – Joseph, Chantelle, Minister Nathaniel and Minister Joel. 


Minister James Roberts, a servant of the Lord and the people, received Christ in his life at an early age.  In his younger years, he attended Sanctuary Church of the Abiding Presence in Camden, New Jersey, where Bishop Evelyn Schonyers is pastor.  Under her leadership, he was baptized at the age of seventeen.  He now serves under the leadership of Pastor Joseph N. Roberts, Jr. at Holy Spirit Cathedral.  Minister James is married to Minister Carleen Roberts.  Their children - Diamond, James and Precious - are all active in the body of Christ.  Minister James currently serves on the Minister’s Board as deacon and overseer.  Minister James is a faithful servant who is always willing to assist.   He works in most of the church’s auxiliaries.  He takes pleasure is living the scripture, “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” 


Minister Carleen Roberts, servant of the Lord and the people, received Christ an early age.  In her younger years, she attended The Holy Church in Pennsgrove, NJ, where Bishop Freddy Washington was the pastor.  She served as an usher and member of the children’s choir.   Minister Carleen moved to Camden at the age of 13, where she attended Community Baptist Church.  Pastor Smith presided as pastor while Minister Carleen served as praise dance instructor and after-school program leader.  She met her now husband, Minister James, and together they attended Sanctuary Church of the Abiding Presence.  Under the pastoral leadership of Bishop Evelyn Schonyers,   where she was baptized.  She now serves under the leadership of Pastor Joseph Roberts, Jr. at Holy Spirit Cathedral.  Minister Carleen currently serves on the Administration Team and Pastor’s Aide Ministry.


Minister Rob Cubbage, was raised in Camden, NJ.   He was educated in Camden and Pennsauken.  He accepted Christ at the age of thirteen and fully submitted his life to living for God at twenty-six.  He received greater wisdom and revelation as he wholly committed himself to God.  While attending Sanctuary of the Abiding Presence, he married Lucy Cubbage.  They have five beautiful children. Through his journey of spiritual growth, God prepared him for his current leading of the outreach ministry at Holy Spirit Cathedral.  His favorite scripture is Psalms 27:13-14, “I had fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”


Minister Lucy Cubbage, accepted Christ at an early age while attending The Miracle Circle Center church on Broadway in Camden, NJ.  During her early teens, her family cast their lots under the pastoral leadership of Bishop Evelyn Schonyers.  She began in the ministry of music, serving on the choir and praise and worship team.  She married her husband, Minister Rob Cubbage, under the same leadership.  She is now diligently working under Pastor Joseph Roberts as a servant leader at Holy Spirit Cathedral.  She is the superintendent of the Sunday School, while she serves in the drama and praise dance ministries, the choir and praise and worship team.


Minister Nathaniel Roberts is a young man anointed and commissioned by God to spread the Good News of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He serves as overseer of the youth ministry, Fashioned for Greatness and Holy Spirit Cathedral Choir, as well as instructor of Children’s Sunday School Class.  Minister Nathaniel is truly a youth after God’s own heart, serving as one of Holy Spirit Cathedral’s most dynamic praise dancers.  We anticipate a lifetime full of God’s glory and exploits from this young man of God.


Minister Joel Roberts is the youngest minister at Holy Spirit Cathedral, and is equipped with Holy Spirit power and zeal!  Minister Joel serves as an example to all believers in the body of Christ, daily walking in the teachings of the Apostle Paul.  Minister Joel exudes the words from 1 Timothy 4:14, “Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecies spoken to you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you.”  Minister Joel preaches, ministers on the choir and serves in the sound ministry.  We are delighted to watch him continue to grow like Jesus – in wisdom and in stature, in favor with God and man! 


Lawrence C. Carpenter is the overseer of the Music Ministry and a minister of the gospel at Holy Spirit Cathedral.  He is a loving and devoted husband to Minister Ashle, and a newly established father to Josiah Nathanael.  While under the tutelage of Pastor Roberts, Minister Carpenter has grown to have a deeper level of revelation of who God is and what He expects from leaders in the body of Christ.  It is his earnest desire to accomplish the ultimate assignment and the will of God for his life. 
        Minister Carpenter is the Chief of Security at a local Camden city school.  It is there that he has opportunity to impact the lives of young, old, urban and suburban people with the Word of God.  His view is that of Acts 17: 28a, “For in Him we live and move,  and have our being.”  He asks, “So why not allow Him to do the same in all of us by touching the lives of all we come in contact with by His Spirit?”

       His favorite scripture is Genesis 1:26, “And God said, ‘Let us make man in Our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion…over all the earth.’”  This is a constant reminder to him of all that he has the power to do, to become and to speak into existence, according to the original blue-print of the creation of man-kind.  Before attending H.S.C., Minister Carpenter was a member of Parkside Methodist Church for 25 years, where Calvin R. Woods is the presiding pastor.


Ashle is the Minister of Music and a praise and worship leader.  She is a loving and devoted wife to Minster L. C. Carpenter and new mother to Josiah Nathanael.  Minister Ashle is a full-time caregiver to her son and a full-time cheerleader to her husband.  It has always been her heart’s greatest desire to have a close-knit family held together with the love and peace of God.  Minister Carpenter is a great woman of faith.  She has come through every hard place in her life, solely on the Word of God.  Fittingly so, her favorite scriptures come from James 2:18, “I will show you my faith by my works.”  And Romans 10:17, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”  In a nutshell, her outlook on life is, “If God said it, I believe it and that settles it!”


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