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FOUNDER & PRESIDENTDr. Karen K. Pelizzari, D.C.C.
Dr. Karen K. Pelizzari is the Founder and President of Agape Bible College and Vice President of Agape Christian Center of Central Texas, Inc. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Theology from Calvary Theological Seminary and is a Certified Teacher of Theology. She holds a Doctorate of Christian Couseling degree from Shalom Bible College and Seminary.
In addition, she is a Certified Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, a Certified Faith Based Clinical Counselor as well as being a Board Certified Faith Based Clinical Therapist. She also holds various certifications through the Faith Based Counselor Training Institute. She specializes in helping abused women get free.
Dr. Karen is a favored conference and seminar speaker. Karen's ministry is down to earth with a challenging edge as the Holy spirit ministers, confirming the Word preached with signs and wonders following. Karen has a strong prophetic mantle that is boldly manifested through a tangible anointing.
Karen is a noted author and has hosted numerous ladies Bible Studies, Seminars and Conferences that are designed to pull up roots of shame, self rejection, unforgiveness as well as the hurts and abuses from the past that have hindered God's people of today from becoming all that God has ordained for them to be.
Karen is married to Dr. John Pelizzari and together they pastor Agape Christian Center in Belton, Texas. They have a combined total of over 50 years of ministerial experience. She is also the mother of four boys and the grandmother of a miracle baby that was born four and a half months premature as well as several other wonderful grandchildren.
God has honored her desire to bring a quality biblical education that is anointed, accredited , achievable.and affordable.
Dr. Solomon was ordained and licensed by Loving Hearts Ministry in 2001 and has been in full-time ministry since his ordination. Known as "Pastor Rick" or "Harmless", he has been on the pastoral staff of three churches, and from 2006-2010 he was the senior pastor of two churches in Windsor, New York. Pastor Rick has ministered extensively throughout the State of Texas, teaching the Word of God to inmates in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), and has made ministry trips to Mexico City as well.
Dr. Solomon is a graduate of "The Haven Bible School" through Freedom Christian Fellowship in 2000, and began his "church work" in the ministry of helps as usher, head usher, and finally head of security. Because of his background in U.S. Navy Communications and Special Operations from 1972-1981, as a graduate of C.O.G. (Council of Government) Police Academy in Grand Prairie, Texas in 1981, and as a graduate of Mattman School of Executive Protection and Executive Security International in 1986, and having worked with the Richardson Police Department from '81 to '86, Rev. Solomon also became the pastor's designated "armor bearer" and worked as personal security for Benny Hinn for a season Dr. Solomon was the Youth Church Advisor for Hope Community Church in Colleyville, Texas under the pastorship of Pastor Paul Cole from 2001-2003, at which time he became associate pastor of First Love Return Ministries/Freedom Family Church in Lake Worth, Texas. Pastor Rick has worked as head counselor and in prison ministry as well as an overseer of the youth department. He also taught weekly classes and ministered from 2001-2006 at the Kimbo Road Youth Correctional Facility in Tarrant County, Texas.
Rev. Solomon, a biker at heart, moved to Belton, Texas in 2010 to join the staff of Agape Christian Center. In his position as Chancellor of Agape Bible College Rev. Solomon facilitates and coordinates the curriculum and teachers as well as establishing and overseeing the college.
Dr. Matthews was ordained and licensed by Kenneth Copeland Ministries in 1993. He was head of the KCM prison ministry from 1993 until 2008, during which time he traveled extensively throughout Texas and other states helping the incarcerated to reconcile with God and bring about restoration to them and their families.
He took 30 hours of Pastoral Care Training and 12 hours of Contextual Training in Adult Restorative Justice through the Texas Baptist Volunteer Chaplain Ministries to become a volunteer chaplain at Tarranty County Jail, and taught classes in their Christian Educational Department, helping to mentor and disciple inmates in Christian living.
Dr. Matthews took six months of training to work with Clergy and Police Alliance (CAPA) for the Fort Worth Tarrant County Sheriff's Department, learning how to work with the police department in crisis or traumatic situations, which included ministering to officers and/or victims of acts of violence and crime.
He was a member of Coalition of Prison Evangelists (C.O.P.E) and Restorative Justice Ministries, ministries that network together to minister to the needs of those involved in our criminal justice system, at the city, county, state or national level. These organizations focus on getting people into the programs they need to help reconcile them to God and bring restoration to them and their families. This would include victims, those incarcerated and officers involved. He also made numerous ministry trips to Canada, Mexico and the Cayman Islands, ministering in churches, transition houses, jails, and youth and adult detention centers.
For several years Pastor Andy traveled with the Meetings Department at Kenneth Copeland Ministries serving as the head counselor for the national conventions held across the U.S.
He and his wife, Jan, also pastored Freedom Family Church and First Love Return Ministries outreach in Fort Worth, Texas from 1999 until 2008. The community church welcomed former inmates and their families. The church started a men's home (Right Standing), which provided a family atmosphere mentorship program for individuals or families who needed one-on-one mentoring in order to be free from their former addictive lifestyle. Many of those who lived with the Matthews family or in the men's home have broken the recidivism cycle and not only become productive citizens, but are ministers of the gospel and now mentoring others.
"Andy" took 20 hours of teaching and training through Prison Fellowship to become a certified volunteer chaplain's assistant (CVCA) in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), and took courses in 1999 at Therapon Institute on Counseling Issues and Causes of Emotional Problems to become a board-certified Therapon Institute Belief Therapist.
The Matthews family moved to Temple, Texas in late 2008, and he became the associate pastor for Agape Christian Center in Belton in 2009. At Agape Christian Center, Dr. Matthews also spearheads the churches motorcycle ministry as well as being the head intercessor, liason for KCM and Adape's prison outreach as well as the administrator for the bible college.