Rev. Ford was born in Ocean Springs Mississippi and raised in New Orleans Louisiana. After relocating to Morristown, NJ, he received the right hand of fellowship at Bethel in 1985. Prior to answering his call to ministry in 1994, Rev. Ford served in several leadership positions at Bethel, including Vice Chair of the Steward Board. He was licensed to preach in 1995. After completing the required courses at the New Jersey Ministerial Institute (NJMI), he was ordained a Local Elder in 2001.
Rev. Ford is primarily responsible for assisting the Senior Pastor in preaching and teaching.
Rev. Ford is a veteran of the US Airforce, where he served from 1952 to 1973 and retired with the rank of Master Sergeant. While in the Airforce, he received training as an aircraft Mechanic in Texas and as an Aircraft Electrician in Illinois. While stationed in Thailand during the Vietnam conflict, from August 1971 to August 1972, he received the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service for aiding in the recovery of two battle damaged HH53C helicopters on two occasions from very hostile areas (the adjoining country of Laos).
After retirement from the Air Force, Rev. Ford worked as a Micrographics Service Technician for Eastman Kodak while attending classes at an extension of Southern Illinois University in NJ on evenings and weekends and earned a BS degree in Education in 1978. In 1980, he received a MBA from Central Michigan University and was promoted to Training Specialist in NYC, serving from 1980 to 1985. From 1985 to retirement in 1992, Rev. Ford served as District Service Manager for Kodak. In 1993, Rev. Ford was employed as a Technical Instructor with Ricoh Corporation, and retired as a Senior Training Instructor in 2003. While working for Ricoh, Rev. Ford attended classes Zaraphath Bible Institute, Zaraphath NJ for 2 years 1993-1995.
Rev. Ford celebrated 62 years of marriage to his bride, Betty. They have 5 children (3 girls and 2 boys) and host of grandchildren and great grandchildren. Rev. Ford is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the order of Prince Hall Masons.