OUR SENIOR PASTOR
Pastor Ayakao Watkins
Ayakao Watkins is the Senior Pastor of Kingdom Bible Christian Church, St Petersburg FL. The vision of the church is “Lives Will Be Transformed By the Word of God”. While Pastor Ayakao has been in ministry for over 23 years, she has only been a Senior Pastor since April 2010 succeeding the church’s founding pastor, Rev LeQuita H. Porter. Kingdom Bible Christian Church has experienced significant growth under Pastor Ayakao’s leadership. For the past 23 years, God has continued to enlarge Pastor Ayakao’s territory, and she is sought after as a preacher/teacher, and a motivational/inspirational speaker throughout the United States. Pastor Ayakao’s favorite scripture is Micah 6:8, “….and what does the Lord require, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.” The Lord has uniquely equipped her to minister to people of all races, and from all walks of life.
Pastor Ayakao’s gifts and passion include teaching, preaching, as well as leading and developing future Christian leaders, and she believes that her prophetic anointing allows her to disciple God’s people. Further, Pastor Ayakao and her husband, Pastor Michael are founders of Caring For Your Temple, a faith based practice dedicated to health and wellness. Pastor Ayakao believes “to whom much is given, much is required”. Pastor Watkins also serves part time as the Closing the Gap Coordinator for AIDS Service Association of Pinellas, Inc (ASAP under Suncoast Hospice). Pastor Ayakao holds a Masters of Science degree from Florida State University in Public Administration, and a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. Pastor Ayakao will start a doctoral program in Organizational Leadership with a Christian Ministry emphasis at Grand Canyon University.
After receiving her salvation, one of God’s greatest blessings was when over 23 years ago, He joined her in holy matrimony to Pastor Michael R. Watkins, so that they with one voice might glorify God. The Lord blessed their union with Emmanuel M. Watkins, who is a student at Duke University. Pastor Ayakao is step-mother to Michele Watkins-Rogers and Michael A. Watkins(Carla), and “Nana” to Demetrius, Christopher, and the late Christian Bush.