In continuing with our series of honoring a woman who displays strong leadership within our community, we recognize Apostle Elizabeth Alston. Apostle Alston is a woman full of wisdom, faith and power. As quoted from her biography the phrase, “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness” can best describe her (the scripture in Proverbs 31:26).
She has resided in Rockland County since the late 1950s. She is a graduate of the Manhattan Bible Institute, attended Rockland Community College for Business and Religious Studies, and St. Thomas Aquinas College for Psychology.
Ever since Apostle Elizabeth Alston moved to this county, she has been a strong leader within her community. In 1965, she was officially ordained Pastor of Evangel Revivaltime Center #4 in Nyack, New York which today is St. John Deliverance Tabernacle, Inc., located at 35 Piermont Avenue, Nyack, NY. She has grown this congregation and St. John Deliverance Tabernacle into the beautiful edifice that overlooks the Hudson River.
For five years, Apostle Alston was a faithful Pastor and member of Pilgrim Assemblies where she served diligently under the leadership of the late Archbishop Roy E. Brown the Presiding Prelate of Pilgrim Assemblies and the late Bishop Charles Reed who was the Jurisdictional Bishop.
In January of 1998, because of her calling and ability to teach and lead others, Apostle Alston was
Ordained into the office of Overseer. She had demonstrated that she was totally dedicated, consecrated and qualified to do the work of a clergy woman. After years of leading and mentoring other pastors and clergy leaders, she became and was affirmed an Apostle in The Lord’s Church April 22, 2005.
Apostle Alston has traveled extensively throughout the United States as well as overseas preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She maintains a weekly Television Ministry “The Glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ” aired on Cablevision in the Rockland and Westchester areas. Apostle Alston is the first black female Pastor in Rockland County and a lifetime member of the NAACP and given a Lifetime Achievement Award by them for her continued work with Youth. She has received countless awards; presented a Certificate of Appreciation for their participation in Operation Iraqi Freedom from the 402nd Civil Affairs BN, Bravo Company, Diyala Province, Iraq, namely. In 2006, the Mayor of the Village of Nyack declares the 3rd Sunday in October as an Official Day of Recognition as well as naming the street after her (Apostle Alston Way), Citations from the New York State Assembly Representing Rockland County & The Council of The City of New York in Recognition of her extraordinary Dedication & Service as Pastor, an Award of Excellence from the County Executive for her continuous work in the community at large and especially with the youth; notably an award from former United States President Bill Clinton in 2000 for her dedicated service in religious leadership and recently in 2011 placed in the archives of the Congressional Record from the Honorable Elliot L. Engel of New York of The House of Representatives declaring the 3rd Sunday and accomplishments of Apostle Alston as permanent record in the House of Representatives. Apostle Alston is also recognized in the Strathmore’s Who’s Who, The Global Directory of Who’s Who and America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals.