Pastor Kenneth Sullivan
At the age 16, while living in Delhi, California, and attending Pastor Ewin Sansom’s church, Kenneth Sullivan felt a call to the ministry. After completing his high school education he attended Christian Life College in Stockton, California, from 1975 to 1979 earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology. In 1982, Pastor Sullivan married his childhood sweetheart, Amy, and they began a new adventure. Leaving their home roots, they evangelized for the next five years throughout the United States. Taking an assistant pastorship position in Oklahoma in 1983, they worked there for 9 months until they were inspired again to evangelize. In 1985, their oldest son, Tyler, was born. Shortly after the birth of their son, the Lord directed them to Rocky Mount, North Carolina, where they assumed the pastorship of a small church. While there, their second child, Trent, was born. The work saw revival and God blessed. After several great years in Rocky Mount, God led Pastor Sullivan to Purvis, Mississippi, and in 1988 he assumed the pastorate of a congregation that had been there for several years. In 1990, God began to deal with Pastor Sullivan about a city not far from his home town in California. Paradise, California, with a population of approximately 50,000, had no Pentecostal church at that time. After time spent visiting and in prayer, a Home Missions work was started. This also marked the same year his daughter, Kadee, was born.
New Life Apostolic Church began to flourish, and God sent the harvest. Starting out in a little storefront building next to a sausage factory, the congregation soon outgrew the building and relocated several times as they continued to grow until at last God provided over two acres upon which to build their own sanctuary.
Living in over seven different houses while located in Paradise, driving old, barely running cars, delivering newspapers, and trying to make ends meet were all part of making the church in Paradise possible. Though times were not always great, and sacrifice played a big part in the completion of this dream, God always came through, and eventually, New Life Apostolic became a very established work. From 1994 to2006, Pastor Sullivan also served on the Western District Board of the United Pentecostal Church International.
After spending almost 16 years in Paradise, God once again changed the direction of Pastor Sullivan, and in the spring of 2006, he and his family moved to Citrus Heights, California, where he was elected to serve as Senior Pastor of First Apostolic Church. Since coming to FAC, God has given growth to the congregation, and the church has also undergone an extensive remodel of its main sanctuary.
Pastor Sullivan is looking forward to the “great things” that God has planned for FAC. One of his favorite phrases, “pay attention,” has become a theme at First Apostolic Church. If you will pay attention to what God is doing, He wants to show you “great things!”