Our Pastor & First lady

Pastor Edward and Lady Machea Rockett

 Pastor Edward D. Rockett, Jr. is a visionary pastor and businessman who is committed to building leaders for holistic success. He is a second generation preacher and pastor, who brings to bear a fresh word that is relevant for listeners across multiple generations. 

As one who is committed to lifelong learning, Pastor Rockett followed his formal education by matriculating at Florida A & M University (FAMU) where he received a BS degree in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration in the Spring of 2003. Also, in June of 2003 he was licensed to the gospel ministry. Immediately following, Pastor Rockett entered Chicago Theological Seminary where he graduated in May of 2006 with a Master of Divinity degree, and in May of 2012 with a Master of Sacred Theology.    

 Prior to his call to pastoral ministry, Pastor Rockett served the body of Christ as a Minister of Music, worship leader and psalmist for several churches throughout Chicago and the central Florida area. He also served three years as Assistant Pastor of Glory To God Christian Church Ministries where his father, Minister Edward D. Rockett, Sr., is the founder and senior pastor.           

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 In October 2006, he was ordained to the gospel ministry by the elder Rockett and subsequently served as pastor of Roseland Christian Reformed Church (2007-2008) and Fresh Word Ministries (2008-2012). Pastor Rockett also entered into connection with Pilgrim Assemblies International under the leadership of Archbishop William Hudson III, and in March of 2016 was appointed General Secretary of this great reformation.

Finally, on September 23, 2012, Pastor Rockett began the next phase of his ministry assignment by humbly accepting the call to become the 4th Senior Pastor in the 50 year history of Greater Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, affectionately known as GT. Since being named pastor of GT, Pastor Rockett has achieved numerous milestones. In less than 5 years at the helm the church has retired all debt, renovated the sanctuary, and launched or re-started numerous outreach and missional initiatives.

Outside of Pastor Rockett’s clerical vocation, he has built a very successful practice as a financial advisor and sales manager in the financial services industry. Currently, he is Vice-President of Wela Financial, LLC, where he assists individuals, families and businesses in planning for their financial futures. His greatest passion in this work is providing financial security and retirement planning for clergy and pastoral leaders.

Pastor Rockett shares his life & ministry with Lady Machea Rockett and together they are the proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Aaliyah and Amanda.