Lomax Temple A.M.E Zion Church

Meet the Pastor

Pastor Orea H. Peterson Jr. desire is to serve God wholeheartedly; Loving God, Loving his family and Loving God’s People!

He is an Arkansas native, and his family moved to Flint, Michigan when he was 5 years old. Rev. Peterson is a graduate of Southwestern High School, in Flint, Michigan. He has a Bachelor in Accounting from Davenport University (Grand Rapids, MI) and a Master's in Biblical Studies from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He accepted his call into ministry in 2005 and received his first pastoral appointment in June 2014 at John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church, in Muskegon, Michigan and with great joy, he was appointed to Lomax Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in June of 2019.  

 He currently holds several offices on the district and conference levels. On the District he serves on the Chair on 1st Year Conference Studies, and as a Proctor for District Studies. On the Michigan Annual Conference, he serves as Chair of the Budget Committee. Prior to Full-Time ministry Pastor Peterson worked in Banking for 28 years, where he was an Assistant Vice President within the Holland, Michigan Call Center. Rev. Peterson proudly served in the U.S Army going abroad and was part of the military forced that freed the Kuwaiti citizens from the clutches Iraqi hostile military forces. Serving in the Persian Gulf War, where he received a Bronze Star commendation medal. In July of 1988, Rev. Peterson married his "Good Thing" Patricia Avant-Peterson. They have two daughters, and two grandsons. Finally, beloved Pastor Peterson loves and invites all people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. His aim is to walk according to God’s calling with this Bible verse a guide!

Acts 20:24 But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.

Our Story


Lomax Temple AME Zion Church is committed to making liberated disciples of Jesus Christ through Christian Education. 


We are "Changed People Changing the World" through Stewardship, Outreach, Worship, Evangelism and Discipleship (SOWED)

About Us

Our church believes that salvation of the soul is not divorced from the necessity of salvation of community, economy, and political conditions that affect the total person. We embrace a holistic approach to ministry and accept the responsibility as those who have been changed by Christ, to become catalyst for change. God doesn’t change situations, but God changes people and people change their own situations. God is using this fellowship to bring change to where it is needed.

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