Our Pastor


Pastor Esther K. Faulkner, a dynamic, bold, anointed psalmist, preacher, teacher, and church administrator, is a woman called to minister to this present generation.  Her firm foundation was established in the church of her youth, The First United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic), founded by her father, the Late Chief Apostle Dr. Monroe R. Saunders, Sr.  In this local church setting, Elder Faulkner honed her many God-given talents. 

As a teenager, she captivated audiences with her melodic, lyric soprano voice.  Her studies at the Peabody Conservatory of Music & Morgan State University, broadened her musical repertoire.  In addition to serving as a soloist on the church choir, Elder Faulkner founded and directed The Bishop's Chorale, a singing ensemble that performed cantatas, classical renditions and great hymns of the church.  In 1993, she recorded her first well received album High Places.
For nearly twenty years, Pastor Faulkner has labored with her husband, Bishop Roan S. Faulkner, Overseer of Faith Christian Center Church International, Inc., in Catonsville, Maryland.  During her sojourn in this ministry she has served as: Director of Women's Ministry; Director of the Celebration Choir; Sunday School Teacher; Women's Retreat Coordinator; and Church Administrator.  

From 1999 - 2005, Elder Faulkner served as the President of the Women of Royalty of the United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic). On June 22, 2002 at the Annual Holy Convocation of the United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) she was ordained "Elder".  

An energetic, disciplined, and well-loved First Lady, Pastor Faulkner devotes most of her time to the betterment of the ministry.  In 1997, God called his servant to preach the Word.  Since the moment of her consecration, Elder Faulkner has preached the Word, in season and out, challenging men and women to seek a deeper walk with God.  She fearlessly challenges women to strive for higher ground in Christ and in their daily lives.   Having faithfully served her local church for many years, Elder Faulkner was installed "Pastor" of Faith Christian Center Church International, Inc. on April 9, 2011.

In her professional life, Pastor Faulkner has been a realtor for more than twenty years, presently working in the Baltimore/Howard County vicinity.

Pastor Faulkner married Bishop Roan Faulkner in October, 1980 and  they are the proud parents of three adult children: Diane, Clarence, and Roan, Jr., wife, Tanisha,  and two grandchildren: Karmyn and Clark.

Pastor Faulkner praises God for the abundant blessings in her life and she thanks God for the quality Christian up-bringing she received in the home of her parents, the late Chief Apostle Dr. Monroe R. Saunders, Sr. and Elect Lady, Mother Alberta Brockington Saunders.
 Speak To Your Mountain

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith."  (Mark 11:23)