Our First Lady

Reverend Dr. Alexis L. Felder is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies and Psychology, with an emphasis in Philosophy, from Saint Leo University where she graduated with honors.

Continuing her educational pursuits, she graduated with honors from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, with her Master of Theological Studies Degree in New Testament. In May 2008, she graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Preaching. Her thesis entitled, “From Pew to Purpose: Preaching to Transform the Spiritual Identity of a Faith Community for Social Transformation” addresses the challenges and provides an outline for the Christian church to make Jesus’ last command the church’s first priority through local and international missions work and evangelism.

A strong passion for missions and outreach ministry, she served as a counselor to the homeless in Milwaukee and Atlanta. Dr. Felder has successfully participated in bible study within the criminal justice system, hospice centers, nursing homes, low-income housing communities and served as a Chaplain at the Atlanta Medical Center (the former Georgia Baptist Hospital.)

Before relocating to Illinois, she was employed by Citizens Trust Bank as the Assistant Vice President and Marketing Director where she was named among the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Banking and Finance for two years in a row by “Women Looking Ahead Magazine”. Before joining the Citizens Trust Bank family, Dr. Felder worked as the Administrative and Membership Director of the Southeast YMCA in Atlanta, Georgia and Milwaukee, Wisconsin; a Radio Announcer at WEZW in Hales Corners, Wisconsin; an On and Off Camera Announcer for B-Zign Communications in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and as a Traffic Reporter with WMCS, an urban adult radio station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. During those stints, she also competed in the 1994 Miss Black Wisconsin Pageant and was a runner-up. Additionally, Dr. Felder successfully competed in other local pageants in the Milwaukee area as the grand prizewinner.

Today, Dr. Felder serves as the Minister of Ministry Operations at New Faith Baptist Church International. Her sermons have been featured in the African American Pulpit’s Fall 2005 edition were she was recognized as an emerging voice among women preachers. Additionally, she has received several awards and recognitions for her commitment to excellence and her compassion for orphans and people living in poverty. She is a sought after national and international preacher and conference speaker. Her sermons and articles have been featured in several journals/publications on the topics of theology, politics, missions and cultural diversity.

Dr. Felder is also the co-founder and president of The Joseph Assignment Global Initiative, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization committed to responding to the basic needs of the world’s poorest children and their families through sustainable initiatives. The Joseph Assignment has offices in the USA, Ghana and Liberia. She is also the owner of Cherish Salon and Spa located in Matteson, Illinois.

She is married to the Rev. Dr. Trunell D. Felder, Senior Pastor of New Faith Baptist Church International in Matteson, Illinois, a thriving worship center with one church in Cape Town South Africa, fifteen churches and six schools in Ghana, West Africa. Dr. Felder partners with her husband in ministry as he leads a flock of over 7,000 members in the south suburbs of Chicago. Together, they have two wonderful children, Nora and Andrew. She is also the mother to hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children all around the world as she works to raise money to provide them with quality health care, food, clean water, shelter and education.

She is motivated by the principle, “Just because people are born into poverty; does not mean they are destined to a life of poverty.”