Elder Roach was born to the late Mr. Harold and Reverend Brenda Roach. She earned a Master of Divinity degree with a double concentration in Homiletics/Worship and Church History from Shaw University Divinity School, Raleigh, North Carolina. Recently, she completed a Master of Arts in Teaching degree with a concentration in Special Education from North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolina. She has taken doctoral classes in Educational Leadership (Curriculum and Instruction) at the University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona. She also served as a Curriculum Specialist for several accredited theological schools in North Carolina for seven years. One successful college course she developed, taught, and trained professors of homiletics (sacred rhetoric) was "Critical Thinking in Preaching". Elder Roach was an Adjunct Professor of Homiletics and Prophetic Studies for One In Christ Bible College, Greensboro, North Carolina. She has taught Ethical Problems in Pastoral Ministry, Diaconate Studies, and Practical Ministry courses.
She is a former member of the Academy of Homiletics. She also had the opportunity to study homiletics under the tutelage of Dr. Gardner C. Taylor also known as "The Dean of America’s Black Preachers" at Shaw University Divinity School. Her preaching mentors are Bishop J.D. Wiley, co-editor of Submissions to the Dean: Gardner C. Taylor, and Reverend Dr. Sherri Arnold Graham, former Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Women's Baptist Home and Foreign Missionary Convention of North Carolina (GBSC). Reverend Dr. Lafayette Maxwell, Chief Academic Officer of Apex School of Theology, and Dr. Rita Lamb, former Dean of Arts and Professions of the University of Maryland and a pioneer of multicultural education, are her teaching mentors.
She has 30 years of educational and ministry leadership experience. Elder Roach’s practical ministry experience began at a very early age. At the age of 3, the Holy Spirit used her to give a prophetic word at United Full Gospel Temple Inc., Rocky Mount, North Carolina under the guidance of Apostle Clarence and Prophetess Luguisy Dandy. She was groomed for ministry by her mother and mentor, Reverend Brenda Roach who was the first woman ordained in the Wake Missionary Baptist Association (1979). She has served as the New Hope Baptist Association Youth Praise and Worship Leader (1987-1990), Young Adult and Singles Ministry Director for Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, Durham, North Carolina (1996-1998), Young Adult and Singles Ministry Director for Eternal Life Baptist Church, Durham, North Carolina (1998-1999), Youth Ministry Worker (2001-2004), and Director of Prophetic Dance Ministry (2002-2004) for Mount Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro, Inc., Greensboro, North Carolina. She was licensed November 11, 2001 and among the second group of women candidates ordained in the Gospel Ministry at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Greensboro, North Carolina under the pastorate of Bishop George Brooks, D. Min. on October 24, 2004. Elder Roach has served as an Associate Minister and a member of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry at Mount Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro, Inc. under the direction of Pastor Bryan J. Pierce, Sr., Senior Pastor. Currently, she is a Pastoral Intern at Cedar Grove Tabernacle of Praise, Greensboro, NC under the pastoral leadership of Overseer J. Troy Blackwell.
For five years, Elder Roach worked with her pastoral mentor, the late Rev. Dr. Marcus Ingram of New Hope Baptist Church, Apex, North Carolina (2005-2010). Under Rev. Ingram’s tutelage and leadership, she assisted with major aspects of pastoral ministry, congregational preaching, and church growth. She has also been a guest lecturer for expository preaching conferences. She presented a lecture entitled, The Church: Spiritual, Economic, and Political Empowerment at Apex School of Theology, Durham, North Carolina under the guidance of Dr. Lafayette Maxwell (2008). Elder Roach along with Overseer Luther K. Brooks developed and implemented the Ministerial Ordination Curriculum for the North Carolina Central District of Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International (2010) which graduated five classes of ordination candidates. The curriculum has been implemented as a ministerial training model for various Christian churches and reformations in the southern Virginia and North Carolina vicinity. During the 2015 FGBCFI of North Carolina 22nd State Conference, she presented a workshop about The Evidence of Change: Intellectual Stimulation Approach for Transformational Church Leadership. On July 16, 2015, Founding Bishop Paul S. Morton Sr., Bishop, Presiding Bishop Joseph W. Walker III, and the Bishops Council approved her as a Credentialed Elder in the FGBCFI.
Currently, she serves as the FGBCFI of North Carolina State Director and North Carolina Central District Director of Ordained Elders under the direction of State Bishop Luther K. Brooks and District Overseer J. Troy Blackwell. She successfully completed Adjutancy Academy training at the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops Congress. Elder Roach was chosen to serve among the Ceremony Adjutancy Corp during the Silver Jubilee Year under the leadership of Metropolitan Archbishop J. Delano Ellis, II, Adjutant-Bishop Darryl Dion Woodson, Academic Dean Bishop T. Cedric Brown, and Vice-Dean Minister Harry Reavis.
She is a Special Education teacher for Danville Public Schools, member of the Virginia Association of Educators/ National Association of Educators, and International Honor Society for Educators, Kappa Delta Pi (Psi Gamma chapter). She has been a member of the North Carolina Association of Educators. She has served as an At-Risk Pre-Teen Coordinator for the P.R.O.U.D. Program of Durham. Elder Roach has received awards for teaching and research projects. She served as a member of the Women's Conference Committee and Secretary of the Alumni Association for Shaw University Divinity School.
The Lord has blessed her to mentor pastors, church leaders, and educators who have national and international ministries. Her desire is to teach and preach the message of salvation through Jesus Christ. She also wants people to experience God’s power through manifestations of healing and deliverance (Luke 4:18).
"By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you,
unless ye have believed in vain."
(1 Cor. 15:2)