Our Pastor and Co-Pastor
Elder Joe Nathan Halman Jr. is the son of Joe and Laura Halman. He is married to Debra Staggers Halman and together they have three beautiful daughters (Shena, Ashley and Chelsea) who serve tirelessly in the ministry. Currently, he serves as the Chief of law enforcement with the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Florida. He has been with the sheriff’s office since December 1985.
Elder Halman has been a member of the Polk County Police Chief’s Association since 2005, the BoCC Community Relations Advisory Board since 2004, the Florida African American Educational Alliance Board and the Polk County Law Enforcement Association since 2003, and the FBI National Academy Associates since 2001, as well as the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
A charter member of the board of the Child Advocacy Center, Elder Halman also serves on the boards of the Inneract Alliance. Most importantly, He serves as senior pastor/founder of the Greater Works Ministries of Winter Haven Inc. He is a member of the Bartow Breakfast Rotary (past president), the Polk County Voters’ League, the Frederick Douglass Republican Club of Central Florida, the NAACP, the Polk County Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, the Winter Haven Interfaith Ministerial Alliance, and the Pughsville Historic Committee.
Elder Halman earned a Master of Arts degree in ministerial leadership from Southeastern University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational management from Warner Southern College, and an associate of arts degree in liberal arts from Saint Leo University. A graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, Session 206, he also attended the Senior Management Institute for Police’s Executive Program on Strategic Management. He graduated from the Certified Public Manager Program at Florida State University and attended the South Florida Baptist Theological Seminary. Elder Halman completed US Army Advanced Training at the Quartermaster School in Fort Lee, Virginia.
As explicitly depicted from his accomplishments, God’s favor is upon his life. With the same strengths and perseverance, Elder Halman has birthed and oversees ministries in two different locations: Winter Haven and Lakeland, FL. Moreover, Elder Halman firmly uphold and applies the motto “Enter to worship and exit to serve” to every aspect of his life as he moves forward for the edification of God’s Kingdom.
The Lord has blessed her with three beautiful girls, Shena, Ashley and Chelsea and they work untirelessly in the ministry.
She is a graduate of Stillman College in Alabama with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
Moreover, she is anointed, saved, sanctified and filled with the precious Holy Ghost. Undeniably, she loves the Lord with all her heart, mind, soul, body and spirit.
God has immensely blessed this prosperous woman of God and she has touched countless lives throughout this state as she preaches, prophesy, and lay hand on the sick. Oftentimes, she's noted for saying, "we walk by faith and not by sight!"
In addition to God calling her into the ministry, her father the late Elder Arthur Staggers served as pastor of Greater St. Matthew Holiness Church (House of God Saints in Christ, Inc.) in Florida City, Florida, in which, her sister Elder Irene Harris now serves.
Co-Pastor is a prayer warrior, praiser and she works diligently preaching and teaching the word of God alongside her husband and the Good News Ministerial Staff at one of the greatest Churches on this side of heaven. Unequivocally, we believe in "entering to worship,exit to serve!"