Pastors Arnell and Danita Thompson
Pastor Arnell and Pastor Danita are the founders of Mending Hearts Kingdom Church, formerly Mending Hearts Community Worship Ministries. They answered the call to birth the church in 2012. They, along with their awesome children-Kevin (Nikita), Keron, and Kierra and grandchildren London and Logan have been blessed to serve in ministry together. The pastors were both born into a long lineage of faith-filled believers, ministers, evangelists, and pastors who consistently presented the gospel instilling in them a strong foundation. Pastor Arnell is the Senior pastor of Mending Hearts Kingdom Church. With a true shepherd’s heart and pastor anointing, he humbly loves, serves, leads, teaches, and fathers. Pastor Arnell’s heart’s desire is for the partners of Mending Hearts to love God, grow in their gifts and serve the community. Pastor Arnell, an anointed Levite from his youth has served faithfully as a musician, minister of music, and music director. He has worked for several ensembles and ministries including Mt. Sinai Cathedral COGIC-NY, Brooklyn Tabernacle Deliverance Center-NY, Agape Family Worship Center-NJ, and Destiny Family Worship Center-NJ. Pastor Arnell, throughout the years, has taught and mentored young boys and men to perfect their skills. He also helped them understand the importance of humility and the value of serving God with their gifts and talents. Pastor Arnell also served in marriage ministry and as a cell-group leader, counseling and mentoring couples and their families. Pastor Danita works alongside Pastor Arnell to help carry out the vision and executive responsibilities of the church. With an apostolic-prophetic counseling anointing, she trains, equips, ministers deliverance, and inner-healing. Her heart’s desire is to see people experience health in spirit, body, and soul. Pastor Danita served as a youth leader, worked in women’s ministry, and a Sunday school teacher. She has served in various administrative roles throughout the years. Pastor Danita was called and licensed to preach the gospel in 1993 and later ordained Elder in 2005. She served faithfully as Elder assisting in the area of pastoral care and spiritual development. She served in the marriage ministry as director and was also a home-team/cell-group leader. Pastor Danita facilitates marriage and mental/spiritual health seminars and is a conference speaker. The pastors have been blessed with over 38 years of marriage and over 40 years of ministry service. They stand in awe of what God is doing and say “We are living proof of God using ordinary people to do extraordinary things.”
Pastor Quaitra a founding partner of Mending Hearts supports and serves diligently alongside Pastor Arnell and Danita as Community Pastor. With the evangelist, prophetic and intercessor anointing she oversees the care for our growing community through Marriage Ministry, discipleship, Prophetic intercession, leadership and shepherding. Pastor Quaitra accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior as a teenager and continues her journey of faith. Her belief in the power of God has kept her through the years of great trials and triumphs. “Q” as others affectionately know her, serves in ministry alongside her husband of 28 years John (the bassist). They are the proud parents of three beautiful children, John Jr. (Diamond), Je’ohna and grandchildren Jordan and Amari. Her life in Christ, academic accomplishments, and humble beginnings prepared her to serve God’s people through the arena of Life Coaching, and Leadership and Empowerment programs. Her aspiration to empower women and families to live a life full of compassion, mercy, and purpose is the very essence of who “Q” is.
The Elders of Mending Hearts assist in carrying out the mission and vision and governance of the church as well as watch diligently over the flock. They teach the pure doctrine of God's Word, instruct in the way of salvation, counsel the curious, strengthen the weak, seek the lost, reclaim the straying, comfort the sorrowing, care for the needy, visit the sick, minister to the dying, and pray for the spiritual welfare of every soul under their care. The Elder team play a vital role in the leadership at Mending Hearts.