Pastor Edward Pickett Jr. hails from the city of Oakland, CA, where his journey of faith began and continues to inspire many. Embracing his calling, Pastor Pickett joined New Dimension Deliverance Center in Hayward, CA, under the guidance of Apostle Russell Obee in 1998. His dedication and commitment led him to minister under the leadership of Bishop Dolores Obee at New Dimension Deliverance Ministries, where he diligently served for 12 faithful years. During his tenure, he was ordained to preach, teach, and baptized numerous individuals who were touched by the grace and mercy of God. It was within this ministry that he found his wife, La’Von Howard, whom he married on July 9th, 2011.
Pastor Pickett and his wife La’Von were given a vision by God-- which is to empower individuals and instill in them the belief that everyone holds significance within God's house. This vision and the holy spirit led the couple to give birth to a new ministry, New Living Word Ministries, in October 2013. Pastor Pickett assumed the role of Senior Pastor of New Living Word Ministries in January 2014, following his official ordination and installation by the esteemed late Apostle Rosemary Cage Williams.
Driven by a deep passion for theological studies, he accomplished a significant milestone by obtaining his Doctorate degree from the Free and Independent School of Theology in 2021.
Currently, Pastor Pickett and his wife, Lady Pickett, are under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Keith K. Curry, Bishop of The Southern Region of Shabach and Senior Pastor of Family Worship Center in Jacksonville, North Carolina alongside his wife, Dr. Kisha M. Curry.
In 2024, Overseer Designate Pickett is poised to be formally installed as Overseer in the Southern Region of Shabach, marking an exceptional milestone in his spiritual journey.
Pastor Pickett believes that God doesn't call the qualified; rather, He qualifies the ones he called. His deepest desire is to nurture discipleship, guiding individuals towards authentic connections with God, regardless of their life experiences. His unwavering declaration echoes the words of Psalm 34:1: "I will bless the Lord at all times, and His praise shall continually be in my mouth."