Through many trials and tribulations that life had to offer, one of my many   
challenges  was being a single teen mother, of two beautiful children, Collette
"Joy" and Shabazz "Unique". I always knew and believed that the Lord would make
a way, by His loving grace, I was able to fulfill my assignments towards my
children and only God can be

I accepted the call to salvation in November of 1988. My personal relationship
with the Lord has been my strongest commitment. During this time in my life I was
blessed to meet, and become engaged to the love of my life John E. Alford III. John
and I were married on September 9, 1989. The Lord has blessed this union with
one wonderful son, Brandon John Alford.

Fellowship with my family is a joy that makes my heart glad; with this the Lord
has blessed me to become the Grandma of two “blessed” little girls Alivia Makayla
Blanc and Yanique Jolie Lopez, who affectionately calls me “Me-Ma”. The Lord
has also blessed me with a dynamic son-to-love Gregory Blanc.

I became a faithful, devoted member of the Fountain of Life Church, Inc. in 1989,
where my Pastor is Apostle Norman H. Lyons II. I have served, and continue to
serve in various capacities in my home church.

On October 1, 2004, I was licensed by my Pastor as an Evangelist. In exchange for
my license as an Evangelist, on October 30, 2011, I was licensed by my Pastor as
a Minister
, and on October 3, 2018, I was ordained as an Elder.

I attended school at Bethel Bible Institute and graduated in May, 2002 with a
Certificate in Evangelistic Studies and on November 30, 2007 I graduated from
Christian Life School of Theology with an Associate of Theology. In September
2013 by the prompting of the Lord, I went back to school at Empire State College
to finish my degree in Human Services.

Believing in the power of God’s Holy word, and knowing that “Faithful is He that
calleth you, who also will do it”, the Lord has developed and made me the mother,
the woman and the wife that God has called me to be.

The Miracle of all of this is that:

Through God's unfailing love and grace, the Lord has put a soft spot in my heart
towards the lost. (Luke 15:4) In August of 2002, the Lord birthed in my spirit
"BE ENCOURAGED" Ministries Inc.
This ministry is for anyone that needs a little encouragement along the way, to let
someone know and understand that "Our God is an Awesome God".

Being inspired by the Holy Spirit I was lead to write my first book entitled
: My Life As A Child Of The King (My life has become my
ministry....) This book is a testimony to the marvelous working of the Lord in my

My belief, that the result of every true believer's life is recorded in Isaiah 61:3(b)
"And we will be called trees of righteousness the planting of the Lord that
might be


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"BE ENCOURAGED" Ministries Inc.
Biographical Profile of
Elder Robin Y. Alford

Born on July 22, 1963, to the proud parents Mr. & Mrs. Lee E.
Valentine, I am the middle child of five siblings.

As a child raised in the Baptist Church, singing on the traveling
children's choir, I have always had a joy for praising and
worshipping the Lord.