Pastor: Elijah Shafah
Associate Pastor: Deborah Butler
Servant Bishop: James L. Davis


Rev. Elijah Shafah is the third of four children born to Rev. and Mrs. Henry Borbor. He is a product of both Atlanta Public and Dekalb County School Systems where he finished all his primary and secondary education. Rev. Shafah received his call to ministry at the early age of fifteen, but did not formally enter the ministry until age eighteen. Equipping himself for a productive life and ministry, Rev. Shafah attended and graduated from Georgia State University with a B.S. in Psychology, and a Minor in English in 2003. While matriculating at Georgia State University, Rev. Shafah received his first pastoral appointment, which effectively changed his life.

Convinced that God calls all persons to excellence, Rev. Shafah enrolled in seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in 2004 where the transformation of mind, body, and spirit became his reality. At ITC, Rev. Shafah was the recipient of numerous academic, civic, and preaching awards. Additionally, while in seminary, Rev. Shafah was blessed with fatherhood, and is most proud of his only child, beautiful daughter, Meley who was born in the summer of 2005. In May, 2007, Rev. Shafah received the Masters of Divinity from the Turner Theological Seminary at the ITC. Currently he is pursuing a doctoral degree in education.

Rev. Shafah was recently appointed the pastorate of Greater St. Paul AME Church, Troy Alabama on September 19, 2009 under the dynamic, visionary leadership of Bishop James Davis, Presiding Prelate of the Ninth Episcopal District. Rev. Shafah anticipates great things to be manifested and accomplished at Greater St. Paul. Among other things Rev. Shafah is a lover of people and is an avid sports fan; he also possesses an entrepreneurial spirit and has owned two businesses.


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