Meet our Pastors

Pastor Dexter Skepple

Pastor Dexter Skepple was born and raised on the island of St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands. Upon completion of High School Pastor Skepple moved to Killeen, Texas where he received a Bachelors Degree in Aviation from University of Central Texas, which is now known as Tarleton State University. He also graduated from Christian House of Prayer's School of the Prophets in Copperas Cove, TX, under the leadership of Bishop Nathaniel Holcomb. Pastor Dexter Skepple has worked in the field of Aviation for the last 19 years. By faith, Pastor Skepple transitioned from the Cockpit to the, Pulpit in 1998. On October 8, 1998, Dexter and Terry Skepple founded and became the pastors and overseers of Speak the Word Ministries International on the island of St. Croix in the United States Virgin Islands. Without advertising, only doing what God had instructed, they started the ministry with eight people in 1998. To this day, they do not know how those eight people found out about the Speak the Word Ministries, International, all they know is that God must have sent them. Speak the Word Ministries is a multi-cultural, non-denominational ministry which has thirteen employees, nine of which are full-time, its own Bookstore, Children's Church, Nursery, Prayer Center, College Library which is a college counseling program, and two mentoring organizations known as Boys To Men and Sister 2 Sister, that mentor young males and females between the ages of 13 -17 years old. The ministry now has two services and well over 800 people on Sunday morning. Speak The Word Ministries is where souls are being saved, healed and delivered; there is a special anointing for "Increase, Favor, and Promotion." Pastor's Dexter and Terry Skepple take no credit for what God has done, for they know "God has done it all."

Pastor Terry Skepple

Pastor Terry Skepple was born and raised in Fruitland and Salisbury Maryland, where most of her family still resides. Terry received her education in the Wicomico County School System in Salisbury, MD. After receiving her high school diploma from James M. Bennett Senior High School, Terry attended Salisbury State University and completed her Bachelors Degree in Psychology at the University of Central Texas, which is now known as Tarleton State University in Killeen, Texas. She also received a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from University of Central Texas. Terry and Dexter met while receiving their college education in Texas. They were later married on July 10, 1993. After marrying, Dexter and Terry made the decision to return to Dexter's home in the Virgin Islands. Pastor Terry Skepple is known for her many gifts and talents. She is known as a vocalist, songwriter, Minister of Music, Praise and Worship Leader, and Co-Pastor.

Bishop Nate Holcomb

Bishop and Pastor Nate Holcomb received Christ in 1977. In the year of 1981 the Holy Spirit directed him to establish the Christian House of Prayer Ministries (A Church For All People). Later, Sonship School of the Firstborn (school for those called to the five-fold ministry), Its All About Him (Television and Radio Broadcast), Refuge Corporation (community outreach), Covenant Savings Federal Credit Union, just to name a few entities, were established. Bishop Holcomb received his bishopric in 1988. He is the presiding bishop of Covenant Connections International (an affiliation of churches and evangelistic ministries). He is a compassionate and devoted husband, father, grandfather, pastor, and bishop.

Valerie Ivy Holcomb

Valerie Holcomb is the wife of Nathaniel Holcomb, Pastor and Bishop of the Christian House of Prayer Ministries. She is the mother of four children and grandmother of ten. Valerie Ivy Holcomb is a down to earth woman and is touched by the acquaintances she makes in the ministry. She is motivated when growth takes place in a persons life through Gods Word. Her message is a message of self-evaluation. The Word of God that she ministers causes people to make mid-term corrections because of her own willingness to be transparent before them. As an Elder, God has given her insight for oversight. As the wife of a Pastor/Bishop, she has a heart for Gods people and has traveled with her husband preaching, teaching and encouraging many. As a dynamic duo, they set hearts ablaze with a zeal to know HIM more. When God called her in the ministry, He said, Your ministry will compliment your husbands ministry and many shall know you both as one. She is one who enjoys being a Woman of God.