Dr. B. LaMont Monford, Sr., was born August 25, 1966 in Lima, Ohio to Bobby Monford and the late Mary Alice Mosley. He accepted Christ at an early age. He did it, in part, to make sense of a chaotic childhood that saw the devil attack his family with drugs and separation. He soon realized that Christians suffer too. Only in the aftermath of his mother's brutal murder, and his attempt to deal with it, did a young LaMont Monford learn what it means to be a Christian.
Rev. Monford graduated from Perry High School in 1984. He is a graduate of American Baptist College, Nashville, TN and a graduate of Winebrenner Theological Seminary, Findlay where he received his Masters of Divinity degree, and his Doctorate of Ministry degree.
In January 1991, B. LaMont Monford, Sr. became Pastor of Phillippian Missionary Baptist Church of Lima, Ohio where the congregation has grown from 150 to well over 1800 members. He is a former employee of Lima Fair Housing Association, Lima City Schools, and Metropolitian Housing Authority, where he currently serves on the Board of Directors.
In November of 1995 Pastor Monford published his first book, "From Valleys to Victories". In this book he shares his convictions and experiences resulting from a single parent household surrounded by drugs and tragedy. He offers hope and desires to inspire people to rise above their circumstances, encouraging them to become self sufficient and effective in everything they do.
Dr. Monford is the founder and Executive Director of Quest Academy, which began August 30, 2000. The community schooling concept, commonly known as charter schools in other states, is new in the state of Ohio, and Quest is the first of its kind. In January 2007, Quest broke ground on a new building that held ten new classrooms, a computer room and library. They added another grade in the 2006 school year and are now accepting open enrollment for grades K-7.
In January 2002, Mary Alice's House (MAH), a Sober Living Environment for Men, was established. Named after his mother, Pastor Monford felt the need to create an environment where individuals can continue their recovery from alcohol/drug addiction after completion of a substance abuse program. In May of 2003, MAH expanded their program to include women. MAH now houses 30 men and 25 females dedicated to developing a drug-free lifestyle.
Pastor Monford is married and has four children.
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