Rev. Vondol Hammond was born and reared In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At an early age Vondol accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. Vondol led from a young age at Sherwood United Presbyterian Church; from Sunday School to Youth Ministry, and was very involved in her childhood church. After high school she relocated to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to attend Franklin and Marshall College and ended up staying in Lancaster County where she met her husband of 39 years, Antonio Hammond.
She joined Ebenezer Baptist Church (EBC) in 1992, were she served for many years including co-directing the very first EBC Mime Ministry. This ministryfostered mime ministry in the local church and throughout many other regions in the area. After many years Rev. Hammond acknowledged the call to preach the gospel to her Senior Pastor, Rev. Roland P. Forbes Jr. He licensed her to preach in 2000 and she became the first female minister in the history of EBC.
Rev. Vondol Hammond is now an Associate Pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Rev. Hammond currently leads the Pastoral Care, Intercessory Prayer as well as the InTouch Counseling Ministry (Biblical Counseling Ministry); a ministry focused on healing broken and grieving hearts. She was ordained by Senior Pastor, Roland P. Forbes Jr., in 2010.
In 2015, Rev. Hammond began Naomi’s Girls Ministry at Ebenezer Baptist Church, a ministry aimed at equipping and empowering teenage girls ages 13-19, to live a godly life and to fulfill the Lord’s purpose for their lives. Through activities, mentoring and organized plans, the ministry encourages girls to overcome and confront obstacles facing today’s generation.
In 2016, Rev. Hammond founded the Lancaster Teenage Girls Empowerment Summit for the Lancaster Community. The summit was developed to address concerns pertaining to young girls, especially girls of color. The empowerment day is packed with presentations from keynote speakers, workshops, and other activities designed to promote self-identity, improve self-confidence, and eliminate fear and feelings of deprivation causes by social-economic pressures and perceptions. This yearly event brings over 200 teenage girls to Millersville University from the Lancaster City middle schools.
Rev. Hammond is employed with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections as the Supervisor of Curriculum Development in Elizabethtown, PA. She has over 30 years of management experience, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Management and is currently completingher MDiv at Missio Seminary, Philadelphia, PA.
Rev. Hammond resides in Willow Street, PA., is a wife, mother of 4 children, 2 granddaughters, a great grandson and is a mentor for countless young women.
More than anything she is a humble servant of God and loves the scripture, “Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got!” (Deut. 6:5 MSG)