Oil & the Glory Ministries is an end time, apostolic ministry characterized by the presence of the glory of God and confirmation of His Word through miraculous signs & wonders!
Oil & the Glory was birthed out of a deep and intimate desire to see the Glory of God revealed in the earth and to see people experience a Living God. Tired of the mechanics of church, establishing partners Sonya Thompson and Shirmeka Peden each share a burden for God’s presence and entering into a realm where His glory and power is demonstrated along with the preached Gospel and transformative worship.
Minister Sonya L. Thompson
Sonya L. Thompson has been teaching the word in some capacity for over 16 years. In the summer of 2013 She became consumed with the desire to encounter the God of the Bible in a whole new way. Sonya became tired of the “mechanics” of church and its programs and longed for an intentional, dynamic, daily encounter with the Holy Spirit. During an extended time of fasting and prayer, the Holy Spirit spoke two words into her spirit, “Azusa Street.” That was the turning point of her life. After researching and reading on this glorious era in our history, she cried out to God for this kind of anointing for her life and those around her. God answered that call in December of 2013 by sending her to meet with Brother Tommy Welchel, one of the last survivors who carried the Azusa Street anointing. He received an impartation of those anointings from the participants of Azusa Street. In mid December of 2013, Sonya went to Arizona to receive the Azusa Street anointing. As a result, Minister Sonya’s ministry is characterized by the presence/glory of God, His anointing, and a powerful demonstration of the Holy Spirit whenever she teaches. No one’s life remains the same after connecting with and sitting under this anointing!
She is called to “Train, Educate and Advise through the Gospel with Simplicity and Purity.” She is ordained through the Oil & the Glory Ministerial Association. Sonya is a biblical teacher, entrepreneur, mentor and business owner. She holds a B.S. degree in the field of Business Administration. Sonya is the founder of Vanguard Theological Seminary and lead consultant at OTG Consulting, which is a full service ministry consultation firm. She is also a bestselling self published author of “Business By The Bible,“ “Seeds of Prosperity,“ “Break Out of Poverty Into Financial Abundance,” Declare Yourself Wealthy,” and “Glory Walkers Revealed.” She has been a key note speaker at several ministry conferences and a special guest on many Christian radio and TV stations. She has also appeared as a special guest on “With God You Will Succeed”, with the late Dr. Tom Leding.
Sonya is driven to, Introduce people to the Living God; To lead others to encounter the abiding presence of God in a way which will forever change their lives; and to impart the anointing which has freely been graced upon her, into the lives of others as led by the Holy Spirit. She has been married to Chris for 27 years and has a son, Aaron.
Minister Shirmeka NeCole Peden
Shirmeka NeCole Peden is an ordained minister and a prophetic worship leader who is full of vision and clear in her purpose. Known for her passionate and transparent worship ministry, the authenticity of her heart for God is awe-inspiring; causing her worship to transcend boundaries, cultures and ethnicities while bridging the gap between generations. Taking a fresh approach to worship, her style is best described as invigorating and innovative, yet certainly not lacking in anointing and power. The result is an explosive, corporate release of worship and intercession that mirrors the sound of heaven.
Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, her musical talent was unmistakable from a very early age. However, more notable than her musical gifting was her immense longing to understand and connect with the presence of a very real God. “I can remember sitting in my home church as a child wondering why people weren’t making a connection to God through worship. Deeply grieved, I asked the Lord to use me to lead His people to an encounter with Him.” Shirmeka recalls. In that moment, the heart of a worship leader was born.
This desire to see others connected and transformed in the presence of Almighty God was released through the message and sound of her debut project entitled Hope Eternal. This project is a Godly and bold declaration that has propelled listeners into the truth of who God is. More than just a sequence of songs, each track offers an intimate look into her passionate pursuit for wholeness in His presence!
Having served the Body of Christ as a Psalmist, Praise and Worship Leader, Teacher and Seminar/Conference speaker, Shirmeka has developed an enthusiasm for not only seeing people changed in the presence of God through worship, but also the desire to educate believers and equip the Body with the tools necessary to engage in worship that is both effective and transformative. With the former in mind, Shirmeka is co-owner and lead consultant at OTG Consulting; a full-service ministry consultation firm with specialization in worship and leadership development.
Shirmeka presently serves as establishing partner and Director of Worship Development for Oil & the Glory Ministries. Moreover, she is co-founder of Vanguard Theological Seminary. Shirmeka resides in Clermont, Florida with her husband, Desmond.