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EST. 1884 - Rev. Celona D. Hayes Adebayo, Esq.

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Dear St. Paul AME Family and Friends, 

We are blessed and delighted to introduce Reverend Celona D. Hayes Adebayo, Esq.,  a proud Chicago native with a rich tapestry of experiences and an unwavering passion for serving the Lord.


Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Northern Illinois University in 1997, Reverend Hayes Adebayo further pursued her love for justice by earning her Juris Doctorate from John Marshall Law School, in Chicago, in 2004. Her spiritual journey led her to complete her Master's of Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2017. It was a joyous moment when she was ordained by the esteemed Bishop John F. White of the 4th Episcopal District of the AME Church later that same year. Pastor Hayes Adebayo was united in holy matrimony to Mr. Olaniyi Adebayo on November 25, 2023, to the glory of God. 


Before rejoining our Chicago community, Reverend Hayes Adebayo guided and nurtured the congregation of Lewis Chapel AME Church in Albion, Michigan from 2020 to 2023. With her heart always anchored in Chicago, she is ecstatic to be back in the city where her spiritual vocation began.

Reverend Hayes Adebayo's zest for life and diverse experiences stems from her childhood travels, being the proud daughter of a retired Marine, Gerald O. Hayes, and the lovely Patsy A. Hayes. She's explored and lived in various parts of the world, from Puerto Rico and Mexico to Japan, before calling Chicago her home.

Apart from her spiritual commitments, Reverend Hayes serves as a Civil Prosecutor for the City of Gary, Indiana, and holds legal licenses in both Illinois and Indiana. Her Christian faith drives her ambition, urging her to stand alongside those on Main Street rather than the corridors of Wall Street, striving for justice, fairness, and compassion.

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At the heart of everything, Reverend Hayes is deeply devoted to the love of Jesus Christ. Her mission is to radiate Christ's love, peace, and joy, offering hope and inspiration to all. Outside of her pastoral duties, she cherishes outdoor sports, travel, theater, and reading. However, her most profound joy lies in sharing the message of Christ and utilizing her talents to uplift others.

Welcome her with open arms and hearts, as she eagerly awaits to journey with you in faith, love, and unity!

Rev. Katrese Kirk McKenzie



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