River of Life Christian Center

Our Pastor

Pastor Helen Locust

Pastor Helen Cox Locust, originally from Ayden, North Carolina accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior in March, 1971.  Pastor Locust received her calling into the ministry in 1976.  Since that time, she has had a great desire to study and excel in the blessings of God.  She received her minister’s license in April, 1980, while attending Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Ok under the leadership of Dr. Kenneth E Hagin.  Afterwards she returned to Greenville, North Carolina. Pastor Helen was ordained at Faith and Victory Church (Reimage Church) under the leadership of Pastors John & Debra Zabawski. She also attended New Covenant Bible Institute Grifton, NC under the leadership of Dean Ollie Grace Harris.

Pastor Helen has a love for Father God, thanksgiving in her heart for Jesus and a love for God’s word and His people.  This is the anointed driving force that has sustained her and helped her to preach God’s Word.  Pastor Locust is a born again, preacher, teacher, mother, sister, aunt and friend.  She is the co-owner of Locust Catering Services.  Pastor Helen has authored her first book, God Taught Me How To Love The Man I Love.  This book is in its second print and has blessed many women, both married and single.  Since that she has authored her second book entitled “When You Say I Do, Do You Really Mean It?”

Pastor Helen serves full-time at River of Life Christian Center where she and her late husband, Charlie Larry Locust, founded and co-pastored for 22 ½ years.  She is a very devoted mother and a Godly example to three beautiful, adult children; Terry, Antoinette, and Regina. She also has one daughter-in- law, Angelia, 5 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren.  She is a true believer of God and is committed to doing His will and fulfilling His purpose.  Pastor Helen is excited about the call placed on her life to continue to build upon the vision Father God bestowed upon Pastor Larry. Pastor Helen thanks God for the Holy Spirit that will lead, guide, and direct her to accomplish her assignment for this season to continue to Pastor River of Life Christian Center in Kinston, NC.