Christian Education & Training Ministry


OPERATING STATUS: the church building is open. SUNDAYS 11 AM (in-person & virtual); SUNDAY 10AM PRACTICAL LIFE CLASS (in-person only) & TUESDAY 7PM BIBLE STUDY (virtual via our Facebook page)

Christian Education & Training Ministry

This ministry includes Practical Life Classes, Spiritual Gifts Class, and our "WeSeries Classes" all designed to Develop Disciples with the Promises of God. For more information about each class, please click on the name.  Brief bio's are provided below for those that are on this team.

Christian Education & Training Ministry | Minister Gia Irons, Director

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

Minister Gia Irons is a native of Syracuse, New York. She graduated from Nottingham High School, holds an Associates Degree in Human Services from OCC, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Keuka College. She has worked in the Human Service field for over 25 years. 

Her most recent assignment has been as a Job Readiness Coach with the JobsPlus program for the last 14 years. At JobsPlus, Minister Irons has also created, developed, and implemented curriculum for life skills and job preparation workshops, in which she also facilitated. 

Minister Irons gave her life to Jesus Christ in April 2001 and transparently, humbly, and continuously seeks to grow in Him. She became a member of The Promise Land Church in 2009 and received her minister’s license in April 2014.

Minister Irons attributes the faithfulness of God to being able to raise her two amazing, strong, and intelligent sons, Gavin and Grant, whom she describes as her heartbeats on the outside of her body.

In 2019, Minister Irons wrote her first book, “Revelations: God’s all-powerful truths that arrest the lies of the enemy!” She plans to continue writing and believes that everyone has a book within them.

Minister Irons’ passion for teaching and encouraging others in the word of God is most exercised in her preaching, as a Practical Life (Sunday School) teacher, and as the Director of Christian Education & Training at TPLC.

Minister Irons believes that God desires for His children to enjoy life, love and support one another, and laugh often. She believes that holding up the arms of her pastors and supporting the vision that God has given them for ministry, is what she has been called to do.

Minister Rhea Parks | Practical Life Teacher

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 (NIV)

Minister Rhea Parks is a native of Syracuse, NY. She is the wife of Brother Ricky Parks. Together the couple is the proud parents of 5 sons. The Parks have been members and under the pastoral leadership of Pastors Eure at The Promise Land Church since 2009. Rhea preached her initial sermon in September 2018.

Minister Rhea is the owner of Mind, Body, & Spirit Marriage and Family Therapy PLLC and works in the capacity as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Prior to private practice, she has worked within the city of Syracuse at companies, YWCA of Syracuse, Crouse Hospital, Coordinated Care Services Inc, and Hillside.

Not only is Rhea a minister at the church, but she also serves in the capacity as one of the phenomenal Practical Life teachers.