Rev. Dr. Yvonne McDonald was born in Jamaica, West Indies, the fourth of six children. She was baptized at the age of twelve. She will tell you, “I have been in church all my life.” In 1983 she migrated to the United States and really committed herself to Christ when she was received into fellowship at the Church of the First Born under Bishop Dr. E. Stewart.
Since 1991, Rev. Yvonne has served at the First Community Church of God which began with Bishop Leo McDonald, the establishmentarian of the ministry. As a foundational member she has served in several areas of ministry which has afforded her a keen sense of the structure and discharge of the various ministries.
Rev. Yvonne is the Executive Pastor and First Lady of First Community Triumphant Cathedral; a recently formed church from the merger of FCCOG and Triumphant Bible C.O.G. There she ministers side by side with her husband, Bishop Dr. David N. McDonald; Senior Pastor and Prelate of First Community United Fellowship of Churches. Bishop and Reverend McDonald have been married for twenty-seven years and they have been blessed with three children; Matthew, Chevonne, and Christian, daughter-in-law Jakia, and two granddaughters; Kennedy and Hailey.
This woman of God has been endowed with the spirit of wisdom and discernment. She possesses strong leadership skills which she utilizes to usher God’s people into the presence of the Lord. She believes, “Worship is a prepared event for a prepared people.” Therefore, as a Proverbs 31 woman, she walks with a powerful sense of purpose for her life and others.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, and Advance Studies in Accounting from Hunter College; a Doctorate Degree in Christian Counseling from Mount Olive Bible Institute & Seminary, and Certification in Marriage Ministry from Marriage Ministry International.
Rev. McDonald loves to read, and has a great love for teaching and counseling. Her motto is “The more you know, the farther you’ll go.” She is just as passionate about serving with excellence and accountability. As a Senior Business Tax Specialist, she travels extensively throughout the United States while holding fast to the confession of her faith.