Pastor Krishnan ” Rev Kris” Natesan is the Founding Pastor of Love AME Church which launched on Easter Sunday 3/27/16. He is a native Washingtonian. He’s a proud son of the late Dr. Ramasamy and Barbara Natesan. He earned a BA in Political-Science, Minor in Human Development – Cum Laude (1994), Masters of Public Administration – Suma Cum Laude (1999) both from North Carolina Central University. In 2001 he began ministry at Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, NC. As an Associate Minister he served in youth, college and prison ministries. In 2004 he was led by God to return to DC and go back to his home church Ebenezer AME in Fort Washington, MD. It was there at Ebenezer that he connected with Rev. Tony Lee. In 2006 he became a part of Rev. Tony Lee’s Administrative team where he assisted with the planting of the Community of Hope AME Church in Temple Hills, MD.
In 2008 he married his lovely wife Tonia Avery-Natesan. They’re proud parents of their son Israel and daughter Zion. Since 2008 he has worked as a Contractor for the Department of Justice. In 2012 he earned a Masters of Divinity from Howard University along with earning the esteemed Vernon Johns Prophetic Preaching Award. He was ordained an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in 2013. He is the first son in ministry of both Community of Hope AME Church and Pastor Tony Lee. He served as both a Senior Minister and the Minister to Men where he led the Hope Battalion Men’s Ministry. He assisted men in their personal growth through a holistic ministry approach. He holds to a strong belief that God just wants to blow our minds! Pastor Kris seeks to share the LOVE of God across the globe.