Minister Pamela Goar was born on December 31, 1948 to Elsie James and William Hopings Jr. in Toledo, Ohio. She lived with and was raised by her grandmother Mrs. Cora Lee James. She was educated in private and public schools in Toledo, Ohio and was an outstanding student. She attended Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee and graduated in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Education.
She has studied for her Master of Teaching in Early Childhood Education at William Paterson University. She has also studied Christian Education and Christian School Administration at Felician College in Lodi, New Jersey and at Lancaster College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Minister Goar was both baptized in the Baptist Church and confirmed in the Lutheran Church as a child. However, upon moving to New Jersey, she joined her husband’s church and was re-baptized at Calvary Baptist Church in Paterson under Dr. Albert P. Rowe. She later received the right hand of fellowship at St. Paul Baptist Church in February 1984 under Rev. Marvin A. McMickle. She has been serving at St. Paul ever since. She worked as a Sunday School teacher and as a Parent Advisor to the Cherub Choir. She has always had a love for the teaching ministry and she served in many capacities in that ministry including Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent. She also taught Vacation Bible School and Wednesday evening Bible School and other capacities before becoming Director of Christian Education in 2001. She has also served on many committees, projects and other activities. She is active with the Missionary Ministry. Minister Goar loves God and loves serving in the church and presents herself in answer to a Calling to serve as a preacher of the Gospel.
Minister Goar has had, and continues to have, a great impact in her community, holding various positions in education and administration including working as an Administrator at the Passaic County and the City of Paterson Department of Human Services, where her accomplishments included development of the grant process for the distribution of funding to community-based organizations, the development of shelters for the homeless and organization of the Mayor’s anti-drug and crime coalition. She also worked as Administrator at the Dawn Treader Christian School in Paterson, New Jersey, with a student body of more than 150 students. Her work in the community is further demonstrated by her lifetime membership in Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., a public service sorority, where she was a founding member of the Paterson Alumnae Chapter.