Elder Maxwell heard and responded to the call of God concerning the preaching ministry in 1996. He preached his initial sermon “LOOKING FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES!” on September 27, 1996. After completion of the Greater North Carolina Jurisdiction of the COGIC Academy, he was ordained an Elder under the leadership of Bishop Leroy J. Woolard. Elder Maxwell served Johnson Memorial COGIC in Asheville, North Carolina faithfully. He labored as Administrative Assistant Pastor, Minister of Worship, Intercessory Prayer Coordinator, Singles’ Ministry President, Drama Ministry President, Pastor’s Aide Vice-President, Male Choir Director, Asheville District Youth Director and Drama Ministry Consultant. Once moving back to Greensboro, Elder Maxwell served as Associate Minister at Faith Baptist Church in Gibsonville, North Carolina. In August of 2006, Elder Maxwell was appointed Pastor of Thacker’s Memorial UHC, in Brown Summit, North Carolina. Under his leadership, the name was changed to City of Refuge Outreach Ministries.