General Officers

Suffragan Bishop Donald L Golder, General Secretary

Suffragan Bishop Donald L. Golder, General Secretary

The General Secretary’s distinctive and important duty is to act as the recording officer of corporate meetings. Suffragan Bishop Golder is the pastor of Temple of Praise Assembly of the Apostolic Faith, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He was elevated to serve as “District Elder” in November 2003 by his diocesan Bishop James E. Tyson. He is the husband of Barbara (Scott) Golder, together they have three sons and one daughter.

Suffragan Bishop James G. Rodges, Assistant General Secretary

Suffragan Bishop James G. Rodges, Assistant General Secretary

The Assistant General Secretary shall exercise those functions and duties delegated to him by the General Secretary. Suffragan Bishop James G. Rodges is a vibrant, bold, enigmatic and captivating minister of the 21st century and Pastor of Jonesville Baptist Church of the PAW in Savannah, Georgia. He is married to Lady Phyllis Frazier-Rodges, and the two have four children.

Suffragan Bishop Maxie Dobson, General Treasurer

Suffragan Bishop Maxie Dobson, General Treasurer

In the care and management of the corporate fund, and for discharge of any connected duties, the General Treasurer is the active agent of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. and the Board of Directors. Suffragan Bishop Dobson is subject to their direction in all such matters, except in so far as this capacity and duties that have already been prescribed by higher authority. He is a retired Certified Public Accountant, pastor of The Tabernacle of Miracles Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Vice President of the Fayetteville Cumberland County Ministerial Council and Chairman of the North Carolina State Council. Suffragan Bishop Dobson is married to the lovely Lady Arletha Farland Dobson. They have two children and one grandchild.

Suffragan Bishop Craig S. High, Assistant General Treasurer

Suffragan Bishop Craig S. High, Assistant General Treasurer

The Assistant General Treasurer shall exercise those functions and duties delegated to him by the General Treasurer. Suffragan Bishop High currently serves as Senior Pastor of Bethesda Temple Apostolic Church in Dayton, Ohio, “The Home of Grace.” His lovely wife and partner in purpose is Evangelist Teresa High, and together they have one daughter, Whitnye Cherise.

2nd Assistant Presiding Bishop

Bishop Theodore L. Brooks Sr., 2nd Assistant Presiding Bishop

The honorable Bishop Theodore L. Brooks Sr. is truly an anointed servant of God. As many great men do, he wears many hats, serving not only the men and women of the congregation, but the community at large.

With the lovely Lady L. Janice Brooks at his side, he is the pastor of Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He is also the Diocesan of the Connecticut District Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. (P.A.W.).

Bishop Brooks is also the President/CEO of Beulah Land Development Corporation (BLDC), founded to create revitalized communities of choice in otherwise distressed communities via affordable housing, economic development, and job opportunities. BLDC has provided affordable home ownership through its development of The Orchard Street Townhomes: 20 brand-new three-story town homes that feature 1,500 square feet of living space, 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, and new appliances – sold to low income and moderate income families. The corporation also developed The Walter S. Brooks Elderly Homes at Ormont Court, a supportive, 12 unit, elderly housing development that filled the void that exists due to limited availability of safe, affordable rental housing for senior citizens in the City of New Haven. BLDC’s most recent project is the redevelopment of a Brownfield’s site to provide accessible community based medical services. The development will not only provide a much needed service to the area’s new families and elderly residents, but will also add new job opportunities.

Bishop Brooks’ service does not stop at the church. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for many organizations in New Haven, including Yale-New Haven Hospitals Trustee Board and Medical Committee, the City of New Haven’s Board of Police Commissioners, Police and Fire Pension Board, the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation for greater New Haven. He’s a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and International Association of Christian Clinical Counselors. Within his church organization, Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., he sits on the Board of Bishops, the Connecticut District Council Board of Directors, the Aenon Bible College Board of Directors and the Chair Budget and Finance Committee.

Bishop Brooks continues to seek opportunities to enlarge his territory; extend his “tent stakes”. He is also spreading the Good News of the Gospel of Christ through his own evangelistic vehicle – T.L. Brooks Ministries: A Garment of Praise which was founded in the summer of 2002. Through T.L. Brooks Ministries, he hopes to target the masses across the globe via the message that no person, no problem, or life circumstance is out of the reach of the life changing touch of Almighty God; who already, willingly paid the price to do whatever needs to be done. Under T.L. Brooks Ministries, he has authored two books: Complete In God: The Apostolic Faith Challenge, and Pleasing God: Striving For Spiritual Excellence. A third book, In The Lion’s Den, is due to be published in the near future.

Bishop Brooks is the father of three sons and nine grandchildren – Jordan, Jocelyn, Theodore III, William, Lindsey, Ramiah, Chelsea, Paige and the late Michael Brooks. Bishop Brooks has a B.A., M.A., D. MIN as well as a Ph.D. in Religious Studies. His many awards consist of:

  • The Seton Elm-Ivy Award, Yale, New Haven and Yale Divinity School, 2002
  • Harvard Divinity School Summer Leadership Award, 1999
  • Doctorate of Humane Letters, Albertus Magnus College
  • Martin Luther King Day Award; Community Services Award
  • Community Service Award, New Haven Family Alliance
  • Appreciation Award, United Way of Greater New Haven
  • Christian Leadership & Human Services Award, Christian Community Commission, Inc.
  • Humanitarian Award, Project M.O.R.E., Inc.
  • 2006 Humanitarian Award, MLK Jr. Holiday Commission
  • Who’s Who Strathmore’s, 1998-99
  • 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut, NAACP, 2009

1st Assistant Presiding Bishop

Bishop Richard E Young, 1st Assistant Presiding Bishop

The honorable Bishop Richard E. Young’s faithfulness to the Lord has blessed him tremendously and helped him to make great strides in the ministry of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is a dynamic speaker and his winning personality has made him well known all over the country. He is a visionary and has the church at heart in all he sets out to do.

  • Son of Suffragan Bishop Horace and Mildred Young
  • The husband of Arlene M. Smith-Young for over 50 years
  • Father of two daughters: Teresa and Jacquelyn, and one son: Richard, Jr.
  • Grandfather of four: Whitney, Jeffrey, Brooke and Charlton
  • 1962 – Called to preach and served 13 years as assistant pastor to the late Bishop William C. Abney
  • 1975 – National Evangelist for the P.A.W., Inc.
  • 1979 – Elected Senior Pastor of Zion Temple in Steubenville, Ohio, USA
  • 1985 – Elected Senior Pastor of The Chosen Vessel Cathedral in Fort Worth, Texas, USA
  • 1986 – Elected General Secretary of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.
  • 1996 – Elevated to office of Bishop and assigned to the 24th Episcopal District – Carolina State Council
  • 2005 – Honored for distinguished service to the ministerial profession in the International Directory of Distinguished Leadership – 2nd Edition
  • 2010 – Inducted into the Dr. Martin Luther King Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • 2010 Annual Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota appointed as Diocesan Bishop of the 13th Episcopal District – Texas State Council
  • 2010 Elected 1st Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.

To God be the glory, for all the wonderful things He has done.

Presiding Bishop

Presiding Bishop Charles H Ellis III

Our leader, the honorable Presiding Bishop Charles H. Ellis III is the Senior Pastor of Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, Michigan. He pastors nearly 8,000 and is known as a leader “with a heart for people.” In 2002, Bishop Ellis and the Greater Grace Temple Family celebrated the Grand Opening of their new 36 million dollar worship facility. Their vision had come to pass! This state of the art masterpiece includes a 4,000 seat auditorium, and an elegant banquet hall and conference center. Under Bishop Ellis’ leadership Greater Grace Temple now has over 300 ministries including the following, which extend beyond its religious mandate:

  • Over 100 Housing Units for seniors and families
  • 2 Charter Schools (Grades K- 8)
  • Montessori Day Care Center
  • Print Shop
  • Television & Recording Studios
  • Travel Agency
  • Funeral Home

These ministries positively impact the Detroit community where he is a respected clergyman and civic leader. Here are some of his honors and board appointments:

  • Board member of the Detroit Zoological Society
  • Board member of the Vanguard / Detroit Medical Center Health System Hospital
  • Founder and President of the Greater Grace Temple Non-profit Housing Corporation

In July 2010, the 1.3 million-member Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (P.A.W.) elected Bishop Ellis to the office of Presiding Bishop, making him the 10th elected person to the highest position in the world’s oldest Apostolic organization. Bishop Ellis presides over the Diocese of South Carolina in which he oversees nearly 45 churches. Bishop Ellis brings the message of God’s love to a potential 50 million viewers across the nation on “The Word Network” and other TV and radio outlets.

Bishop Ellis is a Business Administration graduate of Wayne State University with a major in Accounting. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Aenon Bible College. He is married to the lovely Crisette Michelle, and is the proud father of two children: Kiera, and Charles IV.

Lay Directors

Mid-Western District – Suffragan Bishop Lee A. Tolbert, Jr.

Central District – Pastor Ann Story-Pratt

Northeast District – Suffragan Bishop Gwendolyn G. Weeks

Southeast District – District Elder Deloris Young

Western District – Suffragan Bishop Titus Stewart

Emeritus Bishops

Bishop Paul A. Bowers *

Bishop Robert Wauls

Bishop William R. Jones

Bishop Enebong E. Ephraim

Bishop Alphonso Scott

Bishop Frank Cuomo

Bishop Samuel Wright, Sr.

Bishop Harry L. Herman

Bishop Joseph Guthrie

Bishop Ronnie Amos, Jr.

Bishop Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr.

Bishop Nealon Guthrie

Bishop Charles Davis

*– Former Presiding Bishop

Bishops Board

Episcopal District & Diocesan

1 – New York State & Ontario District Council: Bishop Carl Lewis

2 – Greater Pennsylvania State Council: Bishop Ronald L. Young

3 – Ohio District Council: Bishop James Gaiters

4 – Indiana District Council: Bishop Charles Sims

5 – Northern District Council: Bishop Ira Combs

6 – Illinois District Council: Bishop Horace E. Smith, MD *

7 – Minnesota, Wisconsin and Dakota Council: Bishop Richard D. Howell, Jr.

8 – Greater Tri-State (IA, NE, WY) Council: Bishop Lance R. Foster

9 – Alabama District Council: Bishop George F. Austin

10 – Mississippi & West Tennessee District Council: Bishop Clifton Jones

11 – Kentucky & Tennessee Council: Bishop Sherman L. Merritt

12 – Midwestern District Council: Bishop Larry O. Jones

13 – Texas State Council: 1st Asst Presiding Bishop Richard E. Young

14 – Heart of America Council of Churches: Bishop Mark C. Tolbert

15 – Mountain States Council: Bishop Gregory W. Newman

16A – Southern California District Council: Bishop Donnie McGriff

16B – Central California District Council: Bishop Robert T. Douglas

16C – Northern California District Council: Bishop Noel Jones

17 – Pacific Northwest District Council: Bishop Roland E. Hairston, Ph.D.

18 – Arkansas District Council: Bishop Alfonso Madden

19 – Northeast District Council: Bishop Michael Hannah, Sr.

20 – Connecticut District Council: 2nd Asst Presiding Bishop Theodore Brooks, Sr.

21 – New Jersey State Council: Bishop Edgar Robinson

22 – DC, Delaware & Maryland District Council: Bishop Ernest Pendleton

23 – West Virginia & East Tennessee Council: Bishop Samuel R. Moore

24 – South Carolina State Council: Presiding Bishop Charles H. Ellis III

25 – Nevada State Council: Bishop Jeffery Goldsmith

26 – Oklahoma State Council: Bishop Vanuel C. Little

27 – Louisiana State Council: Bishop James Daniel

28 – Virginia State Council: Bishop Clarence E. Moore

29 – Florida State Council: Bishop Billy G. Newton

30 – Georgia State Council: Bishop Joseph D. Guthrie

31A – European Council Of Nations (East): Bishop Michael D. Franklin

31B – European Council Of Nations (West): Bishop C. Wayne Brantley

32A – India District Council: Vacant

32B – India District Council: Bishop Immanuel Paul

33 – Nigeria Eastern District Council (West Africa): Bishop Samuel Nice Nkanang

34 – Sierra Leone District Council (West Africa): Vacant

35 – Liberia District Council (West Africa): Bishop Leo Simpson

36 – Eastern Caribbean Council of Nations: Bishop Leo C. Smith, Jr.

37 – Jamaica District Council: Vacant

38 – Haiti District Council: Bishop Joseph S. Montinor

39 – Bahamas District Council: Bishop Ellis J. Farrington

40 – Egypt District Council: Vacant

41 – Ghana District Council (West Africa): Bishop Gary Harper

42 – Togo District Council: Bishop Rufus G. W. Sanders

43 – South Pacific District Council: Bishop Tutai Pere

44 – Zimbabwe District Council: Bishop Robert Baker

45 – Southern Philippines District Council: Bishop Robert Thomas

46 – Hawaii District Council: Bishop A. Glenn Brady

47 – Kenya District Council: Bishop Carl Turner

48 – Brazil District Council: Bishop Lourenco Vieira

49 – South Africa Council: Bishop Isaac Tum’o Mtimkulu

50 – Nigeria, West Africa District Council: Bishop Charles Finnell

51 – Northern Philippines District Council: Vacant

52 – Far East District Council: Vacant

53 – Cameroon District Council (West Africa): Vacant

54 – Dominican Republic District Council: Bishop Moses E. Butler

55 – Canadian District Council: Bishop Barrington Smith

56 – Alaska District Council: Bishop Thomas Davis

57 – Baja/California/Mexico District Council: Bishop Michael J. Garrett

58 – North Carolina District Council: Bishop Marion E. Wright, Sr.

59 – Venezuela District Council: Bishop Edgar Posey

60 – (Western Cape) South Africa District Council: Vacant

61 – Colorado State Council: Bishop Jones Foote

62 – Uganda Africa District Council: Bishop Bruce Shaw

Unassigned – Bishop William A. Ellis

*– Former Presiding Bishop


The words “auxiliary” or “department” shall be applicable to the following: ICEA, IPYPU, IMCWA, IMWWA, IHP, ISPA, IUB, IWA, IMD and IMSA.

International Missionary & Christian Women

President: Joyce E. Tate; Director: Bishop Charles Finnell
The International Missionary and Christian Women’s Auxiliary was established in 1934 to provide spiritual programming, encouragement and enrichment to women in the P.A.W., Inc. Our purpose is to inspire women of all ages and backgrounds to maintain the worship of God, develop a passion for righteousness, live a life of holiness and demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to those in need.

International Christian Education

President: Dr. Barbara Payne; Director: Bishop Alfonso Madden
The purpose of the Christian Education Auxiliary is to promote Christian Education and effect spiritual, numerical and financial growth in member schools and associations that we might carry out the divine commission, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations.”

International Minister’s Wives & Minister’s Widows

President: Dr. Ruth Tyson
The purpose of the International Minister’s Wives and Minister’s Widows Auxiliary is to unite wives and widows of our Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. ministers into a common fellowship for support, encouragement and personal growth. To provide programs of excellence that will educate, inform and inspire them to the highest degree of spiritual, intellectual, and social development. To also provide each ministers’ wife with an opportunity to gain confidence and experience through expression and exercise of her talents and skills on the International level. Ultimately preparing ministers’ wives and widows for greater and more effective service to God, their husbands, and their congregations.

International Men’s Ministry Auxiliary

President: District Elder Tommie R. Hughes; Director: Bishop Mark C. Tolbert
The purpose of the Men’s Ministry is to foster the spirit of brotherhood throughout the membership of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, and to assist the International Organization in any profitable way to spread the Gospel of Christ more effectively.

International Usher Board

President: Evangelist Nona C. Fortineaux
The purpose of this auxiliary is to (1) provide supportive services to the Presiding Bishop, the Board of Bishops and the Convention Coordinators in carrying out the various phases of each program scheduled for the night sessions; (2) to render ushering service every night of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World General Session; (3) to minimize distractions during the sacred moments of delivery of the Word and the Call to Discipleship.

International Single People’s Auxiliary

President: Evangelist Cherlyn Williams
The purpose of the International Single People’s Auxiliary is to elevate the level of recognition of its base purpose, which is to serve the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World in its ability to reach its single constituents and meet their needs in a manner that brings about solutions.

International Deaf Ministry

President: Evangelist Bertha Brown
The purpose of the International Deaf Ministry is sharing the gospel with Deaf people. There are two ways in which we seek to do this, (1) providing on site teaching for Deaf people in order to inspire them to grow in the knowledge of the Lord, and (2) to train interpreters in Deaf ministry and interpreting. Our goal is to assist churches who have or who are interested in having a Deaf ministry.

International Missions Department

Chairman: Suffragan Bishop Gregory S. Irvin, Sr.
The purpose of the International Missions Department is to assure that all nations receive the gospel message, the hope of Jesus Christ is shared and the love of God is experienced through religious, educational and health outreaches; the provision of financial and other resources for global works; training those with global responsibilities, indigenous leaders and international missionaries; as well as international emergency relief and sustainable development projects. We are the oldest department of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. We are committed to fulfilling the great commission of Jesus Christ to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

International Music & Sacred Arts

International Minister of Music: Minister Sherman Merritt, Jr.
It is the mission of the International Music & Sacred Arts Department to usher in the presence of God, to achieve UNITY in oneness of worship; to uplift the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc; and to strategically attract the International community.

Convention Evangelism & Outreach Services

Director: Pastor Tyrone Kaiser
Our purpose is to go into all the world to reach souls for Christ Jesus; teach souls about the ways of God; preach to souls the word of God; bind up the brokenhearted; set at liberty those who are bound; speak deliverance, peace, hope, joy, and faith to all mankind; and offer salvation according to the word of God: repentance, water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the infilling of the gift of the Holy Ghost according to the Holy Writ as stated in the book of Acts.

International Young Peoples Union

President: Elder Jarrett Perdue; Director: Bishop Lance R. Foster

International Health Professionals

President: Etloya Frazier

International Wayfarers Auxiliary

President: Dr. Olivia Burkett, Ph.D.

The chief purpose of the International Wayfarers Auxiliary (IWA) is to involve the laity, and other interested persons in the work of the Lord for our international organization, The Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW), Inc. The International Wayfarers Auxiliary is committed to serving the Parent Body, and its auxiliaries, in any supportive role deemed necessary to further the cause of Christ. Through yearly dues, special fund-raising events, and contributions, we gather resources to support scholarships to Aenon Bible College and other four-year universities.

We strive to promote literary works in Pentecost, preserve the history of our organization, and conduct health seminars for older adults. We also grant achievement awards for excellence and outstanding service within the PAW. The Wayfarers have become an integral part of the PAW, enhancing its ideals and principles.