Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.
“Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”
BISHOP CHARLES H. ELLIS III, Presiding Bishop
SUFFRAGAN BISHOP DONALD L. GOLDER, General Secretary
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. Statement on Unrest
With approximately 4,000 churches around the globe, the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World have often been touched by public and political unrest… in Liberia, in Zimbabwe, in Haiti, in the Ukraine, just to mention a few. Recent events have likewise intensified racial tensions in various communities of these United States.
As we, the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World have gathered in this awesome city of Kansas City, Missouri for our 2016 convention, we want to give voice to the pain and fears among the residents of communities in which our members and neighbors live. Likewise, it is important for us to make clear our need for, and appreciation of those dedicated law enforcement officers that evenly and without prejudices enforce the laws in our communities; fostering peace and safety among our people.
Accordingly, we denounce both violence against the citizenry as well as violent retaliation or aggression against our law enforcement personnel. We also call upon all levels of policing agencies to publicly denounce those individuals within their ranks who abuse their authority when interacting with the citizenry. It is our belief that this practice will separate those few individuals from the many officers who honor the badge, authority and trust that has been given them under the constitution of this land. The Biblical words of Hebrews 12:14 admonishes us to “Follow peace with all men…”
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.
“Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”
BISHOP CHARLES H. ELLIS III
FROM: EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE PENTECOSTAL ASSEMBLIES OF THE WORLD
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. Statement on Same-Sex Marriage
On June 26, 2015, the majority of the United States Supreme Court rendered an opinion that has made same-sex marriage legal in all of the states of the Union. The High Court did not use the Holy Scriptures as the basis for its decision, but rather based it on the legal interpretation of the Constitution of the United States. The Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. goes on record to reaffirm its long-held position that marriage is a union between a man and a woman; with our decision being based on the Bible as the infallible Word of God. As Christian believers, we know that the Bible teaches marriage to be a lifelong union of one man and one woman; and we are called as Christian believers to proclaim and practice this doctrine. (St. Mark 10:6-9) Our ultimate trust is in God and not in any court or government. We trust God!
Our Lord and Savior declared that we are to be in the world but “not of the world” (John 17:15-16). The moral landscape of our society has definitely shifted, but we know that the Bible is yet right and God still reigns. In a democracy such as ours, we are to be ruled by laws. We as Christians have found ourselves at many intervals unable to find a biblical basis for key legal laws that govern our society. It is a fact that the United States of America has now added same-sex marriage to a list of legal rights which adults may exercise but the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. goes on record not to practice. As people of God, we refuse to exercise this particular legal right, knowing that the Bible is calling Christians to a life-style of holiness. We are not called to panic nor be anxious; we are called to live a holy life. We are called to live a Christian life as commanded by the Bible; we are called to be in the world but “not of the world.” We are called to trust God.
Love is central to a life of holiness. The Bible is clear that Christians are called to love all people. We must resist the temptation only to love those who think like us. Regardless of the personal religious convictions and moral choices of people, we are called to love. We are not commanded to agree with them on all topics. The Bible commands us to love (Matthew 22:39). We are also called to recognize the legal rights of all citizens, regardless of the legal moral choices that they make.
Living in a democratic and pluralistic society, clear legal rights have been granted to all citizens. We must remind everyone that our government grants the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. and other religious organizations the legal right for each of us to express our religious convictions, as well as to live out our doctrinal and moral teachings. It also grants us the right to co-exist with those whose beliefs and lifestyles differ from ours. More importantly, we believe the right to religious freedom is a God-given right. We call upon the government of the United States of America to aggressively protect and preserve the right of religious freedom for all Americans.
Finally, let us speak the truth with conviction and with care, with patience and with love. The church must prepare to receive wholeheartedly and minister effectively to people seeking the biblical understanding of marriage, a biblical Christian lifestyle, and the uncompromising gospel of Jesus Christ!
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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