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.
Episcopal District & Diocesan
2 – Greater Pennsylvania State Council: Bishop Ronald L. Young
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
24 – South Carolina State Council: Presiding Bishop Charles H. Ellis III
25 – Nevada State Council: Bishop Donald Golder
26 – Oklahoma State Council: Bishop Jeffery Goldsmith
27 – Louisiana State Council: Bishop James Daniel
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): Bishop Mona Reide
35 – Liberia District Council (West Africa): Bishop Leo Simpson
36 – Eastern Caribbean Council of Nations: Bishop Leo C. Smith, Jr.
37 – Jamaica District Council: Bishop John Thorpe
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
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: Bishop James G. Rodges
52 – Far East District Council: Bishop Lawrence Robertson
53 – Cameroon District Council (West Africa): Vacant
54 – Dominican Republic District Council: Bishop Moses E. Butler
59 – Venezuela District Council: Bishop Edgar Posey
60 – (Western Cape) South Africa District Council: Vacant
62 – Uganda Africa District Council: Bishop Bruce Shaw
63 – Santo Domingo District Council: Bishop Melvin Brown
64 – (Eastern Cape) South Africa District Council: Bishop Gwendolyn Weeks
65 – (Mpumalanga Province) South Africa District Council: Bishop Fredrick Jackson
Unassigned – Bishop William A. Ellis
*– Former Presiding Bishop