Former Presiding Bishop

Presiding Bishop Charles H Ellis III

The honorable former 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.


Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.

Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.
“Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”



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…”

Same Sex Marriage

Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.

Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.
“Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”

Presiding Bishop



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!


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: Dr. Charlotte Parker; 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: First Lady Evangelist Barbara Scott Golder; Director: Bishop Sherman Merritt
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; Acts 2:38)

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: Evangelist Freda Morrison; 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.