Bishop Larry O. Jones
The Midwestern District Council hosts 3 conferences a year in April, July, and October.
- April – Pastors, Ministers, and Workers Conference – Location Varies
- July – Summer Conference – Location: Greater Grace Church
- October – Fall Conference – Location: Bethesda Temple
- 1st -4th April 2020 – Pastors, Ministers, and Workers Conference – The City of Life
- 7th -11th July 2020 – Summer Conference – Location: Greater Grace Church
- 27th – 31st October 2020 – Fall Conference – Location: Bethesda Temple
MDC Executive Board
Bishop Larry O. Jones,
Suffragan Bishop Oscar Houston, Jr.
Suffragan Bishop Ron E. Stephens,
1st Vice Chairman
Bishop Elliot B. Coleman,
2nd Vice Chairman
Dr. Nia Hunn,
Pastor Caleb T. Kirksey,
District Elder Julian R. Johnson,
District Elder Harmon L. Swanigan,
MDC Support Staff
District Elder Dr. Charles J. CummingsStarting at the age of 13, Minister Charles J. Cummings, a native of Washington, DC. Preached his first sermon at a youth service over thirty years ago. He was ordained an Elder in 1992 in the Bibleway World Wide organization. Has since served as Assistant Pastor at the Ark for All People’s Church, in Washington DC., where the late Walter M. Gardner was pastor. Elder Cummings was married to his beautiful wife, Lady Wanda E. Cummings on July 23, 1994. He is the youngest of eight siblings and the father of six children. Elder Cummings upon his arrival in St Louis joined the Christ Temple on the Church where the late Elmer Kirksey Sr. was Pastor. He was Licensed an Elder under the Pentecostal Assembles of the World in 1994, after surrendering his previous ordination certificate he served one year, after which he was ordained an Elder in 1995. Elder Cummings served Pastor Elmer Kirksey for seven years and was appointed Assistant Pastor, where he served faithfully until Pastor Kirksey death in 2009. It was quite evident that leadership was his calling. So on October 3, 2010 the lord called him to the pastorate were he founded the Christ Family Refuge Ministries of the Apostolic Faith. EDUCATION Doctor Cummings earned his Masters of Divinity and his PhD. in Theology with a concentration in Counseling at Bryson University. He also earned his Bachelor’s in Health Service Administration, Master Science in Management, and is currently earning his Master in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Keiser University. He is a certified blended family councilor through the Step Family Foundation, of New York, New York. CIVIC COMMITMENTS Doctor Cummings has worked as a Patient Family Advocate at Mercy Hospital Trauma Center in St Louis over the last eight years, where he assisted families in dealing with the grief of losing their loved ones due to traumatic injuries. Doctor Cummings is the CEO and radio host of In Place of Another Ministries, an organization devoted to blended family counseling. He has served as Chaplain of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Advisory member of the Center for Systemic Educational Change of the District of Columbia Public Schools, National board member for ACORN where he testified in the US House of Representatives (103rd Congress) on community issues. Doctor Cummings has served as an elected Neighborhood Advisory Commissioner in Wash DC., and more recently a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation 2005 Citizens Academy St. Louis MO. MIDWESTERN DISTRICT COUNCIL Doctor Cummings in 2014 was elevated to District Elder of the Midwestern District Council (MDC) within the 12th Episcopal District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW). Where he serves as the Sargent-At- Arms in the council business sessions, in 2016 he was appointed by the Diocesan Bishop Larry O. Jones, to the position of Chief of Staff of the 12th Episcopal District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW).
First Lady/Evangelist Crystal SwaniganEvangelist Crystal J. Swanigan, affectionately known as Lady Crystal, is truly an exemplary, modern-day Proverbs 31 Woman and an ordained minister of the Gospel through the Pentecostal Assembles of the World Inc.. Since April 27, 2014, Lady Crystal has been assisting her husband, Pastor Harmon L. Swanigan, in his God-given mandate by devoting their time to the vision of Grace Apostolic Church by serving with faithfulness and vision and leading the them into the new millennium. Since 1986 her teachings and preaching thought out the metropolitan area inspires and challenges women to develop a strong relationship with God, their husband with their natural and church families. Holding the position of Vice President the last three years, Lady Crystal is continuing her pursuit to serve and impart in the lives of women in her new leadership role as President for the Ministers’ Wives and Widows with the Midwestern District Counsel. As a professional, Crystal Swanigan is a licensed Insurance Agent in all lines, Life, Health, Property & Casualty she has worked in the insurance industry as an agent and/or adjuster 30 year plus. She also is a successful licensed Re/max Results Realtor. Lady Crystal attributes her success and all she has accomplished to God, her parents and the continuous support of her devoted and loving husband of 35 years.
Evangelist Carmen L. CollierEvangelist Collier graduated from Parkway Central High School in 2000 and went on to receive her Associates Degree in Culinary Arts from Le’Cole Culinaire in 2008. She was baptized in Jesus Name at the age of seven at Bethesda Temple Church under the leadership of her grandfather Bishop James A. Johnson. In July 1994, at the age of twelve she received the gift of the Holy Ghost at the very first Camp JAM retreat. Evangelist Collier received and accepted her call into the ministry in the year 2000 at the age of 18. She then went on to attend and graduate from the Bethesda Temple Bible Institute, during her time in the institute she was honored to receive an Outstanding Student award in 2012. Evangelist Collier is an ordained Evangelist with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Inc. and is very active in the ministry as well as the Midwestern District Council. Her various roles within the council include Vice President of the Midwestern District Singles Auxiliary, Chief of Staff for District Elder Ron E. Stephens, former Chaplin for the MDC Missionary and Christian Women’s Auxiliary, former Chief of Staff and former Program Director for the MDC Pentecostal Young People’s Union, a member of the MDC Data Entry team and others. Following in the footsteps of her Grandmother Mother Josephine B. Johnson The Lord has promoted her to the national level by allowing her to be named Overseer Prayer leader over the IMCWA staff by the newly elected President of the International Missionary Christian Women’s Auxiliary President Dr. Charlotte Parker. The Lord has also blessed her to be appointed to the office of Chief Operating Officer of Spoken Word We Speak Life. Evangelist Collier is a down to earth person who loves laughter and good times with her family and friends! Carmen is Carmen, no matter where she goes or with whom she comes in contact. She is a prayer warrior and a woman of faith who has strong convictions when it comes to the word of God. Her desire is to be used by God to minister His word so that souls are saved, lives are changed, and He is glorified!
Sister Chana K. WoodenSister Chana K. Wooden……he pursed a Pilot’s license at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-where she remained on the National Honor Society and Dean’s List. Wooden also attended …..ty and Waterford Unlimited Productions in Chicago, Illinois receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Arts. During this time, she had an opportunity to study works of Shakespeare, both as plays to be performed and as a literature to be read. Sister Gilkey was the founder and proprietor of the Mrs. Charlie’s Theatrical and Dance Company and performed throughout the United States in major theatrical and dance productions. Gilkey received several Master Certificates for several of her performances such as Alex Haley Dance Company and Martha Graham for Master’s Classes. Chana Wooden currently attends Greater Grace Church and continues a strong devotion to building the kingdom of God as a Leader and special assistant to the Pastor, Bishop Larry O. Jones. Chana Wooden is married with three saved children. The oldest son is a retired NFL Player. The youngest son was a praise and worship leader since the age of 9 and is a professional Opera Singer. Her only daughter an honor student graduating from Living Word Christian School and attending Penn State in the Fall.
Sister Charlina GilkeySister Charlina Gilkey is originally from Chicago, Illinois and began her education at the Central Parochial School where she was Valedictorian and graduated High School at the age of 16. She pursed a Pilot’s license at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-where she remained on the National Honor Society and Dean’s List. Gilkey also attended Columbia University and Waterford Unlimited Productions in Chicago, Illinois receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Arts. During this time, she had an opportunity to study works of Shakespeare, both as plays to be performed and as a literature to be read. Sister Gilkey was the founder and proprietor of the Mrs. Charlie’s Theatrical and Dance Company and performed throughout the United States in major theatrical and dance productions. Gilkey received several Master Certificates for several of her performances such as Alex Haley Dance Company and Martha Graham for Master’s Classes. Sister Gilkey retired from the State of Missouri-Development Disability Treatment Center in Mental Health specializing in Educating Developmental Disability Adults and Learning Disability Children for over 20 years. From this, she was afforded the opportunity to teach Leadership Classes and create adaptive equipment for children and Adult with learning and mental disabilities. She is MANDT and Med Certified through the State of Missouri. Sister Gilkey was lead teacher in the special school district for Normandy for 4 years and later became Kindergarten Teacher at Bethesda Temple Child Development Center after which she accepted the position of Director of Higher Ground Child Development Center at Faith Miracle Temple. She was also, Director of the Faith Miracle Temple’s Drama Ministry, F.M.T Evangelism, one of the Five Folder Ministry Executive Director’s and Bishop Larry Baylor’s Project Programming Assistant. She has been in varies positions and Leadership at F.M.T since 1991. Charlina Gilkey currently attends Temple Church of Christ and continues a strong devotion to building the kingdom of God as a Leader and special assistant to the Pastor, District Elder Ronald Earl Stephens. Charlina Gilkey is married with three saved children. The oldest son is a retired NFL Player. The youngest son was a praise and worship leader since the age of 9 and is a professional Opera Singer. Her only daughter an honor student graduating from Living Word Christian School and attending Penn State in the Fall.
Elder Eric Charles GriffinElder Eric Charles Griffin is a native of Saint Louis, Missouri and a graduate of North Technical High School. He received an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri. He is currently continuing his education at Walden University majoring in Information Systems Management. Griffin is employed with the United States Department of Labor as a Counselor working to support and motivate inner city youth towards better education and careers. Griffin is currently a member of Temple Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. where District Elder Ron E. Stephens is the pastor. He is a licensed and ordained minister in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. He has served in various capacities such as Junior Usher, Young People’s President, church Chief of Staff, Sunday School Teacher, Media Ministry Director, and the Ministry of Helps Administrator. In July 2012, Griffin was elected President of the Midwestern District Council Pentecostal Young People’s Union (MDCPYPU), then, elected to a second term as President in 2015, which is a position elected by a group of his peers. And in August 2014, he was elected International Assistant Treasurer of the International Pentecostal Young People’s Union (IPYPU).
He is better known as the “Next Generation Taker” as he leads and pours into young people all over the metropolitan Saint Louis area. Griffin, a preacher and teacher was baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost at the age of twelve years old, has ministered the Gospel since the age of thirteen. During these past twenty-one years of ministry, he has traveled the country extensively encouraging young people to be filled with the power of the Holy Ghost.