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MDC Executive Board

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

EVENT DETAILS

  • 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

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Bishop Larry O. Jones,

Diocesan

BISHOP LARRY O. JONES is the pastor of Greater Grace Church located in Ferguson, MO. He is the founding pastor of the church, which was planted in 1984 and has grown under his ministry with the mercies of God since its inception. Bishop Jones was ordained as a minister of the gospel in 1979 by the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. and previously served as Children’s Ministry Pastor, Youth Pastor and as an Assistant Assistant Pastor at Lively Stone Church under his pastor, the Late Bishop P.L. Scott until he was commissioned to start a church in North County in 1984. August 2011 Bishop Jones was consecrated as Diocesan Bishop of the Midwestern District Council, 12th Episcopal District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. Bishop Jones is a lover of God’s people, an excellent teacher of the Word, and has a vision to help the people of God as well as to enlarge the kingdom. Bishop Jones is married to Nina Jones and they have two children, Larry II and Tyler.
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Suffragan Bishop Oscar Houston, Jr.

Chairman

Elder Oscar Houston Jr. was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri by Oscar and Cora Belton-Houston.  He was educated in the St. Louis Public Schools and graduated from Soldan High School in June 1973.  He excelled in sports and received full scholarships in football and wrestling.  Pastor Houston attended Harris Teachers College. He received the baptism in Jesus Name at the age of seven years old at the Temple Church of Christ under the pastorate of the late Bishop Austin A. Layne and later received the baptism of the Holy Ghost under his pastor and mentor in the gospel the late Bishop Samuel A. Layne. He held several leadership positions in this ministry as well as elected offices for 12 years with the Midwestern District Council youth department of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.  As president of the MDCPYPU he won third place in the National Presidents Award and with his leadership the MDCPYPU purchased the first computer system in the district as well as implementing the Teen Rally for Jesus in 1989 which is still active today. He was elevated to Suffragan Bishop on Friday, May 15, 2020 and currently serves as Chairman of the Midwestern District Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. In 2009 he was elevated to District Elder and in 1989 Pastor Houston evangelized throughout the country full time for about three years. Professionally he worked for the Department of Defense in the contracts division as well as with the St. Louis Housing Authority as a Contract Specialist and a Construction Specialist in the Development and Technical Division. In 1994 he and his wife heeded the call to the pastorate and founded the Zion Apostolic Pentecostal Church.  Under this ministry many souls have been added to the kingdom and four (4) churches have been established, to the glory of God.  On May 14, 1977, Pastor Houston was joyfully joined in matrimony with his lovely wife, Sister Wanda Jones-Houston.  Pastor Houston’s family, brother Joseph, sisters Piccola Hall (John) and Anna Hardnett and many other family members are all active members of this assembly.  His father Oscar Houston Sr. and mother Cora Irvin were both active member before their transition.  He lost his beloved baby sister, Pastor Lenora Nelson of Atlanta, Georgia in November of 2008.
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Suffragan Bishop Ron E. Stephens,

1st Vice Chairman

Elder Stephens is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a graduate of Soldan High School.  He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.  He continued his education at Louis University where he received a Master’s Degree in Management. Elder Stephens was employed with METRO (formerly Bi-State Development Agency) as Service Area Director of the DeBaliviere Station for thirty-three years. Elder Stephens is a former member of the Bethesda Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith, Inc., in St. Louis, Missouri, where he served under the tutelage of the late Bishop James A. Johnson. He served in many capacities such as president of the Bethesda Temple Young People’s Department, instructor at the Bethesda Temple Bible Institute, President of the Bethesda Temple Men’s Ministry and as a Sunday school teacher for the Relationship Building Class.  He also served as President and Auxiliary Director of the Midwestern District Council Men’s Ministry, Secretary to the Advisory Board. Elder Stephens is an ordained minister of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World.  For over thirty years he has traveled extensively preaching and teaching the Gospel in Germany, Israel, England and the United States. On Friday, May 15, 2020, he was elevated to the office of Suffragan Bishop. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the ceremony was postponed during the July 2020 Conference. Elder Stephens was installed as pastor of the Temple Church of Christ in 2008.  He is the fourth minister to hold the position as pastor at Temple Church of Christ in the church’s 98 years of history.  Under his leadership and with the help of the Lord the congregation has grown from 13 to approximately 200 members.  “Hitherto has the Lord helped us!” Elder Stephens is married to Dorretta (Marks) Stephens and is the father of two daughters and a son, Sophia, Sarah (Biobele) and Sam.
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Bishop Elliot B. Coleman,

2nd Vice Chairman

Suffragan Bishop Elliot B. Coleman is married to the lovely, Lady Betty L. Coleman.  To this God-ordained union, two talented and blessed children were born, Montez E. Coleman and Carolyn A. Coleman.  He is the proud grandfather of Camryn, Myles and Davion. Elliot B. Coleman was born in St. Louis, Missouri.  He is the son of the Late Bishop Arthur C. Coleman and Sister Rosie M. Coleman.  From his youth he was taught the Apostolic doctrine and attended the Church of Christ the Divine.  It was November 1968 that he repented of his sins and was baptized in Jesus’ name.  The Lord filled him with the Holy Ghost and called him to preach the same night.  In fact, he was filled and preached at the same time. Under the leadership of the Late Willie G. Baylor, Minister Coleman served as Associate Minister, taught Sunday School, and just learned the ways of God.  After Elder Baylor became a member of the P.A.W., Minister Coleman received his fellowship papers and his License.  It was 1976 when Minister Coleman was ordained.  Minister Coleman served Elder Baylor for 8 years as the Assistant Pastor.  In the P.A.W., Elder Coleman served in the capacity of Youth Evangelist, Chairman and Vice Chairman of Inner City Chapel of the Midwestern District Council during Bishop P. L. Scott’s time as Diocesan.  Minister Coleman was an Evangelist from 1979 to 1982 at which time he accepted the call to go to El-Bethel Temple Church in Kinloch, Missouri to become the Pastor.  He has faithfully served the El-Bethel Temple Church family as Pastor, teacher, mentor, counselor, spiritual father, intercessor, and friend. In 1992 he was elevated to District Elder and became the Director of the Women’s Auxiliary.  He has served as Vice Chairman of the Advisory Board two terms, as Advisory Board Chairman and Assistant Secretary.   He then served as Assistant Treasurer.  District Elder Coleman was elevated to Suffragan Bishop during the July Council of 2012.  He is currently the Suffragan Bishop of the 6th Jurisdiction and is proud to join this great body of Pastors and Congregations.  Suffragan Bishop Coleman presently serves as the 2nd Vice Chairman to the Midwestern District Council.  To sum it up, hitherto has the Lord kept Suffragan Bishop Elliot B. Coleman.  And because his future is so bright, he has to wear shades.  To God be the glory for the things He has done!  Today, the El-Bethel Temple Church Family Salute this honorable man of God!  We love you Bishop Coleman!!!
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Dr. Nia Hunn,

General Secretary

Dr. Hunn has been an Educational Consultant since 1999. She is a contractor for Solution Consultants and has served as an Educational Consultant, Instructional Designer and Project Manager. Dr. Hunn is also a dynamic professional speaker, workshop presenter, and implements training programs for large and small organizations on technology integration and delivers provoking and motivating presentations for the volunteers and workforce of businesses. She has served as  an Instructional Designer for Drexel University, Park University, Fremont College, and St. Louis Community College. She has also served as an: Adjunct Faculty Member for Webster University Doctoral Degree Program, Adjunct Math Faculty for St. Louis Community College, Adjunct Math Faculty for Hillsboro College, Case Manager for the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, Math and Reading Teacher for Dallas Independent School District, Day Care Director and Curriculum Developer for the Isaac Parker Academy & Learning Center, Chaplain Assistant for the United States Army and Chaplain for the Missouri Department of Corrections over the last 20 years. Dr. Hunn has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Sociology from St. Louis University, Masters of Theology in Systematic Theology from Logos Christian College, Masters of Education in Instructional Technology and Design from American Inter-Continental University (AIU), and a Doctorate of Divinity in Pastoral/Theological Studies from Christian Bible College and Seminary, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Technology from Walden University. Dr. Hunn’s most important role is being the mother of her three sons Jonathan II (1998), Joshua (2007), and Jadon (2009) and a wife to her husband Jonathan Sr. (1997). Dr. Hunn is a member of Grace Gospel Temple where the honorable, Bishop Paul H. Evans & Lady Helen R. Evans serve as Pastor & Elect Lady. She was ordained as Minister of the Gospel in 1997 by under the leadership of Sr. District Elder Jesse L. Watts at the Midwestern District July 1997 Council by the late Diocesan Bishop James A. Johnson at Bethesda Temple.  Dr. Hunn is a contributing writer to the Lessons for Living Sunday School curriculum at Grace Gospel Temple. She has served as the Secretary of the Midwestern District Council Ministers Wives & Widows (2015 -2018), Assistant Secretary of the MDC Executive Board (2015 – 2017), and Secretary of the MDC Executive Board (2017 – Current).
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Pastor Caleb T. Kirksey,

Assistant Secretary

Elder Caleb Kirksey is a member of Christ Temple on the Rock under the pastorate of Pastor Patrice M. Kirksey. There he serves as the Assistant Pastor as well as in other capacities. He serves as the Praise and Worship Leader for the Midwestern District Council Pentecostal Young People’s Union and he also serves on the International Pentecostal Young People’s Union Praise Team. Elder Kirksey is also the Founder and CEO of Caleb Kirksey Ministries; a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the World. In May 2020 due to the relocation of his mother and Pastor Patrice Kirksey, he became the Pastor of Christ Temple on the Rock. Elder Caleb Kirksey is a graduate from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree with Emphasis on Drawing. He also illustrated and co-released his first children’s book in 2013 and is currently working on more books. It is his artistic talents that drive his ambition to develop christian themed books, graphics, and other projects the Lord has placed in his heart. He has molded his life after the wise words of Matthew 25:14-30; every gift that God has allowed him to have he will use for the Kingdom of God! Elder Caleb Kirksey has served as MDC Support Staff from 2012 – 2017. He was appointed as the Assistant General Secretary in August 2017 and was elected as the Assistant General Secretary in July 2018.
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District Elder Julian R. Johnson,

General Treasurer

Pastor Julian R. Johnson, an anointed preacher, teacher, and soul winner. He is the youngest born to Dr. John L. Johnson and Sister Artimese L. Johnson.  At the tender age of 6, two of his aunts, the late Mother Sudie Davidson and Mother Willie Mae Summers of the Lively Stone Church of God, laid hands on him and he was filled with the Holy Ghost at a Watch Night Service on December 31, 1980.  He was later baptized in Jesus’ name at The Redemption Temple Church pastored by Elder Gilbert E. Summers.  In 1987 his family joined Bethesda Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri under the leadership of the honorable Bishop James A. Johnson. He graduated from Lutheran North High school in St. Louis, MO in 1993 and then graduated from Hampton University in Hampton, VA with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting in 1998.  During his college years he was a member of Christ Church Apostolic in Hampton, VA under the leadership of Bishop Robert A. Baker, Sr.  He was very active in his local assembly and also served the Virginia State Council Young People’s Union as their Director of Outreach and Evangelism. In July, 1998 he married Sister Melanie Sims.  They are the proud parents of two sons, Joseph and Jonathan. In January, 2003 Elder Johnson relocated back to St. Louis and was reunited with his Bethesda Temple Church family.  He actively served in several roles upon his return and was eventually elevated to the position of Assistant Pastor by Bishop James A. Johnson on March 8, 2010 and again as the Associate Pastor on October 30, 2013. After the demise of his beloved father in the gospel, the late Bishop James A. Johnson in May, 2015, Elder Johnson was elected by the congregation to serve in conjunction with Deacon Malcolm Townsend III, Chairman of the Deacon Board to lead the congregation until a pastor was selected.  On February 1, 2017 the Bethesda Temple Church members in good standing voted Elder Julian Johnson as its new pastor. In his professional life Elder Johnson has been employed with the Missouri Housing Development Commission as an Accountant and Sr. Financial Analyst where he manages multi-million dollar budgets and financial statements for the state of Missouri’s Housing Department. He is the author of one book, “The Garden of Eden,” which gives a rich history of Eden associated with African nations. He is a licensed and ordained minister in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., active within the Midwestern District Council, and has served for 23 years on the Convention Evangelism and Outreach Staff of the PAW.  He also currently sits on the Board of Directors for the International Missions Department of the PAW and has previously served as the International Pentecostal Young People’s Union (IPYPU) Director of Evangelism. In his travels preaching the Gospel, many souls have been saved.  To God be the Glory!
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District Elder Harmon L. Swanigan,

Assistant Treasurer

Pastor Harmon L. Swanigan is a Licensed and Ordained Elder of the Gospel through the Pentecostal Assembles of the World Inc… Elder Swanigan has been preaching and teaching the Word of God since 1982. Pastor Swanigan is the son-in-law of Suffragan Bishop A. John McCoy and Dr. Norma J. McCoy founders of Grace Apostolic Church — a church which they founded 50 years ago. In 2014, Elder Harmon Swanigan was elevated to the role of pastor of Grace Apostolic Church, Inc., consecrated with a heart of a shepherd with a passion and commitment to empower and strengthen the flock as he is leading the church into the new millennium. Prior to this elevation, Elder Swanigan also served as Youth Pastor for over 10 years in which time he initialed and led the Youth ministry along with a powerful 25 plus voice Youth Choir. As the Youth Pastor, a Nursing Home ministry was birthed and developed under the direction of Elder Swanigan. During his tenure at Grace Apostolic Church, he also served as Assistant to the Superintendent and later became the Superintendent of the Christian Education Department. For two years he served as Chairman of the Grace Apostolic Ministers Alliance where he trained licensed Elders and developed non-licenses ministers. No task was too small for Elder Swanigan, he also served God people as an Usher at Grace Apostolic Church for many years. As a member and a leader of Grace Apostolic Church, in 2000 Elder Harmon Swanigan was elevated to the role of an assistant pastor. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Christian Ministry through The Sure Foundation Theological Institute in 2007. On Friday, May 15, 2020 he was elevated to the office of District Elder under the leadership of his Diocesan, Bishop Larry O. Jones. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the July 2020 ceremony was postponed. In the professional secular arena, Elder Swanigan worked in the carpentry industry for over 36 years, where he recently retired from the St. Louis Housing Authority after serving the community in a professional manner over 25 years. Pastor Harmon has been married to the lovely and anointed Lady Crystal Swanigan for over 37 years. The Swanigan’s have labored in love and ministry together for almost three decades. They have two beautiful children – Eric (Lashawnda) and Krista (Marcus), both married to wonderful mates and three darling grandchildren (Jaylen, Jeremiah and Skylar). Pastor and Lady Swanigan give God all the credit and glory for the wonderful gifts, experiences, accomplishments and opportunities they have had throughout their lives. They love God and love to worship and praise Him daily as they work to win more souls to Christ.

MDC Support Staff

 
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District Elder Dr. Charles J. Cummings
Chief of Staff

District Elder Dr. Charles J. Cummings

Starting 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).
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First Lady/Evangelist Crystal Swanigan

Evangelist 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.
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Evangelist Carmen L. Collier
Pastor’s Breakfast Coordinator

Evangelist Carmen L. Collier

Evangelist 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!
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Sister Chana K. Wooden

Sister 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.
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Sister Charlina Gilkey
MDC Program Coordinator & Secretarial Staff Member

Sister Charlina Gilkey

Sister 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.
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Elder Eric C. Griffin
MDC Website Develooper

Elder Eric Charles Griffin

Elder 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.