Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | August 23, 2009

Pentecostal Group Consecrates New Leader

alfredowenscroppedBishop Alfred A. Owens Jr. will be installed leader of Mount Calvary Holy Churches of America during the denomination’s 80th convocation being held this week in the nation’s capital.

Owens, who with his wife, Susie, pastor 8,000-member Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church in Washington, D.C., was appointed presiding prelate of the denomination last year and will be consecrated to his new post on Thursday.

 He succeeds Bishop Harold I. Williams, who stepped down last year after leading the organization since 1972. Williams, who selected Owens to succeed him, now serves as presiding prelate emeritus.

“My vision for the future of Mount Calvary is to see it grow and develop into a unified body that continues to reach the lost, that continues to be on the cutting edge of social issues, that continues to feed the hungry,” Owens told Charisma. “Not just a Pentecostal church that reaches the four walls of the church but … that reaches into the community as well.

” Owens’ congregation is one of the largest in the denomination, which includes 80 churches in the U.S. and 15 abroad. Gospel artist Shirley Caesar, who is married to Williams, is also a pastor within the church.

During the denomination’s 2008 convocation, Owens said returning to the foundation of Pentecostalism—including an emphasis on evangelism, holiness and the baptism in the Holy Spirit—are the keys to church growth.

“The Lord added to the church just by the preaching of the Word,” he said. “Preachers, get back to preaching. And we’ve got to preach the message [that] it’s holiness or hell. That’s how I got saved. I didn’t get saved under no prosperity and name-it-and-claim-it [preaching]. I got saved under the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.”

Mount Calvary was incorporated as a denomination in 1929 by Bishop Brumfield Johnson, who left the United Holy Church of America because of its acceptance of female bishops. Mount Calvary permitted women to serve as pastors from its inception and began ordaining women as bishops in 1991.

Before being named presiding bishop, Owens had served as vice bishop of the church since 2001. He is also dean of the Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops, an organization unaffiliated with the denomination that offers training to newly appointed Pentecostal bishops in both ministry and healthy family development.

Bishop J. Delano Ellis, president of the Joint College, will oversee the consecration service Thursday with Williams. Bishop T.D. Jakes of The Potter’s House in Dallas and Bishop Kenneth Ulmer of Faithful Central Bible Church in Los Angels also will participate in the convocation, which begins Tuesday.


Responses

  1. Dear Brother Alfred
    Greetings in the Lord’s mighty name,
    How are you, your family, ministry & church…???
    Im a young minister of God serving him here in Pakistan for last thirteen years.
    I have got two years diploma in theology from “Philadelphia Pentecostal Bible College Karachi Pakistan……….I also have a bachelor (B-TH) and a master (M-TH) degree in theology which I got from “Triune Biblical University” Kelso Washington USA.
    Im running my own gospel ministry for last seven(7) years.
    I have with me some more ministers who are serving of God with me in different areas of Pakistan specially in backward areas and villages.
    Plz visit my website http://wmcintl.multiply.com and http://www.facebook.com/?sk=media#!/home.php?sk=myuploads to know more about me & my ministry.
    I have links and serving of God with some international gospel ministries of USA, you can ask and inquire about me by them.
    Plz visit http://www.globalnetworkprayer.com/MINISTRYLINKS.html and http://therain.us/2.html to know more about me and my ministry.
    I want to develop my strong spiritual relations with you for the glory of almighty God, because i have intense need of prayers and fellowship of dedicated servants of almighty God like you to win & save the souls for our savior Lord Jesus Christ.
    I also want to let you know that i had invited Eva.Ricky Walt here in Pakistan on 7th May 2010 for preaching.
    So he came to me here in Pakistan from South Africa with his friend Pastor Andrias Kemp on 7th May and preached in my city “Faisalabad” from 7th to 13th May 2010 in open air crusades.
    Almighty God used Eva.Ricky Walt for his glory and hundred of people have been healed from different kind of sicknesses and diseases e.g joint , back and muscle pain , hepatitis C, asthma and tuberculosis, stomach and heart diseases etc.
    Besides of these healings many blind people received eye sights, lams walked, deaf and dumb spoke and heard and paralyzed got up and walked immediately after praying.
    Thousands of new people have been saved including Muslims who have accepted Lord Jesus Christ as their personal savior in these six days open air crusades.
    You can see the pictures and video clips of all these healings and miracles at Eva.Ricky’s website at http://www.africaministriesinternational.org/Enewsletter052010.html and http://www.flickr.com/photos/ev_rvdwalt_ami/ .
    You also can read the newsletter of Eva.Ricky’s visit and outreach of Pakistan there.
    So i invite you too………Please come to me here in Pakistan for preaching if almighty God leads you so that the millions of the lost souls may be saved ….. Here in Pakistan there is intense need of preaching because it is a Muslim (Gentiles) country with the population of 180 million.
    Im also inviting you because it has been written in the Holy Bible “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country” Proverbs 25:25.
    Please remember me, my family, ministry & all the ministers who are serving of God with me in your personal and congregational prayers without ceasing.
    Look fwd hear from you.
    May God Bless You.
    In Christ Love.
    Pastor Ashir Israel ( Founder & President The World Mission of Christ Ministries International Pakistan )
    Mailing address “House.No/P-80 St.No/3 P.O. G-M-Abad Faisalabad Pakistan”
    Phone: +92-41-2003402 Cell: +92-344-2488302


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