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Bishop Larry O. Jones, Diocesan

Midwestern District Council

12th Episcopal District, Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.

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MDC Pastors

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District Elder

Dr. Charles J. Cummings

Christ Family Refuge

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.  


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.


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.  



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).    


Suffrgan Bishop

Tommie Harsley, Jr.

Greater Bible Way Church

Suffragan Bishop Tommie Harsley, Jr. was saved in August 1958 in Chicago IL, at Indiana Avenue Pentecostal Church under leadership of Elder O.D. Adkins. He married Geraldine Harsley on Mar 12, 1960 and to their union was born 7 kids (5 boys, 2 girls).

Suffragan Bishop Harsley attended Christ Tabernacle Church in Richmond, Indiana from 1961 to 1971 where he served as:

  • Chairman of the Young People

  • Choir Director

  • Sunday School Teacher

  • Deacon

He was called to the ministry in 1963 and preached his trial sermon in 1965 in Richmond, IN at Christ Tabernacle Church. He was ordained in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW, Inc.) in August 1972 at the PAW Convention.


Suffragan Bishop Harsley became the pastor of Emmanuel Temple Pentecostal Church in Brookhaven, MS from 1971 thru 1977. In June 1977 he became an Associate Minister of Grace Apostolic Church in Chicago, IL under the leadership of Suffragan Bishop Cornelius Southern.


In 1984, he felt the call of God again and became the pastor of Bibleway Church of Christ where Bishop Walter Griffin was the former pastor.  Bishop Harsley later changed the name to Greater Bibleway Community Church in Saint Louis, MO in 1985 until present. During this time he has been elevated twice, District Elder in July 1992 under Diocesan Bishop James A. Johnson and Suffragan Bishop in July 2001 under Diocesan Bishop Alphonso Scott.

Suffrgan Bishop Harsley graduated from Louisville Colored High School in 1965. He received an Associates Degree in Biblical History from Logos Christian College located in Jacksonville, Florida in 1995. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Pastoral Ministry in  July 2005 from Aenon Bible College. He received an Honorary Master's & Doctorate Degree in June 2018 from the International Association of Apostolic Apologists.


Pastor Perris Parker was saved in 1981 under the leadership of Pastor Robert Arbuthnot founder of New Hope Apostolic Church. He married Elect Lady Fannie "Meryl" Parker in March 1987. They are the parents of two sons.


Elder Parker became the Pastor of New Hope Apostolic Church in 2014. Professionally he is an Reliability Test Engineer and has an associates degree in electronic engineering technology. He has been employed at Emerson since 1988.


Elder Parker's favorite scripture is Mark 10:27.

Pastor Perris Parker

New Hope Church


Pastor Bennie Thompson was saved in 1954 under the pastor of Pentecost Power Church. He became the pastor of Shining Light Pentecostal Church in 1986. He married Elect Lady Delorie Thompson on March 28, 1987. They are the proud parents of four sons. Professionally Pastor Bennie Thompson worked in the service department since until 1988. 

Pastor Bennie Thompson

Shining Light Pentecostal Church


District Elder Ron Stephens

Temple Church of Christ

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.
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 Alphonso Scott was born July 10th  to Bishop Phillip Lee & Mother Louvenia Scott. He received his primary and secondary education within the St. Louis Public School system. Bishop Scott attended San Antonio College, Merced College and the University of Evansville (where he received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees). His Doctoral degree is from the International Theological Seminary.


Bishop Scott nobly served his country in the United Stated Air Force for twenty years and was decorated with the Flying Cross for Heroism for saving forty-three lives, five Air Medals for combat flying, and two Air Force Commendations for Excellence in the Performance of Duties.


Bishop Scott was called to the ministry in 1962, after retiring from the Air Force, and in 1974, Elder Alphonso Scott was installed as pastor of Lively Stone Church in Nortonville, Kentucky, and during his pastorate, he served as District Elder and Chairman of the First Apostolic Council of Kentucky and Tennessee.


In 1987, upon the death of his father, Bishop Phillip Lee Scott, Alphonso Scott was installed as pastor of the Lively Stone Church of God in St. Louis, Missouri. Bishop Scott was consecrated in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World to the Bishopric, and from 1989 to 1995 he served as the Diocesan of the 38 Episcopal District, which encompasses the th country of Haiti, and from 1995 to 2000, he served as the Diocesan of the 11 Episcopal District, which is the First th Apostolic Council of Kentucky and Tennessee, in addition to serving two terms as Auxiliary Bishop of the International Young People’s Union.

Until the summer of 2011, he served as the Diocesan of the 12th Episcopal District, which covers Missouri and Southern Illinois. In August of 2011 he retired from the Executive Board of Bishops, as well as the Midwestern District Council with the status of Bishop Emeritus.  He is the Presiding Bishop of the Lively Stone Fellowship Churches, Inc.

Bishop Scott is married to the lovely Dr. Phyllis Scott and they are the proud parents of two sons, Elder Dwight Scott and Elder Lee Scott and devoted grandparents of Julia Grace, Joelle Alexis, Alphonso, Lee, and Lawrence.

Bishop Alphonso Scott

Senior Pastor

Lively Stone Church of God

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Bishop Lee Scott

Lead Pastor

Lively Stone Church of God

Bishop Lee Scott is a gifted and anointed man of God with insight and understanding given by God.  He believes in a ministry that goes beyond the walls, in an on-going effort to touch lives with the love of God.  It is also his desire as the appointed pastor of Lively Stone Church of God, St. Louis, Missouri; that the body of Christ must have a positive and powerful impact in the community bringing hope and uplift in every possible way.


Bishop Scott was ordained an Elder of the Gospel in the International Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW) organization in 1989 and in the Lively Stone Fellowship of  Churches in 1990 where he has served in many ministerial capacities including President of the Young People Department, Youth Pastor and Assistant Pastor of Lively Stone Church of God. He was appointed to the office of Overseer in 2003 for the District of Haiti and later Africa, where he is currently responsible for over 80 churches. Bishop Scott was installed as Pastor of the Lively Stone Church in October of 2011 where he has continued conducting numerous workshops during council sessions, at the National Convention of the PAW as well as around the country both nationally and internationally. 


Bishop Scott has also assisted the Presiding Prelate and Senior Pastor, Bishop Alphonso Scott on several missionary trips to Kenya, Africa, Haiti and Nassau, Bahamas.  During their visit to the Bahamas he and a team visited the HIV/Aids Center and several orphanages to encourage those that resided in the facilities.  He was consecrated Bishop at the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops College in March of 2015.  In June 2015 he was appointed as the 2nd Assistant to the Presiding Prelate, Bishop Alphonso Scott, at the Annual Holy Convocation of the Lively Stone Fellowship of Churches.


Bishop Scott received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Missouri in August of 1990. In June 2010 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Rehoboth Bible College. For the past 10 years, Bishop Lee Scott served as an instructor for Rehoboth Bible College; teaching many students that are pursuing further knowledge in the Word of God.  He is currently pursuing a Masters of Ministry from William C. College.


As a community activist, his involvement within the local community stretches into the St. Louis City and County School Districts where he coaches football and mentors youths that are at-risk.  Bishop Scott is also the President and Board Member of “In It 2 Win”, a committee of religious, governmental, and community-based leaders that have joined forces in order to reach high school dropouts between the ages of 14-21 who want a second chance to attain their educational goals.  His involvement with youth has been noteworthy.


Bishop Scott is married to Lady Sonja Scott and has four sons, Alphonso, Lee, Lawrence and Davon.

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