District Elder Oscar Houston,Chairman
Midwestern District Council
Auxiliary Presidents & Staff
Dr. Tara Phelps-Jones
Dr. Tara Phelps-Jones is a native of Forest, Virginia. She is the daughter of the late Theodore Roosevelt Phelps and the late Sandra Shavers Phelps. Upon graduating from Barber-Scotia College in Concord, North Carolina, she completed her Master's Degree at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed her Doctorate of Education (Ed. D.) in Organizational Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana.
Dr. Phelps-Jones is a results-oriented, consensus-builder, highly motivated professional with over 20 years of experience with the Government service. She is an Inspector General with a Department of Army agency. Her career in the government has afforded her the opportunity to travel to vast parts of the United States and throughout Europe. Her areas of expertise include conflict resolution, servant leadership, transformational leadership, emotional intelligence and organizational leadership. Dr. Phelps-Jones’s dedication to service and excellence makes her an invaluable asset.
In addition to her dissertation, An Examination of Organizational Trust, Interpersonal Trust and Gender in a Religious Organization in the Midwest Region of the United States, Dr. Phelps-Jones co-authored a devotional entitled, Fit for Your Future. Her books, Lessons from the Dirt Road: Moving from Embarrassment to Empowerment and A Psalm of Sandra are currently being published.
Dr. Phelps-Jones is an ordained minister and leads the Midwestern District Council Missionary and Christian Women’s Auxiliary, 12th Episcopal District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, fifty-seven churches. She is active in her local church, Temple Church of Christ in St. Louis, Missouri where she serves on the Ministerial Staff and is Vice President of the Sisterhood.
Dr. Phelps-Jones is the founder of Sisters Who Excel Every Time (SWEET), an organization created to encourage, inspire, and empower women in the field of leadership. She is the founder of Ladies in Leadership Mentoring Program. She serves as a midwife to women who are pregnant with vision and potential.
Dr. Phelps-Jones is a sought after lecturer and workshop presenter. She is a reoccurring presenter at the Federally Employed Women (FEW) workshop and the African Leadership Conference. Most recently, she was honored to serve as one of the MLK Jr. Day speakers for Humana Health Insurance. Dr. Phelps-Jones is known for her unique ability to intertwine scholarship and practical life experiences.
Dr. Phelps-Jones and her husband, Samuel Jones, currently reside in Belleville, Illinois. They are the proud parents of three beautiful daughters, Synthea, Chantell and Cassandra. They have one precious granddaughter, Emoni Williams.
President: Dr. Tara Phelps-Jones, Temple Church of Christ
1st Vice President: Evangelist Sharonda Nicole Littleton, Lively Stone
2nd Vice President: Evangelist Helen Jean Littleton-Thomas, Grace Gospel Temple
Secretary: Sister Patricia McFowland, Temple Church of Christ
Asst. Secretary: Sister Caroline McMullen, Bethesda
Treasurer: Evangelist Nikki Banks, Temple Church of Christ
Asst. Treasurer: Minister Sylvia Robinson, Solemn Assembly
Elder Gary Hill
Elder Gary Hill, a native, of St. Louis, Missouri is an Associate Minister of Temple Church of Christ where the Honorable District Elder Ronald Stephens is Pastor. Elder Hill was saved under the Late Pastor Lillie Pearl Sowell in 1976. He is a former member of the Lively Stone Church of God of the Apostolic Faith. It was under the leadership of Bishop Alphonso Scott that he developed a heart for outreach. He regards it a high honor to be one of his spiritual sons and is grateful to God for being brought up in holiness under his tutelage. He has studied at Aenon Bible College and is a graduate of the Bethesda Temple Bible Institute where in 2014 he received his Ordination as an Elder in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.
Elder Gary Hill is the founder of “The Power of Transforming Lives Ministry” a ministry founded to save the lost and to equip men through the word of God and enable them to become the men that God has called them to be in their homes and for His Kingdom.
Elder Hill is a member of the Temple Church of Christ Ministers Alliance Auxiliary, he has served as Asst. Teacher in the Men’s Ministry Class, Leader of the Nursing Home Ministry, member of the baptism committee, member of the Power Room Committee, assisting souls in receiving the baptism of the holy spirt and various other committees as the Lord leads at Temple Church of Christ. He was privileged to serve as organizer of the Men’s Choir. He has also served as an Altar worker on the PAW, Inc Convention Committee in 2016. Elder Hill served as Second Vice-President in 2012, First Vice-President in 2015 and currently was elected at President of the Midwestern District Council Men’s Ministry in 2018.
Elder Hill served as a Team Lead for “Dads Café” a federally funded program for Men and young boys in the inner city of St. Louis. He served as an Officer of Peace in 2016 for the Michael Brown Civil Rights Protest seeking justice for African American males in the city of Ferguson Mo. He is very passionate about seeing men’s lives transformed because of the awesome work that God has done in transforming his own life.
Elder Hill has been married to his beautiful wife Karen Hill for 13 years. He has fathered 8 children and together with his wife have 16 grandchildren.
Elder Hill is a Building Contractor in the City of St. Louis and has been privileged to construct and do repairs in many of the churches and buildings in the St. Louis Metrologies Area. He is a gifted designer, carpenter and plumber and it is said if you can dream it he can build it.
Elder Hill is currently an employee of Hussmann Refrigeration Company. He appreciates every opportunity to be used by God. To book him for preaching, teaching, workshops or motivational speaking engagements, please feel free to contact him at the contact information below.
President: Elder Gary Hill, Temple Church of Christ
1st Vice President: Elder Fred Northern, Zion Apostolic
2nd Vice President: Elder Don Nelson, Zion Apostolic
Secretary: Brother Isadore Barton, Temple Church of Christ
Assistant Secretary: N/A
Treasurer: Brother Adrie McCoy, Sr., Bethesda
Assistant Treasurer: N/A
Evangelist Ruth Ann Moore
Evangelist Ruth Ann Moore is an ordained evangelist with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World and the Midwestern District Council. She was an active participant as Assistant Treasurer and then Treasurer for Christian Education in the Midwestern District Council. She has attended Grace Apostolic Church for over 40 years where she utilizes the gifts of teaching, preaching, and altar ministry since 2001. She has been a proud member of Grace Apostolic Family Worship Center for over 40 years under the leadership of Suffragan Bishop A. John McCoy and Pastor Harmon L. Swanigan.
Evangelist Moore is a divorcee and feels with the help of the Lord Jesus Christ, she has learned through her struggles of being single that the Lord is faithful. She prides herself as a mother of three children, nine grandchildren, and a CERTIFIED NURSE AID that has worked with the elderly for about 40 years. She considers herself an entrepreneur in real estate ownership and management, all that she views as a blessing from the Lord.
In her free time, she enjoys studying the word of God, watching old western movies with her family and traveling.
"I want to be a woman who overcomes obstacles by tackling them in faith instead of tiptoeing around them in fear." - Renee Swope
President: Evangelist Ruth Ann Moore, Grace Apostolic Family Worship Center
Vice President: Evangelist Carmen L. Collier, Temple Church of Christ
Single’s Ministry Secretary: Sister Annette Tate, Grace Apostolic Family Worship Center
Single’s Ministry Asst. Secretary: Sister Candace Williams, Bethesda
Single’s Ministry Treasurer: Sister Angela Pearson, Temple Church of Christ
Single’s Ministry Asst. Treasurer: Sister Stephanie Jennings, Lively Stone
Evangelist Charlotte Townsend
Evangelist Charlotte Townsend is baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Ghost under her late Pastor, Bishop James A. Johnson, October 15, 1967. She is still a member of Bethesda Temple Church where District Elder Julian R. Johnson is the Pastor.
She was called to preach in 1989, receiving her ministerial license July 22, 1993 and ordained July 11, 2014 by the (PAW).
She serves the Midwestern District Council Christian Education Auxiliary as District Superintendent since July of 2015.
She is has been appointed by the President of the ICEA, Dr. Barbara Payne, as assistant Director to Region 3 (Midwestern District, Heart of America, and the Tri-State Council) working with Elder Samuel Patterson.
She served as General Superintendent at Bethesda Temple Church for 26 years and she now co-teaches a Sunday school class for new members called Discipleship.
She understands that she has been anointed to teach and preach God's Word. A mother of two adult children and grandmother of three grandchildren. Her testimony has been God is able to keep you if you want to be kept.
One of her favorite scriptures is: “I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.” Philippians 4:13.
President/Superintendent: Evangelist Charlotte Townsend, Bethesda
Asst. Superintendent/Vice President: Elder Edward Stewart, Truth Church
Secretary: Brother Ardie McCoy, Sr., Bethesda
Asst. Secretary: Sister Eleanor Faye McCoy, Bethesda
Treasurer: Sister Jeanette Vaughn, Bethesda
Asst. Treasurer: Elder Lawrence Morganfield, III, Bethesda
Sister Gloria J. Clay
Sister Gloria J. Clay was saved in 1987 under the leadership of the late great Bishop James A. Johnson of Bethesda Temple. She has served on the Usher Board since the age of 18. She joined the Bethesda Temple Senior Usher Board in 1991 and has served as the Senior Usher Board President since 2013 under the leadership of her pastor District Elder Julian R. Johnson. She has also taught Vacation Bible School under the leadership of Sister Joyce Alexander and Children's Church teacher under Brother Howell Clay. Sister Clay enjoys being a member of the LAS FIDELAS MATRONS and the Sisters of Goodness at Bethesda Temple. She also serves under the leadership of Sister Camille Townsend in the Culinary Department as a server and Sister Angie Riley on the Decorations Committee.
Sister Clay joined the Midwestern District Council Usher Board in 1987 ans has served as the Assistant Secretary when she was appointed by the Usher's Director, District Elder John Cornell for 3 years. She served as the Secretary under the leadership of Evangelist Rosie Johnson for 12 years, Sister Linda Turner-Smith for 3 years, and as Vice President for 3 years.
Sister Clay is a widower after being married from 1987 to 2013 and is the mother of 1 daughter and 1 stepdaughter and 2 stepsons. She is the proud grandmother of 5 grandchildren. Sister Clay loves to travel, bowl, and take cruises after retiring as a Proof of Deposit Clerk at Landmark Bank and First Financial Planners.
Her favorite hobby is bowling on Monday with the Postal Workers Ladies Bowling League and serving as a Democratic Supervisor for the Board of Elections since 1999.
President: Sister Gloria Clay, Bethesda
1st Vice President: Sister Linda Smith-Turner, Greater Grace Church
2nd Vice President: Sister Athalia Harrell, Temple Church of Christ
Secretary: Minister Julia Hudson, Lively Stone
Asst. Secretary: Sister Sonya Gray, Bethesda
Treasurer: Brother Orlando A. Smith, Grace Gospel Temple
Asst. Treasurer: Elder Gerald W. Ledford, Jr., Grace Gospel Temple
Sister Loretta Davis
Sister Loretta Davis is a member of Bethesda Temple for 56 years under the leadership of the late Bishop James A. Johnson and where her current pastor is District Elder Julian R. Johnson. She has labored diligently and actively to motivate the MDC Health Professionals Auxiliary. She is a trained Medical Lab Technician, studied Nursing, and has an Associate's Degree in Christian Studies and is a certified Christian Counselor (Bethesda Temple Bible Institute).
Sister Davis serves as a member of the Bethesda Temple Church Health Professionals and sings in the BTC Choir. She also is the Captain of the Sisters of Joy at Bethesda and has served as the President of the Midwestern District Council Health Professionals since 2013.
Professionally Sister Davis has worked at:
Homer G. Phillips Hospital as a Lab Assistant & Phlebotomist for 17 years
BJC as a Patient Care Technician and Surgery Center Admissions for 10 years
President: Sister Loretta Davis, Bethesda
Vice President: Deacon William May, Temple Church of Christ
Secretary: Sister Chademma Wesley, Greater Grace Church
Asst. Secretary: Sister Renee Wesley, Greater Grace Church
Treasurer: Sister Jacqueline Anderson, Greater Grace Church
Asst. Treasurer: N/A
Pastor Latunya Farr
Pastor Latunya Farr was introduced to the apostolic faith by a co-worker and was baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Ghost in 1998 at Bethesda Temple Church. And became a member in 1999 under the leadership of Bishop James A. Johnson and Pastor Julian Johnson.
She was called into the ministry in 2005 and has served as Sunday school teacher, Bethesda Temple Bible Institute Professor, Director of the Evangelism & Outreach Ministry and President of Midwestern District Council International Missions Department.
She has completed mission work in Port-au-Prince & Leogone, Haiti, Ghana West Africa, and Porto Rico.
On November 4, 2017 Evangelist Latunya Farr was called into the pastorate. And began the Mission Apostolic Church on Sunday, December 11, 2017.
She holds a Master of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from Webster University and a Master of Theological Studies from Urshan Graduate School.
President: Pastor LaTunya Farr, The Mission Apostolic Church
Vice President: Pastor Jerry Davis, Jesus Christ of Nazareth Church
Asst. Secretary: N/A
Asst. Treasurer: N/A
Elder Jerome Harris
Elder Jerome Harris, Jr. Is a native of St. Louis Missouri. He is a graduate of Beaumont High School. Elder Jerome Harris also attended Joliet College in Chicago, IL and Fontbonne University in St. Louis, MO. Currently he is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in the study of Psychology.
Harris founded the Youth iN Movement Youth Center where he served the needs of young people In the city of
St. Louis with Tutoring, Mentorship, and Computer Engineering, while also giving youths the opportunity to play sports and show their creative abilities. He now leads the PGA REACH program where he exposes high school youth to the game of golf, college, and personal development.
Harris is currently a member of the Lively Stone Church of God where Bishop Alphonso Scott serves as Senior Pastor and Bishop Lee Scott serves as Pastor. He is a licensed Elder in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. He serves in various capacities of ministry such as Youth Pastor as an assistant to the Pastor.
Harris currently serves as the Vice President of the Midwestern District Council Pentecostal Young People's Union of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Inc.
Harris, a preacher, teacher, organizer, and a humble Man of God has been in the ministry for 6 years and through his ministry has had the opportunity to affect the lives of many.
President: Elder Jerome Harris, Lively Stone
Vice President: Elder Aaron Flanigan, Bethesda
Secretary: Sister Turquoise Hamilton, Bethesda
Asst. Secretary: Sister Ethany Reid, Temple Church of Christ
Treasurer: Minister Michael Hamilton, Temple Church of Christ
Asst. Treasurer: Minister Isaiah Carter, Faith Holiness
Elder Andrew Williams, Jr.
MDC Ministerial Alliance
Elder Andrew S. Williams, Jr., a native of Saint Louis, MO, has been ministering the Word of God for 18 years. At the age of 15, Elder Williams - through the grace of God - was exposed to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ while attending Faith Deliverance Church of God of the Apostolic Faith under Pastor Simon Morrow. On Friday, May 30, 1985 he experienced the new birth, receiving the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues as the Spirit of God gave the utterance. The following month before his 16th birthday, he was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of his sins.
The next summer the Lord moved his membership from Faith Deliverance to the Last Days Apostolic Church under the pastorate of Elder Arthur Roy Johnson Sr. where he remained for the next 11 years, being rooted and grounded in the Apostolic Faith. Here he served in several capacities, being a faithful member of the Last Days Band, the Youth Department, the Audio/Visual Team, Pastor’s Aid, and the Laity Board. In 1997, Elder Williams became a member of Full Gospel Apostolic Church and served as the Church Musician, a Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader, Pastor’s Aid President and Associate Minister under Pastor Marion K. Greene. Elder Williams knew at the age of 16 that God was calling him into ministry and on May 30, 1999 (his spiritual birthday some 14 years later) he preached his official public message.
He remained at Full Gospel until the Lord moved him to the Grace Gospel Temple Church family in 2007, where he is now serving under Suffragan Bishop Paul H. Evans, Sr. Here Elder Williams married his lovely bride Natasha, and God blessed their union with two lovely children - Constance and Andrew III. At Grace Gospel Temple, he has served as the Assistant to the Pastor, Vice-President of the Ministers’ Auxiliary, President of the Brotherhood Ministry, a Youth/Adult Sunday School Teacher, and an Awana Official. He is also one of the contributing writers for the Lessons for Living Book Series, a collaborative work spearheaded by Bishop Evans and published and circulated through Westbow Press. He has written numerous lessons on the topics of holiness, evangelism, and on the “Heroes of Faith” as listed in Hebrews 11.
Elder Williams attended Bethesda Temple Bible Institute and Rehoboth Bible College. He has been licensed as a Minister and ordained as an Elder through the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. (P.A.W.). Elder Williams also serves as one of the appointed co-presidents of the MDC Ministers Alliance and also served as the second Vice-President of the Men’s Ministry of the Midwestern District Council of the P.A.W. Elder Williams has developed a passion for ministry and a love for the people and things of God, and is determined to be found in the center of God’s will concerning the call upon his life and the missions God will lay at his charge.
Elder Dr. Lawrence Morganfield, III
MDC Ministerial Alliance
Dr. Lawrence Morganfield, III grew up in St. Louis, MO. He was baptized in Jesus’ Name at the age of 8 and received the Holy Ghost at the age of 10, both at the Bethesda Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith were Bishop James A. Johnson was his pastor.
He accepted his call to the ministry at the age of 17. After graduation from McCluer High School, in Florissant MO. He attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in Pine Bluff, AR where he majored in Political Science. He later graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. where he majored in Divinity. In May of 2018 he graduated from the Doctor of Ministry program at Covenant Theological Seminary. Dr. Morganfield currently serves as one of the assistant pastors at Bethesda Temple, a post he was appointed to in 2013. He is also a professor with the Bethesda Temple Bible Institute and teaches the Ordination Class, a course for ministers who are ready to receive their credentials for certified ministry.
The Lord has given him a strong desire to see Christians all over the kingdom be educated about the will of the Lord for our lives. He believes that every church needs to develop a sound program for Christian education based on the Word of God. A sound philosophical statement is not enough, however, to experience the transformation of lives. What is on paper must be put into practice for it to make a difference and the only way that will happen is through Christian education. One of the many scriptures that help guide his ministry is found in Hosea 4:6 - My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Dr. Morganfield is the husband of one wife, Sister Leatha Morganfield and the father of a son Jerry and a daughter Leah.