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1st Lady Crystal Swanigan,

Ministers' Wives & Widows


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The Leading Lady Liaisons (LLL's) have a special role within the Midwestern District Council Ministers’ Wives & Widows Auxiliary. LLL’s have advanced ministerial training as Ministers’ wives consisting of their uniqueness and distinct ability to serve in various capacities on the front lines with their husbands. Ministers' Wives serve in various capacities such as secretary, bookkeeper, confidant to their husbands and/or they may serve as confidants to their Pastor and their Pastor’s wife. Ministers Wives' support and help their husbands in the ministry along with working a full-time job. They must also be hospitable, discreet, gracious to all, and respond to many unspoken requests. The Leading Lady Liaisons are a vital part of the Midwestern District Council and to their local assembly. They work within their jurisdiction to rally the Minister’s Wives to come out and support our fellowship gatherings as well as supporting our Ministers’ Wives Choir, Bereavement Committee for other Ministers’ Wives, Mentoring Program, Pioneers Sick and Shut-In, and Wailing Women Face Down Ministry. However, their most important role is to establish and maintain peer-to-peer relationships with other Ministers’ Wives within their jurisdiction. Below we have Ministers’ Wives that represent each Jurisdiction within the Midwestern District Council along with the churches that fall within their jurisdiction.

Leading Lady Liaisons

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My name is Fannie Parker, First Lady at New Hope Apostolic Church where Elder Perris Parker is the Pastor. We have been married for 32 years coming up (March 7). I have 2 sons, 1 daughter-in-law, and 1 grandchild. I am the praise team leader, and adult Sunday school teacher. I hold many different positions in the church as needed.

1st Lady Fannie Parker,

Jurisdiction #1

Leading Lady Liaison

Jurisdiction #1


Christ Family Refuge Ministry of the Apostolic Faith

District Elder Charles Cummings & First Lady Wanda Cummings

Greater Bibleway Community Church

Suffragan Bishop Tommie Harsley, Jr. & First Lady Geraldine Harsley


Lively Stone Church of God

Bishop Alphonso Scott & First Lady Phyllis Scott/Dr. Lee Scott & First Lady Sonja Scott


New Hope Church of God, Inc.

Pastor Perris Parker


Shining Light Pentecostal Church

Pastor Bennie L. Thompson, Sr. & First Lady Delorie Thompson


Temple Church of Christ

District Elder Ronald Stephens & First Lady Dorretta Stephens

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Lady Shonta Dodson Harris is the wife of Youth Pastor Jerome Harris of Lively Stone Church of God where she serves along with him. She is the mother of one son and three daughters. She has been in ministry since she was thirteen. My passion is teaching and learning. I love the Lord and I enjoy serving God and His people.

Lady Shonta Dodson Harris,

Jurisdiction #2

Leading Lady Liaison

Jurisdiction #2



Beyond the Hurt Ministry

Pastor Dorothy Matthews


Faith Apostolic Church of the Living God

Pastor Deborah Burch


Greater True Vine Church of God

District Elder Robert Nelson & First Lady Joann Nelson


Jesus Christ of Nazareth

Pastor Jerry Davis


New Christ Temple

District Elder James Coats & First Lady Bettye Coats


Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ

Suffragan Bishop Lawrence Brown, Sr. & First Lady Dorothy Brown


World Outreach Christian Center Church

Pastor David E. Berry & First Lady Letia Benton-Berry


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Evangelist Virginia Watson has been a licensed evangelist of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the world since 2001. She has been a proud member of Grace Apostolic Family Worship Center for over 40 years. She works as a worship and praise team singer as well as the president of the intermediate Usher's Ministry at Grace Apostolic Church. But most of all she says, "I love Jesus because he first loved me."

Lady Virginia Watson,

Jurisdiction #3

Leading Lady Liaison

Jurisdiction #3



Bethesda Temple Church

Interim Pastor – Julian R. Johnson & Lady Melanie Johnson


Grace Apostolic Family Worship Center

Pastor Harmon Swanigan & First Lady Crystal Swanigan


Grace Gospel Temple

Suffragan Bishop Paul H. Evans & First Lady Helen R. Evans


Living Word Apostolic Church

Suffragan Bishop Robert K. Buckner, Sr.


New Life Empowerment Church

District Elder Christopher Collier & First Lady Le'Rhonda Collier


Partners in Prayer Global Ministries

Pastor Angela A. Parker


Soul Deliverance Apostolic Faith Church

Pastor Natalie Starr


Word of Life Ministry Worship Center

Pastor Sheila Mack


Zion Apostolic Pentecostal Church

District Elder Oscar Houston & First Lady Wanda Houston

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Lady Oneathar Elam,

Jurisdiction #4

Leading Lady Liaison

Lady Oneather Elam has a loving husband Elder Curtis Elam and is a faithful member of Temple Church of Christ. Thank God for all that he has done, all that he is doing and all he is going to do. Truly I am blessed with a loving husband, 7 beautiful grandchildren, and two wonderful sons. I am looking forward to see what God is going to do in the year of 2019! 

Jurisdiction #4



Balance Life Ministry

Pastor Doris Gilmore-Graham


Holy Way Church of God of the Apostolic Faith

District Elder Lance Bryant & First Lady Mona Bryant


Last Days Apostolic Church

District Elder May Johnson


Living Waters Church of God Fellowship

Pastor Clarice Howard


Radiant Life in Christ

Suffragan Bishop Illona W. Dickson & Brother Reginald Dickson


Truth Church

Pastor Mark Simmons & First Lady Dr. Veda Simmons


Upper Room Church of God

Pastor Jolene Gay

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Lady Shuntaye Brown,

Jurisdiction #5

Leading Lady Liaison

Lady Shantaye Brown has been saved since 1995 and still is pressing toward the mark of the prize of the high calling which is in Christ Jesus. She is currently a member of the City of Life Christian Church where Joe Louis Middleton is Pastor. She serves in teaching New Saints Sunday School Class, Leader of the Community Care Ministry that visits with the sick and shut in. She has a passion for Prayer. God has truly blessed her in the service of prayer by allowing her to be asked to lead church prayer, to teach on prayer, and teach on prayer at other churches. She believes that prayer is the number one way to talk to and hear from God, and that it must be done regularly as an active part of your walk with Christ.  She was baptized and filled with Holy Ghost at Bethesda Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith where the late Bishop James A. Johnson was her pastor.  Sis Shantaye Brown is saved to serve.  She has worked and served diligently on several auxiliaries such as the Women’s Retreat Team Committee, Young Adult Usher Board, Vice President of the Youth Department, all at Bethesda Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith.  While in residing in Chicago, Illinois, she and Elder Brown were members at Indiana Ave Pentecostal Church where Bishop Charles E Davis is Pastor. Sis Brown served in the ministry alongside with her husband Elder Brown in teaching New Saints Sunday School Class; Vice President of the Minister Wives and Widow’s, and a member of the Hospitality Committee for the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World.  She is always willing to help and serve in the Lord and her community.  She holds several Master’s Degrees in education and social work. Sis. Brown is employed by the United States Federal government.  Sis Brown is married to Elder Skip Brown for 13 years and as Eld. Brown says, “We’re still honeymooning”.

Jurisdiction #5


Divine Holiness Church of God

Pastor Lazeal Moore & First Lady Joyce Moore


Faith Holiness Church

District Elder Ronnie Carter & First Lady Irma Carter


God Inspired Apostolic Church

Pastor Mary Young


House of Prayer to All Nations

District Elder Anthony Pettiford & First Lady Tina Pettiford


Lighthouse Hope of Church

Pastor Byron E. Thompson & First Lady Eliaka Thompson


Lively Stone Apostolic Church

Pastor Allen E. Rudd & First Lady Iris D. Rudd


Lively Stone Church of Centralia

Pastor Allen E. Rudd & First Lady Iris D. Rudd


New Beginnings Apostolic Church

Pastor Roy McCain


O’Fallon Apostolic Assembly

Suffragan Bishop Gregory Wells, Sr. & Frist Lady Joyce Wells


Original House of Prayer to All Nations

Suffragan Bishop Lloyd Clemons & First Lady Inez Clemons


Southtown Apostolic Church

District Elder James Gordon & First Lady Shirley Gordon


Triumphant Living Church

Pastor Charles Luster


1st Lady Marissa West,

Jurisdiction #6

Leading Lady Liaison

First Lady Marissa West is an Evangelist and the Leading Lady Liaison of the 7th jurisdiction.  She is the wife of Pastor Houston West of True Faith Apostolic Pentecostal church.  First Lady West was called to the Ministry 14 years ago to serve as a Minister at Lively Stone Church of God and at Zion Apostolic Pentecostal Church. 


In January 2014 the Lord elevated her to be the First Lady and an Evangelist at her church.  She received her fellowship credentials for every year she served as a Minister of Christ.  She earned her Associates degree in Human Services 1996.  She studied Social Work and Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in St. Louis, MO and at Walden University in Baltimore, Maryland.


A favorite comment of many about First Lady Marissa West is that she, "Be cooking that food!"  Seriously, she likes to cook for her family and on special occasions.  In her spare time she really enjoys free handwriting, also believes in keeping it real-spiritually and holy on Facebook!!  Finally, she loves working and winning souls for the Lord.

Jurisdiction #6



Apostle’s Doctrine Church of God

District Elder LaRue Sutherlin & First Lady Doris Sutherlin

Christ Temple on the Rock

Pastor Patrice M. Kirksey

Ebenezer Christian Assembly

District Elder L.J. Harvey & First Lady Ruby Harvey


El-Bethel Temple

Suffragan Bishop Elliott Coleman & First Lady Betty Coleman


Faith Now Ministry

Pastor Leslie Green-Owens


Greater Grace Church

Bishop Larry O. Jones & First Lady Nina Jones

True Faith Apostolic Pentecostal Church

Pastor Houston West & First Lady Marissa West



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