Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ World-Wide, Inc.
Bible Way was born out of a National
Pentecostal Ministerial Conference held September 25
29, 1957 at the Bible Way Church 1100 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington,
This Conference was led by Drs.
Smallwood E. Williams, John S. Beane, McKinley Williams, Winfield
Showell, James I. Clarke, Elder Joseph Moore and others, some of which
were former officers of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the
Apostolic Faith. This conference was convened to consider some
mal-administrative practices which were found to be out of line with the
New Testament collective leadership as practiced by the Apostles, and
the authoritarianism which could no longer be tolerated.
From this Conference, Dr. S.E. Williams
was consecrated as Bishop and Presiding Bishop of the newly formed
organization and four outstanding Pastors were consecrated to the
Bishopric, namely, Dr. John S. Beane of Petersburg, VA, Dr. McKinley
Williams of Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Winfield A. Showell, Baltimore, MD and
Elder Joseph Moore of Brooklyn, NY. Bishop John S. Holly of the
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World was the officiant at the
The authenticity and orthodoxy of the
Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ World-Wide can be attested as
to its validity historically, experimentally and doctrinally.
Historically, its spiritual roots go back to the 1st century AD 30, in
the upper room at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost, about 9am; the
third hour of the memorable feast of Pentecost, the birthday of the
Bishop Smallwood E Williams is revered by this august
body as one of the greatest leaders of the
century He was a modern day Apostle without equal. He was a preacher and
an orator of the first magnitude. He was a man before his time, at the
vanguard and on the cutting edge of the civil rights movement of the
sixties and seventies. He was known as a bridge builder and a role model
for men of all ages in Christian ministry. During the 34 years of his
presidership he almost single-handedly put Bible Way World-Wide on the
map of all Christendom. This brief paragraph cannot contain all of the
wonderful works done by this mighty man of God. However,
must be stated here that each of the
first five Bishops mentioned in this history made their own unique
contributions to the success of our great church.
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