Our Founders 

Bishop Lewis Stokes


  Bishop Lewis L. Stokes is a native of Hampton, Virginia where he graduated from George P. Phenix High School excelling in the school’s football program. He was nurtured in the Lord at United Bibleway Temple, Newport News, VA, where his father, the late Elder Linwood Stokes was pastor.

Upon graduation from high school, Bishop Stokes attended Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA later enlisting in the United States Army where he served for three years. Upon discharge, he returned home and was employed at Newport News Shipbuilding where he served for 36 years advancing to Supervisor of Network Field Engineers.

Bishop Stokes later attended Christopher Newport University and holds Certificates of Theology from Virginia Seminary and College and Southern Baptist Seminary, a Bachelor of Theology from Union Christian Bible Institute, Portsmouth, VA campus, and a Doctorate of Divinity from International Bible Institute, St. Louis MO, which later became International Bible College and Seminary, DeSoto, MO.

Bishop Stokes formerly served as Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, Windsor VA and for many years, served as Ministerial Associate to Bishop Obadiah Colander, Faith Temple Ministries (Apostolic), Suffolk, VA.  He is the former president of Faith Temple Bible Institute, Suffolk, VA.  In 1996, Bishop Stokes was consecrated to the office of Bishop and served as General Secretary to the Board of Bishops, United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic) and Bishop of the National Men's Department. He currently serves as Diocesan Bishop for the 4th Episcopal Diocese .  In May 2005, Bishop Stokes returned to his native Hampton, VA and launched United Family Worship Center under the theme “Where Transformation is Perpetual”.  In July of that same year, he was elevated to 2nd Assistant Presiding Bishop, UCJC (Apostolic).  In March 2008, he was awarded the Distinguished Executive Leadership Award by the Pastor and Church Leadership Summit, LLC, Myrtle Beach, S.C.  In June 2011 he became 1st Assistant Presiding Bishop, United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostolic).  He is the author of the book, What Constitutes a Dead Church.

Bishop Stokes is married to Elder Brenda M. Stokes and they are the beautifully blended parents of 9

Elder Brenda Stokes

Elder Brenda M. Stokes is a native of Hampton, Va. As a young child, she moved to North Carolina with her Aunt and Uncle, both educators, who were deeply anchored in the Lord. Being raised by a Missionary, serving the Lord and His people "was not an option," and for this teaching, she is eternally grateful.

Elder Stokes was saved at age 9, and throughout her life has loved the Lord, and had a burden for souls.  She is a graduate of Dillard High School, Goldsboro, N.C. and holds a BA in Psychology from Hampton University where she received a commission as an Ordnance officer in the United States Army.  She is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and holds the degree of Master of Religious Education.  Upon her retirement from the Army in 1995, Elder Stokes became employed as a Senior Military Analyst and Learning Architect.

In 2009 she left corporate America to pursue her greatest passions which are reaching the lost for Christ, ministering to women in all walks of life, and serving as Assistant Pastor of United Family Worship Center, which she co-founded with her husband in May 2005.  She was ordained an Elder with United Church of Jesus Christ (Apostlic) in June 2010.  

She and her husband, Bishop Lewis L. Stokes, are the proud combined parents of 9 children and 24 grandchildren.               

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