65th IYFC Convention
Pastor Micah Jenkins
Pastor Micah Jenkins was born on September 1, 1977 in Washington, DC and grew up in the city of Hartford, CT. Pastor Jenkins attended and matriculated through the Hartford and Farmington public school systems and graduated from Farmington High School. Pastor Jenkins attended Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT., Capitol Community College in Hartford Connecticut and University of Hartford in West Hartford, CT.
Pastor Jenkins answered the call from God to ministry in 1999 while under the leadership of Apostle T. Allen Stringer of Bible Way Temple Nation of Hartford, CT where he completed the Evangelical Training Association certification and served in various ministry departments and auxiliaries. Pastor Jenkins has also served in ministry under the leadership of his father, Apostle Gary Jenkins at The Sword of The Spirit Ministries in New Haven, CT and Pastor John Cotton at Gospel Mission Baptist Church in Bridgeport, CT where he completed the Ministerial Bible College certification. In 2011, Pastor Jenkins was ordained to the office of Elder while under the leadership of Bishop M. Anthony Jones of United Pentecostal Church of The Redeemer in Hartford, CT where he also served as the Adjutant Apostolic and then under the leadership of Pastors Sigmund & Tina Morriar at Kingdom Center of New Haven, CT before accepting the assignment to Pastor under Apostle Gary Jenkins in 2017.Pastor Jenkins serves on the Hartford NAACP Committee and participates in community programs such as the Lupus Foundation, the New York AIDS Walk, The American Cancer Society and The National Autism Association.
Pastor Jenkins has initiated and founded the 90-Minute Experience which is a Faith based community outreach and evangelistic assignment with the purpose of leading and empowering lost, hungry and hurting souls to Christ. Pastor Jenkins also hosts a weekly Facebook Live discussion platform called Collar Confessions. It is with a strong faith and conviction that Pastor Jenkins imparts The Word of God in love and stands on the principle of “Don’t Forfeit Your Struggle”. Roman’s 8:18 says “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us”. When the struggle is over, there is victory, there is glory!
Elder Philip Z. Robinson was born on June 21, 1980, in Washington, D.C. He is the son of the late Bishop Paul P. Robinson and Mother Willie A. Robinson. He is the Pastor of Salvation Way of the Cross Church of Christ located in Brandywine, MD. Elder Philip Z. Robinson ministers to the congregation as the Holy Spirit leads him.
He was married in holy matrimony to Sister Danielle Hawkins on November 12, 2018. Humbly submitting to the will of God, Elder Philip Z. Robinson began preaching alongside of his father in 2006. He was ordained as an Elder in August 2011. Elder Philip Z. Robinson enthusiasm to serve the Lord encourages others. He was called to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Pastor James A. Goodman was born January 10, 1971 in Columbia, SC to Mr. Larry and Martha Goodman. He is the younger of two sons. He was educated in the Richland County School System, where he graduated from Dreher High School in 1989. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in November of that same year for an 8 year tour.At the tender age of 18 on August 27, 1989 at Bible Way Church of Atlas Road, he was baptized and filled with the gift of the Holy Ghost. While at Bible Way he served as Vice President of the Youth Department and Sunday School Youth Teacher. While serving his country in Fort Dix, NJ and Fort Bragg, NC, he served as Youth Adviser with the churches he attended on the military base.
He returned home due to a medical condition his mother was diagnosed with and joined the Holy Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was appointed as the Assistant to the Pastor for 6 years and in 1996 ordained an Elder and appointed Assistant Pastor, where he served faithfully. He always knew God had something greater for him to do in the kingdom. After many years of holding Bible Study at the University of South Carolina Campus, with the help of then, Brother Jonathan and Sister Tiffany Mintz, it was in 2005, God revealed the Vision for Greater Faith Temple Church and turned the Bible Study into Greater Faith Temple Church Ministry.
Since that time, God has blessed the ministry to reach hundreds of souls for the kingdom! God recently gave Pastor Goodman a vision for Greater Grace Temple Church, the Lord has Already added 5 souls to the new work. He is married to the Love of his Life Lady Tameka M. Goodman. They have five children Jonathan, Peter, Lydia, Jamar and Malakia and three grandchildren PJ, CJ and Nova. Pastor Goodman is grateful for what God is doing in his life. His desire is to fulfill the Call of God on his life.
Minister Tavarius Hook is the second of three children born to Vincent and Linda Hook. He was educated in the public school system of Orangeburg, SC. He furthered his education at Claflin University, majoring in Philosophy and Religion, minoring in music. Minister Hook is now employed by Telecommunications of Columbia South Carolina SC. He is currently engaged to be married this year 2017 to the beautiful Chelsea A. Robinson of Sumter SC.
Minister Hook received the Holy Ghost at the tender age of 11 and accepted the call to preach the gospel at the age of 15. He was ordained at the Rome Street Holiness Church by his Great-grandfather Bishop Harold Pauls. Upon receiving the revelation of the baptism in Jesus Name, Minister Hook was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ on August 5th 2012 at Stand for Christ Way Of The Cross Church. Where he served faithfully for 6 years. Minister Hook is currently serving at his home church Rome Street Holiness Church, and serves as the Minister of Music. He is a joy and inspiration to the ministry and a great influence to the surrounding areas and affiliating churches of the ministry
District Elder Johnathan Mintz
Pastor Johnathan Mintz is a native of Orangeburg, SC. He is the first born of two sons. His parents, Willie and Priscilla, and his brother, Justin now reside in St. Matthews, SC. Pastor Mintz was educated in the public schools of Orangeburg Consolidated School District 5 and graduating with honors, he furthered his education at the University of South Carolina (Columbia Campus) College of Biology.
Pastor Mintz is married to Elect Lady Wanda (Guess) Mintz. This union is abundantly blessed with six children. Jonathan, Julai, Justin, Jayden, and twins, Joshua and Jackson who have brought much joy to this young couple’s life. Needless to say, there is never a dull moment in their presence!
Pastor Mintz was called to the ministry while he was a member of the St. James Church of God under the leadership of his grandfather the late Bishop L. W. Mintz. He served faithfully there as the Minister of Music and on many other committees. The Mintz family was introduced to the Way of the Cross Church of Christ by the Late Bishop Harold K. Clarkson. They joined this great organization via Miracle Way of the Cross in Cameron, SC on January 8, 2006. Continuing the mission in Vance, SC, which Minister Mintz founded in 2004, he worked faithfully and fervently to promote the spreading of the gospel of Jesus Christ. From the “Pineland Street Mission,” as it was affectionately called, was birthed the ministry he now pastors Stand for Christ Way of the Cross Church of Christ.
Pastor Mintz currently holds many offices in the WOTCC. In the South Carolina Diocese he is the Minister of Music and the Vice President of the YFC. In the Southern Region he is also the Minister of Music and the President of the YFC.
With great enthusiasm and vitality, Pastor Mintz works tirelessly to ensure that he is found worthy of the vocation wherewith he has been called!
District Elder Christopher S. Hairston
Elder Christopher ShoNeel Hairston’s spiritual life has always been one of servitude and activity in his local church and national organization. At an early age, Elder Chris sang in the Children’s Choir and Youth for Christ Choir (Voices of Praise) of Shiloh WOTCC, and later transitioned into the Radio Choir (Sanctuary Voices of Praise). He served as an officer of the busy bees, a children’s group, and was also the Vice-President of the Intermediate Youth for Christ of the Way of the Cross Church of Christ in 1993. He served seven years as the Vice-President of the Intermediate. In 2000, Elder Hairston joined the membership committee and eventually became the membership chairman where his responsibilities were to handle event registration and maintaining membership rosters for use in analysis and office elections. Elder Hairston currently serves as the Second Vice President of the National Youth for Christ for the Way of the Cross Church of Christ, International.
Elder Chris was baptized at the age of 4 in October 1980 and received the gift of the Holy Ghost in June 1992 at the age of 15. After accepting his call into ministry and professing his call to his pastor, Bishop Earley Dillard, and congregation, Chris served as deacon, minister in training, and formally preached his first public sermon on March 16, 2003. In July 2005, Elder Chris was ordained an Elder in the Way of the Cross Church of Christ.
Elder Hairston currently serves as Pastor and Founder of Triumph Way of the Cross Church located in Roanoke, VA. God has blessed the mission to minister to people from all races, creeds, and colors. The church has been able to assist the homeless and provide consolation to the battered. With God’s help, the ministry will continue to grow and provide salvation and security to even more of God’s children. It is the will and mission of the ministry to help those that need help, comfort the broken heart, and build God’s kingdom here on earth.
Pastor Hairston is married to the former Keevie Williams of Cascade, Virginia. They have been blessed with two gifted sons, Ethan and Israel, and currently reside in Vinton, Virginia. Chris is known as a football, baseball and basketball coach to many kids in the Vinton area. Chris is also employed as a CADD/BIM Manager by AECOM, a Fortune 500 company that provides Architecture, Engineering and Construction services around the globe.
Elder Christopher Hairston is a man whose desire has always been to see the hand of God on his life and to help others see God through his actions. He’s a man who embodies the spirit of Isaiah when he cried to the Lord and said, “Lord here am I, send me.”
Elder Darryl N. Brown Jr. was born on December 4th, 1986 in Washington D.C to Bishop Darryl and Evangelist Selena M. Brown. Born into a legacy of preachers that runs four generations deep, he was raised in The Greater Bible Way Church under the leadership of his grandfather, the late Apostle Joe N. Brown. It was at the Greater Bible Way Church, where he accepted Jesus as his personal savior, was baptized, and received the gift of the Holy Ghost at the young age 10. Serving from the young age of 8 as the church drummer, it was there where he was trained and began his ministry preaching his first sermon at the age of 16, entitled “I Won’t Complain”.
Elder Brown grew up and received his education in Prince George’s County, MD, having graduated from Riverdale Baptist School in 2004 and then attended Messiah College. In May 2008, he graduated from Messiah College with Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sport and Exercise Science. Upon returning home from Messiah College, he continued to serve at the Greater Bible Way Church in a larger capacity. Elder Brown is now currently serving faithfully as the Minister of Music, Youth President (Brother2Brother/Sister2Sister Youth & Young Adult Ministry), and member of the ministerial staff of the Greater Bible Way Church under the leadership and tutelage of Senior Pastor Neil O. Gross & Co-Pastor Dee Gross. He also serves as the International Youth President of the International Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ. On September 3rd, 2016 Elder Brown married Ms. Terrin Stevens.
As a passionate young preacher, Elder Brown has been afforded the opportunity to preach on several different and diverse platforms such as youth services, diocese meetings, and national convocations. No matter the size of the platform, his hearts desire is for God to be glorified through his life and ministry and to use the gifts that God has given him to be a blessing to the body of Christ.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6). From birth, Elder Ezra Easley was privileged to be the recipient of rich Apostolic teachings from his Spiritual Father and grandfather, Apostle Leroy H. Cannady, Sr. Today, he has a passion to reach the lost (at any cost) and believes in serving God with his whole heart. Being born and raised in the church, he was shown by example what it meant to truly work for the Lord. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and was baptized in the precious Name of Jesus Christ on May 4, 1982 and received the precious gift of the Holy Ghost at the age of 17.
Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, Elder Ezra Easley was called into the ministry in June 2010 while serving at The Greater Christ Temple Church in Tacoma, Washington (affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World). His memorable topic was “Go Through with Patience” (Hebrews 12:1-11). He has been privileged to travel across the country preaching and teaching the unadulterated Word of God resulting in many lives being changed through the Holy Spirit. God uses him to deliver timely, thought-provoking messages designed to build a stronger relationship with Christ. Elder Easley has a passion to serve. He has demonstrated this in the numerous roles he has fulfilled in his local church as well as the national level.
Having a desire to see youth thrive and live a life of purpose according to God’s plan, Elder Easley has devoted much of his life to the International Youth For Christ of The Way of the Cross Church of Christ, International. Most recently he served as the 1st Vice President, IYFC but has also held other key executive roles
such as 3rd Vice President and Treasurer. Additionally, Elder Easley has and continues to serve the national body of The Way of the Cross Church of Christ, International in various capacities.
Elder Easley serves as an Associate Elder and Youth Advisor at The Carpenter’s House Baltimore under the leadership of his pastor, Bishop Melvin Easley, Jr. He is also the founder of Ezra Easley Ministries whose purpose is to spread the Gospel, empower youth, and strengthen families. He is currently employed as a Senior Director for Health Net Federal Services overseeing Operations.
Elder Easley is married to his love, Lady Kristin Easley. Together they have five children, Ayanna, Taylor, Alexis, Aryn, and Ezra Easley, II.