Re: Pentecostal Testimonies
My Great Grandmother Mandy Dedmon was filled with the Holy Ghost in Spanish Fort, Mississippi in the early 1900's under the ministry of Bishop A.J. Tomlinson - the Founder and First General Overseer of the CHURCH OF GOD and The Church of God of Prophecy.
She had seven daughters that played musical instruments and prophesied and "Mama" was given to dreams and visions.
My Grandmother was filled as was my mother and I was born and raised in the Church of God of Prophecy and was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost at the age of 5 in a Campmeeting in Eupora, MS.
I have lived for God all my life because of the keeping power of the Holy Ghost!
I heard about baptism in the name of Jesus from a UPC evangelist and as I was a Church of God evangelist - I asked him to baptize me and he did in Pastor J. D. Butchers church in Taylor, Michigan in 1977 or 78 - I have no idea which year it was.
I married in 1980 and my wife was from Dayton, Ohio. Her mother and family had been filled for many years and my wife was the organist for The Pillar of Truth Church in Dayton when we met in 1978. After we were married and pastoring - she went back to Dayton to visit her mother who was then attending Pastor Huss Shearer's Church and he baptized her in Jesus name.
I was NOT too happy about it! LOL We were Assembly of God at the time.
After a 21 day total fast in 1982 God gave me a mighty revelation of who He is and I have never wavered from that Revelation since that day.
I am thankful for Pentecost and for preachers that preach the power of Pentecost.
Great influences in my life have been, Oral Roberts, A A Allen, R. W. Schambach, Bishop Robert Creasy (my Pastor for 11 years), Bishop J.O. Patterson, Bishop Gibert Earl Patterson, Dr. T. Wayne Parks, Bishop Michael Spires, Pastor Jentezen Franklin, Pastor Rod Parsley and Bishop T. D. Jakes.
One of my favorite things to do as a teenager was to listen to great preachers on the radio, Pastor David Epley was one of my favorites.
I love the Pentecostal church and would rather be in a black church with the Hammond Organ going 100 MPH and people dancing up a storm than anything in this world!
There ain't NOTHIN' like Good Black Pentecostal CHURCH!!!!!!!!!!!