New sermon by Bro. Mike Phillips “As it Were IN The Days of Noah” at SCORE conference 1988. You can find it on www.apostolicclassics.com and in our iPhone / Android app (Apostolic C&V) and in our Truthcasting Channel
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Two new sermons are now on Apostolic Classic (www.apostoliclassics.net) in our Sermon Player, in our Truthcasting Channel and in our iPhone / Android App.
The first message was preached in 1992 by Bro. Wayne Clements “Cases The Preacher Can’t Help”
The second message was preached in 1989 by Bro. Glenn Burgess “Love with a Heartache”
New messages online and in our app by Bro. Ben Weeks and Bro. James Kilgore.
Bro. Ben Weeks preaches “Let Able Live” in 1995 in Yucaipa, CA.
Bro. James Kilgore preaches on “Declare His Generation or Lose It” Unsure when or where this was preached.
These can be found at our website www.apostolicclassics.com and in our app Apostolic C&V and in our channel Apostolic Classics on Truthcasting.
We have added two new messages by Bro. Larry Booker in our app and online at www.truthcasting.com (Look for Apostolic Classics) and at www.apostolicclassics.com. The messages are Part 1 and Part 2 of “The Difference A Line Can Make” preached at Louisiana District UPC Camp Meeting 1999.
A new sermon by Bro. Verbal Bean “Committed to God” has been added to Apostolic Classics and in our iPhone / Android apps. You can find it at www.apostoliclassics.com and in our Truthcasting Channel here http://www.truthcasting.com/player.aspx#showSermon=124416
Our next live event on Apostolic C&V in our apps and online at www.apostoliccvlive.com will be on May 1st at 7:30 PM CST from FPC of Jennings, LA. It will be a youth rally with Pastor Nathan Holmes preaching. Host Pastor James Townley. Listen live in our iPhone / Android apps and online at www.apostoliccvlive.com
Bro. B.A. Spell preaches on “Why We Have Standards” on 8/13/1995 at Bro. Danny Perdew’s in Greeley, Colorado. This message can be found on our website at www.apostoliclassics.net and in our iPhone and Android App – Apostolic C&V.
Rev. Bervick Atwood Spell
Apostolic Ministers Fellowship
1930 ~ Present
Reverend B.A. Spell was born on January 7, 1930, in the small town of Eunice, Louisiana to Tony and Floy Spell. In 1939, at the age of nine Bervick was baptized in Jesus’ name, and was filled with the Holy Ghost. His home church was the United Pentecostal Church in Richie, Louisiana, and his first pastor was Brother Henry Dunn. Elder Spell recalls as a child how his parents were poor, and money was scarce in those day’s. His father would turn out the old oil burning lamps early, in order to make the oil last as long as it could. Then he would gather his wife and children around him, and have devotions, and pray before going to bed. It was things such as this that instilled deep into the heart of young Bervick the desire to walk with God, and to learn of His ways.
At the age of nine he first met a young eight year old girl named Dorothy Brown. They went to church together, played together, and fought as children, but on June 22, 1947, they were united in holy matrimony. Their pastor, Brother J.S. Hoyt performed the cerimony at the Richie, Pentecostal Church. To this union was born seven children. Afterward they settled down in Eunice, Louisiana, but attended the church in Richie.
In 1950, Brother Spell went into business as a part owner/manager of the Piggly Wiggly Grocery store in Eunice, Louisiana where he worked until 1953. In 1953 at the age of twenty-three he received his call to preach. His first sermon was from the book of Isaiah, where the prophet said, “Here am I, send me.” This historical occasion took place in “Church Point, Louisiana”. In 1954 he was ordained by S.L. Wise at Tioga, Louisiana. It was also during this same year that he became affiliated with the United Pentecostal Church organization.
The first church that he pastored was the First Pentecostal Church in Pine Praire, Louisiana. He took the church in 1953, and stayed one year. The second church he pastored was the First Pentecostal Church in Turkey Creek, Louisiana. He held this position for five years, from 1954 until 1959. On November 1, 1959, he moved his family to West Baton Rouge, Louisisna, and started the First Pentecostal Church in Port Allen. This was a home missions outreach. He began services in an old store-front building on Rosedale, and 12th Street. In this same year Brother Crawford Coon preached the first revival for the church, and a great number received the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
In 1965 a tremendous revival broke out as a young evangelist named Verbal Bean came to Port Allen with a burden for souls on his heart. Brother Bean felt like God was going to give him a one hundred soul revival, but he had no confirmation as to where it would take place. When the confirmation came that Port Allen was the place, God began to move. It was a mighty revival that lasted for fourteen weeks, and during this time 106 people received the Holy Ghost. In 1968 the church purchased ten acres on Plank Road, and built a new sanctuary, and Sunday School department. The same year Brother Spell started the Robert Livingston Acadamy, with grades 1-12. The school enrolled 430 students, and remained open until 1978.
From 1970 until 1972, the church experienced a series of revivals, and the congregation doubled in size. In 1979, a new spacious 1200 seat santuary was built. 1968 was the beginning of the annual July camp-meeting held at Life Tabernacle. Elder Bill Buie was the first camp evangelist fir this historical occasion. In 1985 another santuary was built. When you think about Apostolic-Pentecost, you have to think about B.A. Spell. He is a “Living Legend” throughout the Oneness movement. In 1968, he became a charter member in the formation of the Apostolic Minister’s Fellowship (AMF).
When asked the name of someone he most admired, his reply was, “The late Verbal W. Bean”. When asked why? Brother Spell answered, “Because of the impact that Brother Bean left upon my life. Brother Bean was a praying man, a dedicated warrior for God. He was uniquely different. What he said held value, and depth. He was no stranger to the things of God, and he died as he lived…walking with and serving God”. When asked what he most wanted to be remembered for? He replied, “Mission work, both foreign and home”. Audio and Video recordings of Elder B.A. Spell are available in the audio/video library of the Apostolic Archives International.
When he died, July 22, 2000, Bishop Morris Ellis Golder left behind a powerful Apostolic legacy and a thriving congregation, Grace Apostolic Church, in Indianapolis, Indiana, which he founded in 1953. Born January 23, 1913 to Earl and Margaret Golder, Morris was only a small boy when his parents were converted at Eleventh and Senate, later Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Church, and he was raised under the careful and strict tutelage of his godly parents.
Eleventh and Senate was the epicenter of Apostolic revival in the city of Indianapolis. There, the Golder family was blessed to sit under the visionary leadership of Bishop Garfield Thomas Haywood, who distinguished himself in the early Pentecostal movement as a theologian, hymnist, dynamic preacher, and stalwart apologist.
As a young man, Morris fell away from the church, and he entertained ideas of becoming a jazz orchestra leader. Most evenings, he could be found at the Walker Ballroom on Indiana Avenue. One cold January night, the voice of the Lord spoke to Morris as he danced with a young lady. “Run for your life.” The message was clear and simple. A rattled Morris Golder, who had spent all his money, walked home, talking to God and asking for a little more time before committing his life (Garrett 21-22).
Morris had promised his mother that he would attend church Sunday night. He arrived at 10 PM. He returned the following night and slept through the sermon. At the close of service, however, he responded to the invitation. That night, January 20, 1930, Morris E. Golder repented, was baptized in the Name of Jesus and received the Holy Ghost a few minutes after leaving the baptismal tank (Garrett 23). His life was forever changed, and he developed a strong relationship with God.
Only four months after his conversion, Christ Temple’s beloved pastor, Bishop Haywood, died. Bro. Golder remembered Haywood as a frequent guest at his parents’ home, but he had only just begun to enjoy his wise and methodical Bible teaching. Robert F. Tobin succeeded Haywood and radically influenced the young Morris Golder, who received a call to preach shortly after being saved. Elder Tobin was a fiery preacher and kept rhythm slapping his hand on the pulpit while delivering his syncopated sermons. This oratorical style was passed on to Morris Golder, and his messages were marked by the same metrical pattern and fervent delivery (Garrett 34).
Despite his early drawing to the ministry, there were limited opportunities for young preachers at Christ Temple. Like many other young ministers of that era, Morris Golder did much of his early preaching in downtown Indianapolis street meetings. He preached his first revival for Ace Summers in Mount Vernon, Illinois (Garret 38; 42).
In 1935, Elder Golder became acquainted with a small group of believers in Saint Louis who had formed a church but had no leader. He and his young wife, Elizabeth, were invited to become their pastor, and he led the church for several years, moving from a small mission at Goode and North Market Streets to a more spacious property at 2406 Belle Grade (“Our History”). The church was the first racially-integrated assembly in Saint Louis (B1-B2 Cebula 1).
At the death of Elder Robert Tobin in 1947, Morris Golder received the call to return to Indianapolis to lead Christ Temple. In February 1948, he was installed as the new pastor, and the church experienced phenomenal Apostolic revival under his capable leadership, with weekly attendance exceeding 1,000 (Garrett 51-53).
In 1953, Elder Golder felt led to leave Christ Temple and begin another church in Indianapolis. With 30 charter members, he founded Grace Apostolic Church, which became one of the most thriving Pentecostal assemblies in the city. From their humble beginnings in the rented Rex Theater, Grace grew mightily, purchasing property at 22nd and Broadway Streets and building a brand new 2,200-seat sanctuary, which was completed in November 1990 (Garrett 76).
Morris E. Golder was an integral part of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. He served the organization in various capacities including Treasurer, Editor of the Christian Outlook, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Aenon Bible College, Auxiliary Director of the National Sunday School Association, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Apostolic Light Press. In 1972, Elder Golder was elevated to the bishopric as overseers of the 11th Episcopal District of the PAW, which included Kentucky and Western Tennessee (Garrett 70).
Bishop Golder, who received an advanced degree from Butler School of Religion, now Christian Theological Seminary, and an honorary doctorate from Aenon, was also an accomplished author. He wrote eight books, including an official history of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (Cebula B1-B2; Garrett 68).
For many years, Bishop Golder was a prominent voice of Apostolic ministry through his radio presence on WTLC. Each Sunday morning, the Bishop delivered the uncompromised truth over the airwaves preaching strong messages on the New Birth, the Mighty God in Christ, and Bible holiness. At his death, Suffragan Bishop George Stearnes of Gary, Indiana, said: “We called him the ‘Prince of Preachers.’ ‘Prince’ because he was a man of humility, but also a man of great power and wisdom. His was a voice of harmony in a world that needed it” (Cebula B1-B2). Bishop Golder’s life was a true testimony of God’s saving power, and his ministry was a blessing to the worldwide Body of Christ.
Cebula, Judith. “Mourners Pay Last Respects to ‘Prince of Preachers.’” Indianapolis Star. 29 Jul 2000, B1-B2.
Garret, Gary W. The Life and Times of Bishop M.E. Golder. Springfield, MO: Apostolic Christian Books, 2000
“Our History.” Bethesda Temple <www.bethesdatemplest.org/history.nxg>. 10 Dec 2008.