|Our Presiding Prelate|
Apostle Raymond Faison, Jr. was born to the late Raymond
and Carletha Faison in Goldsboro, North Carlina on April
24, 1950. Bishop Faison is the third of four children.
Under the leadership of Bishop John Kennon, Bishop
Faison attended the Chrurch of God and True Holiness
all of his youth years. Bishop Faison attended and
graduated from Goldsboro High School. After finishing
high school, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio. He later
relocated to Fredericksburg, Virginia where he
received the Holy Ghost in 1968 and served under
the leadership of Elder Carl Pendleton. Bishop Faison
has been married to the love of his life, his one and
only wife, Edith Pendleton Faison for the past 40 years.
To this union six children were born, 3 boys and 3 girls;
and 3 grandchildren. Five of the six children and all of
the grandchildren are filled with the Holy Ghost and working
close beside him in church.Bishop Faison was always willing
to work and serve the church. He was the main devotion leader
and the church pianist. In 1972, he was ordained a Deacon in
1972. He later became the choir director and under his direction,
the choir was known as the best vocal choir in the immediate and
surrounding areas. In his years as serving as a Deacon and Choir
Director, Bishop Faison attended the Fredericksburg Secretary School
and the Fredericksburg Bible Institute. In his pursuit of continuous
spiritual education, he also received a continuous education certificate
and is currently enrolled in classes from T.H.A.S. Bishop Faison served
as the Youth President for the True Holiness Organization until he
reached the required retired age. He also served as the Youth President for the A.A.C.C.J until the required retired age. Bishop Faison served as the Sunday School Superintendent for his local church and as the Deacon Facilitator for the A.A.C.C.J. Bishop Faison was called a young man role model on his job in the early 80's because of the blessing of the Lord and what Jesus allowed people to see. He was featured in the biggest newspaper in Fredericksburg and surrounding areas and was given a Certificate of Humanity from a National Editor in Washington, DC for his contribution to mankind and the society. While continuing to serve as a Deacon, Bishop Faison was sent to Fair Bluff, North Carolina to assist the church and help it stay established years after the death of their Pastor. Bishop Faison later acknowledged the call of God on His life to become a Minister. He was later installed as the Pastor of the church in North Carolina. For many years (and still today), Bishop Faison traveled between the churches. During his first years of traveling back and forth, the church in Fair Bluff had one Holy Ghost filled mother and her four sons as members until God added to the church. The church in Fair Bluff had no lights, no running water, an outhouse for the bathroom and you could look up (while standing inside the building) and see the sky and look down and see the ground. Bishop Faison eventually tore the building down and services were held in the living room of the faithful Mother's house while the new sanctuary was being built. God has allowed us to outgrow this building and we are currently looking to build again.
After serving under the leadership of two other pastors in Fredericksburg, Bishop Faison was later installed as the pastor in Fredericksburg, Virginia
as well. He has faithfully served as pastor for nearly 16 years and God
is blessing and adding to the church. Bishop Faison served faithfully as a
Brother, a Deacon, a Minister and an Elder in the Church of God and True
Holiness. In June 2003, Bishop Faison was consecrated and ordained as a
Bishop. Pastor Faison started a boys and girls summer camp for the True
Holiness Youth from the ages of 10 - 18 in an effort to teach them about
life; both spiritually and naturally. Bishop Faison always followed the
motto often used by our Chief Apostle A.E. Dixon, "A Holy Life is the
Best Life". This is something he continues to instill in the youth today.
Bishop Faison continues to serve, run for his life and preach the true Word
of God. He is loved by his members from the youngest to the oldest. Bishop
Faison always makes time for his members and goes above the call of duty.
He is a faithful follower of Christ and true leader to the churches that God
has entrusted to him.
To God Be The Glory For The Things He Has Done!