Bishop P.A. Brooks
Pastor, Jurisdictional Prelate, National Church
Leader, Business, Civic and Community Leader, Builder, Author, Husband, Father,
Friend. But, above all else, a man of great spiritual depthâ€”a worshiper!
Bishop Brooks has rendered a lifetime of devoted service to the people of God,
and to the ministry of God's holy church. He is the Founding Pastor of New St.
Paul Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Detroit, Michigan, where he has
served for over 54 Years; and, since 1975, the presiding prelate of the Historic
First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Michiganâ€”commonly known asâ€”Northeast
Michigan Jurisdiction. In 1984, and each quadrennial since, the Lord has honored
Bishop Brooks' dedication and loyalty to His work through the favor of
men, by elevating him to the presidium of the Church of God in Christ, Inc.,
the largest African-American Pentecostal Denomination with an estimated 6.5
million members in over 59 countries. He now serves the Church as the First Assistant Presiding Bishop.
IN HIS LOCAL CHURCH MINISTRY:
Bishop Brooks established the March of Faith Telecast and Radio Ministry, which have ministered to countless
millions across the nation in their homes, hospital rooms and behind prison bars for nearly 3 consecutive decades.
Always the innovator, Bishop Brooks was the first among his peers on the General Board to establish a presence for
his local church and Jurisdiction on the World Wide Web. He was among the first to broadcast his Sunday Morning
Worship Services via the Internet in a Live Web Cast every Sunday morning.
Bishop Brooks' compassion for all of God's children, and his obedience to the move of the Holy Ghost has caused
him to expand his local church ministry into the areas of education, senior housing, food programs and other community
outreach programs. He is the founder of the Grandmont-Rosedale Christian School and Day Care. He is
the president of the New St. Paul Non-Profit Housing Corporationâ€”a Community Development Corporation
responsible for the building of Faith Manor Senior Citizens Apartments on the campus of New St. Paul Tabernacle.
Under his visionary leadership New St. Paul Tabernacle distributes 100's of Thanksgiving baskets to needy families
each year, offers tutorial services to students, and provides business incubator programs to foster entrepreneurship.
In 1996, he recorded and produced the first "Bishop P.A. Brooks and New St. Paul Tabernacle Live in Praise" CD
and Cassette Tape. A must for personal Praise & Worship, the "Live In Praise" CD has wrought numerous testimonies
of healing, comfort, and even marital reconciliation. In 2005, he recorded and produced "Bishop P.A. Brooks and
New St. Paul Tabernacle Alive in Praise 2", the much anticipated follow-up to Live In Praise.
AS A JURISDICTIONAL BISHOP:
Bishop Brooks is the third-longest serving Church of God in Christ
bishop in the 93 year history of the State of
Michigan, and the senior Bishop in the mid-west region, including
Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Ontario,
Canada. He was consecrated Jurisdictional Prelate of Northeast Michigan
Jurisdiction in 1975 by the late Presiding
Bishop J.O. Patterson, Sr. During his tenure, his programs and
initiatives have benefitted laity and clergy alike. His
latest contribution is the formation of the first black-owned Mortgage
Company in the Church of God in Christâ€”
Faith Community Mortgage LLC. It is another example of how he continues
to work for the strength and credibility
of the Church of God in Christ both regionally and nationally. Bishop
Brooks established the nation's first Blue Cross/Blue Shield Program for
local pastors, Life Insurance for
local pastors and a Compensation Program for widows of local pastors. He
lead the Jurisdiction in purchasing and
renovating Northeast Michigan's jurisdictional headquarters, Cathedral
Conference Center. He is directly or indirectly
responsible for purchasing, financing, renovating, or building new
churches for over 50 pastors within the jurisdiction.
BISHOP P.A. BROOKS, II:
Bishop Brooks is the co-author of "Understanding Bible Doctrine as Taught In The Church of God In Christ," the
Textbook/Study Guide which brings to life the many Bible truths that are the foundation of the Church of God in Christ.
"Understanding Bible Doctrineâ€¦" is widely used across the nation as a pre-requisite for Ordination Candidates, and is
now available in Spanish. From 1984-1997, Bishop Brooks donated all proceeds from the book to the National Church.
AS A NATIONAL CHURCH LEADER:
Bishop Brooks, for 23 years, has been blessed to serve the people of
Lord as a member of the Presidium of the Church of God in Christ, Inc.
First elected in 1984, Bishop Brooks is now serving in his sixth term.
In 2008, Bishop Brooks was elevated to the Office of First Assistant
Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. after serving one
year as Second Assistant Presiding Bishop under Chief Apostle and
Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. A trusted servant of the church,
during his tenure as a member of the General Board:
- Proposed and coordinated the Church of God in Christ's first live nationwide web cast event which provided
the opportunity for thousands to gather at more than 200 venues in the U.S. and abroad to celebrate the
Homegoing of Presiding Bishop G.E. Patterson (March 2007).
- Chairman, Board of Directors, C.H. Mason Scholarship Foundation
- Board Member, Saints Center
- Chairman, National Youth Congress Steering Committee
- Secured Patent and Copyrights on Bishop C.H. Mason's Official Portrait on file at the Library of Congress,
- Produced First National COGIC Television Special.
AS A WIDELY RESPECTED CHURCH & COMMUNITY LEADER:
Bishop Brooks served for 12 years as a Member of the Board of Directors of First Independence Bank; and serves on
the Board of Directors for the famed Museum of African American History based in Detroit, Michigan.
On May 6, 2004, at its 76th Commencement Exercises, Lewis College of Business awarded Bishop Brooks an honorary
doctorate degree in recognition of his humanitarianism and civic contributions. Bishop Brooks delivered the
On October 21, 2006, Bishop Brooks was Inducted into the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum
as a result of his contributions to the field of music in years past as a musician, and Music Department President, and
presently, a worshiper.
And the half has yet to be told!