Dr. Dennis W. Bishop
DR. DENNIS W. BISHOP
2019 LOCAL LEGEND AWARD RECIPIENT
Dr. Dennis W. Bishop has served as Senior Pastor of First Waughtown Baptist Church since 1983. Accepting the call to preach at age 13, Pastor Bishop became known as the boy preacher and has spent nearly five decades spreading the gospel throughout the East Coast of the United States.
Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to the late Hazel Bishop and Wallace Love, Dennis Bishop graduated from R. J. Reynolds High School and attended Piedmont Bible College. In 1975, he became assistant pastor of (then) Waughtown Baptist Church, under the leadership and tutelage of Senior Pastor E. L. Grant. After five years, he was called to pastor New Bethel Baptist Church in Mocksville, NC, where he served faithfully and fervently for three years. In 1983, Waughtown Baptist invited Pastor Bishop to return to lead the congregation when Pastor Grant retired.
Pastor Bishop came with a vision for a comprehensive ministry to address the varied needs of the congregation and a burning commitment to be a shepherd to the church membership and the broader community. Today, First Waughtown Baptist Church – the name was changed in 1989 to reflect its founding before that of a nearby church of the same name – offers two morning services each Sunday and a wide spectrum of ministries and activities for all ages of its more than 600 members.
Notably, Pastor Bishop is committed to supporting and encouraging his members to pursue higher education, launching two scholarships for high school seniors and devoting at least two weeks each fall since 2003 to travel thousands of miles visiting every member of his flock who is enrolled in a college or university.
With a genuine heart for people, Pastor Bishop is a volunteer chaplain for Novant Forsyth Medical Center, a mentor for students at R. J. Reynolds High School, and a member of the Board of Trustees at Piedmont International University and United Cornerstone University among many other past and current efforts. Because of his commitment to education, he has received recognition from news media and community organizations, and the Winston-Salem chapter of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. In recognition of the depth and breadth of his leadership and ministry services, Pastor Bishop received the honorary degree Doctor of Divinity from United Cornerstone University in 2017. In May, 2018 Pastor Bishop was recognized by Black Business Ink Magazine as one of the “50 Most Influential African Americans in the Piedmont Triad”.
Pastor Dennis W. Bishop is the father of four adult children, grandfather of seven, and Papa Dennis to scores of young people he has mentored in his work for the Lord. He is a pastor, a shepherd, a friend, a listening ear, a devout man of God. The primary structure of First Waughtown Baptist Church bears the name D. W. Bishop Full Life Center, but its namesake takes no credit for his accomplishments or accolades. Rather, he lives by the mantra……..
To God Be the Glory for the Things He has Done!
Bishop Michael Penn
BISHOP MICHAEL PENN
2019 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT
Some of the smallest cities in America have birthed people who have been destined for greatness. In the small city of Martinsville, Virginia, there is a pastor who validates the Apostle Paul’s decree of “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Bishop Michael Penn, better known as “Pastor Penn” is married to Angela Kidd Penn and is the father of 3 children; Jonathan, Sean and Candice. He also has two grandchildren, Havyn and Jaxon.
In the year 2000, Pastor Penn began this journey of destiny when he was appointed Senior Pastor of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church which is now known as The Galilean House of Worship (The GHOW). Pastor Penn has also been divinely appointed to be one of the spiritual gatekeepers for Martinsville and Henry County, a rural area with a population of about 15,000 people. When he started pastoring, the church had about 200 members and the church has grown to over 1500 members. God has placed in his heart to teach the body of Christ for the last days. He has also been called to teach and preach to the nations.
In addition to his role as Senior Pastor of The Galilean House of Worship, Pastor Penn established Michael Penn Ministries International and The League of Independent Ministers (LIM) in 2006. LIM is a mentorship that provides access to resources and positive guidance, direction, support and motivation for pastors, and helps ministers and churches get to the next level.
The vision for The GHOW’s expansion is located on 40 acres of land and was structured in four phases. Phase one (which is complete) includes a sanctuary that seats over 1,700 people, a youth wing, bookstore, classrooms and an administrative wing. Phase two is The Galilean Park with a picnic area, amphitheater, walking trail, pond and a play area for the youth. Phase three will be The Galilean Plaza with a hair salon, restaurants, a gym, a bookstore and a school which will be on site and Christian-Based. Phase four includes a vacant site (23 acres) in Leatherwood, VA that will have a Retreat/Leadership Center and Bunk Houses, with 100 beds (50 for men and 50 for women), to assist incarcerated individuals that are transitioning back to society.
Pastor Penn speaks his heart in stating, “My desire is to see all of God’s people, especially pastors and ministers, mature in excellence in ministry and life and to share with God’s people the principles, information, and revelation from God.”
Apostle Dr. Annie Woody
APOSTLE DR. ANNIE WOODY
2019 TRAILBLAZER AWARD RECIPIENT
Annie Lynn Johnson Woody, the youngest of five children, was born to Willie and Erma Neitha Harris Johnson in Lewiston, NC. She was dedicated to following her mother everywhere whether it was working in the field gathering crops, traveling nearby states or being by her side
in the community. Where you saw Mama Erma you were sure to see Lil’ “Ann Lynn”, that is until the age of 15 when she heard the voice of God unctioning her to attend a church that was called “The Sanctified Church” in her hometown where she was instructed by God to “Ask the saints
there to help her receive the Holy Ghost.” The saints gladly received her and encouraged her to tarry on the altar calling on the name of JESUS where she was indeed filled with the spirit of God.
She attended church faithfully serving as an usher, secretary, praise leader and was anointed to win souls for Christ. From a young age her mother instilled in her that she would attend Shaw University. However, once again after graduating from Bertie Senior High School
Pastor Woody chose to obey the voice of God instructing her to attend North Carolina Central University In the city of Durham, NC. There, she would be able to continue in fellowship with the church organization from her hometown. She later graduated with a bachelors of science
degree in Mathematics from North Carolina Central University while faithfully remaining a servant of God.
At the age of 21 years old, While attending NCCU, she was called to the ministry to teach and preach God’s word, compelling others to see the greatness of the Lord. She served faithfully as her pastor’s driver, reader and a servant to the people of God and was later elevated to missionary, minister, and assistant pastor. She later attended Shaw University Divinity Masters program honoring Mama Erma’s wishes after all . Afterwards, she founded Jesus’ Word Church in 1991 and entered into pastorship under the leadership of Bishop Dr., Mary Black and was later anointed to the offices of a Prophet and later an Apostle of Jesus Christ.
On June 2, 1996 she was joined in marriage to Bishop Dr., Elvis Wayne Woody and they now have 1 daughter from this union, Promise Blessings Woody. Bishop and Apostle Woody both received their Masters of Divinity from Safe Haven Interdenominational Bible Institute where they graduated with honors and later received their Doctorate of Divinity from Breath of Life Deliverance Apostolic and Prophetic University in Hampton, VA on April 14,2018 They serve as real estate professionals, owning numerous properties within the Durham area.
Apostle Dr., Annie Woody is a huge advocate for the welfare of our future generations supporting youth awareness and progression in the Lord. She regards her spiritual work in the Lord as the most important aspect of her entire life. She continues to carry on birthing ministries and many pastors, prophets, teachers, evangelists, and ministers of the gospel which includes serving as the headquarters for 3 churches: Temple of Light
Biography of Apostle Dr., Annie Woody of Jesus’ Word Church, Look Up and Live Ministries, and Metropolitan Powerhouse and one potential Spanish church, El Buen Samaritano (Good Samartian). Today more than ever, she’s still dedicated to serving the Lord and providing hearers with the roadmap of life which is the Word of God! Please continue to lift up her up in prayer as she continues in her labor of love for the Kingdom of God!