Apostle Alice J. Totten
Apostle Alice J. Totten was born in Caswell County, North Carolina, to Mr. & Mrs. William & Monnie Johnson, Sr. She was raised in a Christian home and was always naturally eager to learn about God. She was a faithful church member, usher, and choir member in the Baptist church. At the young age of nine years old, she recognized the call that God had placed on her life. She persistently told her mother, “I’ve got to be baptized because I have to preach.” This revelation occurred to her during a time when women preachers were not accepted in the South. Due to immense feelings of rejection, she left the church altogether in 1977.
In 1980, she moved to Burlington, NC. After settling in the projects, she began a children’s group with twenty-five children composed of her two daughters and children in the community, aptly called “God’s Project.” The children’s ages ranged from eleven to fourteen. While teaching the youth, many questions came to mind concerning the omniscience, character, and sovereignty of Jesus the Christ. By March of the following year, she met Elder David Dupree through a couple from her home church. By this time, she had written two and a half pages of biblical questions.
She presented the questions to Elder Dupree; he instructed her to turn to the Holy Scriptures, revealing every answer to her questions. Once again, God confirmed to her the call to preach the Gospel. She joined Elder Dupree’s church in Burlington, NC, with the members of God’s Project. In the subsequent years, she was a Sunday school teacher, a bible study teacher, a member of the church’s housekeeping committee, and then an Evangelist. At this time, Elder Dupree had five churches. In November of 1988, she and her family moved to Boston and became a member of his church there.
In 1990, The Lord spoke to Evangelist Totten, saying, “Leave Boston, go to North Carolina and Pastor my church.” Later that same summer, Apostle Dupree prophesied to her, “Thus saith the Lord, go home, pack your clothes, move South, and Pastor my church.” The spoken word confirmed the dreams and visions the Lord had previously given her.
In February of 1991, Evangelist Totten relocated to North Carolina. Through the leading of the Lord, she started a prayer band in April. By the end of May, nine members had joined the prayer band, and people from other churches often joined in. Sister Michelle Johnson suggested that they have a church service and planned it for June 9, 1991. Thus, Apostle Totten began her pastoralship. Apostle Totten has gone through the ranks from Evangelist to Pastor, Pastor to Elder, Elder to Overseer, Overseer to Bishop, and Bishop to Apostle. Apostle Totten was the 1st Administrative Assistant of the Solid Rock True Holiness Churches of the Apostolic Faith and is now the Presiding Prelate of Greater Solid Rock True Holiness Churches of the Apostle’s Faith.
In 2019, Apostle Totten was diagnosed with stage four cancer. During this time, her leader, Chief Apostle Dupree, came to pastor her church while administering spiritual and emotional healing. In July 2020, Apostle Totten rang the bell, signifying the end of her cancer treatment. The Lord fully healed Apostle Totten and strengthened her to life. The Greater Solid Rock’s Ark of Safety Church is yet under the Auspices of Apostle David L. Dupree Jr. D.D.; here, we will remain until Jesus comes again. Amen!