Preaching the unadulterated gospel of Christ, singing melodious songs of praise, and being an outstanding example of a Christ-like walk are all immutable characteristics that have been and always will be associated with an extraordinary general in the Kingdom of God…Apostle John Henry Heath.
Apostle Heath was born May 28, 1958, to Mrs. Hattie Heath Bradford and the late Eddie Heath Sr. in the city of Winston-Salem, NC, the youngest of seven siblings. He married the former Janice Olgesby and they have one daughter, Bethany Nichole. He attended Forsyth Technical Community College and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he was formally trained in voice. Apostle Heath received an Honorary Doctorate degree of Divinity and later received an Honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters.
Professionally, he was a highly sought after gospel recording soloist, with a unique baritone voice that was unmistakable. Apostle Heath was one of the lead singers with David Allen and the Ambassadors for Christ Church Choir and was spotlighted on their 1980 recording. He has lent his voice to such selections as “He Made It Possible”, “Try Jesus” and “What Shall Separate Me”, recorded with the Gospel Music of America in Atlanta. Opportunities were abundant and Apostle Heath recorded several solo projects including “Christmas with Bishop Heath”, “Get Right Church” and “Put Your Hand in Mine.” Which was a break-out hit and received overwhelming air play locally and nationally. Apostle Heath became a member of the North Carolina Black Repertory Theater, and had many other opportunities to perform on the stage. He has performed numerous times on WGHP-TV 8 Gospel Expo, had appearances on Trinity Broadcasting Network, and received the 1988 Male Vocalist of the Year Award from the Waljo Award Committee.
He was a true pillar of the community with involvement in such organizations as the NAACP and the Urban League. As a tribute to his service, he was honored with a proclamation, designating February 5, 1989, as John Heath Day in Winston Salem, NC, from former Mayor Wayne Corpening and the city of Winston Salem.
Apostle John Heath was ordained as a Minister at Ambassador Cathedral. He was later ordained and consecrated Apostle Heath as an Elder and was placed in the church’s archives as the Jurisdictional Evangelist in the 1988 Congress of the Ambassadors for Christ Revival, Inc.
Apostle Heath became the pastor of the Righteous Church of God in 1992. He founded Higher Ground Deliverance Tabernacle in 1994. In 1998, Apostle Heath was consecrated to the Episcopacy. In 2001, Apostle Heath became a member of the African American Joint College of Pentecostal Bishops. He was affirmed as an Apostle of Jesus Christ on 2014, under Greater Church of Deliverance, Inc. Apostle Heath served as the Presiding Prelate and Chief Apostle of the Greater Higher Ground Ministries World-Wide, Inc. in Winston- Salem and Greater Higher Ground Ministries #2 in High Point.
Apostle Heath’s declaration was to use the gifts of the Spirit to fulfill the mandate to Know God and Make Him known! He has been most noted in ministry by his motto, “Love is not Love until you give it away,” emulating Christ through every opportunity to show love.