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In the early years of the 20th Century as the Apostolic Pentecostal fire was being fanned by revival on 312 Azusa Street in Los Angeles, CA and across America there was a certain Williams's family that moved from Coffeeville, MS in 1915 To Earle, AR and attended Mount Joy M.B. Church.  America's rich religious history reveals that during this time, there was a hunger and thirst for more Of God by many Church going people.  One of the Williams's children, Ms. Ida Williams, went to a revival service in Earle which was hosted by an Elder Green Thompson.  He was preaching the Pentecostal message of the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, sanctification, and living a life of holiness.  In 1920 Ms. Ida Williams was the first in the Williams family to speak in tounges as the Spirit of God gave utterance. Everyone saw the amazing difference in young Ms. Ida Williams's life.  Elder Green Thompson continued to run revivals in Earle, Arkansas, and in 1921 Ms. Ida Williams's brother, Mr. Jesse Williams gave his life to the Lord and was filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in Tounge as the Spirit of God gave utterance also.  Brother Jesse Williams continued in the newly formed ministry of Elder Green Thompson under the name of True Church Of God of Earle, AR.


In 1924 Minister Jesse Williams moved to 1911 Market St. in Alton, IL where he began to have church services in his house still under the leadership of Bishop Green Thompson.  As now, Elder Jesse Williams, he continued to preach Salvation, Sanctification, and Baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tounges.  The small house church exploded in growth and they were now having services in a tent for two years.  In 1925 Elder Jesse Williams marched the tent church from 1911 Market St. to their first church building at 5 East 17th Street, Alton IL.  The Holy Spirit moved mightily in those services under the leadership of Elder Williams for the next 15 years.  In 1935 under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, through the Chief Apostle, the office of the General Supervisor of the women's work ministry was formed at which timeMother Willie Straten was appointed to this office.  After the passing of Mother Willie Straten in 1942, Mother Mable Riley was appointed to this most honorable office of National Mother.  It has been quoted "Oh How The Lord Has Blessed Us Under Her Leadership".


In later years the Chief Apostle selected Mother Ida Price as the first National Missionary to assist the National Mother in this great work.  National Missionary  Mother Ida Price went home to be with the he Lord in 1978 and the Chief Apostle selected Mother Agnes Ingram in 1993 as the new National Missionary.  The Lord called National Mother Mable Riley home in 1993 and Mother Mary Rowland was selected by Chief Apostle as the new National Mother until 2013 when she was elevated to National Mother Emeritus and Mother Rita Goodwin was appoint d as new National Mother.  In 2010 National Missionary Agnes Ingram was called home to be with the Lord and the Chief Apostle appointed Mother Sharon Askin as new National Missionary in 2013 and we give God the praise for these two new National Women selections.


After the passing of Bishop Green Thompson, Elder Jesse E Williams called a meeting at the Alton IL church in May 10 & 11, 1940  and he presided as Chairman.  After the Devotional service of song and prayer, the scripture Luke 17:3 was read and the business session begins.  The principal item of business to come before the session was the perfection of the organization of this Assembly.  Also discussed was the name our organization was to bear.  The ministers present who took part in the deliberations of the business of incorporating the Assembly were the following:  Elder J. E. Williams of Alton, IL, Elder C. Johnson of Columbus, MS, Elder Lee Tate of Memphis, TN, Elder Seymour Williams of Earle AR, and Elder M. C. Burnett of St. Louis, MO.  The name decided upon by the brethren for incorporation name was "TRUE CHURCH OF THE HOUSE OF PRAYER TO ALL NATIONS", built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ being the Chief Corner Stone, whose first faith was built upon the experience of the Apostles which took place upon the day of Pentecost.  The Assembly of Elders were also led by the Holy Ghost to choose Elder J. E. Williams to be Chief Apostle, to be known as the General Superintendent of Bishops.  Elder J. E. a Williams was elected to hold this office for life.  The church as a whole had experienced great victory and growth under his divinely given leadership.  In the year of 1986, our beloved Founding Chief Apostle and Presiding Bishop J. E. Williams went home to be with the Lord.


In 1987 the Holy Spirit moved upon the the National Board of Elders to fast and pray to select a new Presiding Bishop.  After much fasting praying and deliberation the National Board of Elders selected Elder Ivery Ingram pastor of Memphis, TN.  National Chief Apostle Ivery Ingram served as Presiding Bishop until the Lord called him home in 2011.  In the month of April and the year of 2016, Bishop Isaac W Woods Sr. was chosen again by the National Board of Bishops and the National Board of Elders to be the National Chief Apostle and Presiding Bishop of "TRUE CHURCH OF THE HOUSE OF PRAYER TO ALL NATIONS".


When you visit "TRUE CHURCH OF THE HOUSE OF PRAYER TO ALL NATIONS", you will find:

  • A caring congregation that will gladly welcome you
  • Preaching/teaching that is centered on the Word of God
  • Ministries to meet the spiritual needs of every age


Contact Information

True Church of the House of Prayer To All Nations

1414 Pearl St.
Alton, Illinois 62002
Phone 618-465-5968
Mobile 618-208-9265


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