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Bishop Ernest Owens is the Pastor of First Pentecost Assemblies International Church and is an ordained and licensed minister of the Gospel of Jesus the Christ. A powerful and dynamic speaker with a passion for God, Bishop Owens teaches and delivers God’s word in a way that deeply penetrates the heart and touches the spirit.

Committed to his divine calling, Bishop Owens became Pastor of First Pentecost Missionary Baptist Church in 1992. His leadership has yielded significant increase for both the church ministry and the surrounding community. With the church nestled in a small storefront location in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, membership quickly increased as the community became aware of this passionate and energetic church leader. As a result of this dramatic growth, in November of 1999, First Pentecost Missionary Baptist Church moved from its Chicago location to the present location in Harvey, Illinois.

Always a man of vision who chooses to walk in obedience to God, Bishop Owens renamed the church ministry, First Pentecost Assemblies International Church. The name change is evidence of the greater works ahead for this dynamic ministry where our vision is to educate, feed, heal, and save souls, around the world, for the Kingdom of God.

Bishop Ernest Owens attended Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Baptist Institute. A married father of three, he presently serves as First Presiding Prelate of the Shepherd’s Heart Fellowship, President and CEO of Newbirth Community Development Corporation, and in February of 2005, was sworn in as Chaplain for the City of Harvey.

He was consecrated to the sacred office of Bishop in May of 2005.

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