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But the hungers possessed by my mother and beloved father for Christ became my own hungers. In 1992, as a young child in Chicago, I began taking my first steps on my spiritual journey. And then on May 14,1995, I began fulfilling the hunger within by accepting Jesus the Christ as my Savior and my call to the ministry. I was just seven years old, but I was well aware of the lifetime commitment that I was making as a child. I was totally excited about the potentiality of spiritual greatness reached through a relationship with Christ. Granted this was an important decision, but it was my own intense hunger for Christ that persisted and transcended the ceremonies of the occasion that recognized my call to the ministry.
The hunger that continued from my childhood unto my teenage years compelled me into a yearning for a surrendered life to the Will of God. I was privileged to learn that mode of spiritual thinking from my two spiritual pastors and mentors, Right Reverend Henry M. Williamson and Right Reverend Sylvester Williams Sr. The spiritual traits of humility, boldness, and endurance were key fundamental qualities that I soon learned would be essential for ministry. As Aldersgate Church in England and its transformational affect is to John Wesley, this is, in many ways, pulpit ministry to me. It is with these experiences in mind that I was persuaded to venture into full time ministry in the Church.
Currently, I am an ordained Elder in full connection in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. I have pastored Holsey Chapel C.M.E Church in Gadsden Tennessee, and the historic Holsey Memorial C.M.E Church in Sparta, Georgia. Presently, I am the Pastor of St. Mary’s C.M.E Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I am a 2010 graduate of Lane College in Jackson, TN and a 2013 graduate of Phillips School of Theology at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA.
My favorite Howard Thurman quote ; “There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.”
I love the Lord and I look forward to spending many years in ministry.
My father was a God fearing man. Every night, for as long as I can remember, before we went to bed my father prayed for us and with us. My father is the epitome of a man who loves and provides for his family. He never complained, and he always refused to let anyone stop him from doing the right thing. I can remember him telling me, “Baby, make your own decision and reach for the stars, but remember keep God first in all that you do and God will direct you path”. I am blessed to have had a father who loved my brothers and me so much that he would often go without to ensure that we had everything we needed to succeed. On February 12, 2012 at 1:53 a.m. my father passed of type four cancer.
my entire life. It was as a child in Chicago that I first witnessed genuine spiritual discipline through my parents. Every morning, I observed my mother waking up early to commence her daily routine of reading scripture and engaging God in steadfast prayer. She always displayed an intense desire and hunger to commune with her God before she continued with the tasks of the day. This intense hunger sparked within me a hunger that has always tended to increase my spiritual appetite for ascertaining a relationship with Christ, and having God in my life.
“A man's mind plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.” --Proverbs 16:9
The above scripture in my view encapsulates the course of my spiritual journey throughout my life. The verse is simple yet it speaks a profound truth about my personal intent towards God’s ministry. I am a deep believer in the sovereignty of God and the role it plays in the lives of believers. My life story, itself, is a living testament and a continuing manifestation of what happens when you wholeheartedly trust in the sovereignty of God.
As I speak of my spiritual journey, let me mention that I was born the daughter of Marcus Van Allen and Bernadette Lindsey in Chicago, Illinois. My mother and father have been extremely supportive of me all
Rev. Octavia Shennell Lindsey,