Who We Are

Our Leaders
1
Bishop James E. Tyson & First Lady Dr. Ruth Ann Tyson, Founder
 
Bishop James Edison Tyson was born May 25, 1927, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, to Annie and Cleophus Tyson. Bishop’s life and character were shaped by several key factors including: 1) his parents’ persistence that he and his siblings be brought up in a Godly environment; 2) their parents’ examples centered around hard work, honesty, and the need to be goal oriented; and, 3) the Great Depression.
 
At the age of 16, James left Johnstown and ventured to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. There, while staying with relatives, he worked days in the shipyards while enrolled in radio school at night. James’ inventiveness and technical aptitude surfaced during this period of his life. In time, he became one of the top students in his class. It was during this period that his well-known ability to articulate intelligently on just about any subject was developed. This ability came to bear early in his life with his deep yearning to learn and his disciplined reading patterns.
 
World War II was raging when James turned 17. With vehement discouragement and dissatisfaction, his father relented and signed for James to enlist in the Navy. Bishop has said that even at the last moment his father attempted to dissuade him from enlisting, but “the wisdom” of his youth suggested that his father didn’t know what he was talking about. However, now, Bishop is quick and ready to admit with the shaking of his head, “It was the worst mistake of my life!” While in the Navy, Bishop served as a steward on such ships as the USS Lexington, USS Saratoga, and the APL37. By this time, his family had moved to Youngstown, Ohio. While on leave there, at the end of the war, one of his brothers mentioned the name of a young lady, whose name was Evelyn Haynesworth. However, because he had not accepted Christ at the time, Evelyn insisted that their relationship could not continue unless he accepted the Lord in his life.
 
In September 1946, James was baptized with the Holy Ghost in Youngstown. Under the pastorate of the late Bishop Raymond L. Robinson, James and Evelyn were united in marriage on June 18, 1948, and to this union five exceptionally gifted children were born: James Laverne, Ira Kathleen, Lawrence Craig, Lisa Anne and Cleophus Shawn.
 
In 1947, James was called to the ministry. He has had a long and storied career. Beginning with his serving as a lay minister, God selected Bishop to be elevated through the ranks as an Assistant Pastor under Bishop R.L. Robinson and he pastored five assemblies including his last current charge here at Christ Church until October 2008: Bethel Apostolic Church (Canton, OH); First Pentecostal Church (Leavenworth, KS); Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church (Youngstown, OH); and Christ Temple Apostolic Faith Assembly (Indianapolis, IN). Bishop was also chosen to serve the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. as Diocesan of the Oklahoma State Council, the Iowa/Nebraska State Council, the Montana and Dakotas Council, and as Diocesan of the Fourth Episcopal District (Indiana), until his Divine transition.
Bishop Tyson has always affirmed that God’s people should not only have salvation but also education. And to go with that legacy of being a great preacher of God’s Word are just a few of Bishop’s educational accomplishments: BA., B.Th., and MA, from Indiana Christian University – Indianapolis; honorary doctorate degree from Aenon Bible College – Indianapolis, IN. He also attended Temple University (Philadelphia, PA), Malone College (Canton, OH) and Youngstown State University (Youngstown, OH).
In 1980, the Christ Church family suffered a great loss when Sis. Evelyn Haynesworth-Tyson was called home to be with the Lord. She is still greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.
 
In 1981, Bishop Tyson was joined in marriage to the former Betty Jane Showell. As a team, Bishop and Dr. Betty accomplished many great things for Kingdom building, including the erection of the new Christ Church $3-million edifice. However, in 1996, the Christ Church family experienced another great loss at the passing of Dr. Betty Showell-Tyson. Dr. Tyson is also greatly missed by her family and all who knew her.
 
In 1997, Bishop Tyson married Ruth Ann Johnson Robinson of New York. Her daughter, Rachel, is now their daughter, and a 2001 graduate of Butler University in Indianapolis. Bishop and First Lady Tyson are together working to build God’s Kingdom and win souls for Him.
 
In 1998, God elevated Bishop Tyson and his son in the Gospel, the late Bishop Norman L. Wagner, to serve together as Presider and Assistant Presider of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World.
Bishop Tyson began dialog with Bishop J. Laverne Tyson and Pastor Shawn Tyson concerning transitioning the church into its next leadership paradigm for the 21st century. Because our Founder was a man of great insight, in September 2008, the year of new beginnings, the Bishop, by the leading of the Holy Ghost, saw fit to bring Bishop J. Laverne & Lady Linda S. Tyson back home to Christ Church as our newly appointed Pastor to continue and expand the vision! Bishop James E. Tyson became our Overseer.
In July 2011, our church family suffered its greatest loss, but HEAVEN received its greatest jewel in the translation of our Leader, our Pastor, our Father – The Honorable Bishop James E. Tyson. Because of the MANY prayers and sacrifices of God’s man, this church has birthed many great Pastors, ministers, evangelists, musicians, singers, doctors, lawyers, public service representatives, business executives, etc.
It is written in Heaven’s records that Bishop Tyson will always be remembered as a dynamic preacher, teacher, scholar, great builder of men and ministries, visionary, and lover of mankind – God’s man of destiny…God’s man of valor…God’s man of triumph!
Lady Ruth Ann Tyson was born in New York City to Cleveland and Caldonia Johnson. She is the second of three siblings. Lady Tyson received the gift of the Holy Ghost at the age of 17 under the anointed ministry of the Honorable Bishop William L. Bonner, Chief Apostle of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc., and the pastor of Greater Refuge Temple in New York.
After graduating from high school, she attended Central State University in Xenia, Ohio, for one semester, and then transferred to Morgan State College in Baltimore, Maryland, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English. After completing her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude, she worked for Redbook magazine as a production editor. She was later recruited by Family Circle magazine, where she began a very successful career. She began as a copy editor and was promoted to assistant managing editor, and later the managing editor.
 
God was not through with her promotions. On January 4, 1997, Lady Ruth was elevated to a partnership in holy matrimony with the former Assistant Presiding Bishop, the Honorable Bishop James E. Tyson, Founder and Pastor for over 33 years, and then from 2008 – 2011, served as the Founder/Overseer of Christ Church Apostolic, Inc., and the Diocesan of the Fourth Episcopal District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., until his Divine transition.
 
Along with Lady Tyson’s career and educational achievements, she has been a faithful and diligent worker in the Kingdom of God. She has served as the Vice President of the Radio Choir at Greater Refuge Temple, as well as the President of the Board of Youth Education, Sunday School teacher, and secretary to Bishop William and Dr. Ethel Mae Bonner.
Ruth Ann Tyson is the former First Lady of Christ Church Apostolic, where she is the former director of the Women of Praise, Purpose and Power (WPPP). She is the director of the Department of Publications and editor in chief of The Christian Outlook magazine, the official publication of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., and the former President of the Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows Auxiliary of the Apostolic Bible Students Association. She is also the President of the International Ministers’ Wives and Ministers’ Widows Auxiliary of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., and the administrator for Aenon Bible College.
In October 1999, the Aenon Bible College conferred upon her an honorary doctorate degree. In May 2009, Lady Tyson received her Master of Arts in Specialized Ministry from the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is completed a residency program and is a certified chaplain with St. Vincent’s Hospital.
In July 2011, Christ Church and Elect Lady Ruth Tyson accepted the will of God as her partner in life, Bishop James E. Tyson, transitioned from earth to glory. Elect Lady Tyson still works diligently at CCA to see her husband’s vision MOVE FORWARD.
Suff12011325_1006600172703575_8705806724552519022_nragan Bishop C. Shawn & Evang. Krista M. Tyson, Senior Pastor
Suffragan Bishop C. Shawn Tyson was born in Canton, Ohio, the youngest of five siblings born to Bishop James E. Tyson and Lady Evelyn Haynesworth-Tyson. At an early age, young Shawn was exposed to some of gospel music’s finest, beginning with his mother, Lady Evelyn, who was an accomplished directress, singer and musician, and the founder of the world-renown Word Records recording artists,the Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church Concert Choir of Youngstown, Ohio.
Young Shawn was strongly influenced by these great Gospel legends, all of whom were amazingly members of one of the five churches Shawn’s father has pastored. Just to name a few: Geraldine Thompson, Earnest Andrews, Jr., Professor Arnold Wagner, Bishop Norman L. Wagner, Timothy Carpenter, Dr. Fredrick Stevens, Christine Tyson-Scott, Gary Brantley and Tyrone Reed; all comprised the Canton/Youngstown connection. After the family moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1971, Shawn came under the musical influence and the musical expertise of Mother Annetta Dawson, Ezra Bufford, Jeanette Sprowl, Steven Coleman, Rev. Jeffrey Brandon, T. Garrett Dodson, Mother Rose Golder-Morris and Rev. Donald Golder. Last, but certainly not least, Shawn’s greatest musical influence was and remains his natural brother, Rev. L. Craig Tyson.
In 1980 at the age of 15, Bishop Tyson prayed for Shawn to receive the gift to play the organ under the anointing of the Holy Ghost. God heard the Bishop’s prayer, which began the anointed ministry of sacred music rendered by C. Shawn Tyson, which has blessed the hearts of millions around the globe.
In June of 1983, Shawn preached his first sermon to a jam-packed audience of nearly 500 who waited anxiously to see the tradition of power-packed Gospel preaching handed down to the next generation of Tyson preachers.
Almost immediately, Minister Tyson began to preach across the country while also serving as the director of the Tyscot Recording artist and nationally renown, Christ Church Radio Choir. This choir has traveled the length and breadth of this country with their pastor, Bishop James E. Tyson, and has appeared on the nationally syndicated Bobby Jones Gospel Hour three times, as well as being named the recipient of the GEM award as Best Contemporary Gospel Choir in the city of Indianapolis three times.
In 1985, Minister Tyson enrolled at Aenon Bible College and Indiana University where he was an honor student before being directed by the Holy Spirit to enter full-time evangelistic ministry in October 1988. During his five years of full-time evangelism, hundreds of souls were saved, healed and delivered as the potent combination of anointed music and soul-stirring preaching proceeded from the soul of Rev. C. Shawn Tyson. Also, during this time, Elder Tyson met and married his lovely wife Evangelist Krista Dawkins-Tyson and to this union was born James Edison Tyson II.
Evangelist Krista M. Dawkins-Tyson was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois to the recently deceased Elder Johnnie C. Dawkins and Pastor Rena M. Haywood-Dawkins. Krista is the 13th child of 14 siblings. Upon the completion of her high school education, she attended two local colleges to fulfill her passion in the fashion industry. While attending secular colleges, there was an undeniable call upon her life known by her mother, and soon to be a reality for Krista.
In August of 1982, Krista Dawkins moved to Indianapolis, Indiana. There, she attended Aenon Bible College and majored in theology. In 1985, Sister Dawkins began to walk in the ministry of expounding the Word of God. In August of 1986, Sister Dawkins graduated from Aenon Bible College as salutatorian and received a bachelor’s degree in theology. Sister Dawkins was ordained into the ministry during the August 1986 Convention of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, held in Detroit, Michigan.
While in her second year at Aenon Bible College, Evangelist Dawkins became acquainted with Minister C. Shawn Tyson; and on December 9, 1989, Evangelist Dawkins and Minister Tyson were united in holy matrimony. To this union was born one gifted son, James Edison Tyson II, who also feels the call of the ministry on his life.
Evangelist Tyson continues her theological studies at the Christian Theological Seminary while teaching at Aenon Bible College. She is also the director of the Christ Church Child Care and Christian Academy.
In October of 1993, Elder Tyson returned to his native home of Canton, Ohio to assume the pastorate of the Apostolic Faith Assembly. The church began to explode and dozens of souls were being baptized in Jesus’ name and filled with the Holy Ghost. In three years, more than 275 souls were baptized in Jesus’ name and more than 150 received the Holy Ghost. During Pastor Tyson’s tenure at Apostolic Faith Assembly, he established:
  • The Barbara J. Winn Child Care Center
  • The live Sunday night “Latter Rain Broadcast”. This broadcast attracted hundreds of people to the church every Sunday night and was the most listened to religious broadcast on radio station, WGTR
  • The first live choir recording entitled, “Get Ready For the Next Move of God.” (The title cut is one of Elder Tyson’s many great original compositions.)
  • The Ecumenical Fellowship of Pastors of Canton, OH
  • The Urban League of Canton, OH
In 1996, with great prayer and contemplation, Elder Tyson accepted his Father’s invitation to return back to Indianapolis and serve as his Assistant Pastor of the great Christ Church Apostolic, Inc. in Indianapolis. While faithfully working side by side with his Father, Elder Tyson also became involved with several citywide, community, and ecumenical affairs such as:
  • The Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Indianapolis
  • The Mayor’s Front Porch Alliance
  • Indianapolis Ten-Point Coalition
  • Robert Turner Annual Benefit Concert
  • Annual Indiana State Fair Gospel Concert
  • “The Light in the Evening Time” weekly radio & telecast
  • Youth Director, Indiana State Pentecostal YPU (ISPYPU)
In 2008, under the guidance of the Holy Ghost, The Honorable Bishop James E. Tyson & The Honorable Bishop Norman L. Wagner installed Bishop J. Laverne Tyson, as Senior Pastor of Christ Church and Pastor C. Shawn Tyson as the Executive Pastor of Christ Church. Bishop James E. Tyson was appointed as Overseer.
 
In July 2010, God elevated District Elder C. Shawn Tyson as Pastor of his family’s home church, The Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church in Youngstown, OH, to carry on the assignment of his mentor and spiritual Father, The Honorable Bishop Norman L. Wagner.
 
In June 2011, District Elder Tyson was elevated to the office of Suffragan Bishop, assisting Bishop Ira Combs in the Kenya Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.
In October 2012, God sent Suffragan Bishop Tyson, Evangelist Krista Tyson, Minister James E. Tyson, II, BACK TO Christ Church Apostolic as our Leaders and to continue the legacy of our Father, Bishop James E. Tyson! With the help of God, Suffragan Bishop Shawn Tyson will Pastor both the Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church and Christ Church Apostolic through the “power of partnership”! He will also continue to serve as a much sought after Evangelist, teacher, and psalmist…TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
Evangelist Krista M. Dawkins-Tyson was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois to the recently deceased Elder Johnnie C. Dawkins and Pastor Rena M. Haywood-Dawkins. Krista is the 13th child of 14 siblings. Upon the completion of her high school education, she attended two local colleges to fulfill her passion in the fashion industry. While attending secular colleges, there was an undeniable call upon her life known by her mother, and soon to be a reality for Krista.
 
In August of 1982, Krista Dawkins moved to Indianapolis, Indiana. There, she attended Aenon Bible College and majored in theology. In 1985, Sister Dawkins began to walk in the ministry of expounding the Word of God. In August of 1986, Sister Dawkins graduated from Aenon Bible College as salutatorian and received a bachelor’s degree in theology. Sister Dawkins was ordained into the ministry during the August 1986 Convention of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, held in Detroit, Michigan.
 
While in her second year at Aenon Bible College, Evangelist Dawkins became acquainted with Minister C. Shawn Tyson; and on December 9, 1989, Evangelist Dawkins and Minister Tyson were united in holy matrimony. To this union was born one gifted son, James Edison Tyson II, who also has the call of the ministry on his life and is named after his paternal Grandfather, Bishop James E. Tyson. James, II, is currently a student at Youngstown State University and Youth Pastor at Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church.
 
Evangelist Tyson continued her theological studies at the Christian Theological Seminary while teaching at Aenon Bible College. She is also the former Director of the Christ Church Child Care and Christian Academy.
In October of 1993, Evangelist Tyson moved with her husband, Elder C. Shawn Tyson to his birthplace of Canton, Ohio to assume the pastorate of the Apostolic Faith Assembly. The church began to explode and dozens of souls were being baptized in Jesus’ name and filled with the Holy Ghost. In three years, more than 275 souls were baptized in Jesus’ name and more than 150 received the Holy Ghost. During the Tyson’s tenure at Apostolic Faith Assembly, Evangelist Tyson assisted her husband in establishing:
  • Evangelist Tyson was the Director of the Barbara J. Winn Child Care Center
  • The live Sunday night “Latter Rain Broadcast” radio announcer
  • Counseling with the Saints
In 1996, with great prayer and contemplation, Elder Shawn & Evangelist Krista Tyson accepted Bishop James E. Tyson’s invitation to return back to Indianapolis and serve as his Assistant Pastor of the great Christ Church Apostolic, Inc. in Indianapolis.
Evangelist Tyson has also served as:
  • The Christ Church Child Care & Christian Academy Director
  • CCA Praise & Worship Leader
  • Assistant President of the CCA Women’s Ministries
  • Lead vocalist in the annual citywide Easter production “Upon This Rock”
In July 2010, God elevated District Elder C. Shawn Tyson and Evangelist Krista Tyson, to re-locate to as Pastor Tyson’s family’s home church, The Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church in Youngstown, OH, to carry on the assignment of his mentor and spiritual Father, The Honorable Bishop Norman L. Wagner.

In October 2012, God sent Suffragan Bishop Tyson, Evangelist Krista Tyson, Minister James E. Tyson, II, BACK TO Christ Church Apostolic to continue the legacy of Bishop James E. Tyson! Evangelist Tyson is assisting her husband, Suffragan Bishop C. Shawn Tyson, at both the Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Church and Christ Church Apostolic through the “power of partnership” and continues to serve as a much sought after Evangelist, teacher, and psalmist…TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

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