Church of God in Christ, Inc.

Bishop Nathiel D'Anthony Wells

Jurisdictional Prelate

Mother Erma Parker

Supervisor of Women

Bishop Nathiel D'Anthony Wells
Bishop Nathiel Wells, a gospel preacher, a man after God's own heart, accepted Christ in his life, January 7, 1973 under the pastorate of Elder B. S. Holland, Bethel Church of God in Christ, Seagoville, Texas. He married Linda D. Oatman in November of 1972 and currently holds over 43 years of marital experience. He has 5 children and 17 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren that all love and respect him. He began ministering in 1974 under the leadership of Pastor B. S. Holland and began working in the evangelism field in 1976. He was ordained as an Elder of the Church of God in Christ in April of 1980. The Lord called Bishop Wells to the pastoral field in 1980 and he received his pastoral appointment April 1, 1981. The Strong Arms Church of God in Christ was started in the front room of their home and prayer service was held daily by First Lady Linda D. Wells. Bishop Wells continues to serve as the pastor of the Strong Arms Church of God in Christ and in 2009 he began serving as the overseer of the Love Chapel Church of God in Christ until 2012.
In 1991 he became a Trustee Board Member for the Texas Northeast First Jurisdiction, and on April 5, 1992, he was appointed, Superintendent of the Starlight District Churches, under the auspices of Bishop J. N. Haynes, Texas Northeast First Jurisdiction. In 1995 Bishop Wells began his official training and work in the capacity as Assistant Chief of Security for the National Church and has continued to train and teach until 2013. On November 8, 2015, Bishop Wells was consecrated as a Jurisdictional Bishop over the newly established, Texas Northeast Fourth Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction under the auspices of Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., Presiding Prelate of the Churches of God in Christ, Inc. Bishop Wells graduated from Seagoville High School, and attended Cedar Valley College and El Centro College. He received certificates of Bible Study Methods, Principals & Expository Preaching, and Doctrine of Church of God in Christ from Charles Harrison Mason Bible College. He has helped organize and conduct various leadership training classes on church security. For over 20 years, Bishop Wells has been dedicated to 5:00 a.m. prayer at the Strong Arms Church and he has a successful ministry. He strives to let others know of the goodness of Christ. He believes in teaching and preaching the Gospel in season and out of season, rightly dividing the word of truth. He seeks to please God and encourages the members of the Strong Arms church to do the same. Bishop Wells loves the people of God and shows it not only in word, but in deed. He is a GREAT LEADER, called of God and chosen for such a time as this!
Mother Erma Parker
Mother Parker is a lifelong member of the Church of God in Christ. She received her training at the House of Prayer Church of God in Christ where her parents, Elder H. Y. and District Missionary Lutisha Morris Ansley, were founders. This training has jettisoned her into leadership in the local, district, state and national arenas of the Church of God in Christ. She serves in her local church, House of Prayer Church of God in Christ, in past and present positions under the leadership of Pastor Michael Garner. She feels that no job is too great or too small in the work of the Lord and has served as church Musician, Secretary, Missionary Circle President, Sunday School Teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, Assistant President of the Prayer and Bible Band, Deaconess President, Coordinator of Department of Women and one of her most favorite areas, Director of the House of Prayer Friday Community Free Feeding Program. Mother Parker has served on numerous levels as President of the District Choir, Secretary of the Department of Women, as District Missionary, as the Registrar
of the Jurisdictional Music Department and as Executive Secretary of the DOW under the leadership of the late Jurisdictional Supervisor, Mother Odessa Newman in the Texas Northeast First Jurisdiction. After the tenure of Mother Odessa Newman, she was appointed by the late Bishop J. Neaul Haynes to the Executive Committee of the Department of Women to help oversee the functioning of the department before the appointment of the late Jurisdictional Supervisor, Mother Freddye Carter. She served under Mother Carter's leadership of the Department of Women as Chairperson of Dallas Districts Area No.2, President of the District Missionaries Unit, Platform and Protocol Coordinator, Jurisdictional Women's Convention Marshall and Jurisdictional Adjutant Sister. Mother Parker served Jurisdictional Supervisor, Mother Pia Haynes Williams as President of the District Missionaries Unit, Jurisdictional Women's Convention Marshall and Mentor for new District Missionaries. After the demise of the great late Bishop J. Neaul Haynes, Texas Northeast Fourth Jurisdiction was organized under the leadership of Bishop Nathiel Wells. God directed Bishop Wells to select this jewel and without hesitation he called Mother Parker to serve as the Jurisdictional Supervisor of the Department of Women. With great honor and humility, she accepted realizing this was all a part of God's will and plan for her life. Mother Parker is no stranger to the National work; she serves as a National Adjutant Sister and works under the leadership of Mother Bell in the Bishop's Induction Chambers. She also serves as one of the Secretaries to the International District Missionaries Unit. She has been a National choir member and served the Church of God in Christ International Music Department as Corresponding Secretary under the leadership of the late Dr. Mattie Moss Clark. Mother Parker knows her life is in God's hands and His will shall be done in her life, while standing firm on His word in Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."



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