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The Pastor: District Elder Michael Bellamy

Elder Michael Bellamy was born August 18, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois. He is the fifth son and tenth child of fifteen children born to Bishop John P. and Mother Viola Bellamy.

Elder Michael was baptized in Jesus' name at a young age and received the gift of the Holy Ghost in 1974.

When Elder Michael became of age, he met and married the love of his life, Sister Gwendolyn Marie Young. They were joined in Holy Matrimony on December 22, 1979. Seven children and four grandchildren were born through their union.

In 1990, Elder Michael's teaching and preaching ministry began when he answered the call from the Master to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Throughout the years, he grew in the knowledge of God and studied to show himself approved for God’s use. On May 27, 1995 he was appointed the 1st Assistant Pastor. In 1998, he became an ordained minister of the Gospel.

On March 6, 2005, Elder Bellamy's beloved father and pastor moved into the office of Senior Pastor of Christ Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith of Maywood, Illinois, thereby passing the pastoral reigns to Elder Michael Bellamy. In August 2006, he was installed as Pastor. February 2007, he was appointed District Elder by our Diocesan, Bishop D. Rayford Bell. He has been elected Vice Chairman of the Illinois State Council Pastor’s Alliance. Later in August 2008, he was consecrated as District Elder. God has anointed him to teach, preach and lead His flock with enthusiasm, conviction and compassion.

Like his father, so shall he continue to preach and present the options of Holiness or Hell. Elder Bellamy motivates the old, inspires the young and is moving the Saints with passion towards a greater love for God. He is the right person anointed and appointed for such a time as this.

Elder Bellamy's favorite Bible passage is Romans 8:1 which states, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."

His dynamic ministerial message is also expressed in his favorite lyrics written by William Cowper, in the Collection of Psalms and Hymns, 1772, proclaiming:

There is a Fountain filled with blood
drawn from Immanuel's veins
and sinners plunged into that flood
lose all their guilty stains.