Born Norma Jean Pender, but affectionately known as “Reverend Mother,” she is a native Pennsylvanian born and raised in Pittsburgh. She has been a resident of Detroit for over 35 years. She was ordained in the ministry by the late Bishop E. P. Murchison in 1982 within the Michigan-Indiana Conference of the Christian Methodist Church. Here studies have included the University of Pittsburgh, Wayne County Community College, William Tyndale College, and the Liberty Bible College.
Her motto is “In The Spirit,” where she is bound to get you up on your feet. Rev. Mother offers good, down home gospel music and something for every age group.
In 2001, she celebrated 50 years in gospel music and was honored by the University of California with the “Trailblazer Award.” She has received numerous awards and citations in the music field where she has served as MC’s for concerts with some of the greatest artist in the gospel industry. She truly cherishes her “Spirit of Detroit.”
Reverend Pender is currently a member of New Jerusalem Temple B. C., where she has faithfully served as Assistant Pastor for over 20 years under the leadership of Rev. Lawrence J. London. She also serves as Public Relations Director of Gospel Music Workshop of America Inc., founded by the late Rev. James Cleveland who appointed her to this position in 1968. Further, Rev. Mother is a part of the Gospel Announcers Guild of the G.M.W.A.
Her favorite scripture is Psalm 27.
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up. Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”
Dr. Bishop Henry Davenport, Ph.D., Bishop, Diocesan Bishop and Pastor
Dr. Davenport was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He is the son of Gloria Hawkins and Henry
Davenport III. He is a graduate of Pershing High School in Detroit.
He was saved under the Pastorship of Chief Apostle William L. Bonner at Solomon’s Temple Church in
Detroit, Michigan. He was later commissioned by Apostle Bonner to travel to Nashville, Tennessee to start a church
and begin a ministry for the Lord. He was consecrated Bishop of the Tennessee Diocese in August 2005.
Some of his higher education achievements are:
-Doctorate in Philosophy in Christian Counseling from Heritage University and Seminary
-Master of Letters in Family Life Education from Oxford Graduate School
-Master of Divinity from Holy Trinity College
-Master of Clinical Christian Counseling from Heritage International College
-Bachelor of Theology from Holy Trinity College
-Bachelor of Religious Studies from William L. Bonner Bible College
-Associate Degree from Emanuel Theological Seminary
-He is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 Family and Civil Mediator
-Internship at Lipscomb University
-Certified Temperament Counselor
-Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor
-Member of the National Christian Counselors Association
-Member of Sarasota Academy of Christian Counselors
-College Professor at W. L. Bonner College Columbia, SC
-Chancellor of I.C.D. School of Christian Counseling, (Nashville Campus)
– Field Education Supervisor at Vanderbilt University
– Presently in the dissertation stage of completing his Doctorate Degree at
Dr. Henry Davenport, IV is married to the former Pamela Wade, and has one daughter,
LaShante. He is the Founder and Pastor of the True Way Church that has existed for twenty-eight
years and is located in Nashville, Tennessee. He is an accomplished musician, and
instructor at the Institute of Counselor Development in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee (Main Campus). He
has a well-known gospel radio ministry. He is an uncompromising servant of God and the Lord
has trusted him to carry out many visions.
On April 30, 2014, Pastor William L. Bonner was appointed to Bishop Henry Davenport to the position
of Assistant Pastor to serve along with Bishop William Hall. Pastor Bonner, under the direction
of the Holy Ghost on November 11, 2014, anointed Bishop Davenport to be pastor over
Solomon’s Temple Church. He is presently serving faithfully in this position.
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