William L. Bonner Biography
Bishop William Lee Bonner was born on November 12, 1921
in Bolden County Georgia, to Emmett and Janie Bonner. Bishop
Bonner was married to the late Ethel Mae Smith Bonner. He
is the father of two children, Ethel Mae Bonner Archer and
William Lee Bonner, Jr.
Bishop Bonner's ministry began in the 1940s under the tutelage
of the late Bishop Robert C. Lawson,
(1883-1961), founder of the Church
of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith. His
first pastorate was the Green Avenue Church of Our Lord
Jesus Christ in Brooklyn, New York.
was in 1944 that Bishop Lawson sent Bishop Bonner to Detroit
to pastor the first Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It
was a store front. Today, it is a two thousand five hundred
(2,500) seat edifice known as Solomon's Temple.
In 1961, upon the death of Bishop Lawson, Bishop Bonner
became the pastor of the three thousand (3,000) member mother
church, the Greater Refuge Temple in Harlem, New York City.
Apostle Bonner currently pastors churches in Detroit, Michigan,
New York City, Washington, D.C., Jackson, Mississippi, and
Columbia, South Carolina. He is the Chief Apostle and Senior
Prelate of the General Assembly of the Churches
of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc.
This is an international body of churches. Under his administration,
the assembly has grown from one hundred and fifty-five (155)
churches in 1961 to over five hundred (500) churches and
missions throughout the world. He has faithfully kept the
charge of the founder Bishop Lawson, to "Add Thou
Bishop Bonner received his religious education and the Doctor
of Divinity through the Church of Christ Bible Institute
in New York City. Pastor Bonner is listed in "Who’s
Who in Religion"
(1985). Bishop Bonner's ministry is based on prayer
and faith in God. His message is one of hope and deliverance.
He believes that those who pray can expect a miracle.
The Refuge Temple of
Washington, D.C. was founded December 12, 1989, by Bishop
William L. Bonner. The first services were held at Days
Inn, at 12th and K Streets, N.W. In February 1990, Kelly
Miller Junior High School, located at 49th and Brooks Street,
N.E., became the church's final temporary home. The Lord
blessed Pastor Bonner to acquire the land for the church
in three weeks. On October 27, 1990 the church held a ground
breaking service. On June 1, 1991, the first service
was held at the new edifice for Refuge Temple Church. God
has miraculously brought this work to pass, demonstrating
that this is only the beginning for
the continuous winning of souls for His Kingdom in the Washington,
March 8th, 2012, a church vote was conducted by Apostle
Bonner for the next Pastor of Refuge Temple Church, Washington,
DC. After the vote, with the majority of votes in Bishop
Fields' favor, Apostle Bonner named Bishop W. Michael Fields
the Pastor of Refuge Temple Church in Washington, D.C.
The ground breaking for Refuge Temple of Columbia, South
Carolina was on July 20, 1993. It was organized with only
twenty-two (22) members. Within three years, the congregation
grew to seven hundred (700). The church is located on twelve
and one-half (12.5) acres in the Eau Claire section of Columbia.
Pastor Bonner's ministry in Columbia also consists of the
Family Life Center, Retirement Community and the W. L. Bonner
Bible College. Previously taped television broadcasts can
be viewed every Sunday at six o'clock a.m. on WIS-TV, channel
ten. Previously taped radio broadcasts can be heard nightly
at ten o'clock p.m. on WMFV, channel 95.3, both in the Columbia
viewing and listening area.
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Day in the Life of our Chief Apostle Bishop William L. Bonner
being baptized in Jesus Name in Atlanta, Bishop went to
New York to attend his 1st Holy Convocation. When he arrived
at the convention he was told by the usher that he could
not come in because there were no more seats available.
Bishop Bonner was determined he was going to hear Bishop
Lawson that day so he found a seat on the stairs leading
to the pulpit. . He felt in his heart that it was the Lord’s
will that he be somehow involved in the life of the Bishop
Lawson. After the convention he stayed in New York and attended
Refuge Temple. He liked it so much he began to seek the
Holy Ghost. It took Bishop Bonner a whole year to receive
the Holy Ghost because he could not get his attention off
of his hair. He was sporting the latest men’s hair
style and did not want to mess it up by sweating it out
tarrying. One of the missionaries noticed this about Bishop
and told him he would not receive the Holy Spirit until
he surrendered his hair to the Lord. Bishop admitted his
problem and yielded to the Lord and received the Holy Ghost
that very moment which empowers him still today.
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Bishop Bonner got well he moved to Atlanta in a home with
a senior citizen. He went for a walk one night and heard
music, clapping and tambourines. It was a little Pentecostal
Church. He looked through the window and saw the people
having a good time. It was then that he heard the voice
of the Lord say to him, “I have a baptism that you
are to be baptized with”. He immediately ran inside
the church straight to the preacher who was preaching at
the time and told him he wanted to be baptized. The preacher’s
response was, “we don’t have water in the pool
come back another day”. Bishop Bonner insisted and
the preacher was touched by Bishop’s sincerity and
determination so he sent the saints across the street to
get buckets of water to fill the pool enough so Bishop could
stand up in it but Bishop wanted to be emerged so they kept
filling the pool until it was filled enough to cover him.
Bishop Bonner was baptized in the Name Lord Jesus Christ
and it changed his life and gave him a new direction. Bishop
said, “It was his most exciting moment in his life
and all of his lifetime in Georgia”.
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