BISHOP DICKERSON WELLS
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Dickerson L. S. Wells, in whom God has placed all five gifts as recorded in Ephesians 4:11, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers” and without question, Pastor Wells has used these gifts to equip the Saints for ministry and to edify the body of Christ.
From early childhood, Pastor Wells has had a peculiar mark of God upon his life and destined for greatness. He has ministered the Word across North America as well as the continents of Africa, Asia, and Europe.
Though Pastor Wells continues to travel extensively ministering on a national and international scale, his first devotion is to his wife, Valesa and their four children: sons Dickerson II and Chandler and daughters ZaQuita and Chantelle.
Pastor Wells is a product of the Chicago Public and Memphis City School Systems, and during his high school years coupled his standard curriculum with courses at the Charles Harrison Mason System of Bible Colleges. A former Memphis City School’s educator, Pastor Wells received a Bachelor of Arts in English from LeMoyne-Owen College and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Memphis. In August 2012, Pastor Wells was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity. Master of Arts in Christian Ministry in December 2019 from the Memphis Theological Seminary and currently enrolled in the DMin program at Memphis Theological Seminary. He is an avid writer and reader and is published in the African American Devotional Study Bible.
Pastor Wells began his public ministry in 1976 and became affectionately known as “the little boy preacher” With deep roots in the church, he showed great promise of a future in church leadership and the arts of worship, and began to learn, with intimate detail, the art and discipline of church building, administration, and ministry.
While his parents, the late Superintendent Lonnie L. Wells and the late Mother Barbara D. Wells, were a major influence upon his life. Additionally, many of the pioneering fathers of the Church Of God In Christ and community leaders took particular note of the young man’s anointed preaching and the fruit of the Spirit working in his life and they too were contributors to his pastoral, evangelistic, and administrative cultivation.
Christened as a child by the late Presiding Bishop Louis Henry Frd in Chicago, Illinois and tutored at the hand of his Pastor and Great Uncle Dr. E. E. Dickerson in Memphis, Wells was ordained as a teenager at the hand of the late Presiding Bishop J. O. Patterson, Sr., the youngest ever to receive ordination in the State of Tennessee. Wells’ anointed preaching, spirit of humility, and acts of servitude would open many doors for Church service including appointments as Chief Operating Officer Headquarters Operations; Four term elected member National Board of Trustees serving three terms as Secretary; International Holy Convocation Coordinator; Superintendent of National Properties; Director, Saints Academy Operations; Secretary, Constitutional Convention Commission on Trustee Board; Scribe, National Adjutancy; Administrative Assistant to the Bishop; Regional Superintendent; District Superintendent; Jurisdictional YPWW Department President; Jurisdictional Evangelist Department President; and, Chairman of Jurisdictional AIM Convention.
In November 2015, during the 108th Holy Convocation, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, along with members of the General Board, consecrated Pastor Dickerson L. S. Wells to the office of Auxiliary Bishop serving Tennessee Eastern First Jurisdiction Church Of God In Christ.
Bishop Wells serves his community continues to serve his community in various capacities including: President and CEO, LINKS to Success; Counseling Staff, Second Presbyterian Church; Member, Methodist Hospital Church Congregational Healthcare Network; Member, Good Samaritan Network; Member, Frayser Interfaith Association; St. Jude Children’s Hospital Community Partner; The Ronald McDonald House Community Partner; Porter-Leath Children’s Center Community Partner; Neighborhood Christian Center Community, Shelby Residential Vocational Services; and South Tipton County Ministers Association.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11