Greater Bible Way Temple’s Associate Pastors serve under the authority of Jesus Christ and leadership of Senior Pastor, Bishop Ira Combs Jr. They are godly men who are passionate about Jesus Christ and serving and uplifting His people.
Associate Pastor Gregory Crump
Associate Pastor (A.P.) Gregory Crump is a licensed Elder with the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., and has been a faithful and committed servant at the Greater Bible Way Temple (GBWT) for more than 19 years. His willingness to help and be involved led him to the usher ministry where he ultimately became the Head Usher and for 2 years was the Head Usher for the Northern District Council Young People’s Union (NDCYPU). During this time with the NDCYPU he felt a call to the ministry and met his precious wife Kimberly.
He has served as Vice Chairman of the GBWT Youth Department where he had a passion to see the youth excel spiritually and academically. To further develop youth, he taught weekly for the Young Apostolic Students for Christ (YASC) campus ministry held at the University of Michigan. He then served as a Trustee assisting with the financial matters of the church and teaching Stewardship classes to the congregation. He continues to teach Christian Education classes in order to help the people of God grow and develop in their relationship with Jesus Christ. A.P. Crump also has a heart for the sick and shut-in. To fulfill this call he works with the GBWT Chaplain Ministry to minister to residents in assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Jackson, Spring Arbor, and Ypsilanti. In addition, he conducts services for the Prison Ministry and organizes others to minister in this capacity. Finally, A.P. Crump believes that the foundation of his relationship with Jesus Christ is prayer, so he is actively involved in the Prayer Ministry.
Associate Pastor Maurice Fitzpatrick
Associate Pastor Maurice Fitzpatrick has been a faithful, steadfast member of the Greater Bible Way Temple for more than 20 years, moving to Jackson from Battle Creek, Michigan. He was baptized in Jesus Name in April 1983 and subsequently filled with the Spirit and has not looked back since. Associate Pastor Fitzpatrick has blessed the house of God with his many skills that include painting, carpentry, quality control, security, and maintenance. He currently oversees the Youth Department, Christian Education and Quality Control. He is the husband to Ella and both are very involved in many day-to-day church operations. With a heart for the ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he can be called upon day or night and willingly serves his Bishop and the people of God. They are the parents of two children.
Associate Pastor Dennis Treadway
Saved in his youth, Associate Pastor Dennis Treadway has remained steadfast in following the leadership of Bishop Combs. He has obediently assisted in the area of teaching sound doctrine when called upon by Bishop Combs, oversees church landscaping, is actively involved with the Youth and Men’s Ministries, and is Advisor to the Greater Voices Choir. With a professional background in Corrections Management, he also has responsibilities as an Institutional Training Officer and Substance Abuse trainer for residents. He has served in the capacity of Acting Chaplain and Sergeant. Associate Pastor Treadway also loves teaching biblical stewardship, as well as educating and providing information to individuals before making home investment decisions. Both he and his wife Lucinda serve in various ministry and administration capacities for the church. They are the parents of three adult children.
Associate Pastor Semekia Fowler
Associate Pastor Semekia Fowler was baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ at the young age of six at New Creation Church in Detroit, MI, under the pastorate of the late Dr. Lottie Glen-Richie. After moving to Jackson, she received the gift of the Holy Spirit at age 12 at the Greater Bible Way Temple. She accepted the call to ministry/service in 1991. Her burden for seeing the lives of young people changed inspired her to serve as youth Christian Education instructor and youth choir director. She was promoted to Associate Pastor in 2010.
Associate Pastor Fowler currently serves as Bible instructor/advisor for Young Apostolic Students for Christ (YASC) on the campus of Michigan State University; she also serves as Altar Worker, Choir Director for the Greater Voices Choir, and Youth Ministry Assistant. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and has also received a Master’s degree in Education. Presently, she is an educator with the Lansing School District and an adjunct professor at Jackson Community College.
Though she is an advocate for education, she believes that true transformation can only take place by and through the unadulterated Word of God. She is married to Edward, who also serves in the music ministry, and they have two children, Clarissa & Justin.
Associate Pastor Eric Beda
Eric Arnold Beda serves as an Associate Pastor at the Greater Bible Way Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith. He was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and filled with the Holy Spirit in May 2000. Further, Associate Pastor Beda has the pleasure and is humbled to serve as the chair of the Men’s Ministry of the local assembly.
AM Eric Beda serves as the Director of Intercultural Relations at Spring Arbor University. He’s currently completing a MBA degree from Spring Arbor University. He received his Bachelor of Science from a Michigan State University and earned a position as a project manager at Consumers Energy Company. After three years with the organization A.M. Beda became a contract manager in the Supply Chain Management operations. He assumed other roles as supplier diversity coordinator. After 10 years with the company, he decided it was time to exchange his corporate briefcase for a backpack in higher education.
AM Beda is the Founder and President of Grace Academic Services. Grace Academic Services promotes college awareness and academic success through partnering with students, parents, educational institutions, and the community.
He has received numerous awards for his community involvement, including: the Midwest College Access Achievement award; named by Jackson Magazine on the cover of their “30 under 30” young leaders publication; the General Colin Powell 5 Promises Red Wagon; the Jackson Public Schools Outstanding award; the Negro Outstanding Business Award; Diversity Champion award. AM Beda is fluent in English and French, and conversational in Japanese.
Associate Pastor Brandon Jackson
Bro. Maurice Amos
Bro. Jeff Briston
Sis. Kim Glaspie
Bro. Edward Marshall
Bro. Steve Nabors
Bro. Calvin Williams