We seek to encourage and empower entire families to better depend on God.

The UPCI Family Ministries Council is a cooperative effort of Youth Ministries, Ladies Ministries, Apostolic Man, Children's Ministries, and the Office of Education and Endorsement. Our mission is to coordinate the efforts of the UPCI’s focused ministries to children, youth, ladies, and men in order to serve our families holistically. Our resources are intended to enrich your family’s life and faith.

 

The UPCI is a network of almost 42,000 churches around the world. UPCI World Headquarters is located in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

The endorsed institutions of the UPCI include six Bible colleges, a Christian college, a graduate school, two training institutes, a children's home, a residency for troubled young men, a ministry to those addicted to alcohol and other drugs, an adoption agency with a home for unwed mothers, a chaplaincy for prisoners, a radio ministry, an agency for community educational services, and an international relief agency. 

Council Members

Steve L. Cannon

Director of the General Sunday School Division

Before coming to the World Evangelism Center, he pastored First United Pentecostal Church in Batesville, Mississippi, for twenty-one years. Previous to pastoring, he evangelized for four years and was an assistant pastor for eight years. He was also a weekly radio speaker on The Pentecostal Hour for twenty-three years. He and his wife, Rita, were married in 1978 and have three daughters, Vangi, Kandi, and Mauri, and eight grandchildren: McKaLyne, Kanon, Jenna, Kade, Danika, Halli Rae, Annaleigh, and Darlynn Grace. During his ministry in the UPCI Mississippi District, Brother Cannon served as youth sectional director, district youth secretary, Sunday School sectional director, district Sunday School secretary, and district Sunday School director. He was also on the Finance Committee for fifteen years and was the editor of the Mississippi TORCH for ten years. He was elected GSSD director of the year three times and runner-up seven times. In addition to his ministry, he has been employed with the United Postal Service for thirty-five years. He worked as a clerk/carrier in Lula, Clarksdale, and Oxford, Mississippi, and as postmaster of Como, Mississippi. He has served as chaplain, vice-president, and president of the Mississippi National Association of Postmasters. He attended Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, and has completed fifty courses from the Harvard Business School.

Joshua Carson

General Youth President

We welcome the newly-elected president of UPCI Youth Ministries. Joshua Carson joined UPCI Youth Ministries in the fall of 2013 and was elected General Youth President in 2017. Before coming to St. Louis, Joshua served on staff in Tallmadge, Ohio, and also as the Ohio District Youth President. Joshua has now served in youth ministry for over sixteen years. He is honored to be an ordained UPCI minister and is extremely passionate about leading this generation of Pentecostal youth to reach the world! Joshua met the love of his life, Rachel, while attending Indiana Bible College, and they have been married since 2002. He loves being dad to his four amazing children, Canan, Carver, Kadynce, and Casen. Joshua enjoys reading, writing, spending time outdoors, running, Mexican food, and, more than anything, wrestle time with the kids. The mottoes at the Carson house are, “these are the best days of our lives” and “the way you do anything is the way you do everything.” Currently Joshua is pursuing his master’s degree at UGST.

Linda Gleason

President of UPCI Ladies Ministries

Linda has served Ladies Ministries for forty years in various capacities. She first served as district secretary and then president in the Oregon District and for eleven years as general secretary of Ladies Ministries International. Linda Gleason brings with her a wealth of experience in all the work of Ladies Ministries. She is a sought after speaker for ladies conferences nationwide and has ministered in several foreign countries as well. She is the director of HOPE, a Connection of Ladies Ministries and has been a feature writer for Reflections magazine. Linda Gleasonís husband, Gary Gleason, has served in numerous offices of the United Pentecostal Church. She is the blessed mother of four children and grandmother of three. Linda Gleason will continue to work for the good of Ladies Ministries as she takes on this new role.

Jerry Jones

General Secretary

Jerry Jones has served as the general secretary of the United Pentecostal Church International since 1999. He began his ministry while a student at Louisiana State University and has pastored and evangelized. He is an international speaker and has served the UPCI in many capacities, holding sectional, district, and national offices, including serving as an executive presbyter, general youth secretary, and general youth president. He presently serves on several boards and is an avid historian and researcher. He has authored several books, is a writer for various publications, and has taught at Gateway College of Evangelism. He and his wife, Phyllis, live in the St. Louis area. They have one son, Dustin. He and Amber have one son, Gavin.

Mike Williams

President of Apostolic Man

Michael J. Williams has been the senior pastor of the Pentecostals of Apopka, Florida, for the past thirty-nine years. He is president of Apostolic Man, the men’s ministry of the UPCI, and serves as a member of the Florida District Board of Presbyters. Rev. Williams is married to Debra, his wife of forty-one years, and is the father of two daughters, Brooke (Pamer) of Barberton, Ohio, and Rory (Hill) of Apopka. He attended Wake Forest University and Asbury Theological Seminary.

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