Bishop James Wallace Gaiters, Sr.
Bishop James W. Gaiters, Sr. moved to Columbus, Ohio after graduation from high school and became a member of the Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith under the pastorate of the late Bishop Karl F. Smith.
In 1989, Bishop Gaiters returned to Columbus to become assistant pastor to his father-in-law, the late District Elder Ernest L. Hardy, at the Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith.
After Elder Hardy's transition to glory, Bishop Gaiters founded Grace Apostolic Church in Columbus, Ohio.
This thriving ministry ministers to spirit, soul and body through many avenues of outreach, including the E.L. Hardy Community Enrichment Center
, an outreach facility housed on the church campus.
Year-round programming originating in this facility serves hundreds of children and families in the inner city.
Grace Apostolic Church
is a member of the Ohio District Council
, Episcopal District
#3, of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc.
In Ohio, Bishop Gaiters served 8 years as a District Elder, and 16 years as administrator of the O.D.C. Campgrounds, now known as "Hallowed Hills".
He was a member of the P.A.W. International Missions Board from 1979 to 2007.
He served 8 years as its secretary.
In 1997 he was elevated to the Bishopric and served 10 years as Bishop of International Missions.
has traveled and ministered abroad and has facilitated, by his
recommendations, the replacement of outgoing bishops and the development of new dioceses and diocesans.
He currently is a member of the P.A.W. Board of Bishops, a member of the Executive Bishops Council, and chairman of the P.A.W. Global Evangelism Executive Committee (GEEC).
Bishop Gaiters is founder and chairman of Pentecost Sunday Ohio, Inc., a fellowship formed to unite churches of like precious faith in Columbus and Central Ohio in the annual celebration of Pentecost Sunday.