J. David Stephens, D.D. | Second Assistant General Overseer
J. David Stephens and his wife, Joyce, presently live in Cleveland, Tennessee, where he serves in his second term as the Second Assistant General Overseer of the Church of God (2012-2016, 2016-2020).
The Stephens have served as evangelists, church planters, state youth and Christian education directors, and as state overseer in Northern New England, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Florida. Bishop Stephens has served as a member of the International Executive Council for three terms, and most recently was elected as an assistant general overseer of the Church of God.
He is a graduate of Lee University and the Church of God Pentecostal Theological Seminary. Most recently he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Seminario Ministerial Sudamericano (SEMISUD), Quito, Ecuador.
The Stephens have two children. Brent and Jeanna are members of the Church of God and in full-time ministry. Brent and his wife. Sarah, are founding pastors of Four Points Church of God in Acworth, Georgia. Jeanna Chiara and her husband, J.J., serve as pastor of River of God Fellowship in Easton, Pennsylvania.
The Stephens have seven precious grandchildren.
Keith L. Ivester | Director of Canada Vision 2020
Keith L. Ivester | Director | Canada Vision 2020
Keith L. Ivester is currently under appointment at Church of God International Offices as Director of Canada Vision 2020 and National Bishop of Canada. He holds degrees from Lee University, Winthrop College, Liberty University, Pentecostal Theological Seminary, and Andersonville Theological Seminary.
Bishop Ivester has pastored at East Gastonia Church of God in Gastonia, North Carolina, and at Oakdale Church of God in Charlotte, North Carolina. While pastoring in North Carolina, he taught at the East Coast Bible College. He has served as State Youth Director in Pennsylvania, Michigan, California/Nevada, Delmarva-DC, and Florida; as State Evangelism Director in Pennsylvania and Michigan; and as State Administrative Bishop in Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, and Florida. Bishop Ivester has served on several denominational boards and committees and presently serves on the Church of God International Executive Council.
Bishop Ivester and his wife, Debbie, currently live in Cleveland, Tennessee, and have two children, Ryan (wife, Lindsey) and Carrie.
Carlos S. Morán | Director of Hispanic Ministries
Carlos S. Morán is currently under appointment as Director of Hispanic Ministries of Church of God. He has received a Doctorate Degree in higher education from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He obtained his Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from the Church of God Theological Seminary, and his Bachelor of Arts Degree from West Coast Bible College.
While previously under appointment by Church of God World Missions, he served as a missionary teacher at the Mexican Bible Seminary in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico and at the Pentecostal Bible School in Puerto Rico. He has also served in higher education in the United States at West Coast Christian College, California State University in Fresno, and as Director of the Hispanic Office for the Western School of Christian Ministry.
Dr. Morán was the founding State Administrative Bishop of the Northwestern Spanish Region in Fresno, California. He has served as Director of Hispanic Ministries and Editorial Evangélica and on various boards and councils in the Church of God. Dr. Morán also serves in other committees and organizations, such as the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, Christian Churches Together, and the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center.
Carlos S. is married to Pérsida (Persi) Morán and they have two children, Carlos S. Jr. and Carina Lissette. Carina L. is married to Dominic Patrick and they have one son, Levi Patrick.
Doyle P. Scott | Director of Intercultural Advancement Ministries
Bishop Doyle P. Scott, Sr. is currently appointed bythe Church of God International Executive Committee at the 2016 General Assembly as International Director of Intercultural Advancement Ministries. Bishop Scott comes to the office having served formerly as International Director of Black Ministries; Regional Administrative Bishop of Southern New England; Florida Cocoa State Administrative Bishop and Pastor; and Florida-Cocoa State Evangelism and Home Missions Director and Pastor.
Bishop Scott earned a degree in Biblical Studies from Logos Theological College, a Licentiate from Overstone Theological College and an earned Bachelor’s degree in Divinity from Canada Theological College. He also holds designations as a Certified Victims Advocate, National Church Consultant and Community Service Chaplain. Bishop Scott has been bestowed an Honorary Doctorate degree by St. Thomas University.
Bishop Scott labors in ministry with his wife, Reverend Linda. They have three children and one granddaughter.
Robert A. Moore | International Director of Ministry to the Military
Dr. Robert A. Moore is currently under appointment by Church of God as International Director of Ministry to the Military. He has a long history with military ministry serving variously as Pastor/Center Director, Director of Field Ministries, European Representative and International Director. He has been involved in many aspects of this ministry since early 1977. Dr. Moore has been a frequent conference speaker for military and civilian settings in the USA, Europe and the Far East. He has been a long-time advocate for the ministry of the military chaplain as well as the need for civilian and lay-led ministries to compliment the programs offered by the military and Department of Defense. The passion of his life is to connect military, veterans and their families with missional Christian communities. He believes deeply a life connected to Christ must likewise connect with other believers for worship, support, accountability and mission. A connected life is a resilient and fruitful life. A connected life will not only survive any environment, they will overcome and thrive. Developing, connecting and supporting these faith-families in military communities is at the heart of the mission, vision and values of Freedom Outreach Ministry to the Military.
In addition to working with Ministry to the Military, Dr. Moore served as an associate and lead Pastor, as a church planter, a state evangelist, and as an administrative bishop in the USA. He has been deeply involved in education, training, pastoral care and leadership development. Dr. Moore has published numerous articles on family life and ministry in a military or institutional setting. He has served on the board of directors for the European Bible Seminary (1980-85) and was a part time instructor and visiting lecturer from 1980-94.
Dr. Moore is a graduate of Lee University having been awarded a baccalaureate degree in Christian education and a Masters in Organizational Leadership at Azusa Pacific University. He earned a doctorate in Strategic Leadership at Regent University.
He and his wife Patty have three sons, Jeremy, Jonathan, and Robbie as well as daughters-in-law, Sheila and Erika, and two grandsons, Alex and Ben.
Phillip Aaron Thompson | Director of Men and Women of Action
Phillip Aaron Thompson, Director of Men and Women of Action, began his work in full-time ministry as a youth pastor at the age of 27 at the MacArthur Church of God in Beckley, West Virginia. Over the years he transitioned from youth pastor to music pastor and spent 18 years as Music and Media Pastor at Heritage Fellowship in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. While at Oak Ridge, he was involved in the community and spent 10 years as a defensive line football coach at Oak Ridge High School.
As a teenager, Phil learned construction skills while working with his uncle who was a building contractor. Phil went on his first building mission trip in 1995 to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. He became the Director of Men and Women of Action on September 1, 2017. Phil and his wife, Naomi, have 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren.
Mitchell Maloney | Director of USA Missions
Mitchell Maloney is currently under appointment at Church of God International Offices, Cleveland, Tennesee as Director of USA Missions. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Lead Pastor of the North Cleveland Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee for 23 years. Previous to this pastorate, he started an urban ministry in Detroit, Michigan where he ministered successfully for 15 years.
Reverend Maloney has traveled widely around the world speaking in seminars, conferences and camp meetings. As a seminar team member with various departments in the Church of God, his speaking engagements have taken him to many foreign countries including Canada, England, Indonesia, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Ireland, Korea, Europe and Russia, etc. Because of his specialized training and extensive experience, he is often a featured speaker in various ministry and leadership settings.
Reverend Maloney received his undergraduate degree from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, and his master’s degree in Leadership and Biblical Studies from the South American Seminary (SEMISUD). He has served on various boards and committees for the Church of God including State Youth Board, State Evangelism Board, State Council, Pastoral Advisory Council, State Examining Board, State Missions Board, District Overseer, World Missions Board, and the Executive Council. He has been extensively involved in lay witnessing ministries and evangelism on a national and local level. He has had more than 35 years of consistent radio broadcasting and television programming, including hosting a weekly television broadcast, “River of Anointing.”
Reverend Maloney and his wife, Sharon, reside in Cleveland, Tennessee. They have three sons, Brent (wife, Lindsey and granddaughter, Elliana and grandson, Braden) and twins Brandon and Jonathan.
Les Higgins | Executive Administrator USA Missions
Les Higgins presently serves at the Church of God International Offices in Cleveland, Tennessee as the Executive Administrator of USA Missions. He assumed this role in August 2018 after serving 10 years as an Administrative Bishop in Ohio, Texas and Arkansas. Prior to becoming an Administrative Bishop, he served 19 years as a State Youth and Christian Education Director in six different states (Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Texas, Northern Ohio and Oklahoma).
Bishop Higgins began his ministry in 1978 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. He has served as an evangelist, student pastor, lead pastor as well as the aforementioned administrative roles. His ministry has been marked by a strong emphasis on the preached Word and the making of disciples resulting in growth and productivity everywhere he has been. He is a strong administrator with a heart for the local church. He has been called upon to speak in local, state, national conferences throughout the country and in other parts of the world. Many of his sermons and thoughts have been published in various denominational periodicals.
He is married to Donna, his wife of 37 years. They have one daughter, Kristina. Les and Donna presently reside in Cleveland, Tennessee.
C. Christopher Moody | Financial Development Director Mission North America
Chris Moody is currently under appointment at Church of God International Offices as Mission North America Financial Director. He graduated from Lee University with a B.A. in Pastoral Ministries and from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary with a M.A. of Church Ministries.
Bishop Moody pastored seven years at Greywood Heights Church of God in Van Alstyne, Texas, and 13 years at South Cleveland Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee. In addition to pastoring two churches, Bishop Moody has served on the International Executive Council, the Texas State Council, and Tennessee State Council. He has served on numerous boards: Texas State Youth Board, Tennessee State Youth Board, International Youth and Discipleship Board, and the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home. Bishop Moody has also served as the Administrative Bishop for the State of Mississippi.
Chris Moody and his wife, Teri, reside in Cleveland, Tennessee. The Moodys have three children, Blake, Karley, and Avery.