The Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, World Wide, Inc. had its inception in September 1957. Bishop Smallwood Edmond Williams, who at the time was the General Secretary of the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith (COOLJC), along with Bishop John S. Beane, Bishop Winfield Showell, Bishop Joseph Moore and Bishop McKinley Williams withdrew from that organization (along with about 70 churches) and founded the new organization.
Beliefs of the Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ include the inspiration of the Bible as the Word of God; salvation made possible only through Jesus; the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues; water baptism by immersion; the pre-millennial second coming of Jesus; the final judgment of the dead; and the establishment of new heavens and a new earth.
Through fifty years of service to the Kingdom of God, the Bible Way organization has emerged as a strong, vibrant, and growing organization. Churches were founded throughout the world, and Bishop Williams, a preacher’s preacher, became one of the most popular national preachers of his time. A very influential social figure, he spoke extensively on racial and social injustice and used his pastoral clout to fight for integration in the Nation’s Capital. His sons in the gospel have inherited his preaching dynamo, and the name ‘Bible Way’ has become associated with contemporary Apostolic Pentecostalism with 1st century power and 21st century relevancy.
In September 1957, Apostle Smallwood Edmond Williams organized the Bible Way Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and by his side was a young man named Elder Lawrence G. Campbell. Although there were notable signs of his ability and talents, no one could have ever imagined the magnitude of the leader he would become. The Bible Way Church has been enormously blessed with the divine leadership of Apostle Lawrence G. Campbell. Through God’s help, he led Bible Way World Wide for twelve consecutive, successful years to a level that was not witnessed before.
The organization is now known as International Bible Way Church of Jesus Christ, Inc., USA.
During the 90’s, Bible Way experienced unprecedented growth, seeing its member churches flourish from a group of 125 churches to more than 350 in the United States alone. As a testament to its global reach, Bible Way boasts now more than 250 additional churches in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. An ever-evolving organization, Bible Way now recognizes and ordains women as deaconesses, ministers, elders, district elders, prophetesses, pastors and bishops.
After 12 years of leadership in the Bible Way World Wide organization, Apostle Campbell’s reign as Chief Apostle and Presiding Bishop culminated on July 21, 2006. In March 2006, Apostle Cornelius Showell, son of one of Bible Way’s Founding Fathers, Bishop Winfield Showell, was elected as Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of The International Bible Way Church of Jesus Christ, Inc. Alongside him in leadership were First Vice Presider, Apostle Floyd E. Nelson, Sr. and Second Vice Presider, Apostle Caleb McIntosh.
On March 27, 2014, Apostle Floyd E. Nelson Sr. was elected as Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of the International Bible Way Church of Jesus Christ, Inc. Alongside him in leadership are First Vice Presider, Apostle Willie Rookard, and Second Vice Presider, Apostle John N. Gray.