Apostle Cornelius Showell

Former Presider

Apostle Cornelius Showell has been called into the Kingdom for such a time as this. He is a man destined to empower the masses through his prolific preaching and teaching ministry. His passion for the Kingdom and the things of God coupled with his compassion for the souls of men has made him much sought after to preach good tidings to the meek and proclaim liberty to the captives.


After receiving the mantle from his father, the Honorable Bishop Winfield Amos Showell in 1987, (then) Bishop Cornelius Showell became the senior pastor of the First Apostolic Faith Church of Jesus Christ, International (Baltimore, Maryland); one of the oldest Apostolic churches in the United States which celebrated its 90th birthday in June 2007.


A noted entrepreneur and businessman in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area, Apostle Showell has been involved in housing, real estate and business development for over 30 years as a manager, developer and owner of two multi-unit housing complexes for the elderly and various commercial real estate ventures. His caring for the senior citizens of Baltimore is a well established fact.


A charismatic historian of African American Studies, Apostle Showell was the founder and executive director of Negro History and Culture for the State of Maryland and an educator of African American Studies at Morgan State University for numerous years. To his credit, AFRAM, Baltimore City’s highly acclaimed African American Heritage Festival, was established.


Apostle Showell has traveled to far reaching places including Korea and Africa, compelling men to receive the love Christ offers and be filled with the precious gift of the Holy Ghost. God has established him as a giant in the Kingdom, and he still finds time to father many spiritual sons and daughters and lend wise counsel to pastors and organizational leaders, while conferring with kings and prime ministers of foreign lands.


In 2002, he was consecrated to the Apostleship by the Executive Board of Bishops of the Bible Way Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, Incorporated.  From 2006 to 2014, Apostle Showell served as the Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of International Bible Way Church of Jesus Christ, Inc. During his tenure, he expanded the vision and direction of the organization to include a Leadership Development Institute. Many pastors along with several heads of affiliate organizations continue to glean from his wisdom and leadership.


Bishop Cornelius Showell is married to the love of his life, the Elect Lady Ella Augusta Showell. They have three sons, Byron, Andre and Cornelius II.