Read my “Pastor’s Corner” Blog! 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. He attended Aenon Bible College, and was called to the ministry in 1965. He began pastoring in 1969 in his hometown of Zanesville, Ohio, having returned there from Columbus, Ohio to assume oversight of a small work that had been founded by his grandmother. That small congregation of 4 grew to become the now flourishing Greater Apostolic Church of Christ, and he pastored there for nearly 21 years. 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. He 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.
Marcia Gaiters was born to the late Ernest and Bertha Hardy in Columbus, Ohio. She spent her elementary school years in the Columbus Public School system and completed her high school education at University High School. She graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in Medical Technology and achieved ASCAP certification.
Four months after graduation, she was married to James W. Gaiters. She worked in the medical field until her husband was called to the ministry and accepted a pastorate in Zanesville, Ohio. Since then she has functioned faithfully as a pastor’s wife for nearly 44 years in Zanesville and Columbus, Ohio. During those years she has served as secretary, accountant, Sunday School superintendent, teacher, minister of music, choir director, altar worker, bus driver, etc.
Her avocation is the ministry of music. She began studying piano at the age of four and was preparing to become a concert pianist. She has played for churches and choirs since she was a teenager. One of her prize accomplishments is the production of ”Old Songs with Old Friends”, Parts I, II, and III, with Brother Thommy Adams. Lady Gaiters has served on community and civic boards in Zanesville, and is presently a member of the Minister’s Wife Associations of both the Ohio District Council and the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. Bishop Gaiters, and his wife, Marcia, were married in October, 1965, and are the parents of two sons and two daughters, grandparents of 9, and have one great-grandson.