“Upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”
Matthew 16:18 (KJV)
Bishop William Lee Northan, Jr. was born July 12, 1951 in Selbyville, DE. He is presently married to Shirley Bell-Northan and together they have eleven beautiful children. Bishop Northan was previously married to the late Elder Regina C. Northan for 37 years and together in that union they had five wonderful children.
Bishop Northan’s life changed in the year of 1980 while at Grace Mary Tabernacle when God saved him from his many sins and in other words (God became his “new boss”) if you know what I mean. Later Bishop Northan joined St. John Faith Church under the leadership of Pastor Johnnie Crippen where he was faith taught and a faithful member.
After eight (8) years of service Bishop Northan accepted the call to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in the year of 1988 and was ordained a minister under the leadership of Pastor Boyd English, where he was skillfully taught the word of God . The following year (1989) Bishop Northanwas ordained an elder by a quorum of Bishops of the Apostolic body and called to the pastorship, where he founded New Jerusalem Faith Church in Exmore, Virginia along with his late wife Elder Regina C. Northan.
In the year of 1990 after being in Exmore for one and half (1 1\2) year God spoke to him and said, “I’m sending you back home.”Bishop Northanbought an old store building, fashioned it into a church (edifice) New Jerusalem Faith Church where it still remains today. In the year of 2002 Bishop Northan was consecrated to the office of Bishop by a quorum of Bishops of the Apostolic Faith.
At this edifice (New Jerusalem Faith Church), Bishop Northan pastored along with his late wife (Elder Regina C. Northan) faithfully for 20 years. During his tenure Bishop Northan had a live radio broadcast for fifteen (15) years while working as a truck driver to take care of his family. The Lord blessed the ministry where souls were saved, people delivered from various diseases and addictions, and people were empowered by receiving the Holy Ghost in the changing of their lives.
Bishop Northan has a BAHGF degree which is (Born Again Holy Ghost Filled degree)
One of Bishop Northan's favorite scriptures is:
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28