Dr. D. W. Cummings is the Pastor of the well-known Bethlehem Apostolic Temple in Wheeling, WV and Shiloh Apostolic Faith Assembly in Weirton, WV. A tall man in stature, Rev. Cummings is also bigger than life to those that know him. his passion is to help others so that they do not go through what he went through during his life with a young family having just lost his job and struggling to get by. Only by G-d's miracles was he able to survive.
His ministry has lasted over thirty five years with a wonderful G-d and church family.
Just recently he has received the Volunteer of the Year Award from The Friends of West Virginia Community College. The same week he had to deal with various crises, including losing his church's complete allocation for food baskets that are given out to over 800 local families each Easter. These were given without proof of income or any other criteria. Thanks to respect for him in the community, banks, businesses and other local organizations and individuals stepped forward to donate. He is over half way to his needs. Rev.Cummings loves people and they love him.
The Easter project is just one of 4 Big projects he coordinates each year. They include an Adopt-A-Youth program that involves 750-1000 at-risk or in-need youth annually. Every summer for the last 25 years, a back to school event is very popular locally. Book bags,clothes and school supplies are handed out every August to nearly 900 local students. Additionally, free tickets are handed out to a local festival with rides on an honor system basis financially and otherwise. The community supports this project overwhelmingly as almost no one ever turns down Rev. Cummings requests for assistance. His philosophy on this project is "altitude = attitude". Give young people a happy atmosphere and they will excell in learning(school) and life.
Also, Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets are given with appropriate traditional foods and clothing and toys.
Dr. Cummings was born in San Antonio, Texas. He is a graduate of Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland State College, Internal Auditor Federal Reserve School, Moody Bible School, and the Ashtabula Bible School, where he received his Doctorate in Theology. He has also received degrees in Accounting, Business Law, and Real Estate Law. Licensed as a Minister at the age of sixteen (16), he had his first pastorate at the age of nineteen (19) Pastor Cummings founded Greater Love Pentecostal Church in Ashtabula, Ohio in 1980, and remained there for over a decade. He received laying on of hands at his ordination in Zanesville, Ohio by the late Bishop Morris E. Golder of Ind., IN. On June 15, 1990, Dr. Cummings became the Pastor of Bethlehem Apostolic Temple. Dr. Cummings was installed as Pastor by the late Bishop F. L. Smith of Akron, Ohio in June of 1992. In April of 2002 he was elevated to District Elder in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Ohio District Council, District #8.
Pastor Cummings has served as a leader and officer in the religious community, as well as the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World for over two decades. He is the former Vice-president of the Wheeling Clergy Council; the former Chairman of the Evangelism Committee for the Greater Wheeling Council of Churches; the former Chairman for the “Martin Luther King Community Celebration” for the Ohio Valley, he served for five years; and presently serves as the President of the Ohio Valley Pastor’s Association. In 1997 he was awarded one of the “Man of the Year” awards by the Wheeling NAACP. In February 2003 he received an award as the “Civil Rights Leader of the Year” by the West Virginia Educators Association. He also was given the honor of serving as Chaplain for the West Virginia Legislature, in both the Senate and the House. He is on several boards including Habitat for Humanity, Wheeling Police Commission, Youth Services Board of Wheeling, and the West Virginia Northern Community College. He is a recipient of the “St. Francis Xavier Award” from the student government of Wheeling Jesuit University.
In August of 2006, Pastor Cummings was appointed Chairman of Human Rights Division, by the governor of West Virginia. In 2009 he was awarded the “Man of the Year” award from the African American Heritage of the Ohio Valley Program. 2010 the Governor recognized Pastor Cummings as the distinguished person of the year and he was also named the Chairman of the Youth Service Board, Wheeling, WV.
Pastor Cummings is the speaker for the “Voice in the Wilderness” radio and television broadcast. He writes weekly and monthly guest editorials for several major newspapers in the Ohio Valley. He serves in the Chaplain’s Department for two State Prisons, one Nursing Home and two hospitals.
Pastor Cummings’ has three children: Melanie Faith, Claude Vaughn, and Richard William Cummings.
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