Apostle Samuel R. Peters
Apostle Samuel R. Peters was born February 27, 1948 in Sussex County, Virginia to Roosevelt and Minnie Dora Chambliss Peters. He is the 3rd child and 2nd son of eleven children. Raised on a farm in Sussex and Prince George counties, he started his education in the county public school and graduated from Armstrong High School in 1966 in Richmond, Virginia. Upon graduation from high school, Bishop Peters was hired by the U.S. Postal Service and worked as a letter carrier from 1966 to 1974. On March 11, 1967 he married Celestine Martin of Littleton, N.C. To this union was born one son and two daughters. To date he has 4 grandsons and 4 granddaughters.
Apostle Peters was baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost in 1965 and called to the ministry as a junior in high school. He was appointed a Jr. Deacon in 1966 and did his trial sermon in the same year. In 1969, Bishop William L. Bonner became pastor of the Richmond church because of a denominational split. Bishop Bonner appointed then Minister Peters as a youth minister and Jr. Pastor in 1971. Bishop Peters was ordained an Elder in Detroit, Michigan in 1972 and was appointed Assistant Pastor to Bishop Bonner. On October 8, 1974 he was installed as pastor of Mother Refuge Church in Richmond, Virginia now called Greater Refuge Church.
Apostle Peters is a born builder; he immediately set out to renovate the 2701 Garland Avenue property. He purchased new furniture, vans and equipment and burned the mortgage in 1979. He was appointed District Elder of Virginia Eastern District by the late Bishop Floyd C. P. Hill in 1981.
Apostle Peters attended the Church of Christ Bible Institute correspondence program. He continued to advance in education through seminars, bible conferences and church administration. He was a student of the late Apostle John W. Pernell of the COOLJC. He recently completed the Pastoral Ministries Certificate at the W.L. Bonner College in Columbia, South Carolina.
In 1985, Apostle Peters built a 350 seat sanctuary on the Garland Avenue site with the help of church brothers. This new sanctuary was a great help to the senior members of the congregation. In 1986, he was appointed Diocese Bishop over the state of Kentucky and served until August 1996. He was consecrated Bishop in August 1995 in Greensboro, N. C.
In 1996, Apostle Peters moved the congregation to its present location at 2210 Carter Street. This is a 5-acre site with 25,000 sq. ft. of building that has a 1,000-seat sanctuary, 25 classrooms, a Family Life Center, a 3-bedroom brick house, a playground for children and parking for 300 plus cars. The Kings Kids Christian Academy, Inc. was founded on this site in September 1996. This is a licensed Early Childhood Development Center that serves 100 children. The ministry now has over 20 full-time and part-time employees.
Apostle Peters has served as chairman of the Grievance Committee and Member of the International Catechism committee for COOLJC. He led humanitarian teams to Florida after hurricane Andrew struck that area. As the Apostle for Region V, he sent 3 tractor-trailers loaded with food, clothes, furniture, water and toys to New Orleans and Port Arthur, Texas after hurricane Katrina and Rita. He traveled to New Orleans to personally observe the distribution of the donated items.
Apostle Peter has traveled extensively. His travels have taken him to Rome, Italy, Jerusalem, London and Croydon, England; Nassau and Freeport in the Grand Bahamas, St. Thomas, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Hawaii, Ottawa and Toronto in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominion Republic, St. Lucia, and 45 States in the U.S.
Bishop Peters was consecrated Apostle in COOLJC and appointed to Region V in August 2005. He also serves as Apostle of Protocol and Procedure. Region V consists of North Carolina Metropolitan, North Carolina Metrolina, West Virginia, Central Virginia, and Virginia Eastern Diocese. It also consists of the Leeward Islands, Eastern Caribbean covering the Dominion Republic, St. Lucia, St. Croix, St. Kitts, Barbados and Antigua.
Apostle Samuel R. Peters overseas the following regions:
- Leeward Island
- North Carolina-Metrolina
- North Carolina-Metropolitan
- Virgian-Eastern Evangelical
- West Virginia