William Dean, Jr. has been the faithful and committed pastor
of St. Paul Church of God in Christ since 1986. He has over 40
years of pastoral experience, including preaching, teaching, leadership
training, and counseling. Not only does Pastor Dean preach salvation
of the soul and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, but he believes
in ministering to the total man. It is his philosophy that a church’s
ministry should not be confined to its four walls and he has always
made strides to connect with the community. Together, he and his
wife, the late Dr. Margie Dean have served the community in many
ways, including visits to the nursing homes, the hospitals, giving
to families in need, creating scholarships, and founding charities
aimed at supporting, encouraging, and educating youth.
Over the years, Superintendent Dean has served in several capacities
in the Northern Mississippi Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. He is
currently Administrative Assistant to Jurisdictional Bishop T.T.
Scott, Superintendent of District Number Six, Chairman of the
Ordination Board, and Assistant Dean and Instructor in the C.H.
Mason Bible College. He is recognized throughout the country as
a phenomenal preacher and teacher of the gospel. Countless pastors
refer to him as their “father in the gospel.” He is
known for being genuine and kind, always having a smile, and always
telling you the truth.
Superintendent Dean counts it a great honor to pastor St. Paul,
the Mother Church of the Churches of God in Christ. He was raised
in the Church of God in Christ, taught at Saints Academy, and
even served as President of Saints Academy. He is well-versed
in the history of the Church of God in Christ and loves sharing
it with all who come to Lexington and St. Paul to view the church
On the natural side, Pastor Dean is well-educated, holding several
degrees in Education and Administration. Even while pastoring,
he worked as a high school teacher and Superintendent of Schools
until his retirement from public education. A few years later,
he came out of retirement for a brief period to serve as President
of Saints Academy upon its reopening. Currently, he is a member
of the Holmes County School Board. In 2013, a new elementary school
was built and named in his honor: William Dean Jr. Elementary
School. Although Superintendent Dean has received many awards
and accolades for his service in the educational realm, he feels
that none compare to the honor of pastoring St. Paul Church of
God in Christ.
William Dean, Jr.
November 30th in Canton, MS