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. He has 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.
years, Bishop-Designate Dean has served in several capacities
in the Northern Mississippi Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction; including
Administrative Assistant to the late Jurisdictional Bishop T.T.
Scott, Superintendent of District Number Six, Chairman of the
Ordination Board, Assistant Dean and Instructor in the C.H.
Mason Bible College, Jurisdictional Secretary, Organizer and
Chairman of the United State Auxiliaries Convention, and State
President of the Youth Department. 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. In December
2020, he was elevated to Bishop-Designate of the Northern Mississippi
Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ.
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
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
Bishop-Designate 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
Dean was married to the late Dr. Margie M. Dean for 52 years,
until her demise in 2015. God blessed them with four children
and seven grandchildren. In December 2020, God smiled upon Bishop-Designate
Dean and blessed him with new help-meet, Missionary JoeAnn Dean.
William Dean, Jr.
November 30th in Canton, MS
the following Degrees and Certifications: