Pastor Jeffrey Lashley
Pastor Lashley and his wife, Shelly, have been blessed with three beautiful daughters. They and their children have been born and raised in Peoria and have a great burden to see God's vision for this community come to pass. Pastor served as Youth Pastor and then as an Elder before taking over the pastorate in 2005. His gentle spirit is combined with an unyielding adherence to the scriptures. Pastor's passion for God, and the precepts of God, inspires us all to grow in Christ and shows us there is more to life than just physical existence.
Associate Pastor Jonathan Lashley
Jonathan and his wife, Carie, have faithfully served the Pentecostals of Peoria in a full time capacity for over 20 years. Having served as the Principal of New Life Christian Academy for 17 years, Jonathan currently serves as our business administrator overseeing our Ministry Leaders as well as the everyday business of the church. He also serves as Dean of Purpose Institute-Peoria, a satellite campus of Purpose Institute in Canton, OH. Working together, this couple continues to be a powerful ministry team with a strong passion for excellence.
Associate Pastor Jason Grant
The Lord has blessed Jason and his wife, Jennifer, with three great sons. They have served at the Pentecostals of Peoria in various capacities over the years including roles as Sunday School teachers and members of the Youth Committee. Jason has also served as Sunday School Director, Premarital Counselor and currently serves as our Family Life Pastor. Jennifer is our Music Director and both are involved in playing instruments in worship. Their lives are a testimony to the fact that while a good marriage is never easy, it is the plan of God, and with hard work, it can bring fulfillment for each partner that God intended.
Bishop James Lashley
Bishop Lashley came to Peoria from Greenville, Mississippi in 1966 and began pastorate with just 12 members. Over the next few years, the church exploded in growth. In 1970, Bishop, along with the men of the church, built our current facility. He and his wife Alice, faithfully served as our Pastor for 40 years. During this time, Bishop served on numerous regional boards and as a Presbyter for the Illinois District of the United Pentecostal Church. From 2008-2013, Bishop served as the Dean of Students at Christian Life College in Stockton, California. They have returned to Peoria and are once again serving on our ministry team.
Elder Robert Staton
Elder Robert Staton has been a member of the Pentecostals of Peoria for 20 years. His wife Barbara, grew up in this church and attended the school, New Life Christian Academy, during her high school years. They are currently serving on the Pastoral Staff, the Married Couples Ministry and he is the Principal of New Life Christian Academy. They have served in various ministries in the past including, Sunday School Ministry, Bus Ministry and on the Hospitality Staff. They have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, a wonderful son-in-law and three grandchildren.
Mission Statement At The Pentecostals of Peoria, our mission is to serve people by creating a place of worship where the Presence and Power of God is manifest in every service. We are not a denomination. We are Pentecostal because we identify with the Day of Pentecost experience as recorded in Acts 2. We adhere without waver to Apostolic Doctrine. We believe in worship without inhibition and that the Power of God and Gifts of the Spirit are not only relevant for this day, but prevalent in every service.
We believe in the great commission and are endeavoring to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with love, mercy and compassion.
We believe there is only one God (Deuteronomy 6:4). He is the creator of heaven and earth, and of all living beings. He has revealed Himself to humanity as the Father (Creator), as the Son (Savior), and as the Holy Ghost (indwelling Spirit in the church today).
We believe in water baptism by immersion in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sin. Through baptism we identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Romans 6:3-6, Colossians 2:11-14, Acts 2:38).
We believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the initial sign of speaking in other tongues (Acts 2:4).
We believe in the manifestation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He ministers to His people through tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy; words of knowledge and wisdom, discerning of spirits, faith, working of miracles, healing, helps and government (Mark 16:15-18, Acts 5:16, 2 Corinthians 12:1-11).
The United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) is a Oneness Pentecostal organization with churches, ministers, and members across the globe. With roots anchored firmly in the Bible and a vision for ministering to communities around the world, the UPCI embraces its mission to carry the whole gospel to the whole world by the whole church.
The UPCI has been among the fastest-growing church organizations since it was formed in 1945 by the merger of the Pentecostal Church Incorporated and the Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ. From 521 churches in 1945, the UPCI has grown to 40,000 churches (including preaching points), 35,000 credentialed ministers, and a constituency of 3,750,000 in 220 nations and territories. The international fellowship consists of national organizations that are united as the Global Council of the UPCI, which is chaired by the general superintendent of the UPCI.
The UPCI emerged out of the Pentecostal movement that began with a Bible school in Topeka, Kansas, in 1901 and with the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles, California, in 1906. It traces its organizational roots to 1916, when a large group of Pentecostal ministers began to unite around the teaching of the oneness of God and water baptism in the name of Jesus Christ.
The governmental structure of the UPCI is basically congregational in that local churches are self-governing: the congregation elects its pastor and other leaders, owns its property, decides its budget, establishes its membership, and conducts all necessary business.
The general organization embraces a modified Presbyterian system in that ministers meet in sectional, district, and general conferences to elect officials and to conduct business of the organization. The highest governing body of the UPCI is the General Conference, and between conferences it is governed by the Board of General Presbyters (General Board). Its chief officers are a general superintendent, a general secretary-treasurer, and two assistant general superintendents.
World Evangelism Center is the UPCI headquarters building located in Hazelwood, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. It houses offices for its general officials and seven divisions.
Among the endorsed institutions of the UPCI are six Bible colleges, a Christian college, a graduate school, two training institutes, a children's home, a residency for troubled young men, a ministry to those addicted to alcohol and other drugs, an adoption agency with a home for unwed mothers, a chaplaincy for prisoners, a radio ministry, an agency for community educational services, and an international relief agency. It also endorses chaplains to the military.