Leaders

The Church Chosen by Jesus Christ
for the blessings of multitudes

Our Pastor

Bishop W. Michael Fields

Bishop W. Michael Fields was called to the ministry during his early teen years. He has been ministering in his call to “preach the gospel” since the age of twenty. For Bishop Fields, also known as, “The Preaching Machine;” preaching the gospel is his life. During his early ministry years; Bishop Fields worked closely with his Father and Pastor at the time, Bishop William G. Fields. He served under His father as the Youth Pastor and Minister of Music at Refuge Temple Annex, Bronx, New York. He also served as the President and Choir Director for the Bronx Diocese Choir, the Diocese that his Father presided over. As Bishop Fields grew from Minister to Elder and then Bishop; he conducted many revivals and tent services and held various positions in the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc.,

In 1993 he was appointed Assistant Pastor of Greater Refuge Temple in Washington, DC, where the late Chief Apostle of the C.O.O.L.J.C., Apostle William L. Bonner, was the Pastor. On March 8th, 2012, a church vote was conducted by Apostle Bonner for the next Pastor of Greater Refuge Temple, Washington, DC. After the vote, with the majority of votes in Bishop Fields’ favor, Apostle Bonner named Bishop W. Michael Fields the Pastor of Greater Refuge Temple in Washington, D.C.

Bishop Fields wears a diversity of hats. He serves as Co-Pastor to Refuge Temple Annex, Bronx, New York. He faithfully serves as the Chairman to the Vetting and Ecclesiastical Relations Committee and the Chaplain of the Board of Bishops of the C.O.O.L.J.C. He operates as the Executive Assistant to the Region III Apostle of the C.O.O.L.J.C., Apostle Fred Rubin. Bishop Fields is a dedicated member of The Planning Committee for the Centennial Celebration of C.O.O.L.J.C. He is the Assistant to the Apostle of the Music Department of the C.O.O.L.J.C. As the Founder of the Apostolics United Conference; he builds and perpetuates unity across denomination and reformation lines.

Bishop Fields is keenly aware of the many challenges facing the 21st Century family and is leading the GRTDC congregation in “The Whole House” concept. He encourages the Body of Christ to believe God for the saving of The Whole House. As Bishop Fields regularly says,
“Can God Do It?” The congregation confidently responds, “Yes, He Can!” Bishop Fields has a vision for a Word-loving and Word-living Church. Pastor Fields’ desire is to disciple believers that walk with the Lord on a daily basis. He writes a weekly address to the congregation called, “From The Pastor’s Desk.” These writings encourage the Church to walk with Christ through the daily dilemmas in life.

Because of his passion for the Word of God; he has received a Bachelors in Religious Education from the W.L. Bonner Bible College in Columbia, South Carolina and an Honorary Doctorate from St. Thomas Christian University, Jacksonville, Florida.

Bishop Fields is a husband, married to the lovely Lady Melissa F. Fields. He is a biological and spiritual father. He is a songwriter, teacher and preacher of the Gospel, prayer warrior, and a perpetual Bible student. Bishop Fields is an accomplished musician, counselor, and a faithful servant of Christ. He is a preacher that has been called to proclaim the unadulterated Word of God. He wholeheartedly believes in giving God the praise … because HE … (God) is THE BOSS!

Bishop Fields’

Our First Lady

Lady Melissa F. Fields

“Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”1 Timothy 3:16 This is the awesome God that First Lady Melissa F. Fields is passionate about serving. She is an ardent lover of the Word of God, an enthusiastic women’s Bible study facilitator, a warrior in intercession, and a devoted worshipper of The King!

Lady Fields is an avid supporter of the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc., and has taught the women of her Organization on a local, diocese, and international level. She was presented with The President’s Award in 2003 from the International Ministers’ and Deacons’ Wives’ Guild. Lady Fields accepted the assignment to serve as International Junior Missionary Unit Coordinator from 2008 – 2011. Lady Fields compiled an International Junior Missionary Unit Study Guide and Handbook which included twenty-seven lesson outlines, containing spiritual and practical wisdom in missions. In July 2011 Missionary Fields received recognition for exceptional leadership as the Coordinator of the International Junior Missionary Unit. She is a 2011 inductee into the Outstanding Women of the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc., Volume III.

Elect Lady Fields is an author; she authored a women’s prayer journal, “In The Secret Place.” Lady Fields has also written a book entitled, “A Woman’s Guidebook To Basic Ministry Affairs.” This guidebook provides God’s women with a road map with directions to discover new territory in ministry. The survival guide includes guidance on: being an exceptional mistress of ceremonies, making hospital visitations, conducting bereavement calls, public speaking, developing a biographical sketch, and more. This literary work will be available on Amazon.com very soon.

God has given her creativity and an attention to detail that helps her organize stellar worship services and conferences. She is the leading lady to the Apostolics United Conference. In 2018, Lady Fields was presented with the Apostolic Anchor Award by Revival Fire Fellowship for the impact that she has made on the apostolic church at large through standard, consistency and faith in God. Lady Fields hosts women’s ministry fellowships under the ministry name, “Elisabeth’s Tent,” taken from Luke chapter 1. First Lady Fields’ love for the Word has propelled her to read the entire Bible from the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation. She has received certification in General Bible studies from Liberty Bible College. She is an honors graduate of the God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program from the Potter’s House, Dallas, TX. Missionary Fields is affiliated with the Network of Biblical Storytellers, International. Her 2010 travel to the Holy Land has deepened her connection to the Word and this renewed zeal is evident in her teachings and her praise. Lady Fields has a love for baking and caking decorating. She is passionate about living the sweet life and has a baking and lifestyle brand, “The Lady’s Patisserie.” She also hosts an online women’s ministry, “Fearless In High Heels.” Lady Fields dabbles with writing modern calligraphy. She was voted, “One of The Top 20 First Ladies in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area” in 2014. Her love the English language has merited her the tagline, “She’s a bit of a word smith.”

Lady Fields received the gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues as a pre-teen. She grew in the house of God holding a diversity of spiritual offices. The plan of God included oneness in matrimony with Bishop W. Michael Fields. She and her companion serve the Lord as one at Greater Refuge Temple Church, Washington, DC. She wears of diversity of hats in her Church to include First Lady, Women’s Ministry Oversight, Women’s Ministry Teacher, General Program Coordinator, New Members’ Teacher and Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Liaison.

Lady Fields is a mother, personal supporter, adviser, mentor, spiritual sister, and spiritual mother figure to many. She is spiritually proud to be a servant in the Kingdom of God and is excited to serve “the only wise God our Saviour … [to Him be] glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever”.  – Jude 1:25

Lady Fields’

Women Ministry

Fearless In High Heels

Auxiliaries and Leadership

Audio Ministry
Brother Craig Wallace

Brotherhood Department
Elder Thurman Gorman

Children’s Church
Sister Marilyn Young

Deacons’ Board
Deacon Brian Basil

Hospitality Team
Sister Bridget Gillette

Junior Church Pastor
Minister Adrian Wilkerson
– A.B.Y.P.U. –
Sister Jere Smith

Ministerial Board
Elder Ronald Young, Sr., Assistant Pastor

Missionary Department
Mother Edith Basil

Mothers’ Board
 Mother Jettie Brown

The Chairperson for the Music & Fine Arts Department
Minister Samuel Tatum (Minister of Music)

Music & Fine Arts Department 
-Apostolic Youth Chorale
Sister Donnette Williams

-Brotherhood Choir
Minister Ronald Young, Jr.,

-Judah Fellowship Choir
Sister Stephanie Marbury

-Refuge Temple Choir
Sister Marie Dickens

-United Voice of Refuge
Minister Samuel Tatum

Pastor’s Aide
Sister Teresa Bryant 

Sunday School Department
Sister Peggy L. Young

Nurses’ Unit
Sister Brittney Williams

Ushers’ Department
Sister Belinda McGill

Elisabeth’s Tent – Lady

Melissa F. Fields 
Ministers’ & Deacons’ Wives’ Guild – Sister

Mishawn Robinson 
Women’s Council – Sister Stephanie Marbury

 

 

Audio Ministry – Brother Craig Wallace
Brotherhood Department – Elder Thurman Gorman
Children’s ChurchSister Marilyn Young
Deacons’ BoardDeacon Brian Basil
Hospitality TeamSister Bridget Gillette

Junior Church PastorMinister Adrian Wilkerson
– A.B.Y.P.U. – Sister Jere Smith

Ministerial Board  Elder Ronald Young, Sr., Assistant Pastor 
Missionary Department
Mother Edith Basil
Mothers’ Board Mother Jettie Brown

The Chairperson for the Music & Fine Arts Department
Minister Samuel Tatum (Minister of Music)

Music & Fine Arts Department 
          -Apostolic Youth Chorale – Sister Donnette Williams
          -Brotherhood Choir – Minister Ronald Young, Jr., 
          -Judah Fellowship Choir Sister Stephanie Marbury
           -Refuge Temple Choir Sister Marie Dickens
           -United Voice of Refuge Minister Samuel Tatum

Pastor’s Aide – Sister Teresa Bryant 
Sunday School Department – Sister Peggy L. Young
Nurses’ Unit – Sister Brittney Williams
Ushers’ Department – Sister Belinda McGill

Elisabeth’s Tent – Lady Melissa F. Fields 

Ministers’ & Deacons’ Wives’ Guild – Sister Mishawn Robinson 

Women’s Council – Sister Stephanie Marbury

 

ABOUT OUR CHURCH

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CONTACT US

PHYSICAL ADDRESS

Greater Refuge Temple
420-56th Street, N.E.,
Washington, DC 20019

CONTACT

Telephone:
202-388-5605

Fax:
202-388-5610

Email:
secretary@greaterrefugetempledc.org

Church Office Hours

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Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM

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