Starting at the age of 13, Minister Charles J. Cummings, a native of Washington, DC. Preached his first sermon at a youth service over thirty years ago. He was ordained an Elder in 1992 in the Bibleway World Wide organization. Has since served as Assistant Pastor at the Ark for All People’s Church, in Washington DC., where the late Walter M. Gardner was pastor. Elder Cummings was married to his beautiful wife, Lady Wanda E. Cummings on July 23, 1994. He is the youngest of eight siblings and the father of six children. Elder Cummings upon his arrival in St Louis joined the Christ Temple on the Church where the late Elmer Kirksey Sr. was Pastor. He was Licensed an Elder under the Pentecostal Assembles of the World in 1994, after surrendering his previous ordination certificate he served one year, after which he was ordained an Elder in 1995. Elder Cummings served Pastor Elmer Kirksey for seven years and was appointed Assistant Pastor, where he served faithfully until Pastor Kirksey death in 2009. It was quite evident that leadership was his calling. So on October 3, 2010 the lord called him to the pastorate were he founded the Christ Family Refuge Ministries of the Apostolic Faith.
MIDWESTERN DISTRICT COUNCIL Doctor Cummings in 2014 was elevated to District Elder of the Midwestern District Council (MDC) within the 12th Episcopal District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW). Where he serves as the Sargent-At- Arms in the council business sessions, in 2016 he was appointed by the Diocesan Bishop Larry O. Jones, to the position of Chief of Staff of the 12th Episcopal District of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW).
Wife to Dr. C. J. Cummings for over 20 years, Mother of 6, Grandmother of 20, Adopted Mother of 1 Worship Leader, Christian Education Teacher.
The Women’s ministry at Christ Family Refuge is called “Soul Food” and is designed to create a fun, interesting educational experience for all women, so they have a desire to become women of excellence and virtue. Their inaugural event “Soul Food” presents, “Girl, What You Wearing???” Was a humorous play on fashion, the word was preached and light refreshments were served. The fashion show was choreographed with models from various churches and members of Christ Family Refuge. The designs were described using creative poetry of Minister Cherie Benton McCoy, of Bethesda Temple Church. The results were a play on the way we dress, from the inside and out. The Word of God came forth with power from Evangelist Mona Allen, as she gave her testimony of rape, and being left for dead. The altar was flooded with women who saw themselves in some portion of the evening’s events, and many were set free from the bondages of self-betrayal and inappropriate fleshly desires.
Future events will include business opportunities, marriage and single women, prayer task force and just plain living as a woman of God.