Minnie Lee Wilkins, Founding Pastor
Little Bethlehem Apostolic Faith Church, Inc.
1935 - 2007
Born Minnie Lee Wiggins on May 29, 1935 and departed this life for her heavenly home on November 28, 2007.
She was one of seven children born to Artney and Rebbie Wiggins in Halifax County, North Carolina.
She married Cleo Wilkins on June 4, 1950. To this union was born ten children: Leon, Calvin, Cleo, Thomas, Florence, Minnie, Linda, Walter & Wilma (twins), & Brenda.¨
Heeding the call of salvation, Pastor joined Christway Holiness Church, Whitakers, NC in 1966 under the leadership of Elder William Cherry.
She was baptized in water in Jesus' name and filled with the Holy Ghost that same year. She immediately began preaching the word of God.
As a missionary, she ministered to many – family, friends, neighbors, and many more who came and went, taking their blessing with them.
In obedience to God, Pastor (then Missionary) Wilkins started church in her home in 1982 under the leadership of the late Pastor Marie Battle, pastor of Praise Temple Apostolic Faith Church, with the Eastern and Southern States Council (ESSC).
In 1983, the church, The Jesus Name Mission, was moved to 433 Raleigh Road, in Rocky Mount, NC. On February 9, 1987, the church, now Little Bethlehem Apostolic Faith Church, Inc., became a member of the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith, Inc., (PCAF).
Due to membership growth, spiritually as well as in quantity, the church moved to 1020 Winstead Avenue in 1996. The Lord continued to add Holy Ghost filled members as she served faithfully, teaching and preaching the word of God.
In August 1993, at the 36th PCAF National Convention in Atlanta, GA, Pastor Wilkins received her ordination credentials and consecrated by the Board of Bishops. She supported the PCAF faithfully down through the years.
After having served her Lord and Savior faithfully for over forty years, went home to be with her Lord on November 28, 2007. God has been faithful in rewarding her work and labor of love. As we look back, we see God fulfilling prophecy spoken years before. We praise the Lord as we give thanks for our rich heritage.