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Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!  Thank you for joining me and the Greater Free Gift Baptist Church as we are grateful to minister to you.   I encourage you to get to know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.  Romans 10:9 says:  "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."

We invite you to join us in Sunday Worship Service at 12:00 pm.  Please adhere to CDC guidelines by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.  You may also join us on Sundays at 12:00 pm via conference call:  605-313-5368 (passcode 603199#).  We are also streaming live on Sundays at 12:00 pm via FaceBook Live at Bishop Whitaker.  You will be blessed! 


In the Service of the King,

+William R. Whitaker, II


We invite you to come and study the Word
of God with us every Sunday morning
at 9:00 am in-person or conference call


Passcode: 603199# 

October 3, 2021
Praise God with Joy
Psalm 100

October 10, 2021
Praise for God's Ultimate Justice
Psalm 9:1-12

October 17, 2021
Praise God for Past Deliverance
Psalm 107:1-9, 39-43

October 24, 2021
Praise God for His Presence
Psalm 84

October 31, 2021
Praise God for His Greatness
Psalm 149:1-5; 150

November 7, 2021
United in Praise
Revelation 7:9-17

November 14, 2021
God of Power
Revelation 11:15-19

November 21, 2021
Marriage of the Lamb
Revelation 19:1-8

November 28, 2021
Good News for All
Acts 10:34-47


            Bishop William Raymond Whitaker, II was born in Newport News, Virginia on November 12, 1959.  Bishop Whitaker is a product of the Bedford Stuyvesant Tompkins Project community.  On October 10, 1976, at the tender age of 16 he preached his trial sermon (“Lord Make Us One” from The Book of Acts, Chapter 2) while under the leadership of the late Reverend Joseph Stiff, Jr. of Bethel Church of God in Christ. 

            In June 1985, he was licensed by the Greater Free Gift Baptist Church and ordained in November 1986 under the inspirational leadership of the late Dr. Daniel Webster Batts.  On December 13, 1994, Bishop Whitaker was called by the Lord to serve as Pastor of this great church and moved into full-time ministry.

Under the leadership of Bishop Whitaker, Greater Free Gift is a church of education, celebration and support as well as spiritual elevation with the formation of the Fine Arts Ministry and “Serenity on Stockton Street.”  He established the Greater Free Gift Bible Institute where he diligently shares his knowledge and wisdom as president and teacher.  In addition to being a dynamic preacher and most prolific teacher, Bishop Whitaker is a world-renowned vocalist.  On March 24, 2016 (Holy Thursday), twenty-one candidates were baptized during this twenty-first year Pastoral Anniversary celebration. 

            Bishop Whitaker’s commitment to the community is evident by his service as the Former Chair of Evangelism for the Eastern Region of the Progressive National Baptist Convention.  He served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Director of the Music Department of the New York Missionary Baptist Association. Bishop Whitaker is the former Ecumenical Director to the Honorable Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns. He graduated from Exponent ARRIVE as a licensed HIV/AIDS counselor and also served as mentor to the students at IS 33.  In January 2013 he was appointed as Chaplain for the New York City Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association.  Bishop Whitaker also serves as President of Divine Faith Christian Alliance, Inc. where he provides professional training and certification to Chaplains.

            Bishop Whitaker earned his Bachelor of Theology degree in 1999 (Lighthouse Christian College – Beebe, Arkansas); Master of Theology degree in 2004 (summa cum laude - Chelsea University – London, England); and Doctor of Divinity degree in 2005 (Master’s Graduate School of Divinity – Evansville, Indiana).  In 2004, the Hope for All Bible College bestowed upon Bishop Whitaker an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree.

            In March 2005, the Senior Pastor and Prelate of Agape Christian Fellowship of Covenant Churches and Ministries, Bishop David C. Wallace publicly proclaimed Bishop Whitaker as a Prince in the Lord’s Church.  Subsequently, on May 5, 2007, he was consecrated Bishop.

            In August 2011, after much prayer, Bishop Whitaker joined the Pentecostal Churches of Christ reformation and was affirmed by The Most Reverend J. Delano Ellis II, the Presiding Prelate of Pentecostal Churches of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio, and the President of the Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops. 

(1st Sundays)


Praying for healing and deliverance.


"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

2 Chronicles 7:14 

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