The youngest of twelve children, Alphonzo D. Brooks was born to the late Bishop Henry C. and Mother Willie S. Brooks, who were founders of The Way of the Cross Church of Christ in Washington, DC. Alphonzo was reared in the house of the Lord, and was baptized in the Name of Jesus and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. He was taught at a young age the importance of having a servant’s heart. He faithfully attended Sunday School and weekly Bible Study sessions, sang on numerous choirs and groups, and served as an usher.
Understanding that Education with Salvation is a great formula for success, he attended public schools in the District of Columbia, and matriculated in undergraduate studies at the Hampton Institute in Hampton, VA, and Virginia Union in Richmond, VA. He later continued his education, receiving a Doctorate in Biblical Studies.
Demonstrating loyalty to God and to his country, Alphonzo enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he became a paratrooper. He had no idea that his responsibility as a paratrooper was merely a precursor to God’s divine purpose for his life. Through the power of the Holy Ghost, and with a desire to do the perfect will of God, Alphonzo continues to soar in the kingdom of God, against all odds.
On July 4, 1964, he was married to Miss Helen Price of Washington, DC. Through the years, they have opened their home to five adopted children and numerous foster children.
In October 1967, Alphonzo accepted God’s call to ministry and in 1969 was ordained an Elder of The Way of the Cross Church of Christ, in Washington, DC. In 1972, God continue to increase his borders, and he was appointed as the Assistant. Following the retirement of the former pastor, Bishop John L. Brooks, Elder Brooks anointed as Pastor in September of 1978. Through the years, he has held many notable positions within The Way of the Cross Church of Christ, International organization including Chairman of the National Board of Trustees and Pastoral Council. Currently, he serves as Vice Presiding Bishop.
In the Nation’s capital and across the globe, Bishop Brooks is highly respected and admired for the wisdom that God has given him to produce; both spiritually and economically. God has blessed his ministry to flourish, and he is the spiritual father to numerous churches throughout the East Coast, Alaska and the African Continent. He is the founder of the Apostolic Christian College and the Sound of Pentecost Radio Broadcast. At the local church, he is revered as the under-shepherd that God has chosen to lead His people for such a time as this. He continues to preach the life transforming gospel of Jesus Christ, without apprehension or apology.