Bishop Walter J. Thompson, Sr.
Walter Junius Thompson was born to Leroy and Edna Lee Thompson in Charlottesville, Virginia, on June 17, 1924. The family moved to the District of Columbia when Walter was a boy. He was educated in the public schools, and received his spiritual training at Carron Baptist Church. During World War II (the 1940’s) he entered the United States Navy and after two years of service, he received an Honorable Discharge.
Walter worked for the Bureau of Printing and Engraving in the Treasury Department, retiring after thirty years of service. Walter was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and received the precious gift of the Holy Ghost in 1950. Through the years, he has remained faithful to his charge and it has carried up and down the East Coast and throughout the Washington Metropolitan area. A host of people regularly call on him for prayer.
When Pastor Henry C. Brooks passed, Elder Thompson was chosen as one of the interim pastors for the Mother Church. He served in this capacity for three months. Bishop Alphonzo Brooks was later appointed as pastor and he selected Elder Thompson as the Assistant Pastor. Elder Thompson’s service and loyalty never wavered or diminished. As always, he remained diligent and faithful to the call God placed on his life.
Four and one-half years, Elder Thompson was the pastor of Galilee Way of The Cross Church in Altanta, Georgia. Galilee prospered as he faithfully taught the Word of God. In 1990 he was appointed a district elder, at-large, and in 1991 was given charge of District No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic Diocese. In 2003 he was consecrated a bishop.
Bishop Thompson can be truly characterized as “a man for all seasons” because of his faithfulness. Bishop Thompson has been married to Missionary Miriam L. Thompson since 1957 and they are proud parents of three children and three grandchildren.
1 Timothy 5:17. “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine”.
Elder Henry Chauncey Brooks Lancaster
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Elder Henry Chauncey Brooks Lancaster is the Assistant Pastor at The Way of The Cross Church of Christ (WOTCC). He has made unparalleled accomplishments within the Way of the Cross Church, locally, nationally and internationally. He has successfully bridge the gap between the WOTCC and several churches in Monrovia Liberia West Africa and its surrounding community. While working diligently to nurture the churches in West Africa, he still has time to oversee the daily responsibilities that comes with the title of Assistant Pastor of WOTCC Mother church.
Elder Lancaster is the oldest child of Evangelist Ruth B. Lancaster and the late Walter T. Lancaster, Sr. He has been a member of the WOTCC his entire life. For over twenty-seven years, he has been married to Dorothy M. Lancaster and is the proud father of four children and six grandchildren.
Elder Lancaster is very diverse in his skills, knowledge and talents. He served several years in the United States Armed Forces and retired from Washington Metropolitan Police Department after twenty-seven years of service. He has held numerous positions in the local and national WOTCC from local Youth for Christ President, Chairman of the deacon board, choir director, National Youth for Christ Advisor Board, Chairman WOTCC Convention Housing and Director of Foreign Ministry.
“I am honored to be a part of this great family and pleased to be named after the founder, Bishop Henry Chauncey Brooks. I congratulate the WOTCC for spreading God’s word for 84 years.”