William Joseph Garrett (1928~2012)
Reverend Bill Garrett was born October 19, 1928 in Sulphur Springs, Texas. He attended High School in Orange, Texas where he was the captain of the Bengal Tigers football team. Bill was given a scholarship to attend Stephen F. Austin University to play football, but chose rather to enter the military, thus he joined the United States Marine Corp. On September 17, 1948 he married his high school sweetheart (Mickey Chatellier). To this union was born four children.
After attending a Pentecostal church just one time, Bill received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. His Spirit baptism came on May 8, 1950 during a cottage prayer meeting. His home church was the Gospel Lighthouse, located at 801 Border Street, Orange, Texas, pastored by J.H. Stanton.
Shortly after receiving the Holy Ghost, Bill accepted the call to preach. He was licensed by the United Pentecostal Church in 1952. He evangelized for one and one half years. In 1955, he became the pastor of the United Pentecostal Church in Boling, Texas. In 1956, he became the pastor of the United Pentecostal Church in Del Rio, Texas. On Memorial Day weekend in 1957, Elder Garrett became the pastor of the United Pentecostal Church in Joplin, Missouri. The church had been started by Brother Irvin Baxter Sr., in 1947.
In the year 2000, Elder Garrett celebrated his 50th year in the ministry. His unique style of preaching has given him a reputation of being a preachers, preacher. He is an avid reader, and uses various illustrations in his sermon presentations to hold his captive audience spellbound. Today, Elder Garrett’s dynamic ministry remains in great demand. In 1968, he became a charter member of the newly formed Apostolic ministers Fellowship at Baler, Louisiana. He was honored to serve two terms as the General Chairman of the AMF. Reverend William J.