Assistant Presiding Prelate


DSC_0033Bishop Will Stewart, Jr.
believes that God has a purpose for each member of the Body of Christ.  He teaches and preaches to equip the Body for service. Bishop Stewart was born in Birmingham, Alabama to the late Will and Lula Stewart on February 4, 1947.  He is the fourth of eight siblings.  Bishop Stewart attended Birmingham Public Schools.  Upon graduating from high school, he attended Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee where he majored in mathematics and minored in chemistry and physics.  There he met his wife, Phyllis Juliette Quick.  He was her math tutor. He later transferred to Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics.  They were married on July18, 1970.

Bishop Stewart Reese envisioned a ministry in Athens, Georgia.  Bishop Stewart accompanied Bishop and Lady Reese to Athens weekly for Wednesday night Bible Class in the late Deacon and Sister James Timmons’s home for a year. It was not Bishop Reese’s intention to pastor two churches.  Bishop Elect Reese appointed Bishop Elect Stewart as pastor of Bethesda Temple Church in Athens.  Bishop Elect Stewart and his family traveled to Athens on Wednesday night for Bible class and Sunday for Sunday School and evening worship for three years from Decatur, Georgia.  After three years, Bishop Stewart and his family moved to Athens to dedicate more time to the ministry.  Bishop Stewart has been pastor of Bethesda Temple Apostolic Faith Church of Athens, Incorporated for thirty-three years.

He has held several positions in the business arena:  consumer credit associate and consumer credit manager for a local consumer credit branch. Bishop Stewart is a former Allstate Insurance agent of ten years.  He is a former educator for the Clarke County School District.  More recently, he served in the position of testing coordinator/supervisor for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) of Rockville, Maryland.

Bishop Stewart is also an entrepreneur. He is the owner of The Olive Branch Bibles, Books, and More in Athens, Georgia along with his wife.

Bishop Stewart is married to Lady Phyllis Q. Stewart, they have two adult children, Dr. Bethany S. Harrison (Marcus) of Lithia Springs, Georgia and Stephen W. Stewart of Dallas, Texas. He is also the loving grandfather (“Paw-Paw”) of Judah Mekhai Harrison.