Dr. D. W. Cummings is the Pastor of the well-known Bethlehem Apostolic Temple in Wheeling, WV
Dr. Cummings was born in San Antonio, Texas. He is a graduate of Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland State College, Internal Auditor Federal Reserve School, Moody Bible School, and the Ashtabula Bible School, where he received his Doctorate in Theology. He has also received degrees in Accounting, Business Law, and Real Estate Law.
Licensed as a Minister at the age of sixteen (16), he had his first pastorate at the age of nineteen (19) Pastor Cummings founded Greater Love Pentecostal Church in Ashtabula,Ohio in 1980, and remained there for over a decade. His received laying on of hands at his ordination in Zanesville, Ohio by the late Bishop Morris E. Golder of Ind., IN. On June 15, 1992, Dr. Cummings became the Pastor of Bethlehem Apostolic Temple. Dr. Cummings was installed as Pastor by the late Bishop F. L. Smith of Akron, Ohio in June of 1992. In April of 2002 he was elevated to District Elder in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Ohio District Council, District #8.
Pastor Cummings has served as a leader and officer in the religious community, as well as the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World for over two decades. He is the former Vice-president of the Wheeling Clergy Council; the former Chairman of the Evangelism Committee for the Greater Wheeling Council of Churches; the former Chairman for the “Martin Luther King Community Celebration” for the Ohio Valley, he served for five years; and presently serves as the President of the Ohio Valley Pastor’s Association. In 1997 he was awarded one of the “Man of the Year” awards by the Wheeling NAACP. In February 2003 he received an award as the “Civil Rights Leader of the Year” by the West Virginia Educators Association. He also was given the honor of serving as Chaplain for the West Virginia Legislature, in both the Senate and the House. He is on several boards including Habitat for Humanity, Wheeling Police Commission, Youth Services Board of Wheeling, and the West Virginia Northern Community College. He is a recipient of the “St. Francis Xavier Award” from the student government of Wheeling Jesuit University.
In August of 2006, Pastor Cummings was appointed Chairman of Human Rights Division, by the governer of West Virginia. In 2009 he was awarded the “Man of the Year” award from the African American Hertiage of the Ohio Valley Program. 2010 the Governer reconigzed Pastor Cummings as the distiguished person of the year and he was also named the Chairman of the Youth Service Board, Wheeling, WV.
Pastor Cummings is the speaker for the “Voice in the Wilderness” radio and television broadcast. He writes weekly and monthly guest editorials for several major newspapers in the Ohio Valley. He serves in the Chaplain’s Department for two State Prisons, one Nursing Home and two hospitals.
Pastor Cummings’ has three children: Melanie Faith, Claude Vaughn, and Richard William Cummings.