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Holy Greetings Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:2

All Hail the Power of Jesus Name On behalf of the entire New Testament Christian Community Church we welcome you to the Episcopal Consecration of Bishop-Designate, Samuel Russell. All year we have anticipated this momentous occasion and we are expecting a great move of God. We have been fervent in prayer and consecration trusting that the Lord will revile himself in an unprecedented way during this sacred event. We wholeheartedly believe that our prayers will be answered and our faith strengthened as the power for the Lord is released. We are excited about this service, enthused about what we will witness, and encouraged by your support and we pray that you will enjoy all that has been prepared for you during this sacred assembly. May the blessings of the Lord be richly upon you and may His peace always be your dwelling place. Again, welcome and thank you for your love and support. To Him All Majesty We Ascribe,

The New Testament Fellowship Christian Community Church


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verseer James A Wills, is the Pastor and founder of Love Fellowship Christian Church. He is a native of Decatur, Illinois and Patriarch of the Wills Family. Pastor Wills has been married to Lady Joyce Wills for over thirty six years. When asked how he views his marriage, Overseer Wills stated, "Marriage is an example of heaven here on earth. It is a picture of God's relationship with mankind. In addition, he is the father of seven children, five girls and two boys: Jamey, Jamesha, Janae, James Jr., Jamea, Josalin and Jonathan. When asked what does family mean to him? Overseer Wills stated, “Family is my greatest asset, and it is where I invest most of my time next to God.” Overseer Wills is also a man who thrives on serving. When asked to explain what it means to be called by God, Overseer Wills stated, "It means that you have been chosen to be a servant. It is not a prestigious position but a lifestyle; it means that God trust you to carry out His will.

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Overseer Wills served in the Church of the Living God P.G.T for 29 years under Bishop Calvin Peppers. He is now the State Director of Illinois, overseeing 17 churches for the State of Illinois Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship.


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Opening Prayer............................................................................................................................................. Pastor Joseph Anthony III Scripture............................................................................................................................................................. Pastor Tonja Alexander Praise and Worship................................................................................................................................ Elder Dante Offord & Friends Words of Encouragement ................................................................................................................................... Apostle J. L. Godbolt, Bishop Washington Bishop Timothy Criss Bishop Leroy Davis

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Minister Greg Russell Dinner Music Ordination of Deacons and Ministers.............................................................................................................. Bishop Samuel Russell Musical Selection........................................................................................................................................ Central Illinois Mass Choir Words of Encouragement .......................................................................................................................... Bishop Harold Dawson, Jr. Bishop Larry Taylor Reverend Elaine Gordon Pastor Clara Underwood-Forman Offeratory Period...................................................................................................................................................... Apostle Jessie Bates Introduction of Speaker...................................................................................................................................... Elder Reginald Russell Musical Selection............................................................................................................................ Love Fellowship Christian Church Speaker...................................................................................................................................................................Overseer James Wells Closing Remarks........................................................................................................................Bishop Samuel & Lady Debra Russell E P I S C O PA L E L E VAT I O N O F B I S H O P – D E S I G N AT E S A M U E L R U S S E L L •

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ishop Samuel Russell is anointed of God with the Mission to bring the Message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Body of Christ. Born September 3rd 1951 to Elmore and Mary Russell in Peoria, Illinois, he is the 11th child of 18 children. Bishop Russell and his loving wife of 37 years, Lady Deborah Russell, are the blessed parents of four children, Zanita Renae, Brain Anthony, Jamika Amanda and Jackie Michelle Russell. They are also the grandparents of 10. A lifetime resident of Peoria, Illinois Bishop Russell graduate from Manual High School. He became an Ordained Elder in the COGIC, Southern Illinois Jurisdiction, on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Bishop Russell began his mission for Christ as a Sunday School teacher at Holy Temple Church of God in Christ. He shared the gospel throughout the state of Illinois as a leader of the Sam Russell singers and served as a volunteer Assistant Evangelist in the COGIC with Elder E. Hinton, Ministering in the Peoria County jail and prisons. With a passion for incarcerated souls, Bishop Russell ministered as a volunteer Chaplain for the Illinois Department of Corrections, Peoria Adult Work Release Center. Bishop Russell’s current vision includes establishing an in-house facility for men and women coming out of the Department of Corrections, called the “UPPER Room.” The main goals of this program are reducing recidivism. Bishop Russell's current endeavors include co-chairing The Stop the Violence Festival with Apostle Jessie Bates from Abundant Life Ministries, International. This annual project aims to reduce violence by increasing the awareness of the works of the Lord.. Within the last 30 years, under the leadership of Bishop Russell there have been a diversity of community outreach ministries developed at New Testament Fellowship Christian

Community Church such as: Pastoral Care Counsel, Hurting and Healing, Children’s Church, Teen Ministry, Food Pantry Distribution, Financial and Education Planning, Women's Ministry Chaired by First Lady Deborah Russell, Neighborhood Outreach, Prison Ministry, Brothers with a Mission, P/H Connection Substance Abuse Recovery Ministry. Bishop Russell has dedicated 40 years of service (while pastoring 30 years) to Evonik Chemical Corporation in Mapleton, Illinois. He has served as an example to other Pastors. He showed them that it can be done, the two can coexist with God at the helm. He has served as a Chemical Plant Laborer, Chemical Operator, maintenance trainee, elevated to Master Mechanic, pipe fitter, skilled with the ability to work on pumps, compressors, and heat exchangers. He is a certified welder in two different classifications, specializing in Mig. Tig. Ad Stick welding. He is a Metal Fabricator and carpenter and dabbles in electricity and heavy equipment operations. This skill carried over into Bishop Russell’s ministry, as he has provided much needed support and direction to construct a new addition to the church, as well, as well as teach others construction skills which proves the fact that not all knowledge comes from college. The next phase of ministry will be the construction of a community development center on the Church Campus grounds to add to the purposed mission to serve the community and win souls for Christ. Now retired, God has given Bishop Russell the opportunity to devote his time to the people and the things of God and family. Bishop Samuel Russell has accepted an incredible responsibility! His members are very excited to have him as their Pastor, and are compelled to “Be Faithful” as he stated in his first Pastoral Sermon thirty years ago.

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the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, God’s Holy Apostolic-Universal Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

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The Globe

The Shield

The apostolic covering from The Bishop. Independent Christian Churches, Organizations. A Coalitions of Affiliate Ministries.

The Globe embodies the Great Commission of Mark 16:15, admonishing The Bishop and believers to go into all the world, preaching the gospel to every creature.

A symbol of the sure foundation of the Russell Family and The New Testament Fellowship Church and ICCAM

The Mitre

The Keys

The Sword is centrally located as the “backbone” of the shield and is representative of the Word of God which rightly divides truth.

Resting above the shield is the Bishop’s Mitre. This headwear is symbolic of the “Holy Spirit’s Endowment” (Acts 20) and heralds bishops as princes of the Lord’s Church.

The Crown

The Crown is symbolic of royal legacy and family heritage. It also conveys the authority of the bishopric – a prince in the Lord’s church.

The Roman Numeral Insignia

MMXVI is the Roman Numeral equivalent for the year 2016, during which Pastor Samuel Russell was confirmed as a Bishop.

The Keys are symbolic of Apostolic Authority given by Christ and passed down to the apostles, bishops and all who call upon His name in truth. The Apostle Peter is given the keys of the kingdom to bind and to loose in Matthew 16:19

The Lion

The Lion is a symbol of Christ, the Lion of Judah and also conveys the authority given by bishops to protect and cover the church, the Bride of Christ.

The Flame

The Flame is symbolic of spiritual zeal and of the fire on the altar of the Lord that must be kept burning (Leviticus 6:12), as the life of The Bishop must be illumination to the body of believers over whose spiritual care he is entrusted.

The Sword The Bible

The Bible conveys a tri-part meaning – 1) It is the embodiment of the vision given to The Bishop to establish New Testament Fellowship Church 2) its positioning at the base of the seal conveys that the Word is a lamp unto our feet and light to our path (Psalm 119:105) and 3) it is bisected by The Sword, symbolizing the twoedged nature of God’s Word (Hebrews 4:12)

Proverbs 22:1

This foundational scripture was the first text ever preached by The Bishop “A Good Name” and is symbolic of the God-given vision and mission of the New Testament Fellowship, ICCAM, Inc.

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To My Beloved Husband, Samuel Russell: I thank God for His love that made our love so strong and for His faithfulness that helped us overcome anything we've ever faced. I am so grateful to God for allowing us to walk through life together. We have weathered the storms of life for 37 years; and in that time, you have shown yourself to be a provider, protector, and priest of home. As provider, you worked in the secular arena for 40 years, faithfully going to work every day with the exceptions of scheduled time-off and time-off due to work related accidents. As protector, you made sure that all needs of our household were met, and we never went without. As priest, you provided us with a Godly example of living out the word via your dedicated service to your family, church and community. Thank God for blessing you and for bringing you to this place of honor as Bishop-Designate. I pray God’s guidance for your future and that He continues to use you in His Kingdom. May you be restored daily with grace and fresh anointing of the Holy Ghost so that you can do great and mighty things in Christ’s name and for His glory! May the Lord bless you and anoint you for His Divine service is my prayer. Your Loving Wife,

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Annual Christmas Basket Giveaway

Our Ministry In Action + Family & Friends

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t is rare that you’ll find men with the characteristics that our father has. Throughout the years he has been a tremendous blessing in our lives. His love, support, understanding, generosity, care and so many other attributes are the foundation to who we are today. We strongly believe that God handpicked our father to be the man of integrity that he is to lead nations. It is through his examples that we have our own personal relationships with Christ. We celebrate in these moments

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We Celebrate With You

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Congratulations and Best Wishes

Bishop Larry & Elder Desetra Taylor Center For Hope Ministries

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But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9

Congratulations

WE LOVE YOU and we are extermely happy for what God has prepared for you! Morning Glory Christian Church

Pa s t o r M a r l o n E . & L a d y K ay Yo u n g , S r . Visit Us At Our New Location • 1001 W Loucks Avenue, Peoria, Illinois

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The E piscopal Offices of

Bishop Timothy Eugenio Criss Greater City of Refuge Worship Catherdral Peoria, Illinois • USA

Truly, we congratulate and honor you in your elevation to the office of Bishop. Our prayers are for you, your family and congregation as you rise to new dimensions and new challenges in ministry. We are extremely excited about the next move of God in you and your family's lives as you all must rise to accept this new assignment. May God richly bless your efforts as you boldly undertake this awesome mandate as a Prince in the Lord's Church.

T o G o d B e T h e G l o r y. +Bishop and Mrs. Timothy E. Chriss and the Greater City of Refuge Family

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Church of the Living God

Christian Workers for Fellowship •Temple 130 • Peoria, Illinois

Congratulates Bishop Samuel Russell The Right Reverend

On your Elevation to the Episcopacy

Vice Chief Bishop Leroy & First Lady Salmena Smith M AY T H E B L E S S I N G S O F T H E L O R D B E W I T H Y O U T O D AY A N D A LW AY S !

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Greetings from Your Sister, Lula

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Congratulations New Testament on Your 30th & Bishop Designate Samuel Russell You are Cordially invited To Our 23st

Annual Holiday Gala!

Sunday, December 4, 2016 From 3pm to 6pm

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Bishop, I Salute You! CONGRATULATIONS Celebrating 30 Years of Ministry and Your Elevation to the Office of Bishop A P O S T L E J E S S I E B AT E S

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The New Testament Fellowship Com Church THE POTTER'S HOUSE OF PEORIA Sunday Morning Worship Word Institute 11:30 AM Thursdays at 7:00 PM

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Congratulations to New Testament Fellowship Church on your 30TH YEAR IN MINISTRY and to our very own, the newly consecrated:

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Congratulations to my Dear Nephew

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Felicitations Congratulations to New Testament Fellowship Community Church &

Bishop Samuel Russell

M a n y B l e s s i n g s a s y o u e m b r a c e t h i s n e w s e a s o n !

Greetings

Reverend Elaine P. Gordon

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Bishop Samuel Russell

We c o m m e n d y o u f o r y o u r d e d i c a t i o n & tenacity in building the Kingdom Of God. The community also is blessed because of the work you are doing.

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A New Season...

And I will give you leaders according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. J E R E M I A H

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Samuel Russell Your faithful ser vice has qualified you for this spiritual elevation.

I am grateful for the Russell Family, and New Testament Fellowship. There is no place I'd rather be than right here, celebrating with Bishop Samuel Russell.

May God continue to richly bless you! Minister Ebou Howard

Nadine McFarland

BISHOP SAMUEL & LADY DEBORAH RUSSELL

We Celebrate your success and this elevation!

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Congratulations, Bishop Russell

BISHOP SAMUEL & LADY DEBORAH RUSSELL

and New Testament Fellowship Community Church Family

WE JOIN YOU IN

C e l e b r a t i n g 3 0 Ye a r s o f M i n i s t r y a n d Yo u r E l e v a t i o n to the Office of Bishop

Your Nieces and Nephews CONGRATULATIONS & CONTINUED SUCCESS

CONGRATULATIONS

Bishop Samuel & Lady Deborah Russell Sister Judy Hendricks and Elogeme Adolphi Christian Sorority, Inc.

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Much success to you and your future endeavors!

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Congratulations Bishop Samuel Russell from Ryan Hobson and the Taft Homes Community!!!

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A Note of Sincere Gratitude

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n behalf of our family, our New Testament Fellowship Christian Community Church family, partners and friends, we would like to graciously convey our most sincere and heartfelt thanks to YOU! To every one who came from near and far to witness this lifealtering moment in our ministry and family history, we thank you. To every program participant, volunteer, contractor, vendor or contributor, we certainly appreciate you. Our prayer is that the love that you have bestowed to us, be measured back to you in overwhelming blessings of prosperity and joy in EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIVES! Your contribution and even attendance was a seed sown into our lives that God is faithful to multiply back to you! We agree with and declare 2 Corinthians 9:8-11 over your lives which says, And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.”

You have helped make this moment historical and unforgettable in our lives and we bless you for it! We love you! Committed to His Work,

Bishop Samuel and Lady Deborah Russell

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