Pastor Melvin H. and Lady Anna Terry Jr. (Pastor J.)


Pastor Melvin H. Terry Jr. (respectfully referred to as Pastor J.), was born in Cambridge, Ohio to Bishop Melvin H. & Evangelist Mary F. Terry.  He is the only son of 7 children.  At the age of 9, he was diagnosed with Spinal Meningitis and was pronounced dead within days of losing the function of his legs, eyes, and brain.  As his parents paid their final respects, his mother touched him, called his name and he responded.  The doctors came rushing back into the room amazed at the sign of life.


For years, he often pondered why God would allow him to come back to life.  In 2006, the answer was revealed when God visited him one evening and said, “It’s time.”  Understanding that these two words would change his life forever, he immediately began to serve under the leadership of Bishop Heron Johnson, Founder and Pastor of Faith Apostolic Church in Birmingham, AL.  After 6 years of servitude, God showed Minister Terry the scripture in which Jesus told the fishermen to let down their nets and there was a great gathering.  God then stated to him, “It is time to go back for the great gathering”.   Instinctively, he knew that this meant returning to Starkville, MS. 


In 2013, he became the Pastor of the Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ in Starkville, MS with a mission for lost souls.  He continues to seek the mind of Christ for direction; understanding that he came back from the dead for such a time as this.

Dr. Melvin H. Terry, Sr.


Evangelist Mary Terry

(Deceased Founders)


Suff. Bishop Melvin Terry was born to Elder Joe and Evangelist Della Terry on March 1, 1944 in the city of Bellaire, Ohio. In 1958, he received the gift of the Holy Ghost at the Apostolic Faith Church in Stewartsville, Ohio, where his mother, Evangelist Della Terry Hardin, served as pastor.  Holding many positions in the church, he proved to be a faithful worker.


In 1962, he graduated from Bellaire High School and thereafter became an employee of the Ohio District Council Nursing Facility in Zanesville, Ohio.  During this employment, he attended the Apostolic Christian Church, pastored by Suffragan Bishop Frank McDonald.


In the fall of 1962, he enrolled at Aenon Bible College located in Columbus, Ohio, being a recipient of the Ohio District Council Young People’s Scholarship. During his tenure in Columbus, he was under the pastorate of the late Bishop Karl F. Smith of the Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith Church.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Religious Education, later known as the Bachelor of Theology in 1966.


During his tenure at Aenon (1964 - 1966), he became the Assistant Pastor of the Bethesda Apostolic Church in Urbana, Ohio, under the pastorate of the late District Elder Charles Scott. Following graduation from college, he then married Mary Frances Johnson from New York City in June 1966.  To this union was born six girls, Mae Frances, Marla Fayette, Marenda Felicia, Michelle Francine, Marlene Fern, the youngest of all the children Monique Fonte’ and one son by the name of Melvin Howard Terry Jr..


Elder Terry became the pastor of Bethel Apostolic Church of Cambridge, Ohio in the fall of 1966, becoming the youngest pastor in the Ohio District Council. He remained there until 1972 when he consented to transfer to Zion Pentecostal Church in Cincinnati, Ohio, as an associate minister under the pastorate of the late Suffragan Bishop Jasper Phillips.  Then in 1973, he became the pastor of King’s Temple Apostolic Church in Marion, Ohio.  He served as pastor for nine years.


In December 1985, he accepted God’s call to Mississippi and began to labor in the city of Starkville.  He then officially opened the Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ church in February 1987.  He joined the council, known as the Southern Tri State Council (Bishop Frances L. Smith diocesan).  It is now known as the Mississippi and Western Tennessee District Council under the diocese of the honorable Bishop Clifton Jones.  He was assigned as District Elder  in 1991, and  thereafter, elected Chairman of the MS & W. Tennessee District Council.  While serving in these offices, he also served the community through several civic groups; initiating spiritual, educational and economical programs to benefit the local community.


In August 2008, he was elevated to Suffragan Bishop at the National Convention in Dallas, TX.  Suff. Bishop Terry continues to maintain a high sense of dedication to the cause of Jesus Christ for the development of the whole man.


On July 21, 2016 Dr. Melvin H. Terry Sr. fell asleep to be with the Lord. And on May 29, 2017 Evang. Mary F. Terry fell asleep to join him. We will see them in the Morning!  

Apostolic Assembly of Jesus Christ Church

113 N. Lafayette Street

Starkville, MS 39759


T: 662-323-2423

F: 662-323-2423 

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