|And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. (Rom. 8:28)
|Born in the Bronx on December 10, 1962 Bishop Ronald Hopkins was raised in a Christian home where church was a way of life, at the age of nine Ronald accepted Christ as his personal Savior, and was filled with the Holy Ghost. He was taught about Holiness and learned the meaning of service through the examples set by his parents, Leroy and Dorothy Hopkins; under the leadership of Bishop Rosa A. Horn, Pastor of the Mount Calvary Pentecostal Faith Church.
Although he had not planned the move, his willingness to yield immediately to the Lord’s voice was the beginning of an even greater manifestation of God’s sovereignty in his life.
As a founding member of the Pilgrim Church of Harlem, Ronald served as choir member, drummer, head trustee, and along with Sister Arlene Mitchell and Sister Cheryl Campbell, comprised the Harlem church’s first Praise and Worship team. With Bishop Reed’s stellar example as assistant to Bishop Brown, Ronald became adjutant to Bishop Reed, considering it an honor to render service to the servant of the Lord. After serving many years working in the secular world for the U.S. Postal Service, Bishop Reed identified the greater calling on Ronald’s life.
Through Bishop Reed’s sound teaching and gentle guidance and in obedience to God’s still, small voice, Ronald accepted appointments as member of the Diaconate in 1997, full-time Church Administrator in 1999, and Minister of the Gospel in 2003. He also earned Certificates of Completion for various courses of study in the Adjutants’ Academy conferred by the Joint College of African American Pentecostal Bishops in 1995, 2000, and 2006; appointment as Executive Chief Adjutant of Pilgrim Assemblies, International in 2002; and his Ministerial License in January 2007.
After the passing of Bishop Reed Archbishop Brown was pricked by the Holy Spirit and Ronald Hopkins was ordained and installed as Senior Pastor on December 8, 2007; consecrated to the office of Bishop July 10, 2010. The transition to being a pastor wasn’t easy; but Ronald often testifies to the fact that being faithful to God and leadership brings about countless blessings; and he counts it a privilege to be chosen by God, and is forever depending on God to lead him to his destiny.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jer. 29:11)
Bishop Hopkins is thankful to God for his loving wife Tracy; children Joshua and Shikeya; and grandchildren, Joshaneé, Sean and Taylor. Bishop Hopkins says, “Every day when I wake up, I am again humbled that the Lord would choose me to lead his people. After years of running from this call on my life, I have run directly into God’s purpose and plan for me. I look forward to being a part of God’s program as he moves the Pilgrim Cathedral of Harlem to greater glory. I don’t feel adequate or qualified enough, but God chooses the foolish to confound the wise and no flesh will get glory.”
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where [is] the wise? Where [is] the scribe? Where [is] the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? (1 Cor. 1.19-20)