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Founding Bishop

Meet our Leaders

Lincoln & Marie Graham

Founding Bishop

Bishop Lincoln A. Graham, Sr. grew up around the United Pentecostal Church in St Ann’s Bay in the early 1940s. He was baptized in Jesus’ name on April 5, 1960 and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost on September 26th of that same year.

The late Bishop David A. Gallimore and his wife Gwenneth were not only his pastors, but his mentors, teachers, and role model in the ministry. Bishop Graham was baptized in Jesus’ name by Bishop Henry Lee; the first person to receive the apostolic message in 1918.

In 1962-1963 he attended Caribbean Bible School in Kingston, Jamaica, under the leadership of the late A.D. and Bessie Varnado, United Pentecostal Church missionaries to the country. Bishop Graham also owes a debt to H. Glenn Smith and his wife Sis Rachel, his missionary teachers, along with Sis Varnado.

The following are some milestones in his long and distinguished life:

1963-1969 – first pastorate at place called Liberty Hill, in Jamaica, W.I.

1969 – migrated to the United States.

1969-1974 – worshiped at the UPC church located at 296 West 92nd St, Manhattan, Rev. F. A. Nickerson, host pastor. While there, he served as the youth director, Sunday School teacher, and choir member.

1974 – Pastor Nickerson gave his approval for Bishop Graham to pioneer a church, and on December 1, 1974, Oneness Pentecostal Tabernacle was born in a rented storefront at 221-09 Linden Blvd., St. Albans, New York. A year later, we purchased our first building, a storefront on the corner of the same block: 221-01 Linden Blvd.

1975-1977 – attended New York City Community College to study automotive technology.

1980-1985 – served as New York District Sunday School Secretary.

1985-1987 – served as New York Metro District Sunday Director.

1986-1988 – took courses on African-American history, Black Women In Antiquity, and Black Socialism.

1990 – dedicated a new church facility built on land purchased in 1983: our present building.

1992-1994 – served as presbyter of the New York Metro District.

2000-2006 – AIM missionary to the country of The Republic of Nigeria. During that time, we introduced the method of “Oneness Apostolic Seminar”, resulting in hundreds of Trinitarian ministers being baptized in Jesus’ name. Bishop also pioneered one church and established two new districts in Edo State and Delta State.

2001 – With the approval of the church body and board of directors, he relinquished the position of senior pastor to Pastor Lincoln A. Graham, Jr., to be more involved in missionary work in Nigeria.

2004-2006 – served as the New York Metro District Foreign Missions Director.

2004 – took a medical team comprising of one doctor and two nurses to Nigeria. One hundred and fifty children and numerous adults were attended to in basic examinations.

2007 – Genesis Institute of Theology, Evangelism, And Leadership – Master of Theology in Missiology and Pastoral Leadership.

2010 – Marks 50 years preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2014 – Missions Trip to India to teach the Oneness of God Apostolic message.

Present – Serves as a New York Metro District Presbyter in the United Pentecostal Church International.


Bishop Graham serves as a New York Metro District Presbyter in the United Pentecostal Church International.

Phone: 718-525-0862
Address: 198-01 Linden Blvd, St. Albans, NY 11412

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