As you transition into the office of Presiding Bishop, what is your vision for the Way of the Cross Church of Christ Int'l?
My vision for the Way of the Cross Church of Christ is to be unified as a body both within our organization and among the Apostolic body of believers as a whole.
Where do you hope to see WOTCC in the next five years?
I really want the Way of the Cross to reach young people within the church because it seems as if the church as a whole is losing young people at a very rapid rate. In a world where they are being instructed that they must receive an education in order to be successful, I want them to realize that even in success they need God. Not only will we focus on the younger generation within our church but also conducting a mass outreach to that same generation outside of the church. It's all about winning more souls to the kingdom.
What do you want your legacy as Presiding Bishop to be?
I want my legacy as Presiding Bishop to be that of a leader who embraced unity in the body of Christ and worked to the best of my ability to move Way of the Cross to the next level. I also want to be known as a leader who was a devoted servant of Christ.
In a world where it appears as if the church is being pressured more and more to compromise, how do you plan to lead the churches that are a part of the organization to not compromise?
I believe that the church needs to become more of a unified front. I believe once this happens, the world will look to us to set the tone for decisions being made. Collectively we can pull down the strong holds facing the world today. I want people to recognize that Apostolics are not just some new religion/denomination and that we have been here for many years and doing great work for the kingdom and in our community.
At Apostle William Bonner's funeral, you spoke about the necessity for unity within the Pentecostal Apostolic body, how do you as a leader plan to ensure that necessity becomes a reality?
I believe that within our local assemblies we must embrace unity with our Apostolic brothers and sisters and from there we can embrace it from a much larger perspective.
Having such a rich heritage in the Pentecostal world, how do you plan to embrace the past while still moving forward in the future?
I plan to build on the tremendous foundation that has been laid for us and progress forward into the future building for the kingdom.
As the youngest son of WOTCC founder, Bishop Henry Brooks, how does it feel to be taking the position of leader within the organization he started?
It is somewhat of a bittersweet moment, with me being older in age part of me wishes I would have stepped into this role when I was younger. Knowing that my father wanted me to progress in ministry when I was younger, I regret that I did not heed to his prompting. Even though I know he may have been disappointed in me, I am glad that I stepped up to my calling now because I know the Lord is pleased.
In the whole spectrum of Pentecostalism, where do you believe Way of the Cross stands?
Having such a deep root in Pentecostalism we are an organization still standing on the foundation that was created by our founder, Bishop Henry Brooks. Celebrating 71 years as an organization, I want to show the world that we have been actively and effectively operating for decades, with many more to come.
Who have been your biggest inspirations and mentors and what are the key things you have learned from them?
I would have to say Mother Isabel Ford the founder of the National Youth For Christ was my biggest inspiration. She stressed discipline as it pertains to doing the work of the Lord. I am so honored that not only was she my mentor, but my sister.
What do you believe is the key for being an effective leader in the church during this modern age?
I would have to say devotion is the key to being an effective leader. In today's society I believe a lot of people are being drawn to the ministry because of the prosperous lives they see as a result of many years of faithfulness and work ethics. While nothing is wrong with being prosperous in ministry, that cannot be your main drive and focus as it relates to ministry and leadership in ministry. To be effective there must be an unwavering devotion to ministry and a love for God that drives you.
What scripture would you say is the motto for your life?
The motto scripture for my life would have to be John 17:22 "And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:" The reason I chose that scripture is because I want to show everyone that when it comes to me as a leader I embrace unity just as Christ and the father are one, the church should be one.
As we all can see Bishop Brooks is an exemplary man who definitely will drive Way of the Cross into a successful future. Many leaders both young and old can learn from the impactful life he has displayed and continues to display to this day. Please go like the Pentecostal Perspective Facebook page, follow the Pentecostal Perspective’s Instagram and Twitter pages, and share this edition of Pentecostal Spotlight. God Bless!!!