History of Our District Superintendents

Rev. Jack Scott, First District Superintendent
Rev. Jack Scott, First District Superintendent

Jack Scott, served 1946 – 1958

Jack Scott, long-time minister of the United Pentecostal Church, was born on March 9, 1901. He was ordained to the ministry in 1939. On February 20, 1946 the ministers of the East Central District met in Morgantown, West Virginia to officially organize the new district and Jack Scott was elected to serve as the first District Superintendent. He served for thirteen years. He resigned his position in 1968 to devote his time to the Harrisville church, having been elected the year previous. His organizational expertise united the district brethren into a highly productive body, and his Bible teaching ability provided a very knowledgeable constituency. He was elected the pastor of the Harrisville church in 1957. In April of 1964, funeral services were held in Harrisville for this appreciated minister and Bible teacher. The service was directed by J. C. Cole. Superintendent H. I. Goodin was the speaker, and suitable poems were read by Mark Goodin and Kenneth Perine.


Rev. W.T. Poling, Second District Superintendent
Rev. W.T. Poling, Second District Superintendent

W. T. Poling, served 1958 – 1961

William Tell Poling was born July 14, 1897. He was elected the pastor of the Oakland, Maryland church in 1927, and in 1931, he was elected the pastor of the Riverside Apostolic Church, and remained there until his death. In 1937, Poling was elected as the District Elder of Northern West Virginia for the Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ, and served as the elected chairman of the Tri-State Council of Ministers. In February of 1946, he was elected as the first District Secretary-Treasurer for the newly organized East Central District. In 1958, during the conference convening in the 25th Street Pentecostal Church in Huntington, he was elected to serve as the District Superintendent. Brother Poling was selected to minister many times during the Annual General Conference. Elder W. T. Poling was a man of character and was deeply admired by the ministerial family. He was a catalyst for the construction of the camp grounds located near Point Pleasant, and served as the district superintendent until his death, December 8, 1961.


H. I. Goodin, Third District Superintendent
H. I. Goodin, Third District Superintendent

H. I. Goodin, served 1962 – 1967

Harlan Isaac Goodin was born in Newark, Ohio, April 16, 1896. He moved from Mountain Lake Park, Maryland to Morgantown to establish the Sabraton Apostolic Church in 1922. He was elected as the District Elder during the First Annual Conference of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ, in 1931 and served until elected as the General Presbyter in 1937, serving until the merger of the Pentecostal Church Incorporated and the Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ in 1945. H. I. Goodin was a charter member of the Tri-State Council of Ministers. During the Merger of 1945 that formed the United Pentecostal Church, he was elected as a district presbyter. When District Superintendent W. T. Poling died December 8, 1961, he was elected the district superintendent of the East Central District. Elder Goodin presided over the conference of May 1967 that created the unorganized District of Virginia. Harlan Goodin died after a faithful and lengthy ministry, August 19, 1968.


E. C. Sowards, Fourth District Superintendent
E. C. Sowards, Fourth District Superintendent

E. C. Sowards, served 1967 – 1973

Ernest Claude Sowards served under his pastor, the late W. C. Chapman He felt called to initiate a new work in Hurricane, West Virginia. When Walter Chapman died in December 1943, Brother Sowards was chosen to pastor the 25th Street Pentecostal Church, and served for 22 faithful years until his death. During this time he continued to pastor the local church in Hurricane, West Virginia. He served as a presbyter and then as the secretary-treasurer of the East Central District. In 1967, he was elected as the district superintendent. After serving the district for many years, he was elected as an honorary board member (honorary superintendent). E. C. Sowards was a very kind and tender character. A man of high moral character, honesty and sincerity, he excelled during times when faced with potential difficulties. His confidence never wavered and his leadership produced by growth. Throughout his life he maintained an excellent spirit. He served as superintendent from 1967 to 1973.


Greene Kitchen, Fifth District Superintendent
Greene Kitchen, Fifth District Superintendent

Greene Kitchen, served 1973 – 1983

Greene Kitchen was a holy man; Jesus Christ was the controlling factor in his life from the age of 16. Brother Kitchen began preaching in 1948, and in 1949 was elected pastor of the church in Chesapeake, Ohio. In 1950 he was elected the pastor of the Staunton Street Apostolic Church, serving there 41 years. Greene Kitchen was a fun loving person that could switch effectively from humor to seriousness. His love for the campground located in Point Pleasant found him working untiringly for its effectiveness in youth programs and developing West Virginia’s youth. He served as the District Secretary-Treasurer and then as the District Superintendent. Upon administrational change he served as an honorary member of the West Virginia District Board. He also served as an Honorary General Presbyter of the United Pentecostal Church International. He preached the Gospel on five continents and the sun never sets on the lives he has touched. Greene Kitchen died, Wednesday, April 20, 1994 at his home after a long illness.


Norman Mills, Sixth District Superintendent
Norman Mills, Sixth District Superintendent

Norman Mills, served 1983 – 1991

Norman Mills’ walk with God began in 1953 as a member of the Twenty-fifth Street Pentecostal Church. He attended Texas Bible College, and then served as the assistant pastor of the Twenty-fifth Street Pentecostal Church. He was elected pastor of the Valley Point Pentecostal church in September 1970, and served there for twenty years. In January 1991, he returned to Huntington to pastor the Twenty-fifth Street Pentecostal Church, serving until November 19, 2009. Norman Mills has served in many positions in the West Virginia District, including the District Youth Secretary, and District Youth President. He was elected as a presbyter, then the District Secretary Treasurer, after which he was elected as the District Superintendent. He was made an Honorary District Superintendent, and has served a total of thirty five years on the District Board. Norman Mills served with diligence. His ten years of tenure advanced the district to new levels as he worked to improve the facilities of the campground and promote the district to excellence.


L. Daniel Garlitz, Seventh District Superintendent
L. Daniel Garlitz, Seventh District Superintendent

Daniel Garlitz, served 1991 – 2001

Daniel Garlitz served as an assistant pastor to James Williamson of the Bonnieview Apostolic Chapel (Keyser), evangelizing full time, the pastor of the Chesapeake Apostolic Church, West Virginia’s District Section 5 Youth Leader, West Virginia District Youth Secretary; and then as the West Virginia District Youth President. In 1977 Daniel and Sandy Garlitz pioneered a new work in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. There he was elected to serve as the Pennsylvania District’s Youth President, Section 3 Presbyter, and then as the District Superintendent in 1984. In 1990, he returned to Keyser, West Virginia to serve as the pastor. After he returned to West Virginia he has served as as the presbyter of Section 2, District Secretary-Treasurer and was elected in 1991 as the West Virginia District Superintendent, serving until 2001. In 2003 he was again elected as the district superintendent. Brother Garlitz has been on numerous missions’ trips; including Ethiopia, Uganda, Malawi, and Chile. During these trips he has seen many receive the Holy Ghost and many miraculous healings.


Edwin S. Harper, Eighth District Superintendent
Edwin S. Harper, Eighth District Superintendent

Edwin Harper, served 2001 – 2004

Edwin Harper with his wife, Sharon Kitchen Harper, attended the Texas Bible College, and interned under Pastor Charles Lambert, at Gospel Truth Church in Houston, Texas. Brother Harper was elected to pastor the Dupo, Illinois church, and was then elected in 1975 to serve as the pastor of Morgantown’s Riverside Apostolic Church. In August 1985, he became a co-pastor with Greene Kitchen of the Staunton Street Apostolic Church in Huntington, West Virginia, and was elected the pastor in April 1989. Brother and Sister Edwin Harper’s goals focused upon the West Virginia District campground. He worked untiringly to see the property debt free, and provided leadership to make improvements during his tenure. Edwin Harper is a typical West Virginian, and has served on many special projects, including as chairman of the United Way campaign for the tri-state area. He was elected the district superintendent, and served from 2001 to 2004.


L. Daniel Garlitz, Ninth District Superintendent
L. Daniel Garlitz, Ninth District Superintendent

Daniel Garlitz, served 2004 – 2011

Daniel Garlitz served as an assistant pastor to James Williamson of the Bonnieview Apostolic Chapel (Keyser), evangelizing full time, the pastor of the Chesapeake Apostolic Church, West Virginia’s District Section 5 Youth Leader, West Virginia District Youth Secretary; and then as the West Virginia District Youth President. In 1977 Daniel and Sandy Garlitz pioneered a new work in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. There he was elected to serve as the Pennsylvania District’s Youth President, Section 3 Presbyter, and then as the District Superintendent in 1984. In 1990, he returned to Keyser, West Virginia to serve as the pastor. After he returned to West Virginia he has served as as the presbyter of Section 2, District Secretary-Treasurer and was elected in 1991 as the West Virginia District Superintendent, serving until 2001. In 2003 he was again elected as the district superintendent. Brother Garlitz has been on numerous missions’ trips; including Ethiopia, Uganda, Malawi, and Chile. During these trips he has seen many receive the Holy Ghost and many miraculous healings.


Rev. David M. Hudson, Tenth District Superintendent
Rev. David M. Hudson, Tenth District Superintendent

David M. Hudson, served 2011 – to the present

David M. Hudson was born in Charleston, WV on September 24, 1948. He graduated from Nitro High School and continued his education, seeking a degree in chemical engineering at West Virginia State College. During his time at WVSC he received his calling to the ministry and went on to the Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota and Texas Bible College in Houston, Texas. He currently holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Theology from Indiana Bible College awarded in 1988. Pastor Hudson received his ministerial license in 1967 with the United Pentecostal Church International, and was ordained into the ministry in 1973. From 1967 to 1971 he and his wife Brenda evangelized throughout the United States. In 1971, at the age of 23, Pastor Hudson began his first pastorate in Fayetteville, West Virginia and has since held pastorates in Walkerton Indiana, Monett Missouri, Syracuse Indiana, and here at Morgantown, West Virginia where he has served as senior pastor for the past 26 years beginning in 1985. Pastor Hudson has served as… [read more]

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