Senior Pastor – Bishop Edwin C. Bass
Pastor Bass is a graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. He also attended Panjab University in Chandigarh, India. In the secular world, he served as Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Blue Cross Blue Shield. He serves on the board of Weed & Seed, an initiative by the U.S. Department of Justice to reduce violence in our cities. He has served on the boards of United Way of Greater St. Louis, St. Louis Transitional Hope House, Lindenwood University, Grace Hill Economic Development Corporation, the Urban League of St. Louis and the Colgate University Alumni Corporation. Among his many awards and honors, Pastor Bass was featured in the Speaking of People column in Ebony Magazine. He is nationally known for coining the phrase, “I Won”t Be Silent Anymore!” and for authoring a book by that name.
Pastor Bass grew up in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area where he married his high school sweetheart, Pastoral Assistant Jessie Miller Bass. Prior to their marriage, they had the prophetic experience of being saved in the same service. They are the blessed parents of Sean, Craig and Courtney, and the grandparents of Kyng.
Pastoral Assistant – Lady Jessie M. Bass
Pastoral Assistant Bass, co-founder of The Empowered Church, a key woman of action, is a highly effective spiritual counselor. She has a degree from Duff’s College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She also attended Robert Morris College and Florissant Valley Community College. Her background is in fashion merchandising, interior decorating, executive administration and early childhood development. She is also a certified florist. She is the driving force behind The Empowered Crayon Box Childcare & Academy.
On any given day you can find Pastoral Assistant Bass using the skills God has given her, hard at work addressing the needs of people, leading prayer, encouraging those who need a lift, giving young mothers much needed support, assisting the elderly or visiting the sick. She freely shares her time and her means. Blessed with a quiet confidence, she goes about doing good without seeking public recognition.
Pastoral Assistant Bass oversees the Youth Ministry, Children’s Church, The Women’s Ministry, The Minister’s Wives Ministry, The Nursery, The Praise Dancers and the Praise and Worship Team