The late Bishop O. W. McInnis, began his ministry in 1939. He pastored congregations in Kansas, Virginia, Illinois and Indiana. He was the editor of the H.Y.P.U. training manual, The Compass, during the early part of his ministry. He served as an instructor and writer for the Chicago Christian Education Conference sponsored by The Urban Ministry for a number of years. He also lectured at seminars and workshops for various religious denominations. Among his colleagues he was affectionately known as “The Dean of Preachers.” Bishop McInnis served as a presiding bishop in the Church of Christ (Holiness) USA from 1956 until his retirement in 1990.
Following his retirement and, after much prayer and guidance from the Lord, Bishop McInnis explored the issue of “speaking in tongues as evidence of the Holy Spirit in one's spiritual walk with God” in a book entitled, "To Speak or Not to Speak - In Tongues, That Is."
The bishop and his wife of 65 years resided in Virginia Beach, VA until they went home to be with the Lord; she, in September, 1999; he, in June, 2004.
His heart’s desire was to hear our Lord say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
The O.W. and Mae Julia McInnis School of Ministries and Christian Education has been established at Gospel Mission Temple, Davenport, Iowa in their honor, where Bishop Jimmie R. Horton is the pastor.
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In his book entitled, To Speak or Not to Speak…In Tongues, That Is, Bishop McInnis intentionally seeks to “enlighten and encourage those spirit-filled Christians who have not been so emotionally enraptured in their Christian experiences.” By examining the matter with the academic prowess of a seminary professor, and yet the simplicity of a wise sage, Bishop McInnis challenges readers to take a closer look at the issue before jumping to any conclusions.
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