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Bishop Howard Tillman has traveled the world preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has served in several local, state and national leadership capacities, shared the stage with some of the nation’s renowned ministers and shattered conventional styles of worship, preaching and leadership. Yet with all he has accomplished, Bishop Howard Tillman has remained unassuming and humble.
As a native of Springfield, Ohio, Bishop Tillman was raised with a firm foundation in the power of prayer, the application of the Word and serving others. These roots proved particularly powerful as they influenced his decision as a teen to formally accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior; three months later, in January 1967, he was endued with power from the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
By 1969, Bishop Tillman had accepted his call to minister the Gospel, moved to Columbus and married Glenneth M. Newman. He attended Wittenberg and Franklin Universities, and graduated from Aenon Bible College in 1975 where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Education.
During this time, Bishop Tillman was an active member of the Church of Christ of the Apostolic Faith, where he excelled in leadership roles and served as the church’s youth ministry leader. In 1973, he founded the “United Apostolic Christian Fellowship” and also became the Vice-President of the Ohio District Council Young People’s Union of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., where he continued in this role until 1975, when he was ordained as a minister.
Bishop Tillman’s life journey is bursting with numerous faith steps. One of his first (and perhaps most significant) faith step occurred in 1978 when God directed him to leave his managerial position at a local financial institution and forge ahead as founder, president and chief evangelist of The End-Time Revival Evangelistic Crusade (TETREC). The crusades, led by Bishop Tillman, and the choir that was birthed from the organization became nationally known; the choir recorded three live albums during its tenure. Bishop Tillman traveled on crusades throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean and helped establish new churches in Montgomery, Alabama; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Albany, New York; Greenwood, Mississippi; and Wilmington, Delaware. During this period he served in several capacities as a prominent and influential leader in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. They are namely, Youth President of the Southern Ohio District Council Young People’s Union (1972 – 1974); Coordinator for the International Pentecostal Young People’s Union Convention (1974 - 1976); Vice President and President of the Ohio District Council Youth Department (1973 – 1975 and 1975 – 1977, respectively); Vice President and President of the International Pentecostal Young People’s Union (1976 – 1982 and 1982 – 1988, respectively).
Another faith step prompted the birth of New Covenant Believers’ Church, Inc. Bishop Tillman was preparing to minister in Birmingham, AL in 1989 when he saw a vision. Upon his return home that same evening, Bishop Tillman accepted the call to the pastorate. New Covenant Believers’ Church (NCBC) held its first service on Nov. 5, 1989 at the King Arts Complex. Within five years, the ministry had outgrown the facility, purchased more than 40 acres of prime real estate and built its current sanctuary -- phase one of an ongoing building project. In 1999, the ministry completed phase two by erecting the Focus Center, a 52,000 square foot building that houses an early childhood learning center, fitness center, fully equipped kitchen, classrooms and expansive administrative offices. The Focus Center further cultivates Bishop Tillman’s vision to reach outside the church walls to impact the lives of individuals in all walks of life in the surrounding community.
The New Covenant Believers’ Church mission is “Bringing Live Into Focus with the Word to Serve.” ™ The ministry’s vision is to create disciples who understand that serving others through acts of kindness and love will compel others to Christ. NCBC is a ministry that believes strongly in ministering to the entire person – body, soul and spirit. As a result the ministry continually creates and promotes programs and events like its annual Healing a Generation Conference that educate, empower and inform in arenas like health, finances and family wellness. In 2001, NCBC Human Services Corporation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was created as a subsidiary company of NCBC to provide mentoring, fitness programming, early childhood education, and other community outreach avenues to the greater Columbus area.
Bishop Tillman’s dreams, visions, and plans continue to unfold as he leads the growing ministry of New Covenant Believers’ Church with enthusiasm and steadfast dedication. His desire to see other ministries and pastors reach their maximum potential led him to establish and conduct City Wide Crusades 2001-2003. As a continuation of that desire, he co-founded the Advancing the Kingdom Conference, a pastoral/leadership conference with a mission to “leave no church behind”.
Bishop Tillman exemplifies a passion for the success of marriages, family and youth. He continues to create training and developmental programs for these critical areas that profoundly affect today’s society. In 2004, his first book was published, “Deliverance from Denial”; his first CD was also released that year, entitled, “Inspiration for the Time”. In 2006, an Episcopal Consecration and Ordination service was held, elevating Tillman to the office of Bishop. In 2008, Bishop Tillman self-published his second book “I Need a Ride”.
Bishop Tillman and his wife and life partner in ministry, the former Glenneth M. Newman, have been blessed with three sons, and are proud and active grandparents.