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Apostle Benjamin F. Peterson, Jr., D.D.

Senior Pastor

Apostle Benjamin F. Peterson, Jr., serves as the Senior Pastor of Greater Bible Way Temple Philadelphia – 52 & Bible Way for 22 years. He is the Diocesan Bishop of the State of Pennsylvania and Vice-Presiding Bishop of the Bible Way Church World Wide; Co-Founder of New Life Development Corporation (non-profit organization which serves the community through educational, cultural and economic enhancements); Executive Board of Bishops for the Bible Way Churches World Wide (BWCWW); Advisory Board Member of several Charter Schools and City/Local Organizations, Member of Philadelphia Police Clergy in the 19th District, Vice-President of PAAC (Pennsylvania Association of Apostolic Churches), Board Member of West Philadelphia Empowerment Zone and serves on the Board of Directors of AAIM, Inc. and the Black Clergy of Philadelphia.

Apostle Peterson, Jr., is an activist in the communities in which he has served for 30 years in areas of low-income housing, childcare, before and after school programs, economic development, workforce development, giving bags of hope (hygiene products) to the homeless in Love Park and in the Community he serves, youth and children activities, emergency housing and elder care. Apostle Peterson is a great activist about Higher Education, helping to educate youth in preparation for College, taking youth on tours to Colleges HBCU. Being a Cheyney Alumni he has taking a personal interest to even take youth directly to Cheyney and enrolled them and helping financially when needed. Apostle Peterson can be found at anytime talking with his members and people in the Community (especially the youth) encouraging them and often extending advice on life issues. Always extending himself and the church to families within the community for various reasons. He has received numerous proclamations and commendations from the President, Governor, Mayor, Senator, Councilpersons, State Representative and other City / Local Representatives.

Given all the awards and honors that Apostle Peterson has received he continues to remain a “Great Servant of the Lord” with a huge heart and is often called “anointed” and “preacher of preachers”. Bishop Peterson, Jr., exhibits the Wisdom of Solomon, talents of David, boldness of Peter, Obedience of Job, Faith of Abraham, and the Shepherd’s Heart of Paul. Through the infinite Wisdom of Jesus Christ Apostle Peterson is led to continue to build and expand the ministry and lead God’s people into spiritual maturity.  

He has exemplified himself as a family man to a devoted wife, Lady Janet Cloud-Peterson for thirty-eight years, the father of three children, Benjamin, III, Jonathan (Mallori) and Ja’Nean Peterson, his God-daughter Stephanie and Grandfather of three – Dior and the twins (Savanah and Johnae). He attended college at Fisk University and furthering his education Apostle Peterson attended Cheyney University in 1985 and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with a minor in music and later receiving his Doctorate Degree of Divinity from the Jamison School in 1992.