The Bibleway Church of Jefferson City, Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. was founded in 1982 by Bishop Richard H. Bailey, Jr.  The ministry was birthed out of the deep concern and love of Bishop Bailey’s wife, Mother Tommie Bailey, for a set of twin sisters who became born again believers in St. Louis, Missouri but who resided in Jefferson City, Missouri.

A rented unused community center located at 608 East Dunklin Street became the first home of the Bibleway Church of Jefferson City.  Bishop Bailey, along with members of his ministerial staff and Deacon’s Board, began trans- forming the center into a House of Worship.  Considerable work had to be done on the building before it could be occupied.  After much labor on the part of the brethren, the doors were opened for spiritual service in October of 1982.

Bishop and Mother Bailey commuted twice a week from Madison, Illinois to keep the doors of the church open.  Other individuals instrumental in assuring this mission remained viable by offering their time, talents, and financial contributions were at that time, Elders Harry Kennedy and Manual Nolen; Ministers Jasper Garmon and Joseph Meriwether; Deacons Arthur Snodgrass, Barkley Bailey, Ricky Bates, Keith Snodgrass, Alvin Williams and Lee Jackson; Brother Willie Royal; Missionaries Verna Snodgrass, Mildred Nolen, and Lois Jones Jackson; Sisters Margaret Kennedy, Rose Richardson, Estella Richardson and Mary Beza.

The church family resided at this location for approximately four years before they moved to their present location, 900 Monroe Street.  Bishop Richard Bailey shepherded this flock for ten years (1982 – 1992) with the capable support of his Assistant Pastor, Elder Harry Kennedy.  In 1992 Bishop Bailey appointed Elder Stephen Williams pastor.  Under the leadership of Elder Williams and wife Missionary Debra Williams, the church membership grew.  Elder Williams remained in this position until 2004. Shortly thereafter, he and his family relocated to the state of California.

Now standing at the helm of the Bibleway Church of Jefferson City is Bishop Barkley E. Bailey, Sr., eldest son of Bishop Richard Bailey.  After the church was extensively damaged by water and fire, it became a vision of Bishop Barkley Bailey’s to restore the edifice so that the saints could have a more suitable place to glorify and uplift the name of Jesus. In 2007, Bishop Barkley Bailey, along with the church members and brethren from the Bibleway Church Complex in St. Louis, set in motion a plan to renovate.  While the church was under construction, the members held services at the local YMCA. Over the course of 28 months, the major work was completed.  In May of 2009, the members moved back into the building rejoicing for this marvelous thing that the Lord had done. In September 2011, Elder Shawnacy Johnson took on pastoral responsibilities. The ministry continues to trive under his leadership.

Our History

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What We Do

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Through the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we at BWCC have dedicated our lives to transforming individual's lives.


We maintain a strong believe in God's word. Preferably one sentence

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For we believe in the importance of building a strong family in prayer.


We believe in community sponsorship and building a healthy relationship on Christian Faith.

Ministerial Teachings

Pastor Johnson nourishes his congregation from the King James Bible.

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BWCC's community outreach expands the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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The mission of BWCC is not only to save souls, but to spread the love of Jesus Christ.