Alfonso Madden, Sr. was born 1957 in the tiny Southeastern Arkansas community of Back Gate. He is the third of nine children born to
Isisrene and Leroy Madden.
He was educated in the Watson and Delta school districts and he graduated from Delta High School in 1974. During the summer after
completing his high school education, Alfonso worked for the Army Corps of Engineers and subsequently began working for Bitumin, Inc.
in Pine Bluff Arkansas and advanced to the position Foreman by age 20, supervising a staff of 18. Alfonso began working for the Dumas
Housing Authority in January 1980 as a Maintenance Mechanic Aide. After 25 years and after attaining the position of Foreman and the
distinction of Special Government Plumber, certified to work in any government facility/building, he left the secular world to devote
himself fully to God’s Kingdom.
Alfonso and his wife, Evangelist Priscilla Madden, were married January 18, 1982. They are the parents of four children and the
grandparents of 9.
Alfonso began his spiritual journey in earnest on July 26, 1981. Just before midnight, he was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ by
Elder H. B. Chatman in faith Apostolic Church in Mitchellville, Arkansas. Under his leadership, Alfonso grew in faith and faithfulness and
within a few months he was appointed Superintendent of Sunday School for faith Apostolic.
He currently serves as Pastor to two congregations. He has led Bethel Temple Pentecostal Church in Jerome, Arkansas since 1994 and
Christ Temple Pentecostal Church in Hamburg, Arkansas since 1997.
Alfonso completed the requirements to become an Ordained Pastor in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (PAW) in August 1996
and served as District Elder in the Arkansas District Council from 1998 to 2000. In 2000 he was chosen and honored to serve as
Chairman of the Arkansas District Council and he was elevated to the position of Suffragan Bishop.
Exemplifying his dedication as a teacher and educator in God’s Word, he was elected Sunday School Superintendent of the Arkansas
District Council in 1987. He served in that capacity for 13 years and during his tenure he was selected to simultaneously function as
Region IV Director of the International Christian Education Auxiliary in 1996. Region IV encompasses Alabama, Arkansas, Texas,
Mississippi, Oklahoma and Louisiana. In addition, he served for three years as Assistant to the President of the ICEA and served on the
transition team that designed the program for the ICEA. As a result of his work in this position which was on an international level, the
visibility and credibility of the state of Arkansas was increased within the realm of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. Alfonso was
named a Distinguished Scholar by the ICEA, an educational arm of the PAW, in 2006 to recognize his growth and achievement in the
educational arena. In October 2006, based on his devotion to God’s Word, his love of God’s children, his commitment to excellence, his
steadfastness and his loyalty, Alfonso Madden was recommended by Bishop Leodies Warren, upon his retirement, to become his
successor. This recommendation was voted on and upheld by a majority of PAW, Incorporated Pastors in Arkansas. On July 26, 2007,
on the 26th anniversary of his initial baptism in the name of Jesus, he was confirmed and consecrated as the Diocesan Bishop of the
18th Episcopal District of the PAW, Incorporated.
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|This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
1 Timothy 3:1