Moved by the Spirit of the Lord in 1983, Bishop Theadore E. Payne, Sr. accepted the call to ministry and has been preaching the gospel for over 30 years and since 1987 has served as the Senior Pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Restoration Ministries. Bishop Payne is known as a loving husband, father, grandfather, community advocate, gifted psalmist and most recently an author with his first published book entitled, “Restoring the Brokenness”.
In 1974, Bishop Payne experienced healing which manifested physically and empowered him to preach the gospel in a personal and relevant way. Having a heart to see the lost come to Christ and the body of Christ strengthened in their understanding of the kingdom, Bishop Payne retired early from DuPont after 30 years of service, to focus on full time ministry and service to the church. Through the guidance of Bishop Payne, Oak Grove has grown from 40 members into a multi-cultural congregation of over 300. In 2009, another part of his vision came to fruition with the opening of the King’s Academy which provides education for students Pre-K to 5th grade.
Understanding the importance of relationship, Bishop Payne is a member of the Potters House International Pastors Alliance (PHIPA) under the leadership and coverage of Bishop T.D. Jakes and also covered under Bishop Eugene Reeves and the International Communion of Evangelical Churches (ICEC). He is also part of the Fellowship of Prophetic Churches and Ministries under Dr. Decker Tapscott, Sr. and a member of the Hampton Roads Ecumenical Council of Bishops (HRECB). He is the past president of the Ministers Alliance for churches in the Waynesboro, Staunton, and West Augusta.
Bishop Payne was consecrated in unbroken Apostolic Succession in the International Communion of Christian Churches (ICCC) under Archbishop Van Gayton and Bishop Eugene Reeves in April 2010. He provides spiritual covering for Cashatt Chapel at the Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center. In addition, following a missionary journey to Kampala, Uganda he now provides covering for Christian Evangelist Ministry with Rosemary Nansubuga as the Pastor. Bishop Payne attended Lynchburg Virginia College, Virginia Union Theological School, and completed the mentorship program studies under Arch Bishop Van Gayton, and presiding Bishop Eugene Reeves.
A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Bishop Payne is married to Gwendolyn Darnice Fitzpatrick Payne. They have three sons and three daughter-in-laws and a growing number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
What is most important….. He is seeking all directions and guidance from the Holy Spirit, and daily seeking the face of God!