Archbishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr. is a native Washingtonian and a product of the D.C. Public School System. After graduating from Cardozo High School, he continued his education at Miner’s D.C. Teachers College with a Bachelor’s degree in English. In 1985, he satisfied the course requirements for a Master of Arts degree in English from Howard University, and he also received his Master of Divinity degree and Doctor of Ministry Degree from Howard University School of Divinity.
In 1966, Bishop Owens founded Christ Is The Answer Chapel which merged in 1976 with the Mt. Calvary Holy Church forming what is now known as Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church. Archbishop Owens has been blessed to see the membership grow from 7 members in 1966 to an adult membership of nearly 8,000 persons today. Because of his faithfulness and diligence in ministry, Archbishop Owens was consecrated a Bishop in the Mt. Calvary Holy Church of America, Inc. in 1988, and was appointed as the Vice Bishop in 2001. In 2008, the year of New Beginnings, Bishop Owens was elevated to the position of Presiding Prelate and Senior Bishop of the Mt. Calvary Holy Church of America, Inc., and was enthroned to that position on August 20, 2009. In addition to serving as the Dean of the Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops since the year 2000, Bishop Owens, on August 20, 2009, was also elevated to the esteemed position of Archbishop of the Joint College. Archbishop Owens continues to serve as Adjunct Professor at Howard University School of Divinity, where he teaches classes in the field of Homiletics and Church Leadership and Administration.
Because of Archbishop Owens’ sincere belief that the ministry of the church must stretch beyond the four walls of the sanctuary, Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church has remained on the cutting edge of relevant ministry within the community. Under the pastorate of Bishop Owens, an alcohol/drug abuse program has been established, which has been named Calvary’s Alternative to Alcohol and Drug Abuse (CATAADA HOUSE), the church also operates both a food and clothing bank, Calvary Christian Academy, which educates children from infants to the eighth grade, an HIV/AIDS Ministry, an employment service, a prison ministry, and several other outreach and social service ministries. The church also operates a state-of-the-art outreach facility in the inner-city called the Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr. Family Life Community Center.
Archbishop Owens’ preaching ministry has caused him to travel extensively across the United States and to such foreign territories as Africa, Canada, England, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and the West Indies. He is the instrument the Lord used for the Mt. Calvary Holy Church to be located in California, Florida, Illinois, Texas, London, England; Trinidad, Jamaica, Ghana, and India. In addition to his extensive travel, Archbishop Owens is also the author of “Sermons for a Victorious Life,” and his latest release: “Help Thou My Unbelief”.
Archbishop Owens shares the pastorate of Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church with his wife, CoPastor Susie Carol Thomas Owens, to whom he has been married since 1972. He attributes much of his success to his wife and his sainted mother, Susie Elizabeth Crowder Owens. A survivor of society’s statistics himself, Bishop Owens returns his gifts, education and wisdom through the gift of mentorship. In Mount Calvary, he is not only a leader, but a mentor to pastors and young men. He has extended himself to impart and coach men who may, otherwise, have no one to look up to. His mission remains to use what God has given him to help someone else along the way. He and his wife have been responsible for the care and nurture of 16 foster sons and daughters who have shared in their home, and they are the natural parents of Alfred Thomas and Kristel Moneek. They also have seven grandsons: Nathan, Darian, Nicholas, William, Kaiden, Kiyson, and Karter and one granddaughter Kieress.
I’ll never forget Bishop Owen’s sermon/lecturer on the pin at Bishop T.D. Jakes Pastor’s and leadership conference. So profound!