Bishop J. D. Guthrie —an open-minded, visionary, and devoted pastor who loves the Lord and His people. Ever evolving, a man, very progressive in approach and application of God’s word, yet conventional about biblical principles, Bishop Guthrie’s greatest contribution is the example his life displays. He takes his roles as husband, father, grandfather, pastor, and bishop, and lives his life so others see God in him, and are inspired to live a Christ-centered life.
Bishop Guthrie has a rich apostolic heritage and is honored to be a fourth generation son in the gospel. He and his late wife, Dr. J.A. Guthrie, are the founding pastors of the First Apostolic Church.
In addition to serving the local ministry, Bishop Guthrie serves the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. (PAW). in several capacities. He is the Diocesan Bishop of the 30th Episcopal District of the PAW, the Georgia State Council. He serves on the Global Evangelism Committee and is also a member of the Executive Bishops Counsel of the PAW.
Traveling to South Africa for more than twenty years, he served as the Diocesan Bishop of the 60th Episcopal District of the PAW (Western Cape Province and Cape Town) for ten years. He is the former Chairman of the International Missions Board of the PAW and has traveled to the Caribbean, South America, Dominica, Brazil, Europe and South Africa bringing the gospel and humanitarian aid to those in need.
Besides his pastoral and missionary work around the globe, Bishop Guthrie serves as a chaplain with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office. He served as a member and Vice Chairman of the Board at South Fulton Medical Center, as well as a various civic groups.