Suffragan Bishop Robert L. Tapper is the founder of All Saints Apostolic Church. He was born in Ballston, Jamaica, West Indies and is the youngest of five children. His formal education was in Jamaica. He came to America in 1944 and made his home in Orange, New Jersey. There he met and was united in marriage to the late Letsy Ann Richardson. He is the father of seven children: Trevor, Jannet, Helen, Robert, Isaac, Lona and Elizabeth.
As time passed, God called Elder Tapper to the pastoral ministry in 1947. In 1948 Elder Tapper and family relocated to Richmond, Virginia and fellowshipped with Pastor Sue Edwards and saints for a short time.
Under the leading and guidance of the Lord, Elder Tapper rented a small store front from Evangelist Alice Wade in 1949. There Elder Tapper, Mother Letsy Tapper, Jannet and about three other saints started what was then the All Saints Pentecostal Church. In November 1960, a vision became reality and All Saints Church moved to 1 West Leigh Street. Elder Tapper, in 1961, was appointed District Elder by the late Presiding Bishop Samuel K. Grimes and had over site of eleven churches. In April 1979 under the guidance of Elder Tapper, All Saints relocated to 2001 Royall Avenue and the name was changed to All Saints Apostolic Church. The term "Apostolic" embraces the teachings and doctrine of Jesus as given to the Apostles as opposed to the term "Pentecostal" which means fiftieth.
God tremendously anointed the ministry and blessed its growth through community outreach, home visitation, radio broadcasts, edifying worship, bible teaching and benevolence. In 1980, Elder Tapper contracted and supervised construction of the educational wing onto the church, which serves as All Saints Child Care Center. After quickly outgrowing its capacity of 45 children, a two-story annex building project was completed in November 1988.
District Elder Tapper was elected as Chairman of the Virginia State Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World in July of 1982. On December 26, 1984, District Elder Tapper was appointed pastor of Christ Temple Apostolic Church in Danville, Virginia by the late presiding Bishop B.T. Jones after the passing of Elder Willie Adams. Pastor Tapper accomplished great works at Christ Temple Church. In August 1993, Pastor Tapper was consecrated as Suffragan Bishop under Diocesan Bishop Clarence E. Moore. He served in a dual pastorate role for many years before passing the pastoral mantle of All Saints Apostolic Church to his daughter, Dr. Lona T. Rogers.
Suffragan Bishop Tapper established and pastored churches in Richmond, Thornburg, Hague, Buckingham, Roseland, Waverly and Petersburg, Virginia. He established the Virginia State Young Peoples' Convention, sphere headed and helped with the campground of the Virginia State Council, Brotherhood Department and many more contributions were provided under his ministry and leadership.
After the death of Mother Letsy Tapper, Suffragan Bishop was united in marriage to Evangelist Lucy P. Mendenhall on June 12, 1993. He became the step-father of four children: Victor, Verlin, Vincent and Yvette.
Suffragan Bishop Tapper is committed to the work of God. He is truly a "Kingdom Builder" and remains dedicated to the ministry God has placed in his heart. Having therefore obtained help of God, our founder continues unto this day witnessing both to small and great.
Elder Samuel L. Murphy Sr., serves as assistant pastor of All Saints Apostolic Church. A native of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, he was called into the ministry at an early age. He graduated from Chisholm High School in 1962. He furthered his education at Volusia County Community College in Daytona Beach, Florida where he majored in his passion, Horticulture Science. Elder Murphy would soon find his life's mission as a man destined for great service unto the Lord.
While attending the Oak Grove Apostolic Church under the leadership of the late Elder Herman Frazier, Elder Murphy learned the importance of servant hood and dedication. It was through this experience he was recommended to become the chauffer to the late Bishop Samuel Grimes, Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. Driving for Bishop Grimes allowed Elder Murphy to meet several notable persons who would impact his life. One such person was District Elder Robert Tapper of Richmond, Virginia. Through this meeting Elder Murphy would meet the love of his life and mother of his children, the former Miss Jannet Tapper.
Since relocating to Virginia, Elder Murphy has worked tirelessly in the ministry at the A Saints Apostolic Church, doing whatever his hands find to do inclusive of preaching, teaching, and administrating. His love for people extends far beyond the four walls of the church building into the workplace, market place, and community. Elder Murphy worked for Phillip Morris Tobacco Company and retired after completing thirty years of invaluable service. Known for his faithfulness and generosity, he continues to serve the people of God as Assistant Pastor of the All Saints Apostolic Church, holding fast to the word of God in Proverbs 3:5. "Trust in the Lord with your heart and lean not to your own understanding in all yours ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path." (NKJV)
Elder Jannet L. Murphy, a native of Richmond, Virginia, currently serves as an ordained minister under the pastorate of her sister, Dr. Lona T. Rogers. She serves as Lead Minister of Administration and Ministerial Training Instructor. Eld Murphy was educated in the Richmond Public Schools system and furthered her studies in Early Childhood Education at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. She completed Aenon Bible College ministerial courses and graduated in 2004 from Faith Landmark Bible Institute.
Elder Murphy was saved at an early age and reared in the Apostolic Faith. She serv the All Saints Apostolic Church faithfully under the ministry of her father, Suffragan Bishop Robert L. Tapper, in several capacities such as president of the Women's Ministry, choir member and director, youth leader, praise singer, and church secretary. She has served in the Virginia State Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World as Youth President, Missionary Fieldworker, Financial Secretary, Treasurer, Executive Board Member and Planning Committee Member.
Elder Murphy is called to a special ministry in the body of Christ. In April 1989, God commissioned her to minister to those who are "lost in the house." God has opened doors for Elder Murphy to minister at seminars, workshops, conferences, and panel discussions all over the United States, in England, and Ukraine. She is also the Financial Administrator for the All Saints Child Care Center/Letsy Ann Memorial School.
Elder Murphy is married to Samuel L. Murphy; they have seven children and ten grandchildren. She has dedicated her life to serving God and helping the body of Christ mature and move into their divine destiny.
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