Elder Edward L. Spears, II considers himself truly blessed that the Lord allowed him to be married to Suzette G. Spears and that the Lord entrusted him and his wife with the charge of raising their five children (Marcel, Stephawn, Megan, Edward III, and Elizabeth) in the way of Holiness.
Elder Spears has been an active member of the Church of God in Christ since the days of his youth. He began his Christian experience as a young child when he and his mother joined House of Faith, Church of God in Christ, in New Orleans, LA. Under the loving and wise tutelage of Superintendent Benson Magee, Pastor of House of Faith, Elder Spears grew strong in the Lord and faithful to the work of the church.
In 1999, he submitted to the call of the Lord and received his minister’s license at the hand of his Pastor and mentor, Superintendent Magee. In 2003, he was ordained as an Elder in the Church of God in Christ by the late Bishop Joseph Anthony Thompson, former presiding Bishop of the Louisiana East Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ.
In 2005, the Lord allowed Hurricane Katrina to move Elder Spears and his family from New Orleans, Louisiana, to Fort Worth, Texas, where they were adopted by Rev. W. L. D. Campbell and the West Mount Moriah Baptist Church. He and his family later became members of Greater Love Chapel, Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Bishop Jimmy W. Glenn, Sr.
They remained members at Greater Love Chapel until 2008, when God led Elder Spears to establish Faith and Love Church of God in Christ in the west Fort Worth/White Settlement area. The church is currently located at 1520 Mitchell Blvd. Under his leadership, the growing congregation lives by the church’s motto: “Through Faith, We Have Life; Through Love, We Share It.”
Faith and Love COGIC is a part of the Texas North Central Ecclesial Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ, under the leadership of Bishop R. L. Sample. Elder Spears is the Jurisdictional Sunday School Superintendent and a member of the jurisdiction’s board of trustees. In addition, Pastor Spears has also served as a Regional Superintendent in the International Sunday School Department (ISSD) of the Church of God in Christ. In 2023, Pastor Spears was elected and installed as the president of the Fort Worth Tarrant County Pentecostal Ministers Union (PMU).
Elder Spears holds several degrees and certifications, both secularly and ecclesially. In 2023, he will celebrate 15 years of pastoring, and 24 years of public ministry; however, he cherishes most the title of husband and father and counts his greatest blessing as being a child of God, saved by His grace.