Bishop Designate Kenneth E. Preston
But the Lord said unto him, go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me (Acts 9:15). For many are called; but few are chosen (Matthew 20:16).
Born the fourth son of Mr. And Mrs. Albert Preston, Sr., Elder Kenneth E. Preston was called to the ministry at the early age of sixteen (16). He was saved under the ministry of the Late Bishop J. D. Husband and his Pastor, the late Bishop J. E. Eaton. At the age of nineteen, he was ordained and sent to Pastor his first church in Edwards, Mississippi by the Late Bishop Theo Davis in August, 1976.
For the past Forty four (44) years, he has been married to Assistant Supervisor Dorothy L. Preston. He is father of three (3) daughters (Tamara, India and Kendra). He, also, has two granddaughters (Asia Campbell and Layla Hickmon) and one deceased grandson (Kendrick Palmer).
A graduate of Jackson State University, receiving his BS Degree in Finance & Banking - 1977. He is a graduate of the C. H. Mason System of Bible Colleges -1977. He is also a graduate of the American Institute of Banking (AIB).
Pastor Preston was the Owner/Executive Director of the MTEC Child Care Services, Inc. in South Jackson for over 33 years. He, previously, served as an Administrative Assistant to Bishop A.V. Jordan; his Personal Secretary for over 15 years, and as Financial Secretary of the Mississippi Southern Second Jurisdiction.
He has served as Pastor for five previous churches (Bethel COGIC-Edwards, St. Matthews COGIC-Baysprings, McCann Temple COGIC-Hattiesburg, Greater Collins COGIC-Collins, and Greater East Lampton COGIC-Columbia, MS). He is currently the Pastor/Founder of the Miracle Temple Evangelistic Church of God in Christ, in Jackson, Mississippi, celebrating over thirty-three (33) years of Ministry.
Bishop- Designate Preston has previously served as Executive Secretary of the Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Southern Mississippi under the Late Bishop Elson McDowell, and has worked with the General Secretary Board of the International Churches of God in Christ. For many years, he traveled and worked with the late Bishop J. D. Husband as part of the National Evangelistic Team.
Pastor Preston is co-owner of the Prestod Consultant Services, along with his wife, AS Dorothy Preston, who started the business in 1999. The company has a 100% approval ratio (to date) in developing financial packages helping churches to secure funding for building and/or renovation projects. This partnership has allowed them to be a blessing to many other religious organizations.
When the multi-million dollar facility of the Miracle Temple Evangelistic COGIC, located on nine (9) acres of land, was burnt to the ground by a devastating fire in October 2018, Bishop Designate Preston worked wholeheartedly to pay off and rebuild a new “state-of-the-art” facility with no further indebtedness. What a mighty God we serve.
Bishop- Designate Preston has a tremendous love for the Church and has devoted his life to the Church ministries and the total work of God. His motto is I Cor. 11:1 – “Be ye followers of me as I, also, am of Christ”.