Senior Pastor Edward Goddard is a third-generation Pentecostal who grew up near Indianapolis, Indiana. Although he was quiet and shy as a youngster, his life was greatly impacted by the ministry of his pastor, Rev. Nathaniel A. Urshan, and his youth pastor, Rev. J. Hugh Rose, while attending Calvary Tabernacle in Indianapolis. It was while singing in the Youth Choir at the church that he took notice of a pretty young lady in the orchestra named Linda Hobson. She had come into Pentecost from a Baptist background at the age of 11. They began dating while she was attending high school at Pentecostal Bible Institute in Tupelo, Mississippi. Then, feeling a call to the ministry, Bro. Goddard headed off to Apostolic Bible College in St. Paul, Minnesota after they graduated from high school in 1967.
Edward and Linda Goddard were married on June 22, 1968, and he returned home in 1969 to work at Indianapolis Power & Light. He had just completed the company's supervisory training program when God intervened with an opportunity for ministry. A conversation with Bro. Steve Drury resulted in the Goddard's moving to Tupelo, Mississippi in 1971, to assume the position of Dean at Tupelo Children's Mansion.
After approximately two years of ministry at TCM, the Goddards moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1973, where they served as one of the Youth Pastors of Apostolic Pentecostal Church and the Principal of Crossroads Christian School. Bro. Goddard credits this time of nurturing under the tutelage of Rev. Winfred Black, the pastor of Apostolic Pentecostal Church, for developing his pastoral ministry. In subsequent years Bro. Jack Yonts would powerfully impact Bro. Goddard's ministry in the areas of leadership and administration.
Bro. Goddard moved his family to British Columbia in 1979, to assume the first of his Canadian pastorates in the northern community of Dawson Creek. They would pastor there for five years, before moving on to pastorates in Langley, British Columbia and Burnaby, British Columbia. Each of these churches grew dramatically under their leadership.
Bro. Goddard moved to Saint John, New Bronswick in October of 1988 to assume the pastorate of First United Pentecostal Church , and soon found himself at the helm of yet another ambitious church expansion project. A new auditorium was erected in August of 1993, and the entire church complex was finished and dedicated in April of 1994, including educational facilities, offices, a youth center and the “Noah's Ark ” daycare. After seventeen years of ministry, the Goddard's resigned the pastorate in Saint John on April 10, 2005.
They have two grown children, Lorraine and Brian. Lorraine is married to Rev. Tony Mansinho who serves as pastor of Calvary Apostolic Church in Swissvale, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh. Brian is married to Meagan McClintock Goddard. Brian and Meagan reside in St. Charles, MO and are active in their local church, Winds of Pentecost, pastored by Rev. Tom Trimble.
They are also the proud grandparents of three granddaughters, Shauna Mansinho Natal, Adena Mansinho and Hailey Goddard. Malachi, Adalyn and Antonio Natal are their precious great grandchildren.
A man who realized the great value of our ministerial fellowship, Bro. Goddard has held many offices with the United Pentecostal Church International throughout his ministry. He has served as a District Board Member and a District Home Missions Director in both the British Columbia and Atlantic Districts. He has also held the offices of the Northeast and Northwest Regional Director and French Evangelism Coordinator for the General Home Missions Division. He has served as secretary on the Canadian Board of Directors for Tupelo Children's Mansion, which he describes as “one of the most Biblical ministries of the United Pentecostal Church International.” Brother Goddard was elected to serve as the District Superintendent of the Atlantic District on May 2, 2000 and served in that capacity until May 2005, at which time he resigned to accept a pastorate in the USA. During this time he held the office of secretary/treasurer for the United Pentecostal Church of Canada and served as president of Northeast Christian College. In 2009 Bro. Goddard was elected by the General Conference to serve as a member of the Minister's Appeal Council. In 2011 Bro. Goddard was appointed as the Presiding Officer of the South East Region by the General Board.
After 45 years of fulltime ministry, 35 years of pastoral experience, and 40 years of accumulated service to the ministers and constituency of the United Pentecostal Church International through various positions, offices and committees, Brother Goddard has amassed a wealth of experience, exhibited a love for the church and a heart for ministry.
In 2013 Bro. Goddard was elected to serve as the District Superintendent of the South Carolina District and is currently serving in that capacity.
Pastor Russell Drake is a first generation Pentecostal whose call to the ministry began right here at Sanctuary of Praise. As a 17-year-old high school senior he began attending services at The First United Pentecostal Church of Anderson (as Sanctuary of Praise was formerly known). Prior to attending the church Bro. Drake was divinely connected with Bro. Wayne Lilly who along with his family took him under their wings. The Lilly’s began to teach Bro. Drake the Apostles doctrine and as a result on November 29, 1998 he was filled with the Holy Ghost and baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of his sins. At this point Bro. Drake began to explore the call of ministry that he had previously felt upon his life.
His life of service in ministry began as a door greeter and an usher. Following this, he began as a door greeter and an usher. Following this, he began to assist his youth Pastor Shawn Kilpatrick, in a role that lasted for five years. Throughout these five years, his senior Pastor, Michael Crocker, trained him in the ways of the ministry, allowing him to serve in various areas of the church. It was also during this time that Bro. Drake was blessed with his helpmate and life partner, Tessa Stowe, whom he married on February 10, 2001. He and his wife continued assisting with various ministries in the local church as well as on a District Level as Sectional Youth Directors.
At the age of 23 Bro. Drake and his family were leard to Living Water UPC, in Seneca, South Carolina where he was elected as Pastor of a church with 15 members which later grew a congregation of over 60 members. During 2006, Bro. Drake was voted in as Youth Secretary of the South Carolina District.
In 2011, the Drakes accepted the call to return home to Anderson, South Carolina. Bro. Drake following God's will, assumed the role of Pastor at Sanctuary of Praise, to serve under Senior Pastor, Edward Goddard. As of 2012, he also serves as our Youth President of South Carolina District.
Both Pastor Drake and his wife, feel and know they are in the perfect will of God, to help bring an even greater revival to the Anderson area adn see this city explode with a powerful additon of souls to the Kingdom of God! The Drakes have been blessed with 3 children Ethyn, Emma and Ensley.
Assistant to the Pastor Bro. Ray Lozado is a licensed minister with the United Pentecostal Church International and has earned an Opticianry degree from The Board of Opticianry of the State of Florida and is currently practicing in Anderson, South Carolina. He is at present pursuing a degree in legal studies.
Prior to his ministry at Sanctuary of Praise, he held license with The Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ and under the guidance of Presbyter Gordon Williams he spearheaded the outreach department in union with his wife Maria, and established an afternoon Spanish service. While in Vero Beach the Lord presented an opportunity to become part of the ministerial staff at the United Pentecostal Church of Vero Beach, Florida under Pastor Robert Williams where he also organized for the outreach program in conjunction to his ministerial duties. Rev. Lozado and wife Maria, spent a year assisting Pastor Eric Taylor at his Home’s Mission church in Laurens, South Carolina and are excited to be part of the Sanctuary of Praise church here in Anderson.
Rev. Lozado and his wife Maria, have three adult children Ray Jr., Andrew and his wife Leah.