Bishop Theodore L. Brooks Sr. is indeed an anointed servant of God. As many great men do, he wears many hats, serving the men and women of the congregation and the community at large.

With the lovely Lady L. Janice Brooks at his side, he is the pastor of Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church in New Haven, Connecticut. Bishop Brooks is also The Presiding Bishop of The Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. (P.A.W.). 

Bishop Brooks is also the President/C.E.O. of Beulah Land Development Corporation (B.L.D.C.), founded in 1994 to create revitalized communities of choice in otherwise distressed communities via affordable housing, economic development, and job opportunities. B.L.D.C. has provided affordable homeownership by developing The Orchard Street Townhomes, which has allowed low to moderate-income families to become first-time homeowners.  

B.L.D.C. has also developed The Walter S. Brooks Elderly Homes at Ormont Court, which is affordable rental housing for senior citizens in the City of New Haven. In addition, B.L.D.C. has redeveloped the Brownfields’ site to provide accessible community-based medical services for the area’s new families and elderly residents.  

Bishop Brooks was instrumental in developing the Beulah Heights Social Integration Program (B.H.S.I.P.), which was created to address the needs of individuals who have been incarcerated and or victims of substance abuse and dependency. B.H.S.I.P. provides essential resources to help individuals obtain employment, housing, and mental health support to improve their outcomes in the community at large.

Bishop Brooks has shown a commitment to the education of the children and youth of the Greater New Haven community. He erected a 14 classroom educational wing that formally housed the Urban Youth Elementary School for troubled youth. This wing is now utilized for Christian Education classes for children and adults attending Beulah Heights Church.  

In the summer of 2012, Bishop Brooks helped develop Beulah Heights Summer Enrichment Program to improve and sustain literacy and academic outcomes of youth in kindergarten through fifth grade for three weeks each summer. He has provided monetary support to incoming and current college students at Beulah Heights through the Anna E. Bowers scholarship created in the spring of 2013.

Bishop Brooks’ service does not stop at the church. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for many organizations in New Haven, including Yale-New Haven Hospitals Trustee Board and Medical Committee. Formally a member of the City of New Haven’s Board of Police Commissioners, Police & Fire Pension Board.

He is also a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the International Association of Christian Clinical Counselors. Within his church organization, Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc., he sits on the Executive Bishops Council of the Board of Bishops and the Connecticut District Council Board of Directors. Due to his ministry work in Brazil, Bishop Brooks was formally the Diocesan of the alliance of the Brazilian Council of Pentecostal Churches of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World.

Bishop Brooks continues to seek opportunities to enlarge his territory; extend his “tent stakes.” Bishop Brooks’ endeavors include T.L. Brooks Ministries: A Garment of Praise, founded in the summer of 2002, has been the vehicle to expose the world to his ministry and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

T.L. Brooks Ministries has made the power of the preached word accessible to the masses on CD and DVD. Bishop Brooks has started a publishing company called Sound of Pentecost Publishing. He has authored several books, including Complete In God, The Apostolic Faith Challenge, and Pleasing God: Striving For Spiritual Excellence.  

Bishop Brooks has also authored another book entitled In the Lion’s Den, which was released in January of 2013 and is scheduled to release his fourth book entitled A Servant’s Call in the fall of 2013. He is currently writing a fifth book titled A Call To Integrity that will be released in 2014.   

Bishop Brooks is the father of three sons and nine grandchildren: Jordan, Jocelyn, Theodore III, William, Lindsey, Ramiah, Chelsea, Paige, Darrell Joshua, and the late Michael Brooks. Bishop Brooks has a B.A., M.A., D. MIN, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies. His many awards consist of: 

  • The Seton Elm-Ivy Award, Yale, New Haven, and Yale Divinity School, 2002
  • Harvard Divinity School Summer Leadership Award, 1999 
  • Doctorate of Humane Letters, Albertus Magnus College 
  • Martin Luther King Day Award; Community Services Award 
  • Community Service Award, New Haven Family Alliance
  • Appreciation Award, United Way of Greater New Haven
  • Christian Leadership & Human Services Award, Christian Community Commission, Inc.
  • Humanitarian Award, Project M.O.R.E., Inc.
  • 2006 Humanitarian Award, M.L.K. Jr. Holiday Commission
  • Who’s Who Strathmore’s, 1998-99
  • 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut, N.A.A.C.P., 2009
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