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Our Pastor


Suffragan Bishop Dale I Shaw Sr., a  native of New Haven, Connecticut relocated to New Britain in 1982. He is the fourth son of the late Deacon Douglas and Elizabeth C. Shaw. He was baptized in the name of Jesus at the age of twelve and received the gift
of the Holy Ghost at the age of sixteen in April 1978 at
Beulah Heights First Pentecostal Church in New Haven,
Connecticut during a revival conducted by Bishop
Richard Young of Fort Worth, Texas. At that time, the
pastor was the late Bishop George H. Brooks.
Suffragan Bishop Shaw retired from the State of
Connecticut, Department of Economic and Community
Development in July of 2012, after 27 1/2 years of
service. He attended Greater Hartford Community
College to complete course work in Governmental
He is an ordained Elder of the Pentecostal Assemblies
of the World, Inc. and is continuing his pastoral
counseling studies with Light University, Forest VA.
Suffragan Bishop Shaw was installed Pastor of the
Bethesda Apostolic Church, Inc. in June of 2010.
In the latter part of 1980 Suffragan Bishop Shaw started
to attend the Bethesda Apostolic Church, during the
pastorate of the late Dr. John P. Shaw. After
transitioning of the late Dr. John P. Shaw, he was
mentored and served in ministry under the late
Suffragan Bishop John H. Thomas.

Suffragan Bishop Shaw served in many capacities at
Bethesda Apostolic Church. Since he has assumed the
pastorate, the church has experienced much growth
and continues to seek ways to serve the people of God
and the greater New Britain community.
Suffragan Bishop Shaw served as 1st and 2nd Vice
Chairman of the Connecticut District Council of the
Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, and former
Director of the Connecticut District Council Young
People’s Union. In the past years he has served as the
Chairman of the Men’s Ministry Department and
Chairman of the Young People’s Union of the
Connecticut District Council. 
Suffragan Bishop Shaw was elevated to the position of
District Elder in June of 2013 and in June of 2015 he
was elevated to the position of Suffragan Bishop to the
Connecticut District Council, Episcopal District #20 of
the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. All of
these appointments were confirmed by the leadership
of our former Diocesan, Bishop Theodore L. Brooks, Sr. 
Suffragan Bishop Shaw is currently a member of the
New Britain Branch NAACP. In 2019 he served as the Co-Chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Corridors Initiative. In recent years, he was appointed by former
Mayor Timothy O’Brien to serve the City of New Britain as Commissioner for the Economic Development
Commission, and Vice Chairman and then Chairman of
the Black Ministerial Alliance of New Britain.

In October of 2016 and 2018, Suffragan Bishop Shaw
was selected as one of the 25 Most Influential Blacks in
the City of New Britain, as recognized by the New
Britain Branch NAACP Chapter #2006.
In February 2020 Suffragan Bishop Shaw was one of the
29 honorees recognized during the Black History Month
Celebration (A-Team Presents, “Honoring Impactful
Suffragan Bishop Shaw resides in Newington, CT with
his lovely wife, Lady Susan, and daughter, Bria. Their
eldest son, Dale I. Shaw, II, his wife Bree’Ana daughter
Zhuri Alyse and brother-in-law, Senia (CJ) Johnson II
resides in East Hartford, CT.
“To God be the Glory” for the marvelous things He has

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