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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 third 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. 

Under the pastoral leadership of 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 Accounting. He is an ordained Elder of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, Inc. and is furthering his studies in Pastoral Counseling, with Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

Suffragan Bishop Shaw was installed Pastor of the Bethesda Apostolic Church, Inc. in June of 2010. He was mentored in ministry under the leadership of 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.

He is currently 1st Vice Chairman of the Connecticut District Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World.

In the past years he has served as the Chairman of the CDC Men’s Ministry Auxiliary, the CDC Young People’s Union, Supervisor of CDCYPU, and liaison for the CDC Music Ministry.

Suffragan Bishop Shaw was elevated to the position of District Elder in June of 2013 and then 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 the former CT Council Diocesan, Bishop Theodore L. Brooks, Sr. 

Suffragan Bishop Shaw formerly served as the Chairman of the New Britain Black Ministers Alliance, member of the New Britain Branch NAACP and a former Clergy Advisor to the Social Services and Political Action Committee.

He was appointed by the former Mayor Timothy O'Brien to serve the City of New Britain as a Commissioner for the Economic Development Commission. And served as a Co-Chair of the MLK Development Committee. In October 2016, Suffragan Bishop Shaw was the recipient as one of the 25 Most Influential Blacks in the City of New Britain, as recognized by the New Britain Branch of NAACP #2006. And in January 2020 Sufffragan Bishop Shaw was awarded as one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in New Britain, CT. 

Suffragan Bishop Shaw resides in Newington, Connecticut with his lovely wife, Lady Susan, and daughter, Bria. Their son, Dale I. Shaw, II, his wife, Bree’Ana, daughter Zhuri-Alyse and brother-in-law, Senia Johnson, Jr., reside in Windsor, CT.

“To God be the Glory” for the marvelous things he has done!”

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