Headquarters, Capitol Heights, MD
Bishop Alphonzo D. Brooks, Presiding Bishop

Apostle Leroy H. Cannady

Bishop Leroy H. Cannady, Sr. was born in Franklinton, North Carolina on May 27, 1922 to Benjamin Howard and Crescie Ann Smith Cannady. He was joined in holy matrimony on December 10, 1944 to the late Mother Virginia Ree Cannady. He is the father of eight children: (Delphine, Vivian, Leroy, Jr. (deceased), James, Gregory, Michael and Phyllis); twenty-three (23) grandchildren; and twenty-three (23) great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

From his humble beginnings, Bishop Cannady’s journey and legacy has been one of faithfulness and dedication while serving diligently for forty-seven (47) years as Pastor and Founder of the Refuge Way of the Cross Church of Christ, Inc. located in Baltimore, Maryland. He has served as the Presiding Prelate to the Way of the Cross Church of Christ, International for 20 years.

As the Superintendent of Sunday School at age twelve (12), to the Presiding Prelate of the Way of the Cross Church of Christ, International, he has accepted each challenge with faith and courage. His peers refer to him as an Apostolic Father. In a world that is constantly changing, Bishop Cannady continues to embrace the Apostolic Doctrine.

The following is a short synopsis of Bishop Cannady’s accomplishments:

EDUCATION:

High School Diploma – G.C. Crawley High School, Franklinton, NC – 1943

Baltimore College Preparatory School, Baltimore, MD – Course of Study: Reading/Language Arts – 1974

Dale Carnegie School of Public Speaking, Baltimore, MD – Course of Study: Effective Public Speaking, Human Relations – 1975

American Bible Institute, Kansas City, MO – Course of Study: Practical Metaphysical Series, Philosophy, Bible History, English Bible Interpretation – 1976 – 1979

Grace Apostolic College, Inc., School of Religious Education, Niles, OH – Degree: Doctor of Divinity – 1986

Apostolic Christian College, Washington, DC – Degree: Doctor of Divinity – 1999

MINISTERIAL EXPERIENCES:

Baptized in Jesus Name in 1935 by Bishop Henry Chauncy Brooks (Founder) at the Ransom Way of the Cross Church of Christ, Franklinton, NC; Received the Holy Ghost in 1935

Ordained Deacon in 1949 by Bishop John Luke Brooks

Licensed Minister in 1950

Ordained Elder in 1952

Founder and Pastor of the Refuge Way of the Cross Church of Christ, Inc., Baltimore, MD in 1958

Consecrated Bishop in 1970

Served as Diocesan Bishop for South Carolina, Georgia and Texas for nine years

Consecrated as Vice Presiding Bishop in 1982

Consecrated as Presiding Bishop in August 1985

AFFILIATIONS:

Apostolic Ministerial Alliance of Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC

Apostolic World Christian Fellowship, Inc., South Bend, IN (Executive Council Member)

Apostolic Christian College, Washington, DC (Board of Trustees)

Theodore L. Barber Scholarship Foundation, Baltimore, MD (Founder)

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS AND OUTREACH:

Refuge Housing Project, Inc., Baltimore, MD (President)

Govans Community Association, Baltimore, MD

Pen Lucy Community Association, Baltimore, MD

Cannady Home Improvement and Management Company (Founder)

WBGR Radio Ministry, Baltimore, MD (1968 to 2005)

WANN Radio Station, Annapolis, MD

WBMD Radio Station, Baltimore, MD

PUBLICATIONS:

Give Me This Mountain – A Leap of Faith (Autobiography, Teachings & Sermons) of Bishop Leroy H. Canandy

Salvation, the Character and Nature of God – The Clarion, May, 1985

God Head; Water Baptism; Baptism of the Holy Ghost; One God – Christian Communication Publications, Inc., Baltimore, MD

Cassette and Video Ministry: Topics – God Head; Water Baptism; Spiritual Baptism; Gifts of the Spirit; Salvation; Faith and Works

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
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Way of the Cross Church of Christ, International, Washington, DC; Award: 1970 Diocesan of South Carolina, Georgia and Texas

U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC; Award: Exceptional Prayer at the Opening Session of the U.S. House of Representatives

Mayor’s Citation, Baltimore, MD; Award: 1979 Quality Contribution to Welfare of Municipality

The Honorable Parren J. Mitchell, Congressman, 7th Congressional District, Baltimore, MD; Award: Outstanding Community Service

The Honorable Clarence W. Blount, State Senator, 41st Legislative District, Baltimore, MD; Award: Outstanding Community Service

Howard University, School of Divinity, Washington, DC; Award: Participation in Field Education Program

WBGR Radio Station, Baltimore, MD; Award: Exceptional Broadcasting Ministry and Outstanding years of Church and Community Service

40th Jubilee Anniversary Award, National Youth for Christ, Way of the Cross Church of Christ, International

50th Golden Jubilee Award, National Convocation Committee, Way of the Cross Church of Christ, International