In the year of 1940, Elder W. T. Hemphill began services in a brush arbor at the southeast corner of Bawcom Street and Jonesboro Road. From this small beginning the church grew and in 1943 an open-air tabernacle with sawdust floors and canvas walls was built on Jonesboro Road.
Through the years the church was referred to by several names: West Monroe Pentecostal Church or Bawcom Pentecostal Church because followers had the Pentecostal Experience. The established name became “Jesus Only Apostolic Church”.
In the year 1949, a new wood frame building was erected and the Church congregation worshipped in this facility until 1978. At this time a beautiful new sanctuary was built which is currently the Youth Center.
In the year 1983, the name was changed to Living Way Apostolic Church and remains so today.
In 1995, The W.T. Hemphill Center was built. This facility includes a gymnasium, and Living Way Infant and Child Development Center.
During the past we had anticipated a new worship facility. After many years of preparation our dream has become a reality. “The Tabernacle” is the provision of God’s promises to us. Our Dedication Services in September of 2002 was a celebration of victory.
In 2010, Pastor Nathan Thornton was voted in as Pastor of Living Way. Living Way Apostolic Church stands today as a token of many years of Christian labor. Through our Departmental Teams and many other Ministries we are proclaiming the Name of Jesus as we endeavor to be “The Original Pentecostals” according to Acts 2:42.
We are here today because of the faithfulness of those who have been promoted to their heavenly destination and those that remain and have been steadfast through the years.