Ministerial Team

Reverend Willie J. And Yvonne Pitts

Reverend Willie J. And Yvonne Pitts


Reverend Willie J. Pitts was born in Montgomery, Alabama and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio area. He is the oldest of seven children, son of the late Deacon Willie J. And Daisy Pitts.

Rev. Pitts received his early education through the Cincinnati School System. He continued his education at Wayne State University, in Detroit, Michigan receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. He received his Christian education through religious course studies at Central Bible College and is presently pursuing a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry at the Ashland Theological Seminary.

At the age of 38, Rev. Pitts relocated to Detroit, Michigan and was a dedicated employee at Fairlane Behavioral Services, located in Dearborn, Michigan.

In September 1981, under the tutorship of the late Rev. William G. Reed, Rev. Pitts acknowledged God’s calling to the ministry, preaching his first sermon in November 1981; at which time he was ordained and licensed to preach the gospel. Rev. Reed appointed Rev. Pitts “Associate Pastor” and he served faithfully and with sincere dedication until the passing of Rev. Reed in April of 1997. He gratefully accepted the leadership role during the designated morning period and on March 29, 1998 he was called upon to pastor. His Installation Services were held August 6th, 1998.

Reverend Pitts united in holy matrimony with Yvonne Pearson. They are the proud parents of six children and 10 grandchildren.

Sister Pitts is very supportive of her husband and accepts and understand their mission to God. Sister Pitts is a Sunday School Teacher, Supervisor of the Youth Usher Board, President of the Number Two Usher Board, an active worker of the Calvary Associations children’s department along with being employed by Wayne County Community College working with disabled children.

Rev. Jim and Tonya Swinney

Rev. Jim and Tonya Swinney

Senior Minister

“Life is not easy, so we need to learn to run the race of life that is set before us. Welcome GKS, where we teach about the race. It is the CHRISTIAN LIFE. It’s a marathon not a sprint, and we are called to stay on course, remaining faithful to the end. Welcome to GKS.” – Rev. Jim Swinney

Deacon Board

Isaac Hatcher, Chairman
Keith Reynolds
Miles West
Donnell Williams
Larry Daniels
Will Hobson

Honorary Deacons

William Carter
Calvin Williams


Trustee Board

Ollie Williams, Chairman
Bobbie Johnson, Treasurer
Anna Cameron, Financial Sec.
Rosie Lenoir

Honorary Trustees

Ellen Cobb
Well Ivey

Anna Cameron, New Member Registrar
Lawain Williams, Church Clerk/Office Secretary
Frances Jones, Announcement Clerk

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