Bishop Allen L. Bruton is the senior pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Greer, SC. Bishop Bruton also serves as the second presiding Bishop of (FAPAC) Faith and Power Assembly of Churches. FAPAC is an interdenominational fellowship of churches throughout the USA. He is cofounder of IMA (International Ministerial Alliance) in Florida and Georgia. He is also Founder of Allen Bruton Ministries, a nonprofit organization developed to help the needy and establish ministry excellence among pastors, ministers and Christian leaders. He is the founder of the AFRICA WELLS FOUNDATION. The Africa Wells Foundation is a global helps ministry to the people of East Africa, established to dig wells for fresh water, feed the hungry, build a medical clinic for the sick and teach the people agricultural skills for future empowerment. Bishop Bruton is the founder of "City of Hope Bible College" located in Greer, SC which began classes in 2009. He has been mandated by God to train ministers and the people of God for the gospel work through the City of Hope Bible College. Individuals can obtain Associates, Bachelors and eventually their Masters and Doctorate degree at The City of Hope Bible College. Bishop Bruton is an instructor in the COHBC and he also teaches and imparts into Ministers twice a month through his Aaron's Rod Spiritual Covering And Mentoring Ministry which is open to anyone who has a ministry calling on their life. In 2008, Bishop Bruton established "Aaron's Rod", a minister's guild, covering and mentoring ministry for sons and daughters who desire to submit to the anointing he operates under.
The Lord has given Bishop Bruton a mandate to plant churches and prepare leaders for the body of Christ. Bishop Bruton was born again in 1985 and accepted the call from God to preach in 1988. Before he became the pastor of New Hope, he was ordained in 1996 and served as associate and youth pastor under the leadership of Pastor C.N. Sullivan for over thirteen years at New Hope Baptist Church. In January 2013, Bishop Bruton was consecrated to the office of Bishop. He attended Evangel Cathedral Bible College, in Spartanburg, SC with studies in Biblical and Pastoral Ministry. Bishop Bruton is also a playwright with such plays as gospel stage plays "A Struggle To Be Free", "Church Folk" and "Family Secrets'. He is an author recently releasing his new book entitled "Out On A Limb". Other books entitled "Transition" and "Men Things" are scheduled to be released soon. He is the founder of Summer Outreach "Praise In The Park", a nonprofit outreach event that feeds the community and combines health awareness, ministry and praise in the local park. He is currently organizing a "Walk of Hope" event to unite the community and also benefit the Middle Tyger Community Center in Lyman, South Carolina and other nonprofit organizations across the Upstate of South Carolina.
Bishop Bruton is active in the community as a volunteer for several nonprofit organizations! He is a past volunteer for the Middle Tyger Community Center Association and has served on the board of directors. He has been active in Spartanburg County School District Five and has served on D.R. Hill Middle School, Florence Chapel Middle School, Wellford and Berry Shoals Elementary School's Strategic Planning Committees. He worked as a volunteer with the March of Dimes and the Special Olympics annual programs for over 13 years. He is currently serving on the WPJM radio station advisory board.
Bishop Bruton received the "Mary L. Thomas Award" for civic leadership and community change; he was recognized as a 2011 Upstate Black History maker and has received numerous other honors for his generous giving and volunteer work.
Under the leadership of Bishop Bruton, New Hope is growing in miraculous ways. NHBC currently has over 30 ministries committed to edifying, evangelizing, and empowering people for the glory of God and the advancing of the Kingdom. The church currently holds two services each Sunday morning to accommodate worship and is in the process of building a new edifice on over eighteen acres of land. NHBC is a place of refuge for the hurting, hopeless and helpless people in life. New Hope is known as a place where the Spirit of the Lord "hovers". Bishop Bruton is a man of vision, passion and commitment! He strives for excellence in everything he does for the Lord, his family and his community. He has a genuine love for people and is a spiritual father, covering, mentor and role model to several other pastors in the upstate of SC, NC, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and the continent of Africa. Bishop Bruton is a dynamic preacher, an awesome teacher and a very compassionate leader. His anointing has made room for him among people from all ages, all genders, and all races. He is a highly sought after speaker and has preached in revivals, taught leadership conferences and other conferences throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and the Midwest. Bishop Bruton also host two conferences each year, The Rivers of Living Water Leadership Conference in May and a Partners Conference in the fall. In 2011 he traveled to Africa for the first time where he preached four days to many Church leaders in Kenya and again traveled to Africa in 2012. Bishop Bruton has a global ministry that crosses denominational lines with his message of hope and empowerment as he encourages people to trust in Jesus, obey and celebrate God. Proceeding his Africa Missions he acknowledged and accepted the apostolic anointing on his life. Bishop Bruton has been married to the former Sharon Anderson for 30 years, they have two wonderful children, Brandon and Kristen and one grandchild, Cali.
There are many other things that could be said about Bishop Bruton's life and his many accomplishments, but the most note-worthy is that he is a child of God. He has been washed in the blood of Jesus and called by God to preach the gospel of Jesus that all men might be saved by the preaching and teaching of the word. He believes that "the end of a thing is better than its beginning" and his favorite saying is "Devil, How do you like me now"!