David Devonn Tipton, Jr. was born on January 17, 1957 to David and Faye Tipton of Port St. Joe, Florida. In his mid-twenties, he felt the call to preach the gospel. He has pursued that calling ever since: worship leader, youth leader, Sunday School Teacher, assistant to the pastor, evangelist, pastor and District Superintendent. He has recorded two albums and written three books: Mississippi Matters, Faith, Freedom & Politics and Journey of a Lifetime.
Brother Tipton married Gwenda Joyce Hayes on March 11, 1978. He and his wife, Gwen, have four children: sons – Devonn, Damon, Matthew and daughter, Rachael. They have 13 grandchildren.
His first pastorate was of the First Pentecostal Church in Georgetown, Louisiana. During his time in Louisiana he served as Assistant Pastor of the First Pentecostal Church of Leesville, Louisiana and served as Section six youth director.
They were elected to pastor The Pentecostals of Grenada in 1993. He moved into the role of Bishop when he was elected in April 2009 as the Superintendent for the Mississippi District United Pentecostal Church International.
Prior to accepting the position as the United Pentecostal Church, International Promotions Director in 2007, he served in various ministerial capacities. For ten years he was the Director of the North American Missions Division of the Mississippi.
In addition, he serves as the General Board representative to the Building the Bridge ministry of the United Pentecostal Church, Vice President of Action/ Legislative Affairs for the National Apostolic Christian Leadership Conference, Executive Board member of Tupelo Children’s Mansion, Board Member of New Beginnings Adoption Agency in Tupelo, Mississippi, Executive Board member of Stand Up 4 Mississippi, and member of the Mississippi Governor’s Council on Teen Pregnancy. Previously, he served as Executive Director of Promotions for North American Missions Division at World Evangelism Center in St. Louis, Missouri for two years.
Brother Tipton is a firm believer in exercising our Christian citizenship in today’s world in order to make our witness, knowledge and influence count and that part of being a good citizen is being genuinely involved with the political life of nation, state and community. He recently wrote the book Faith, Freedom & Politics. Because of his involvement, he has had the pleasure of praying over governors and presidents. He counts some of Mississippi leaders and some national leaders as friends. He had the privilege of praying over the Mississippi rally in Southaven for President Trump in 2018. He currently serves as Vice President of the National Apostolic Christian Leadership Conference; whose mission is to develop and implement a strategic alliance of Apostolic organizations to foster unity among us and meaningful interactions with others. Such an alliance will assist in effectively influence local, state and national policy through the cultivation of relationships with elected leaders, appointed department heads, state agencies and other government entities and contacts.