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Bishop Rex Waddell has served both the congregation and the greater St. Louis Metropolitan Community since 1989. Elected in 2018 to the office of Chief Bishop, Bishop Waddell is the youngest presiding bishop of the Church of the Living God's since its inception in 1889.


Married to the lovely Evangelist Roslyn Bartley-Waddell for over 32 years, they have been blessed with two wonderful children, Chesley and Jordan; and two delightful grandsons! Pastor and Evangelist Waddell's personalities compliment each other and blend together seamlessly into an outstanding ministry team.


Graduating from Harris-Stowe University with a bachelors in education and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with his masters in curriculum and instruction and now in the final completion of a PhD in leadership and policy at the University of Missouri-St.Louis; Bishop Waddell's  extensive background in education, business administration and theology in addition, having served as a licensed clinical counselor, educator and corporate administrator affords Bishop the ability to bring a wealth of practical and academic experience to the office of senior pastor and presiding bishop.


He is greatly loved for his preaching and teaching style that is a delightful blend of inspiration, humor, and practical of biblical truths. Make no mistake about it, as the saints of old used to say. "He is really some kind of preacher!" We are certain that you will be blessed by his ministry just as we have been over the years.

"I work my hardest each day simply to stay out of God's way and strive to follow His divine guidance and direction..." May God's richest blessings be yours!"

Bishop Rex Waddell

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