Bishop Benjamin L. Lumpkins, 68, founder and minister of Old Pentecost Church of Christ in Washington died of cancer Sunday at Howard University Hospital.
He founded the church 24 years ago. In a building in the unit block of P Street NW. After holding services at several other locations, the church was established at 728 Columbia Rd. NW. in 1960.
In 1973, a new church, which is joined to the back of the old church, was dedicated at 727 Hobart Pl. NW.
Born in King George County, Va. Bishop Lumpkins came to Washington as a youth.
He later attended the Washington Bible College, became associated with the Pentecostal movement and was ordained a deacon.
Bishop Lumpkins then attended the Bible way Church, where he served on the usher board, was with the radio choir and was president of the Brothers Club. Its pastor, Bishop Smallwood E. Williams, later ordained him as a minister.
Bishop Lumpkins evangelized and then founded both the Old pentecost Church and the Association of Apos-meeting in Jerusalem of the Apostolic World Fellowship and later became its treasurer. He also was affiliated wtin the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship Association here.
Bishop Lumpkins had been employed at various jobs in the cancer unit of the former Freedmen's Hospitalic Fellowships. Inc., becoming general bishop of that association. He had been ordained a bishop by Bishop D. M Jones of Philadelphia.
Bishop Lumpkins was president emeritus of the Pentecostal Ministry Alliance of Washington, Maryland and Virginia.
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He attended the 1971 organizationaltal for 35 years until his retirement in 1964.
He is survived by his wife, Mildred V., of the home in West Hyattsville, three sons.Bejamin L. Jr. James T. and Claude W. and two daughters, Cornelia B. Lucas and Lois L., all of Washington: another daughter, Katherine V., of Alexandria; three stepsons. Elder Roscoe Brock Smith and Robert H Brock-Smith, both of Washington and Arville Q. Brock-Smith of Camp Springs; three stepdaughters, Martha V. Shepherd and Florence B. Green both of Washington and Mildred B. Davies of Hyattsville; two sisters Louise Johnson and Bernice Mcpherson, both of Washington; 50 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.