Bishop Joseph Hines was born to the late Brother Willie P. Hines and Pastor Roceda J.Hines on May 23, 1953 in the state of South Carolina. He was educated in the Darlington County Public School system and was later united in matrimony to the former Miss Linda Ann Ashley on August 31, 1974. To this blessed union came two sons, Joseph, II and Tayron. Bishop & Sister Hines are the co-owners of J & L Enterprises, a floor-covering and carpentry company.
Bishop Hines was baptized at a very early age and received the Holy Ghost in September 1987 and was thereafter ordained a Deacon of The Glorious Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ Under the Leadership of Pastor Roceda Hines. He served faithfully in this capacity as a husband, father, van driver, Praise & Worship Leader, choir member and many other duties in the church. He was a devoted steward serving on various auxiliaries including the Brotherhood Department until January 1992 when he answered the call to ministry at a revival in Hartsville, SC.
Continuing steadfastly in the Apostles’ Doctrine and working diligently in the ministry of the Glorious Apostolic Church, Minister Hines was elevated to the position of Elder of the church. He, along with the other members of the Elders’ Board, worked closely alongside Pastor Roceda Hines in the furtherance of the Gospel. During the illness of Pastor Roceda Hines, the then Elder Hines was appointed as Pastor-In-Charge. Following the death of the pastor in April 1997, Elder Hines was installed as pastor of The Glorious Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, Inc. in June of that same year by the Bishop R.F. Davis, Executive Chairman of the Highway Christian Churches of Christ, Inc.
Pastor & Sister Hines served in the pastorate faithfully for three years until he was ordained and installed to the office of Bishop into the Apostolic Churches of Jesus Christ, Inc. by the prelate, Bishop Kenneth J. Swaringer, Sr. on May 14, 2000.
Through Bishop Hines, God has birthed a dynamic, glorious ministry deeply rooted in the way of the Apostles. He conducts an in-depth couples’ and marriage seminar, organizes annual fellowship retreats, administers patient and spirit-led counseling, and travels extensively delivering the Word of God and working in the ministry. Bishop Hines has also led The Glorious Church ministry to new territory; He is Bishop of the St. James Apostolic Church of Kingstree SC., Pastor Victoria Washington. Bishop Joseph and Linda Hines are very compassionate leaders who willingly and selflessly lay aside their own interest for the sake of the ministry.
Bishop Hines is a very passionate preacher and teacher who wholeheartedly believes in the Apostles’ Doctrine of Salvation and Sanctification and is a strong advocate of complete Bible teaching. Their ministry has touched countless lives and it is sure that God has many good things in store for them.