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About ACJC

Wherever you are in life, you matter and you have a purpose. We want to help you become the person God has created you to be. Your journey has a next step and we'll help you find it. It could start with serving, finding God's vision for your life, giving, or joining us regularly.

You don't have to take the next step alone. With a strong community of friends, you can laugh, grow, and serve with people who genuinely care about you. 

We are passionate about serving the community and demonstrating God's love to others. Whether in person or online, individually or in groups, within our church and around the world, we are focused on supporting and engaging in relationships that provide relief and restoration to a hurting world.

Our History and Our Founders

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James T. Alford, the founder of Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ was born Dec. 4, 1926 in Clio, South Carolina to Walter D. and Birchie Alford. During his teen years he relocated to Washington D. C., where he received his formal education in Fairmont Heights, Maryland. In September 1946, he was baptized in Jesus Name and received the Holy Ghost in the pool while attending Pentecostal Church of God. James met Kathleen Fields who was also a member of the church. They were married on Valentine’s Day, truly the lovers holiday. In the spring of 1950 they moved to Kansas City, Missouri with two children James T. Alford Jr. and Jacqueline Carol Alford.

In 1968, Elder Alford purchased land owned by the Good News Pentecostal Church, pastored by his good friend District Elder E.L. Gordon. In that same year, plans were drawn and construction began at the 2901 Benton Plaza site. In 1969, the work was completed; the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ (ACJC) was a reality. In 1977, Elder Alford added a new wing to the present structure. Shortly after construction a fire broke out consuming part of the original structure, many tears were shed. However, God turned this catastrophe into a blessing and the capacity was increased from 100 to 400.


On March 2, 1983, District Elder James T. Alford passed and his torch was passed on to our current shepherd, Bishop Daniel Chavis in July of 1984. Since then the church has grown, changed location and evolved with one goal in mind: our mission is to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. That's how we're able to make a difference, and it's the driving force behind everything we do at ACJC. After all, a church ALIVE is worth a drive!

meet our Lead Pastor

Pastor: Suffragan Bishop Daniel Chavis Jr., formally of the Bethesda Temple Church in St. Louis, Missouri moved to Kansas City, Missouri to continue his education in July 1973. He was called to the ministry and preached his first sermon in 1974. He has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with an emphasis in ancient and classical studies from the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He has a Masters of Divinity from the Nazarene Theological Seminary.


Suffragan Bishop Chavis has been the Pastor of the thriving Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ since July 1984. He has held many prestigious offices in our community. Since June 1991, he has served as a District Elder of the Northwestern District Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. He has served as a treasurer and chairman of the Northwestern District Council. In October 2007, he was elevated to Suffragan Bishop. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. Among the greatest blessings in his life, is his marriage to the lovely Joan Elaine Alford Chavis. Their union produced four precious children who are their pride and joy. Bishop Chavis is a great man of God and may the Lord continue to bless him.

meet our FIRST LADY

Joan (Alford) Chavis was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the fifth child to the late District Elder James T. Alford and Evangelist (Mother) Kathleen Alford. Joan met and later married Minister Daniel Chavis, and they have served together in the ministries of the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.
At Apostolic, Joan Chavis has served in many capacities. She was one of the first pianists, taught Sunday School for various age groups, started the church choir, worked in the Missionary Department, Prayer Band, and in the Women’s Ministry Department. Joan Chavis served as president of the Apostolic Church Women’s Ministry. She also held the office of assistant secretary of the Northwestern District Council and the Women’s Ministry.
First Lady Chavis is the woman beside the man. Still today, she works with her husband, Bishop Daniel Chavis Jr, in the ministries of the Church. In serving missions, Bishop and 1st Lady Chavis have carried their love for people to Europe and Africa. 1st Lady Chavis is presently matriculating her degree in education.
  She loves fellowshipping with the saints of God and witnessing to others that do not know Christ.

meet our pastors:
Henry Young

Assistant Pastor

Faye Anderson

Assistant Pastor

Larry Sanders

Assistant Pastor

Rueben Johnson

Assistant Pastor

Anthony Butler Sr.

Assistant Pastor

Wendell Tolbert

Assistant Pastor

Lamond Southall

Executive Pastor

Odell Henderson

Assistant Pastor

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