Rev. Kirby James Hensley, born July 23, 1911, in the mountains of North Carolina. The second in a family of 7 children. He was raised in a strong Baptist home.
For over 65 years he studied and preached religion throughout the United States. He was a very educated man despite the fact that he could not read or write. As a child he attended school until the third grade. But he was a student of life and religion and was constantly seeking knowledge of the material world as well as the spiritual. Rev. Hensley was ordained in the Baptist Church at an early age. After preaching for several years he left the Baptists and started attending the Pentecostal Churches in the area. This is where he met his first wife Nora. They had two daughters. He was a pastor in Oklahoma and California and established several churches.
After his divorce he returned to North Carolina. After a short time he was introduced to Lida. The woman he described as the only woman he truly loved. During their 46 year marriage they had 1 daughter and 2 sons. It was shortly after returning to California with his family that he started to wrestle with the idea of forming a church for all people.
Rev. Hensley remained as President of the church until his passing on March 19, 1999.