Kirby James Hensley, born July 23, 1911, in the mountains
of Western 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
through out 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 spirtual. 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 pastored 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. And the rest is
history, which he described in many books available
from the church.
Rev. Hensley remained as President of the church until
his passing on March 19, 1999.
Lida G. Hensley was born on January 14, 1925, in the
mountains of Western North Carolina. She is the second
in a family of four children. She was raised in a
Lida was working in a textile plant at the time she
met Rev. Kirby Hensley. After a courtship and overcoming
some personal decisions, she married Kirby in July,
1952. After moving from North Carolina, they traveled
to Michigan and Florida working and attending various
churches. Then Kirby convinced her to come to California.
After several years of following the work that Kirby
was involved in, they settled in Modesto.
When the church first began in their home, Lida was
working in the Campbell Soup plant and was the Secretary
for the Church.
After the rapid growth of the church and the toll
that arthritis had taken on her hands, she started
working full time for the Church.
Revs' Lida and Kirby traveled and preached all over
the United States spreading the work of the Church.
She has dedicated her life to continuing the work
that she and Kirby helped to start. She was elected
by the Church board as President in 1999.