Bishop-Elect Edward J. Rollins, Sr.
Bishop-Elect Edward James Rollins, Sr. is the servant leader of Thomas Tabernacle Holiness Church of God, Inc. He received the pastoral mantle from the late Apostle Roger E. Rollins on August 14, 2014. He continues to make an indelible mark for the Kingdom of God in Frederick, Maryland and the surrounding communities.
Bishop-Elect Rollins was saved, sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost at the age of thirteen, under the ministry of the late Elder Herman Thomas Lewis, the founder of Thomas Tabernacle Holiness Church of God, Inc. Over the years, he worked in his church in various capacities of service: Sunday School Superintendent, Teacher of the Young Adult Bible Study Class, Instructor of the New Member Class, Member of the Board of Trustees, Retreat Coordinator, Project Manager for the Church Building Construction Project and President of the Youth N Action Ministries.
He was ordained a Deacon in August 1979. Having answered the call into the ministry, he was ordained an Elder in August 1995 under the King’s Apostles Holiness Church of God, Inc. He received his training, exposure and guidance from the late Bishop Eugene Baltimore, the collage of Bishops and the late Elder Herman T. Lewis.
He served in the conference as Vice Moderator from 1992 to 1997 and as the Youth Moderator President from 1998 to 2002. He joined the Holiness Minister Alliance of Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC and surrounding areas, serving as Parliamentarian from 2003-2009.
Bishop-Elect Rollins has been employed with the Frederick County Public Schools for over forty-four years. In May 2011, he received the Human Relations Award from the Frederick County Human Relations Commission in recognition of his outstanding contributions in advancing diversity in the workplace. Bishop-Elect Rollins graduated from Governor Thomas Johnson High School. He furthered his education by attending the Frederick School of Religion and other studies. In June 2020, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from North Carolina College of Theology. He later received the Graduates Degree of Theology and the Salutatorian award in June 2021.
Bishop-Elect Rollins is an active part of his community. He serves on the board of the Latino nonprofit organization, Nuestra Casa Del Pueblo (our house for all people). This organization provides services to the growing Hispanic community of Frederick County and surrounding areas. His involvement is helping to create bridges between the African American and Latino communities in Frederick. In January 2004, he was asked to serve as Job Site Coordinator for community Service Students for the Department of Juvenile Service, and has been one of the Job Site Coordinators for the Work Force Service Agency for over thirty-five years, serving troubled youth with special needs as hearing impairment, Down Syndrome and Autism.
For forty-three years, Bishop-Elect Rollins was married to his beloved wife, the late Elder Vernia L. Rollins until her heavenly transition in 2020. Their union was blessed with two sons: Edward Jr. and Darrien Thomas (deceased). Also, added to his family are a daughter-in-law, Tawanda Greene-Rollins and a beloved niece, Lateres Smith.