Bishop Ivy Anne Hopkins

Bishop Ivy Ann Hopkins was saved in 1954 at the early age of 14 and called to the ministry in 1956 at the age of 16.  On June 24, 1966, she was ordained as a minister and began pastoring at the age of 25.  She is presently the Pastor and Founder of Grace Temple Church of the Living God, 300 Pine Street, Steelton, PA 17113.  She is also the Founder and CEO of Grace Temple Community Development Inc. and the Founder of Grace Learning Center.  Some of her academic achievements include advanced Bible studies at the American Bible Institute (1966).  She was a student of pastoral studies and a member of the Advisory Board of Christian Ministries at the Lancaster Theological Seminary Institute in 1978.  Bishop Hopkins enrolled in the Master of Divinity Program in 1990 and on October 7, 2003, she was presented a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry from the Chesapeake Bible College and Seminary in Ridgely, Maryland.

Bishop Hopkins was appointed as the President of the Pennsylvania State Foreign Mission in the Church of the Living God in 1975, and in 1976 she was added to the list of the first edition of Who’s Who in Religion.  She was ordained Pennsylvania State Elder in 1982 and consecrated as the Bishop of the Pennsylvania Diocese I in the Churches of the Living God in 1986.  Bishop Hopkins presently presides over 24 churches in the United Pennsylvania Diocese.  In October 1998, Bishop Hopkins was appointed Executive Administrator of the Churches of the Living God, Inc. and was appointed as the Chairperson of the Chaplaincy Department of the Churches of the Living God in September 2003.

Bishop Hopkins became an approved instructor of the Evangelical Training Association in 1987. She organized an Interdenominational Bible Class in May 1987 and organized a pilot scholar class which included preparation for church ministry studies.

Her cross-cultural experiences include Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa (1978); Germany (1985) where she dedicated the first Church of the Living God; and Jamaica (1988).  One of her best experiences was her trip to Europe in 2009.  While she was in Europe, she visited Rome, Sicily, Italy, Athens, Greece, Turkey, and the Island of Crete.

Bishop Hopkins is the recipient of many awards which include Minister of the Year, Outstanding Leadership Service Award for Dedication, Chaplain Award, and Celebration of Excellence.  She was invited to Washington, D.C. along with other clergy members to meet President Jimmy Carter.  On April 28, 2003, she served as Chaplain of the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania during the Legislative Session.

She is the wife of Deacon Curtis R. Hopkins, Sr., mother of three children, Ivy Lynn Clay, Elder Curtis R. Hopkins, Jr., and Reverend Iris Janine Johnson.  She has seven grandchildren: Krista Tierra, Brittany Charee, and Barry Michael Clay; Curtis Albert III, Julian Christian, and Kayla Ivy Andrews; and Marina Inez Hopkins.  She has two sons-in-law, Barry Clay and Tertius Johnson and one daughter-in-law: Reverend Dr. Brunilda I. Hopkins.
  During the 2018 General Assembly in Orlando, Florida, Bishop Ivy Anne Hopkins was elected as the new and first female President General of the Church of the Living God. We looking forward to the great things God is going to do through this new administration.