The Tennessee District Administration

Doug Ellingsworth
District Superintendent

Doug and Anita Ellingsworth moved to Tennessee in 1997 to serve as Pastor of the Finley United Pentecostal Church. Before moving to West Tennessee, they served the UPCI in three other districts: Oklahoma, where Jana was born; Maryland, where Kayla was born; and Mississippi, where Jonathan was born. (When they moved to Tennessee, they settled for a puppy named Rascal, but, true to his name, they had to give him away because he kept trying to bite the church janitor.)

In Oklahoma and Maryland, Brother Ellingsworth served as assistant pastor and taught in Christian schools. The seven years they spent in Mississippi was at the Tupelo Children’s Mansion where he was Director of Residential Services.

Brother Ellingsworth served as Tennessee’s District Sunday School Secretary for several years. Later, he served four years as our District Sunday School Director, leading children’s camps and serving on the Camp Lake Benson board.

Brother Ellingsworth continued to lead the church in Finley until April 2021 when he was elected District Superintendent.

Jackie Wilkerson
District Secretary

Rev. Jackie Wilkerson and his wife, Sharron, first came to the Tennessee District in 1978 as full time evangelist for the Missouri District. In October, 1981 the Wilkerson’s were elected as the pastor of the First United Pentecostal Church of Humboldt, Tennessee. During their 29 years of pastorate in Humboldt they led the congregation to a record attendance of 184 and the completion of a new facility on the Hwy 45 By-Pass in Humboldt.

At the 1985 District Conference Bro. Wilkerson was asked to serve as District Youth Secretary. He served until elected as Presbyter of Section 8 in 1991. After 19 years as Presbyter in April, 2010 Bro. Wilkerson was elected District Secretary of the Tennessee District.

He is an ordained minister of the United Pentecostal Church International with credentials for over 40 years. The Wilkerson’s have two sons: Jared & Seth.

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