The honorable Chief Apostle William Lee Bonner, a spiritual leader and book author who built an international organization, landmark educational institutions and churches, and reached millions in his ministry, passed away Friday, April 3. While a grand homegoing celebrations of his life was held at the Palace Cathedral in New York City Friday, April 24, another celebration was held in Detroit.

Bonner served as senior prelate of the General Assembly of the Churches of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith. Under his administration, the assembly has grown from 155 churches in 1961 to over 500 churches and missions throughout the world. His supporters said there are established COOLJC churches in the United States, Liberia, West Africa, Barbados, Canada, Caribbean, Dominican Republic, England, Ghana, Haiti, India, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Leewaod Islands, Sierra Leone, St. Croix, St. Kitts, Trinidad and West Germany.

Bonner established W.L. Bonner College in 1995. The college has educational opportunities for bachelor, associate, certificate and continuing education in religious studies and Christian ministries.