Holy Light Pentecostal Church Leader


Apostolic Bishop Debra Elaine Gause is the Senior Pastor of Holy Light Church, Inc.

Apostle Gause is the tenth of thirteen children born to Bishops Mack B. and Addie B. McClinton, founders of Holy Light Pentecostal Church. She is married to Elder George H. Gause, Sr. They have three daughters, two sons and eighteen grandchildren.

Bishop Gause was ordained as an evangelist by Holy Light Pentecostal Church, Poughkeepsie, New York in 1982, served as an assistant pastor at a sister church in Richmond, Virginia from 1986-1992. She accepted the call to the pastorate at HLPC in 1992 and was consecrated to the Bishopric in 1998.

Apostle Gause holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from Community Bible institute, Poughkeepsie, New York, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Theology from St. Paul’s Bible Institute, New York City, New York in 1995. Apostle established the New Life Bible Institute in 1995 in New York. NLBI merged with Hudson Valley Bible Institute in 1996 and was renamed Hudson Valley New Life Bible Institute, accredited through Oral Roberts University.

Apostle Gause walks in the five-fold ministry: Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher. She is a renowned conference speaker who teaches and preaches the uncompromised Word of God to the saving and deliverance of countless souls. She has traveled throughout the United States and to other countries including the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and the Caribbean.

Apostle Gause is a committed worker in her community and has received several rewards and citations for her accomplishments. She is a member of the National Clergy Council, Washington, D.C., and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Hudson Valley New Life Bible Institute, a member of the Dutchess County African American Clergy Association and the Criminal Justice Council of Dutchess County.

Apostle Gause was accepted and endorsed by Lexington Who’s Who, an executive and professional registry that highlights the professional successes of individual achievers on a national level.

Apostle Gause’ vision is a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic ministry, “Operation Advance the Kingdom Now.” The vision includes a Citadel of Hope, Housing for the Elderly, Transitional Housing, a Youth Center, Daycare, a K-12 Christian Academy, a 24-aHour Prayer Tower, a Bible School and Training Center and many other facts of ministry. In 2007, under her direction, the HLPM School of Ministry was birthed.

On July 23, 2003 at the 9th Annual Holy Convocation of the Holy Light Pentecostal Ministries, Inc. in Poughkeepsie, New York another significant event took place. Apostle Debra E. Gause was rightly and canonically consecrated and commissioned to the Sacred Office of Apostle, by the laying on of hands by the International Council of Apostles, with many witnesses present.

As part of her apostolic calling, Bishop Gause' mandate and vision is to introduce Christ to the lost and hurting; to win them to Jesus, and build them to maturity to become effective disciples for Christ. The demonstration of the power of the Holy Ghost through the manifestation of the gifts and the operation of the five-fold ministry is a strong focus of this Reformation. She endeavors to see lives changed and the universal church of Jesus Christ revolutionized. Her motto is: To win as many as possible, to develop as many as possible, to multiply as many through as many as possible.

Apostle Debra E. Gause carries the same steadfast, fervent and excellent spirit of our founders, the Bishops Mack B. and Addie B. McClinton. They recognized that excellence in ministry involved long arduous struggles, so they stood firm and endured for righteousness sake. They practiced what they preached and their lives were living epistles for all to see. We thank God for our leader, pastor and presiding prelate, who humbly bows in submission to the will of God for this end-time harvest.