Bishop Wells’ life is a thread that connects his calling to his passion; when asked what motivates him, he states that it’s his love for God and his concern for the human race. Since birth, he has had a connection with God that grew into an intimate relationship, becoming a Saint of God.
Under the leadership of his father, the late Bishop Nathaniel Wells, Sr., he served faithfully for 15 years s co-pastor of Community and Holy Trinity Churches, and in April of 1976 Elder Nathaniel Wells, Jr. became the full-time and senior pastor of Holy Trinity Institutional COGIC. In 1985, he was elevated to the position of Jurisdictional Bishop for Western Michigan Jurisdiction.
During these 43 years of pastoral duties, he has been a jurisdictional Bishop for 34 years, has served 2 terms on the National Trustee Board, and 2 terms on the National Judiciary Board. In 2000, he was elected to the Presidium (the General Board) of the International Church of God in Christ. July 13, 2014, Bishop Wells was presented an earned Doctor of Theology Degree from Midwest Theological University, by Dr. Donald Jones, T.D, President/Chancellor.
With all of the aforementioned accomplishments, Bishop Wells considers his greatest accomplishment is becoming a Saint of God in 1961. In addition to his Ecclesiastical duties, Bishop believes his calling requires him to reach out and serve the “Total Man”, thus his vision has taken Holy Trinity to another level; being an oasis for those in the community with unmet needs, both spiritual and natural. In 1991 he founded the Trinity Nonprofit Housing Corporation developing affordable housing totaling more than 24 million dollars, housing more than 2200 families! His God given vision has been to develop and implement programs and services in the area of housing, education, economic and community development, senior and elderly service, child career, the jail and prison ministry, and health initiatives, to name a few.
He has served on the Boards of and in various capacities for the Muskegon County United Way, Comerica Bank, Total Christian Television (TCT), Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Partnership, Inc. and he was a Rotarian in the Muskegon, and Benton Harbor/St. Joseph Rotary Club. He has received various civic and social community awards, such as the Muskegon County Bar Association, Muskegon Economic Growth Alliance, the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, and he was the first recipient of the Reverend Doctor Donald B. Adkins Leadership Award for Religion. Through his community service and other social endeavors, he embodies the spirit of giving, caring and sharing and being the catalyst for the Total Man Ministry and the Oasis of Love. Bishop Wells readily acknowledges that all he is and ever hopes to be, not only is through the divine intervention of God, but also because of the love dedication and support that comes from his wife. Bishop and Elect Lady Wells are the parents of 5 children: Chanita, Nathaniel III, Patricia, Anissa, and Tiffany. They have 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Bishop Wells has received numerous Civic and Community Awards, some of which include:
• Doctorate of Theology from Midwest Theological University – 2014
• Dr. Donald B. Adkins Lifetime Achievement Award for Religion – 2012, city of Benton Harbor, MI
• Most Influential Person of the Year in Muskegon, MI – 2003
• Liberty Bell Award – 2000, Muskegon Bar Association
• Muskegon County Economic Development Award – 2000
• Jeanne Peterson Award in Affordable Housing – 1999
• Dr. Martin Luther King Award – 1996
• Quality of Life Award – 1996
• NAACP Man of the Year – 1975