Humble, servant, father, gentle and wise are just some of the words used to describe Bishop Halvester Gupton. This ministry impelled trendsetter has ministered and touched thousands around the world and has been authorized and certified by God for the full time ministration to the Body of Christ as an anointed five-fold ecclesiastics gift.
As the founder, visionary, leader and Senior Pastor of Faith, Victory and Freedom Ministries, International Incorporated (located in Sanford, North Carolina), Bishop Halvester Gupton has been given to over three decades of pastoring, preaching and mentoring the world as he continues to impact the community and the world.
A native of North Carolina, Bishop Gupton has matriculated respectively from receiving his bachelor's degree in Science from the first historically black college in the south (Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina) to attending the Southeastern Baptist Seminary, Shaw Divinity School and Trinity School of Theology. In 1996, he received an Honary Doctoral Degree from Good News Theological Seminary in Greenville, North Carolina.
Continually honored worldwide, Bishop Gupton has received a plethora of awards in recognition. Because of his humane contributions in India, he was honored with the establishment of The Halvester Gupton School for Higher Education in Korkonda, India (1990). He was nominated for Black Enterprise Magazine as Innovator and Leader of the Year Award (2002 and 2003) and the Lee Country Chapter of the NAACP honored him with the prestigious NAACP Leadership Award (2005) - just to name a few.
He was elevated to the office of Bishop on on April 7, 1996 with Chief Consecrator being The Most Reverend, Bishop William S. Spain. Bishop Gupton is the Presiding Prelate of Faith, Victory and Freedom Ministries Internat- ional, Incorporated. His Bishopric currently includes churches in Sanford, Fuquay-Varina, Raleigh and Lexington, North Carolina, Ghana and Nigeria, West Africa and India.
As a man of wisdom and vision, Bishop Gupton is revered locally, nationally and internationally alike as a dynamic man of vision, integrity, leadership, compassion, awareness and one who posesses the spirit of excellence. Because of his warm personality and passion for people, lives and generations are being changed. Through his ministry, people are discovering their destinies and he has and continues the metamorphosis of followers into leaders. This humble servant remains constant in advancing the Kingdom of God and is one that leads by example.
Bishop Gupton and International First Lady, Elect Lady Alma Gupton are blessed one daughter, Stephanie, a son-in-law, Jamal, and one granddaughter, Tailor. They have been blessed to mentor and impart into several other children over the years. Together they have touched and changed lives and generations because of their passion for ministry and mentoring both the young and old. As a passionate pursuer of God's will and wisdom, Bishop Gupton remains a man after God's own heart. He is one that loves the Lord and is both lead and directed by the Holy Spirit.