SUFFRAGAN BISHOP RUBY F. HALL: A Pioneer for God
Suffragan Bishop Ruby F. Hall is indeed a pastor according to God’s own heart, feeding men and women of God with knowledge and understanding. But God has also blessed Suff. Bishop Hall to occupy other positions of leadership in the Church beyond the pastorate, making her a pioneer for God among women in the Texas State Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World (P.A.W).
Suffragan Bishop Hall was born June 27, 1944, to parents Lloyd Curley and Naomi Summers Curley in the East Texas community of Blackjack, near Jacksonville, where she grew up along with her four sisters. She attended Alberta Elementary School and Frederick Douglass High School and later furthered her education at Austin Community College. At the young age of eighteen, Ruby Curley was united in holy matrimony to Jimmy Hall in October 1962. In 1964 they relocated to San Antonio, Texas. To this union eight children were born, of which six survived (three sons and three daughters).
In September 1964 she received the gift of the Holy Ghost at Faith Temple Church (now Greater Faith Apostolic Cathedral) under the pastorate of the late Suffragan Bishop Horace M. Young. It was there that she received her early training and mentoring – under the tutelage of her pastor and several church mothers, most of whom have now gone on to be with the Lord – training which would prepare her for the work God would call her into almost two-and-a-half decades later.
In 1972, the First Pentecostal Church of the Apostolic Faith was founded under Elder Jimmy L. Hall. The church began in Bastrop, Texas, and in 1974 relocated to 1624 E. Seventh Street in Austin, Texas, where it remained until 1993.
Since 1987, Suffragan Bishop Ruby Hall has served as pastor of the First Pentecostal Church of Austin – Apostolic Faith. The Lord has blessed this ministry to thrive and flourish under her dedicated leadership. To accommodate the growth of the congregation, the church relocated in 1993 to the current 7440 Ed Bluestein Boulevard location. The Lord blessed the mortgage on that building to be paid off in less than two years’ time. As continued growth required further expansion, the church purchased a multi-purpose building adjacent to the main building. The Lord abundantly blessed that mortgage to be quickly paid off as well. Continued growth once again led to the need for further expansion. After much praying and planning, the church’s ground-up rebuilding project was completed and the Lord blessed First Pentecostal Church of Austin officially opened the doors to its current facility in December, 2010.
Although the journey has not always been easy B numerous challenges, obstacles and difficulties were faced along the way B Suffragan Bishop Hall remains faithful to God and to her calling. Because of her faithfulness and dedication to the work of God, Suffragan Bishop Hall was appointed as the first woman to serve on the Executive Board of the Texas State Council and she also held the office of Assistant Treasurer. Today, she faithfully serves the Texas State Council in the offices of Council Treasurer and Auxiliary Director for the Texas State Missionary and Christian Women’s Auxiliary. She is the 2003 recipient of the Daisy Gamble Award, an honor awarded annually to an outstanding woman in the Texas State Council. She has also served four terms as Chair of the Heart of Texas Fellowship.
On June 6, 2003, she was elevated to the office of District Elder by the Honorable Bishop William A. Ellis, Former Chief Prelate of the Texas State Council of the P.A.W., 13th Episcopal Diocese. She soon went on to make greater history, as she was elevated to the office of Suffagran Bishop on June 8, 2012, by the Honorable Bishop Richard Young, current Chief Prelate of the Texas State Council. Suffragan Bishop Hall is the first woman in the State of Texas to have had the titles of District Elder and Suffragan Bishop bestowed upon her.
Suffragan Bishop Hall remains a faithful servant of God and is known throughout the State of Texas for her generous spirit of giving. She has a love for God, a love for people and loves to share with people. It is for this reason that she has initiated ministries within First Pentecostal Church such as a food pantry, community benevolence fund scholarship fund and foreign mission, which are designed to reach out and help others in need. Other ministries (television and radio broadcasts, outreach to the homeless, etc.) further help to facilitate the church’s mission to reach the lost.
Suffragan Bishop Hall’s love for and faith in God has brought her victoriously through tremendous trials, tests, sorrows and pain. But she stands today, by the grace of God, as a daily testimony of what God can and will do for His people when we put Him first.