Bishop Paul Cannon, Jr.
May 2, 1950 - August 23, 2014
Bishop Paul Cannon, Jr., was born May 2, 1950 in Birmingham, Alabama, to the parentage of the late Paul, Sr. and Jerutha Cannon. Raised in a Christian home, he carried those values with him to Dallas, TX, where he attended Bishop College (Now Paul Quinn College) on a music scholarship. He majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. He wanted to become a research scientist and find a cure for diseases and he achieved that goal by researching and preaching the Word of God, and thus proclaiming the cure for sin and salvation to many.
In April of 1970, Bishop Cannon received Christ as his personal Savior. Empowered by the Holy Ghost and his outgoing and magnetic personality, he was an instrument in winning others to Christ on and off the college campus. He became an active member of Full Gospel Holy Temple, using his talent of music to glorify God. He played the clarinet in the church band. He was faithful to his leaders, the late Honorable Dr. Apostle Lobais Murray and Dr. Evangelist Shirley Murray, and the Full Gospel Holy Temple, Inc., as well as to our current overseer, Apostle Herman Lobias Murray, Jr.
Bishop Cannon evangelized until the Lord called him to Pastor Full Gospel Holy Temple - Nash, where he served faithfully for 37 years. He made full proof of his ministry and won countless souls to Christ. In 1993, he built a debt-free edifice for God's people to worship in. Under his leadership, many outreach ministries were established for the furtherance of the Gospel, including, the Living Word Telecast. He was ordained Bishop of the FGHT, Inc., in 1991, and served as president of the Annual Youth Congress for many years. Preacher, pastor, teacher, counselor, humanitarian, friend--He served well. He was a prolific author and wrote two books to help others in their quest to live for God: Overcoming the World, and the series, Walk & Be Perfect. He loved and valued the Word of God.
Bishop Cannon was married to the love of his life, Pastor Jacquelyn Cannon, for 41 beautiful years. He is the proud father of five adult children: Jermia, Jeremy, Paul III, Jennifer, and Jon; and five grandchildren: Necoma, Jayson, Camryn, Cole, and Jace. He was known to many as the Cannon-Ball.