By: Dezaray Barr
Dr. Angulus D. Wilson, born and raised in Los Angeles, was once a gang member. At just the young age of 12, Wilson had a record that included drug use, robbery, violence, and drive by shootings. In 1979, Wilson came into contact with an itinerant evangelistic ministry while he was in a juvenile offender’s high security institution.
“Inside of the institution, I heard the gospel preached for the very first time,” Wilson said. “I remember giving my life to Christ because of the pain and sorrow I felt. Jesus saved me, and I was born again.”
Through mentorship and his newfound faith, Wilson was able to graduate high school and attend Fresno Pacific University. After graduating in 1989, Wilson was ordained as an itinerant evangelist, which allowed him to work with prisoners, drug addicts, and gang offenders.
In 1991, Wilson married Sharon (Horton), and they have three sons, Lionel, Alexander and Aaron. All three of Wilson’s sons are now currently active in the ministry of Jesus. “We have modeled Christianity for them, and they all have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ,” Wilson explained. “One of the treasures of ministering as a family is seeing your children walk with the Lord.”
Wilson’s work for the kingdom of God is extensive, diverse and beautiful. “Over the past 25 years, I have conducted national and international mission trips, conferences and seminars,” he said. “I have planted four churches, served two other congregations, participated in doctoral level training, organized a school for bi-vocational ministers and served three major Christian Universities as a University Pastor, Director of Ministry, Minister at large for global evangelism, and Community Outreach Director.”
Currently, Wilson serves as the Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Community Baptist Church in Fresno, California. He organized this church in 2008. He is also the president and founder of Angelos Biblical Institute, an international evangelism school, and he serves as the University Pastor of Fresno Pacific University.
Although Wilson is not an IWU Alum, he is passionate about the students at IWU. “My Prayer for IWU students is that they would hear the call of God to global evangelism and pursue Him with all of their hearts,” he said. “I pray that they will ‘seize the moment’ to make a decisions that change and transform our world.”
“Angulus is truly a servant and has a tremendous testimony of redemption and the call to ministry. I’ve known Angulus for nearly 20 years and have found him to be a wonderful friend and tremendous asset to the kingdom work through evangelism, prison ministries, and chaplain.” Rick Carder, the IWU Director of Alumni & Church Engagement, said.
Written by Dezaray Barr, PR Specialist for the Alumni Office. Dezaray is a junior Strategic Communication and Honors Humanities double major at Indiana Wesleyan University in the John Wesley Honors College. At IWU, Dezaray runs both the JWHC Blog and her own blog. Visit Dez’s website at www.dezaraybarr.weebly.com.