“Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: That Christ should suffer, and that he should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles” Acts 26:22-23 King James Version.
This explains the ministry mission of Pastor Anthony C Ligon, the second oldest of three boys born to the late Pastor Emeritus James Clinton Ligon Sr. (PhD.) and Mother Lucille Ligon. As a child reared in a home, where daily prayer, scripture reading, and discussions were a normal occurrence, accepting the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ became a reality at the age of 12 years old. Being baptized and living a life for Christ became a goal, however, through all of this, yet, there was something missing.
Where others would proceed in life attempting to replace what is missing with superficial things, Pastor Ligon sought a higher and deeper relationship with Christ Jesus. Although nurtured in the Word of the Lord from a child, at 19 years old Pastor Ligon was called to preach but he ran until he finally surrendered unto the Lord and accepted the call to preach at the age of 30 years. The manifestation of his search and pursuit of a higher and deeper relationship with Christ Jesus led to being introduced to Bishop W. B. Thomas Jr. in 1997 by a young lady the former Renee Thomas (now Renee Ligon). It was through this interaction with “Bishop” as Pastor Ligon recalls, the countless hours of spiritual insight brought him to find out what he was missing. The baptism of the Holy Ghost (Acts 19:2).
It was in the 29th Holy Convocation of The Evangelistic Churches of Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc where Pastor Ligon received what was missing. He recalls having to drive to that convocation Friday morning and after arriving to the hotel, being greeted by one of the mothers of the national organization. That Mother Sharon Walters told him “God’s got a calling on your life!” Those words were not uttered without purpose. Saturday morning while in the Morning Prayer, Pastor Ligon received a touch from the Lord, receiving The Holy Ghost as according to Acts 2:38. He remembers the word that led to receiving The Holy Ghost. The word “Forgiveness.”
Pastor Ligon and Lady Renee Marie Ligon have been married for over 22 years. He is a member of the Sons of Levi (SOL): The Priesthood, an initiative of Bishop Thomas for the brethren of The Outreach Evangelistic Church of Christ started in March 2016. The focus for SOL is to engage brethren in developing a holistic life in Christ through righteousness as according to Malachi 3:3 “And he shall sit as a refiner’s fire, and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.”
Pastor Ligon holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a master’s degree in Educational Leadership. He previously retired from teaching in 2022 but maintains a license to sell real estate and insurance for consumer and commercial clients. He has a specialized multi-state focus on insuring church real estate, key person life insurance, and general insurance policies for personal and business needs.