REVEREND LONNIE V. NATIONS
(father of James F. Nations)
Reverend Lonnie Nations received the Holy Ghost at the age of 28, at a Brush Arbor in Lawrence County Mississippi on August 25, 1940. The Preacher was Reverend Johnnie Magee. Many others received the Holy Ghost in this revival.
After the Brush Arbor Revival, a church building was erected and is still active today. The church is Powell’s Grove near Jayess, MS.
He was a share cropper in Lawrence County near Topeka, MS, and later in the fall of 1940 moved to Walthall County and attended the Bethel Pentecostal Church. In 1946, he became the Pastor of Bethel Pentecostal Church.
In this church some of the members believed in two Gods and some in one God. This made it difficult for them to worship together. They took turns having services at different times.
In 1948, Rev. Lonnie Nations and those who were oneness, secured land about two miles away and started what is now called New Bethel Pentecostal Church. (This is not a UPC church but is a very active church.)
In the fall of 1948, Rev Nations was elected pastor of Springhill United Pentecostal Church near Wesson, MS where he pastored for the next 28 years.
Because of failing health, he resigned as pastor of Springhill UPC and moved to Brookhaven where he attended the Bethel Temple UPC, Pastored by his son, Reverend James Nations.
At one time, he served as a Presbyter of the MS District Section 11.
Many souls received the Holy Ghost under his ministry. He only had a fifth-grade education, but God used him mightily.
Rev. Lloyd Thompson founded a new church in Wesson, MS and Rev Lonnie Nations spent the remainder of his preaching days attending the church under the pastorate of Rev. Lloyd Thompson.