Arch Bishop Dr. Floyd A. Knowlin


Bishop Dr. Floyd A. Knowlin was born to the late John and Lizzie Duncan Knowlin and he is one of seventeen children.  After God called both parents from labor to reward he was blessed with an adoptive mother, Momma Queen E. Harris.  Early on in life Bishop Knowlin realized that he had a greater calling on his life and at the tender age of thirteen he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior, and in 1976 he was ordained into the ministry.  In 1980 Bishop Knowlin found the love of his life and married the former Mildred Grayson and this union was blessed with two children, Antonio and Alexia Knowlin he also has a daughter-in-law Shiquanna , two granddaughters Lyondon Grace, and Bella Mil'Lea, and one grandson Messiah Tytron.  Together with his queenly wife, they serve as spiritual parents to many other children within the congregation as well as the surrounding communities.


Bishop Knowlin is a graduate of Andrews High School, he furthered his education by attending Nicholas Theological Seminary School, Cathedral Bible College and Berean Bible Institute.  He obtained his certificate of leadership from New Birth Ministries in Atlanta Georgia, a Doctor of Theology from His Excellence Theological Seminary and on March 6, 2010 he was consecrated as Bishop of the Lord’s Church.


Bishop Knowlin began his pastoral duties over eighteen years ago as pastor of Shiloh AME Church, in Georgetown, SC.  He served as a pastor in the AME denomination for seven years until God conditioned his heart to establish a new church headed in a new direction.  He is now the pastor and founder of Lighthouse of Jesus Christ Independent and Non-Denominational Church.  This mighty man of God was given a vision to build a new sanctuary and on September 29, 2007 many believers and followers saw the vision come to pass.  The new 26,000 sq. ft. edifice sits on seven acres of land located at 159 Johnson Road, Georgetown, SC.  Housed in the edifice is a bookstore, library, several classrooms, Bishop’s personal dining room, fellowship hall, baptismal pool, conference room, choir rehearsal room, prayer room, church secretary office and finance room.  “To God be the Glory” is how Bishop Knowlin feels about these great blessings.


Bishop Knowlin is a man that is well loved and respected in his church, community and various cities up and down the east coast.  The love of Jesus Christ and God that resides in him has set him far above all that he could ever imagine and because of that same love of God when Dorothy Norwood met him for the first time their spirits immediately bonded and since that day she has adopted him as her son in the gospel.  For his humbleness and obedience God has blessed him with numerous awards, plaques and accolades.  Among them are:  The Citizens Award, Outstanding Master of Ceremony and he was recognized by the Georgetown Alumane Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. for bringing together different world religions, president of The Boys II Men organization at Sampit Elementary School, he was the first minister in Georgetown to be inducted into the Live Five Hall of Fame, and he recently received the award for Religion from the Sadie Grice Funnye Foundation at the annual gala in Myrtle Beach, SC.  To add to his accolades Bishop Knowlin was asked to preach for Pastor Shirley Caesar on two different occasions once in August 2010 at the 38th annual Will Thou Be Made Whole Conference and again in March 2013.  He also had the privilege of singing on the program crowning Shirley Caesar as “The Queen of Gospel”.  Due to Lighthouse’s annual church conference entitled “Walking in Your Calling Conference”, Bishop was able to introduce the Georgetown area to such renowned gospel recording artist such as:  Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Bishop Rance Allen, Pastor Le’Andria Johnson-Walker, Bishop William Murphy, Bishop Marvin Sapp, gospel whirlwind Pastor Helen Miller-Best and Pastor Jasper Williams.            


Bishop Knowlin is a great role model and mentor to people of all ages, race, genders and religions.  He is always striving to be a great shepherd for his sheep.  His motto:  “I’ll go if I have to go by myself.”  Sisters and brothers saints and friends I introduce to some and present to others Bishop Dr. Floyd A. Knowlin.