Peachtree City, Georgia

"A Spirit Filled Church"

Evangelist Giggie Elder is a native of Fayette County, Georgia.  She is the third of six children born to the late Mr. David H. and Maggie Ruth Penson.


In 2003, Evangelist Giggie Elder joined the Bethlehem Baptist Church along with her husband of over thirty years, Deacon Stanley Elder. In 2004, Evangelist Elder served as the inaugural speaker for the first Bethlehem Women’s Day program with her message “Praises of a Virtuous Woman. Uniquely gifted to minister the spoken Word, Evangelist. Elder has marked her method of delivery of the Word.  She can use ordinary household items to help you understand the word of God.  Seasoned in prayer, she flows in a prophetic anointing coupled with the distinctive ability to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Evangelist Elder was first ordained by Bishop J. C. Penson at the Harvest Temple Holiness Church in 1997, and in 2005, she was ordained by Reverend Dwight Elder at the Bethlehem Baptist Church. In 2015, she became one of our Women’s Ministry spiritual advisor.

Rev. Jesse E. Wrice, Jr.

Evangelist Giggie Elder




In addition to her ministerial service at this church, she actively travels to other areas telling about the goodness of Jesus Christ.  The one thing she desires quoted from Psalm 27:4   One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.


Rev. Jesse E. Wrice, Jr. has been an Associate Pastor at the Bethlehem Baptist Church since 2007.   Previously, he has served as Pastor for the Gospel of Holiness Church in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; Associate Pastor at Unity Christian Church, Fayetteville, GA; Youth Pastor at both the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Woodbridge, VA and Union Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville, NC.  Rev. Wrice is an anointed and skillful exhorter, preacher and teacher.  He leads the Men’s Ministry which also reaches out to mentor the young men and boys at church and in the community.  He accepted his call to the ministry and was ordained an Elder/Pastor in the COGIC in 1996 while stationed in Hawaii.

Bethlehem Baptist Church

He attended the Ewa Beach COGIC Bible College under the direction of Superintendent Martin.  He is a Marine/Navy Veteran serving his country as a Commissioned Officer for over 20 years.  Having graduated from the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD) in 1983, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Science.  He is also a FAA rated single engine airplane and Rotary Wing Pilot.  Currently, he is employed by the Air Methods Corp. as an Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Helicopter Pilot.


Rev. Wrice is a Macon, GA native.  He has been married to his high school sweetheart Pamela (Brown) Wrice since 1983.  They have been blessed with two wonderful children, Erik and Jessica Wrice and numerous god-children.  He exemplifies and glorifies Christ in all that he does and he lives by the scripture that says “Let your Light so shine that men may see your good works and Glorify your Father which is in Heaven.”  His commitment to God and family is unwavering as he continues to strive to complete God’s Will for his Life and help his brothers and sisters along the way.