S. Y. Younger was licensed to minister in November 1999 at the Reach Out Tabernacle in Martinsville, Virginia. In 2002 at the General Convention of the United Churches of Jesus Incorporated, he was ordained an Elder in the Lord’s Church.
In the spring of 2005 under the leadership of his pastor he started a church plant in Altavista, Virginia. Today it is known as The Ramp Church International in Lynchburg, VA. Pastor Younger and the church were officially installed in October of 2005 by Bishop Lorenzo Hall, along with a college of regional bishops.
In February of 2010, Pastor Younger was voted Bishop-Elect over the One Way Churches International by the assembly of voting members of his denomination; this election preceded his official consecration to the Bishopric, which was held April 30th, 2011. Along with the Ramp Church International he has birthed out and oversees several churches within his reformation.
Today, locally he serves as director of One Voice an ecumenical group of clergy from the Baptist, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Episcopal, and Catholic denominations. He is a well traveled and sought after preacher, music clinician, instructor, conference speaker and humanitarian. His work spans nationally and internationally with him ministering all across the U.S India, Israel, Central America, South America, England, Africa, South Korea, China, and Mongolia.
Bishop Younger's greatest joy is worshipping GOD and pastoring the flock. The Lord is truly using Bishop S. Y. Younger in a mighty way with signs and wonders following his ministry. He has been blessed to achieve many accomplishments in his youth, but in all things he recognizes his place as a servant in the kingdom and not a lord over God’s inheritance. Bishop Younger is known for his energetic preaching style and prophetic anointing and believes in giving God all the glory for having the opportunity to serve as His vessel.
Bishop Lorenzo Hall is the founder and pastor of the Reach Out Apostolic Tabernacle, Inc. He has been pastoring for fourteen years, but has been preaching the gospel for thirty-three years. He joined the Mt. Olivet Apostolic Church in July, 1969, under the leadership of Bishop Robert L. Kellam. He remained there for twenty-seven years. Bishop Hall was born in Gretna, VA, on August 1, 1951. He is the firstborn of ten children- five boys and five girls-; his parents are Mrs. Frances Hall and the late Mr. John Hall. In 1970 he was filled with the Holy Ghost. He was a faithful servant at Mt Olivet; his duties and obligations consisted of the following:
o Served as deacon for two years
o Served as Choir president
o Was a Trustee for twenty-six years
o Taught adult Sunday school class for twenty years
o Preached his initial sermon on June 24, 1978
o Ordained elder in the United Churches of Jesus, Apostolic in 1981
o Served as assistant pastor for fifteen years
o Appointed National YPAA President of the UCJA in 1992
o Ordained Bishop by the UCJA in 2000
God moved upon Bishop Hall to start a ministry in August 1997, and on October 5, 1997, the ministry was founded; the name of the church was Reach Out Apostolic Tabernacle. Bishop Hall received a Bachelor of Arts, a Masters Degree in Theology, and his Doctor of Divinity Degree from the Jacksonville Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Florida. He presently serves on the Board of Trustees at Living Epistle Bible College in Greensboro, NC. and on the Board of Directors of FOCUS Agency in Martinsville, VA.
Bishop Hall has been married to the former Lois Cook for forty-one years. They have one son, Rodney, daughter-in-law Marilyn, and two grandchildren, Nakia and Jaden who reside in Columbus, OH. Bishop Hall's personal objective is a daily renewal of the Holy Spirit. He is determined to never let his personal goals and ambitions interfere with his relationship with Christ. He is committed to be led by the Spirit of Christ. He believes that in order to build a strong and unified body of believers, they must be diligent in prayer and equipped with the Holy Ghost. For the scripture says, "We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places"( Ephesians 6:12). In addition, he teaches that all members should be equipped with the whole armor of God for we are the latter day saints, and we must make an impact in this world. As a leader, one of Bishop Hall's goals is, to breakdown the traditions of rules and schisms within the body of Christ.
He was employed by Sprint Telecommunications in the Engineering Department until he retired in 1997 with twenty years of service. In August, 2011, he was appointed as the presiding prelate of the One Way Churches, International in Richmond, VA and was ordained to this office by Bishop James Nelson, Sr., presiding prelate of World Assemblies of Restoration (WAR) of Baltimore, MD. Bishop Hall is a humble and a true servant of God who has a sincere love for people. He desires to see church growth and to see youth incorporated within church structure for Bishop Hall believes, "God is able to do exceeding and abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that worketh in us"(Ephesians 3:20).