Bishop Phillip H. Porter Jr.
is the founder of All Nations Pentecostal Church of God in Christ in Aurora, Colorado. In addition to serving as founder of Colorado Consumers For Affordable Energy, he's involved in many groups supporting a variety of causes, and also hosts a Denver radio show called It's Prayer Time.
Porter, a native of Enid, Okla., came to Colorado in 1959 after graduating with a degree in sociology from Phillips University in Enid, where he was the first African-American student. He founded the All Nations congregation in 1963 and served as pastor until April 1999, when he appointed his son pastor and took over the role of Senior Pastor/Bishop.
Porter is a former chairman of Promise Keepers, a men's Christian group founded by former University of Colorado football coach Bill McCartney. Porter, who chaired the group from 1994-1999, was instrumental in organizing the group's stadium rallies that drew thousands of men. He is chairman emeritus of the Promise Keepers board of directors and also serves in the ministry's Strategic Alliance.
In 2003, Porter joined Alan Keyes, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer and others as an "original signer" of a petition to "Save the Ten Commandments," after federal courts ordered Alabama's then-Chief Justice Roy Moore to remove a granite monument featuring the commandments from the state courthouse.
In 2004, Porter served on a committee investigating football recruiting practices at the University of Colorado after a series of incidents involving the football program led to an overhaul in the athletics department. The investigation into the incidents led to the resignation of school president Elizabeth Hoffman.
Porter is considered one of Colorado's foremost religious leaders. He was ordained bishop in the Church of God in Christ in 1992. He has been active with the Urban League, Citizens Concerned About Minorities in Aurora, and other groups.
He founded the Coalition of Black Clergy of Aurora and has served on the boards of directors for Seniors Inc., Evangelical Concern and Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives, along with Citizens Concerned About Minorities in Aurora. He is also a member of the boards of the Aurora Youth Gang Task Force, Metropolitan Denver Ministerial Alliance, and Alliance for Choice in Education.
The bishop is co-author of Better Men
, released in 1998, and he authored the later Better Men On The Path To Purity, as well as Let the Walls Fall Down
. According to Amazon.com, Better Men, "...speaks to the growing hunger demonstrated by millions of men who are seeking to become godly fathers and husbands and reclaim a role of honor and integrity in society. This book not only speaks to the millions of men who seek to become godly fathers and husbands, but offers a powerful voice for racial reconciliation within the Christian community."
Bishop Porter has been married for more than 50 years to wife Edgar Lee (Moye) Porter. They have eight children (five sons and three daughters), 14 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.