The Team

Steven J. Beardsley
Senior Pastor

t: 302-738-7899 ext. 700

Steven Beardsley is the Senior Pastor of Newark United Pentecostal Church in Newark, DE. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1994 as a Dean’s Scholar in Religious Studies with an Honors Bachelor of Arts in History cum laude. Upon graduation, he entered The Divinity School at Harvard University and in June of 1996 graduated with a Masters of Theological Studies concentrating in the areas of New Testament and Early Christian History. Following graduation from Harvard, Steven assumed the position of Assistant to the Pastor at Newark UPC. In 1998 he was elected and served as Youth President of the NJ-DE District of the UPCI until 2000. In April of 2000, Steven was installed as Associate Pastor and became an ordained minister with the United Pentecostal Church International. In September of 2000, he began his Ph.D. program in Religion (focusing on New Testament and Early Christian History) at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. In 2005 he was elected and installed as Senior Pastor of Newark UPC and in 2010 he was elected to a two-year term as Home Missions Director of the NJ-DE District of the UPCI. Steven successfully defended his dissertation on January 12, 2012 and formally graduated with his Ph.D. in May 2012. Steven was a founding faculty member of Urshan Graduate School of Theology where he taught for 14 years and served as Academic Dean for the 2014-2015 Academic Year. He is married to Regina and has three boys (Vincent, Caleb and Marcus) and two girls (Candace and Cassandra). Steven can best be described as: Follower of Jesus, husband, father, pastor, teacher, writer, Bible Quiz coach. You can learn more about Steven at his personal website,

Lela G. Cooper
Executive Pastor

t: 302-738-7899 ext. 701

Lela Cooper is the Executive Pastor at Newark United Pentecostal Church. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Lela relocated to Wilmington, Delaware in 1994. Immediately following her move, she attended a home bible study and her quest for truth began. In March of 1995, she was baptized in Jesus’ name and filled with the Holy Spirit and thus became a member of the church – joining the Newark congregation. She was active in evangelism and learning from the very beginning. As a single-mom, she gave birth to a daughter, Crystina, in October of 1995. In 1999 she began her ministry as a Teen Teacher and continues to do so until this day. Since then, she has supported the body of Christ in many roles including Youth and Worship Leader, Teacher and Special Events Coordinator. In 2003, Lela married Arthur Cooper who had two children, Anitra and Arthur Jr. To their union Amani Cooper was born in 2005. Having juggled family, church and work for almost 19 years, Lela left her secular job to support the church full-time in June of 2014.

James D. Beardsley
Founding Pastor

t: 302-738-7899

Roy L. Moss
Chaplain & Senior Minister

t: 302-738-7899 ext. 702

I am Roy Moss (Roy Lee Moss, Jr.) the son of R. L. Moss. Sr. and Pearl Cutrell Moss of Monahans, Ward County, Texas. One grandfather, Lee Otis Moss, was a farmer and moonshiner. (You guess which occupation was first.) The other William Cornelius Cutrell, was assessor for Jones County, Texas. Grandpa Cutrell died from a lung problem about a decade before I was born. I was a grown man when Grandpa Moss passed on. Both my grandmothers were loving, precious women. Grandma Cutrell was still visiting the nursing home in her late 80s to ‘cheer up the old folks.’ She departed this life at the age of 98. My other grandparents were well into their 80s at death.

My father was an oil field welder most of my life. Mother was a homemaker, and only went to work as secretary and bookkeeper in the family welding business after my dad’s heart attack in the early 1960s. After that heart attack the doctors told him he would never work another day in his life. He was given specific instructions never to pick up a hammer again.

Upon that forecast my dad’s partner dissolved the partnership, keeping the location, name and phone number. My dad got some cash and 2 acres of bare land on the other side of town. He kept two of the hired hands while the others stayed put. Using a building design he and I had come up with when I was 13, he supervised the erecting of a new shop on his land and went back into business under his own name. When he had recovered sufficiently to begin welding again, he was careful to obey the doctor’s orders about using a hammer. Either my brother or I would accompany him to the field and use the chipping hammer to clean the flux off the pipe between welds. Though he would wrestle pipe around and lift heavy loads, he could always tell the doctor that he was not lifting a hammer.

I went to work in the welding shop when I was ten years old and did my first welding job under his supervision before I turned eleven. From then until I retired at the age of 68, I have held a multitude of jobs, but, to the best of my memory, never more than six at once.

In 1963, while enrolled in the aerospace engineering program at the University of Texas in Austin, I received the infilling of the Holy Ghost and was baptized in Jesus name. A call to preach soon followed and I began an active ministry in early 1964. After further schooling and ministering a short time as an evangelist, then spending six months as associate minister to Rev. Barry King at the First United Pentecostal Church of Oklahoma City, I moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, to found Truth Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church in 1967. I served as pastor of that church for 46 years until my retirement in 2013, when I was succeeded by Rev. Brian Fuller. Upon retirement from pastoring, my wife, Barbara, and I moved to Newark, Delaware, where we are trying to be of assistance to our son-in-law, Dr. Steven Beardsley, pastor of the Newark United Pentecostal Church. When the occasion arises I still preach. I am also involved in the writing ministry. (Well, yes.)

I married Barbara Carol Stafford of Morris, Oklahoma, in 1969. We have two children, Roy Allan of West Virginia, and Regina Carol Beardsley of Delaware. We have two granddaughters (Lindsay and Mallory) in West Virginia, and five grandchildren (Vincent, Caleb, Marcus, Candace, Cassandra) in Delaware.

Regina C. Beardsley
Director of Music

t: 302-738-7899 ext. 703

Nicholas A. Horn
Audio Visual Technician

t: 302-738-7899 ext. 704


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