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Mt. Zion Pentecostal Holiness Church, Inc.

Suffragan Bishop Roskco Anthony Motes


     Is the son of Pastor Mazie and the Late Bishop Joseph Motes. Bishop Roskco A. Motes was born September 28, 1952 in Philadelphia, Pa. Having received the Holy Ghost and Baptized in Jesus Name at an early age, Bishop Motes was called into the music ministry at the age of nine. This gifted young man operated as the church organist, choir director, minister of music and President of the Young People while attending High School. He participated in sports at school earning letters and scholarships to college in baseball and track. 


     Rocky as he was affectionately called in school, wrote for the school newspaper, was a poet and still found time to write music for the choir. Bishop Motes graduated from Springfield Gardens High School in 1970 as an Honor Student and then went on to attend St. Johns University.  In 1972 Bishop Motes enrolled into the United States Army where he served his country for 21 years including tours in Viet Nam, Korea and Japan. During his time in the army, some of his accomplishments included writing the “Department of Defense Affirmative Action Plans and a Defense Policy on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination”.


     While in the military, Bishop Motes acknowledged and accepted his calling as a Pastor and started churches in Korea and Hawaii.  In 1985, Bishop Motes returned to New York and took over as Pastor of Mt. Zion Pentecostal Holiness Church. He has since, brought the church into the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. Where he is currently, the President of the International Men’s Ministry Auxiliary, Chairman of the South African Diocesan, Executive Board Member, and Advisor to the Pentecostal Young People’s Union for the New York State Council.   


     Since his retirement from the United States Army he has worked in operation as a Marriage and Family Therapist at Hofstra University, and was the Director of Investigations for the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights Northeast Region.  He has been married to the former Diana Isaac for 35 years, which produced three sons, Dwain, Davond & Denarius. Bishop Motes is known to many as "Motivator Motes" one who encourages, uplifts, and motivates the people of God to reach their maximum potential. 


     He is a "Principle" preacher, teacher, and a dynamic leader who cares.  Bishop Motes gives truth to the meaning of sacrificing all for the body of Christ.  Currently he is in the process of relocating Mt. Zion to a place that is able to maintain the direction the ministry is moving.

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