Elder Nathaniel Goodson, Jr., Pastor of Prayer Chapel Church of God in Christ
Elder Nathaniel Goodson Jr. is the eldest of seven children,
born to Deacon Nathaniel, Sr. and Sister Ruth Goodson. His initial Christian experience was begun at the Memorial Church of God in Christ where he was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost. His desire to work for the Lord led him to work with Elder Lafayette Gooding, at Zion Hill Church of God in Christ, Philadelphia, P.A. While at Zion Hill, he was the Youth Minister, as well as a Sunday School Teacher and Choir director. Elder Goodson was raised in a Christian family and attended church from an early childhood. He accepted Christ as his personal savior in 1967 and soon after, received the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Elder Goodson gave his trial sermon at Memorial Church of God in Christ, under the pastorship of Elder Leonard Lovett. Soon after, he was ordained, while under the pastorship of Elder Nathaniel Porter, where he served faithfully.
In May 1979, Bishop O.T. Jones Jr. sent Elder Goodson to Prayer Chapel C.O.G.I.C. to minister and lead the people. From the time he became Pastor, many souls have accepted Christ, his church membership continues to increase, many have found healing and deliverance through his prayers, and they have served faithfully and productively.
Elder Goodson received his BA degree in Political Science from Cheyney University and entered the field of Social Work, where he could be of service to all. In 1988, he received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. In February 2005, Elder Goodson was appointed the first African-American Councilman in Upper Darby. His dedication and community action resulted in him being elected for two more terms since then. Today he continues to be an influential figure in the church, as well as in the Upper Darby community, now serving as the chairman of the Multi-Culture Commission of Upper Darby Township.
Elder Goodson has been married for 47 years to his beautiful wife, Lady Audrey Goodson. From this union the Lord blessed them with a daughter, Dea Goodson-Jackson, and Son-in-law, Kwan Jackson. In January 2007, he was given an increase to his blessings with the birth of a new bundle of joy, his first granddaughter, Layla.