About Bishop Arije
Wesley J. Arije, the son of a renowned preacher and successor to the throne of his ancestors was born into the royal family of The Arije ninu Adura chieftaincy in Nigeria, Africa. As a preacher’s son, Wesley was convinced that preaching was the one thing that he did not want to do. God’s call however could not be resisted.
His father trained him at an early age as a carpenter. He built on that foundation by attending the Technical Training Institute in Nigeria in the same field. God rewarded his scholastic achievement in 1978. He was the last recipient of 21 scholarships given by the federal government to attend an engineering institution in the United States.
Pastor Arije graduated from the State Technical Institute of Knoxville, Tennessee; received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Civil Engineering and a minor in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois; obtained a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering at the University of Memphis in 1985; and completed his Doctoral degree in Engineering Science via Distance Learning in 1999. In addition, in 1986 Pastor Arije attended the C.H. Mason System of Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master’s Certificate. He also recently completed his Doctor of Divinity degree coursework at MASTER’S International School of Divinity.
He professed salvation at an early age but his true commitment and sanctification did not begin until years later and after being nurtured by the anointed ministries of Bishop C. W. and Mother Addie Gillespie in Carbondale, Illinois. It was there, when in 1981, the Lord called him to a “walk of faith” and “of sanctification”. “My Son”, as Mother Gillespie affectionately calls him, “is a gifted preacher who will one day be a great pastor! “Mark those who labor among you”, is the oracle Bishop Gillespie so often recites to his son in the ministry, Pastor Arije.
In 1983, upon moving to Memphis Tennessee to continue his secular education, God gave him a part in His ministry with a dazzling vision and a mission to go and deliver his people. Pastor Arije served as an Assistant Pastor to Bishop Samuel L. Lowe, the Prelate of the Fifth Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of the Church of God in Christ for 16 1⁄2 years. During this period, he served in the capacities of the Dean of UJAC, Sunday School Superintendent, and Jurisdictional Business Manager. In 1999, he was appointed as the Assistant to the Presiding Bishop of the March of Faith Outreach Ministries, Inc. As a skilled and accomplished entrepreneur, Pastor Arije owned two companies, Unik Consortium LLC, Inc., and Wesley Real Estates and Investments. In his construction company, he designed and built multi-million dollar mansions in Memphis, TN, Collierville, TN, Dallas, TX, and Seattle, WA. He currently owns a car wash Island, leased out two daycare centers and several rental properties in the City of Memphis. Pastor Arije is retired as Administrator for the City of Memphis government after 25 years of service.
Pavilion of Hope, formerly known as Dyersburg Christian Center, was founded in 1991 by the late Pearlie M. Qualls. After her demise, Pastor Wesley J. Arije was appointed by Bishop C.W. Gillespie as the Pastor of the Dyersburg Christian Center in March of 2003. God set His approval upon the ministry as can be evidenced by the increasing growth of the congregation and by the visible presence of his anointing in the services. In July 2004, the church purchased 28 acres of prime land with an additional 3 acres of frontage land purchased in the year 2008. This land has become widely known as the site of the “Pavilion of Hope, Home of the Holy Dome”, a multi-purpose facility that will serve both the needs of the ministry and the community.
In March 2017, the church expanded to Memphis, TN and launched Pavilion of Hope Memphis. We are now one church, in two locations. Pavilion of Hope Memphis is seated on 7.61 acres of property and land that was acquired at 4170 Riverdale Road in East Memphis. Bishop Arije has not wasted the vision that God showed him years earlier. However, he has actively gained ground in order to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Bishop Arije is a world-renowned orator and author. He has published two awesome books, “Soaring as Eagles: Unleashing the Christian Eagle Within," “Created to Hear the Voice of God” and "Unleashing the Power of Communion." He has traveled the world and gone as far as Saudi Arabia sharing the good news. He is the Dean of the School of Prophets and he is the Bishop that Pastors the Pastors and Shepherds the Shepherds in the monthly Gathering of the Shepherd meetings.
Bishop Arije and his wife, Pastor Betty, have been married for over 30 years and have 3 children- Victor “Deji” Arije, Eyitayo “Toya” Arije -Antwine and Melody “Babylove” Arije and 4 grandchildren.