Apostolic PresidentsEfraím G. Valverde
Bishop President
(1966 – 1970)


Efraím G. Valverde (1928 – 2003) was the fifth Bishop President of the Apostolic Assembly. He was born September 21, 1928 in Pinedale, Califorina and married sister Catalina Ponce in 1948, the following year they were both baptized in the Name of Jesus. His family had belonged for generations to the Baptist Church until his family and him were reached with the Apostolic doctrine in Tijuana, México. Brother Efraím quickly set himself to preaching in his characteristic animated and firm manner. The Lord used him to compose many hymns, which include “Indeleble,” and “Agradecimiento.”

Challenging Times

He received a divine call to move from Tijuana to northern California. Quickly appointed a Pastor, he was elected Bishop of Northern California in 1962 when Pioneer Epifanio Cota died. In 1966 he was elected Bishop President of the Apostolic Assembly presiding the church during this time of social changes and unrest. As President he rented and later purchased the first office building to house the Church’s headquarters in Los Angeles, he created new districts beyond the American Southwest and he advised future leaders of the United Pentecostal Church of Colombia. He died on July 4, 2003.