Bishop Walter S. Hanchell was born and raised in Nassau, Bahamas. He is the Founder and President of Great Commission Ministries International, a global mission organization that plants churches, orphanages, homeless shelters, feeding centres and various ministries around the world. Bishop Hanchell also serves as the Presiding Prelate of People’s Assembly Fellowship of Churches, with branches in South-East Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Bishop Walter S. Hanchell is an Apostle to the nations, a Gatekeeper to the city and a Preacher of Righteousness. He has a passion for lost souls and founded the National Soulwinners Network whose major goal is to establish branches in every nation around the world.

Bishop Hanchell serves as the Chairman of “Citizens for Justice” Bahamas, an advocacy group that fights for the rights of victims of injustice and the oppressed. He is an advocate for the poor. The Bishop founded “The Children’s Club” that reaches out to underprivileged and at-risk children and teenagers. He is also a conference speaker and has conducted seminars for Pastors and church leaders around the world.

Bishop Hanchell is a devoted missiologist and has led numerous missions to various countries including Kenya, Ghana, India, Tanzania, Nigeria, Bangladesh, The Turks and Caicos Islands, Jamaica, The Dominican Republic and Cuba. He has trained many persons in Evangelism and World Missions. He is a graduate of St. Augustine’s College and the Haggai Institute in Singapore. A nationalist, Bishop Hanchell has served on a number of Governmental and Civic Boards. He was appointed as a Justice of the Peace and a Marriage Officer by the Government of the Bahamas.

Bishop Hanchell is the winner of the 2018 Bahamas Icon Award for Humanitarian. He is also the recipient of numerous awards including the JCN Civil Society Award, the National Men’s Award for Christian Ministry and Social Development and the Global Vision Award.

Bishop Hanchell is married to Elder Minalee Hanchell and is the proud father of four children: Bishop Tejado Hanchell, Dr. Tamalia Gibson, Damon and Ruben. An avid sports fan, he enjoys boxing, basketball and track and field. The Bishop has many spiritual sons and daughters.