Elder Nathaniel Goodson Jr. is the eldest of seven children, born to Deacon Nathaniel Sr. and Sister Ruth Goodson. He 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, in Haverford, PA, under the pastor- ship of Elder Leonard Lovett. Soon after, he was ordained, while under the pastor ship of Elder Nathaniel Porter, where he served faithfully, until he was called into the Vineyard to work with Elder Lafayette Gooding, at Zion Hill Church of God in Christ, Philadelphia, PA. While at Zion Hill, he was the Youth Minister, as well as Sunday School Teacher and Choir director. He won the respect of all he worked with, both young and old alike.
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, 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 Masters 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.
Elder Goodson has been married for 43 years to his beautiful wife, Audrey. From this union they have one daughter, Dea Goodson-Jackson and son-in-law Kwan. In January of 2007, he was blessed with the birth of his first granddaughter, Layla.