Keith Battle is the Senior Pastor of Zion Church. He was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Capitol Heights, MD.
Keith accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior as a teenager and was licensed to preach the gospel on December 13, 1986 at the First Baptist Church of Highland Park, in Landover, MD, under the ministry of Dr. James J. McCord. He is a graduate of Washington Bible College in Lanham, MD where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biblical Studies in 1992.
Keith’s dynamic and unique preaching style is geared towards reaching people who would not typically hear the gospel nor attend a traditional church setting. It is within this seeker-sensitive model that he is able to use his unique gift of storytelling to make the Word of God clear, concise and practical. While his preaching style is serious and based on the truth of God’s Word, he often utilizes humor to connect his audience.
Keith is married to his best friend and devoted wife – Vicki. They reside in Bowie, MD and have three incredible children – Asha, Asa, and Kendall.
Revelator, visionary and groundbreaker are just a few words that describe Bishop Donald O. Clay, Jr. From preaching at the tender age of 16 in Cincinnati, Ohio to obeying God and stepping away from a leading church in Pittsburgh, Pa, to birth a ministry for those unable to overcome the hurdles of traditional church and religion, Bishop Clay's story is one of remarkable faith and commitment to the will of the Father. Truly an Apostolic Father, Bishop Clay is the founder of Petra International Ministries, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pa., and has helped to establish a number of successful churches in the U.S. Out of a passion for young people. When asked the key to success in ministry, Bishop's response is always the same, “worship”. Worshipper is the one word that probably best describes Bishop Clay. His passion for a Spirit-led worship life provides the fuel to his giftings as a teacher, an author and a songwriter.
He, along with his wife, Lisa, are true examples of John 13:35, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Bishop Darlingston G. Johnson, D.Min., D.D., is the Presiding Bishop of Bethel World Outreach Ministries International, a global organization which has planted more than 200 churches – 18 of which are based in the United States of America – schools, and ministries in over 25 nations located in Africa, North America, Europe, Australia and South America. He is also the Senior Pastor of Bethel World Outreach Church—City of Hope in Olney, Maryland, a multicultural congregation of 2,500 members from over 45 nations.
A scholar, Bishop Johnson graduated summa cum laude from Oral Roberts University in 1981. In 1984 he earned his Master of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University and received The Outstanding Master of Divinity Student Award. In 1986 he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma. In 2009, Bishop received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from St. Thomas Christian College in Jacksonville, Florida.
He is married to Pastor Chrys Johnson, M.A., his partner in life and ministry.
They call him THE AMBASSADOR…The A-M-B-A! Born William “Duce” Branch, he represents what appears to be two clashing cultures—the Kingdom of God and hip hop.
THE AMBASSADOR, a founding member of the critically acclaimed group The Cross Movement, stands as a shining example of how hip hop can be properly submitted to God while avoiding the typical corruptions commonly associated with it.
THE AMBASSADOR began studies at Philadelphia Biblical University (formerly Philadelphia College of Bible), eventually graduated from Lancaster Bible College and then went on to receive his Masters in Theology from the prestigious Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). He went on to co-plant and co-pastor an urban church in North Philadelphia and these fruitful years also brought forth his marriage to Michelle Branch and five children.
He has toured globally as a solo artist and with The Cross Movement, and he has been covered by Christian and mainstream media outlets as diverse as Time Magazine, CCM Magazine, VIBE, The Source, Billboard and The Washington Post. His TV appearances include BET’s “106 & Park Presents: Generation Gospel” and “Bobby Jones Gospel,” TV1’s “The Gospel of Music with Jeff Majors,” CBN’s “700 Club” and TBN’s “Praise the Lord” and “Real Videos.”
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