We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons; the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He makes intercession on the behalf of the believers; and we believe in His return in power and glory.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential.
We believe in the ordinances of water baptism by complete immersion and Holy Communion to depict the Lord’s Supper.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the believer is empowered to live a holy and victorious life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved into the resurrection of eternal life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of eternal damnation.
Ekklesia International was established in September 2007 by Bishop Dr. Stephanie Stratford. It has continued to fulfill its mission of, “Transforming Lives for the Kingdom of God Through Love, Evangelism, and Discipleship by spreading the Gospel and serving the community on local and international platforms.
Ekklesia International is a non-denominational, global network of churches that is headquartered in Brentwood, Maryland, U.S.A. It provides apostolic oversight, biblical leadership training, and ministry support for pastors and future Kingdom leaders in the United States, Nigeria, Liberia, South Africa, Uganda, Belize, and Kenya.
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In 2009 we are blessed with continued growth through the birthing and baptizing of new converts. We have also been blessed to expand our facilities to accommodate the increase in membership and ministry activity.In 2010, Ekklesia entered into covenant relationship with Bishop Benjamin T. Douglass, Cleveland Ohio, as our Presiding Prelate. That year in April, we held our first Holy Convocation during which time we ordained our first two elders and 5 deacons. We also consecrated two deacons as vice chairperson of the Deacons Ministry and Trustee Board.
On January 24, 2011 our facility was completely destroyed by water damage and we began holding our services at 3701 Meadowview Drive, Suitland, MD., where we worshipped for 10 months. One morning, while diligently searching for a location of our new home, Bishop Stephanie received a call offering us an opportunity to acquire a building which has become our new location. We now worship at 4205 37th Street, Brentwood, MD 20722.
Bishop Stephanie Stratford, D. Min.
Bishop Stephanie Stratford was consecrated into the Episcopacy of the Lord’s Church in April 2018. She is the Presiding Bishop and Lead Pastor of Ekklesia International, headquartered in Brentwood, MD, USA. Ekklesia International is a global network of churches that provides apostolic oversight, biblical leadership training, and ministry support for pastors and future Kingdom leaders in the United States, Nigeria, Liberia, South Africa, Uganda, Belize, and Kenya.
Bishop Stratford is an entrepreneur and CEO of Born 2 Shop Deals online boutique. To date, she is the author of five books and is currently writing “Moments in Church History: From the Ancient Church to the Protestant Reformation.” Bishop Stratford is also a contributing writer for the YouVersionBible App by Bible.com.
Bishop Stratford is a native of Washington, D.C., and has served the Body of Christ for over forty-two years. She earned a Master of Ministry inLeadership degree from Richmond Virginia Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry degree from HBCU, Virginia University of Lynchburg, and completed the Leaders ofLearning Certificate Program at Harvard University.
Bishop Stratford is married to Deacon Thomas Stratford. She says her greatest treasures are her seven children, five of whom she home-schooled for seven years, which allowed her the privilege of having them with her as she traveled the country evangelizing for the Kingdom of God.
Bishop Stratford’s theme scripture is Ephesians 4:11-13 (NLT), “Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.”
To learn more about Bishop Stephanie Stratford, visit her website at: DrStephanieStratford.com.
Elder Robert Jennings
Pastor Robert Jennings serves as the Executive Pastor of Ekklesia International in Brentwood, MD. Before accepting the role of Executive Pastor, Elder Robert operated in various capacities of leadership, with a tenure of 13 years under the covering of Bishop Stephanie Jennings-Stratford, D.Min. He has furthered his education at the Maple Springs Baptist Bible College and Seminary and Liberty University. In addition, he serves on the Executive Board of the Prince George’s County Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, Inc.
Pastor Robert’s creative teaching style coupled with humor and storytelling allows for his presentation of the Gospel to meet every listener where they are. He strives to pursue God wholeheartedly and prays that his delivery will not just be found relevant, but also evoke the change needed to bring deliverance, healing and freedom. Pastor Robert resides in Upper Marlboro, MD with his bride of 8 years, Jayniece Jennings. Together they parent 4 amazing children (Little Jennings); Ian, Lily, Ellington and Olivia.