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, and Kenya.
Bishop Stratford is a contributing writer for the YouVersion Bible App. The Bible App is installed in over four hundred thirty million devices worldwide and offers a free Bible experience for smartphones, tablets, and online at Bible.com. She is the author of God Speaks to Women: Lessons for the Millennial Generation. Her book Moments in Church History: From the Ancient Church to the Protestant Reformation is scheduled to be released in January 2021.
Bishop Stratford is a native of Washington, D.C., and has served the Body of Christ for forty years. She holds a Master of Ministry in Leadership degree from Richmond Virginia Seminary and earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from Virginia University of Lynchburg, Virginia, in 2018.
Bishop Stratford is married to Deacon Thomas Stratford. She says her greatest treasures are her seven children, five of whom she homeschooled for seven years, which allowed her the privilege of having them with her as she traveled the country evangelizing for the Kingdom of God.
Her 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.”