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Bishop Stephanie Stratford was consecrated into the Episcopacy of the Lord’s Church in April 2018. She is a church planter and lead pastor of Ekklesia International, which is headquartered in Brentwood, MD, USA. Ekklesia International is a global network of churches that provides apostolic oversight, biblical, theological, and leadership training for pastors and future Kingdom leaders in the United States, Nigeria, Liberia, South Africa, and Kenya.

She is a contributing writer for the YouVersion Bible app. The Bible app is installed in over 430 million unique devices all over the world, and offers a free Bible experience for smartphones, tablets, and online at Bible.com. Bishop Stratford 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 soon to be released.

Bishop Stratford is a native of Washington, D.C., and has served the Body of Christ for 40 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.