What We Believe
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.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers as the Body of Christ.
Ekklesia International held its first board meeting in the District Heights, Maryland home of Bishop Stephanie Stratford and her husband, Thomas, the summer of 2007. Shortly thereafter, Ekklesia opened its doors to serve the community and the Body of Christ at 9244 East Hampton Drive, Suite 620, Capitol Heights, Maryland on Sunday, September 2, 2007.
Ekklesia was consecrated and Bishop Stephanie was installed as Pastor on Sunday, January 6, 2008, by Galilee Baptist Church of Suitland, Maryland, led by Pastor Lloyd T. McGriff, D.Min.
In the course of our first year, we have been blessed to baptize nine young people; hosted two youth events; held a voter registration drive and community day event, a Women’s Conference, a Church Compliance Seminar, a Church Growth Seminar; and, provided 50 Thanksgiving baskets for families in the community. We also held our first annual RhemaFest in January 2008, as well as a dynamic Spring Revival.
During our first anniversary service, September 7, 2008, we were honored to ordain seven men and women into the Diaconate Ministry, as well as install its first Chairperson, Deacon Jerome Bragg.
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.
As God continues to guide us and grant us favor, the Ekklesia family remains faithful to its mission: “Transforming Lives For The Kingdom of God Through Love, Evangelism and Discipleship”.