From Biblical times, Black believers have been instrumental in proclaiming, establishing, and defending the Kingdom of God. Today, when thousands of Black Americans are turning to Islam, it’s critical that we lift up and magnify Black voices in the Church. These present-day movers and shakers are tearing down walls that divide races and are proclaiming the Truth of God’s Word to a new generation of Kingdom Believers.
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Apostle and Overseer of Crusaders Church Chicago with close to 4,000 in attendance weekly in several locations, John Eckhardt is gifted with a strong apostolic call and has ministered throughout the United States and overseas in more than 70 nations. He is an apostolic reformer called to perfect the saints by imparting biblical truths, including deliverance and spiritual warfare, and activating the gifts of the Spirit in order to raise up strong ministries in the body of Christ.
Apostle Eckhardt founded the IMPACT Network (International Ministries of Prophetic and Apostolic Churches Together) in 1995. Since that time, hundreds of churches, ministries and leaders in over 40 nations have affiliated with this network that God is raising up as a vehicle for global apostolic reformation. As part of his calling as an Apostle of Jesus Christ, he is activating, commissioning and ordaining apostles and prophets around the world to facilitate this current reformation, along with conducting powerful apostolic breakthrough conferences in many nations.
Along with his apostolic responsibilities, John Eckhardt is a much sought after international conference speaker, has authored more than 35 books, produces a daily radio broadcast, and his television program “This Week with John Eckhardt” is seen throughout the United States on the WORD Network and Jones Broadcasting. He is also founder of the Apostolic Institute of Ministry (AIM), dedicated to teaching present truth, and training leaders in apostolic and prophetic ministry, currently through workshops and seminars, but with a future vision for both and online school, and full and part time facilities to be established in many nations.
When you think about boldness in proclaiming the Word of God, you must think about Fred Price. On the frontlines of the Word of Faith movement for more than 30 years, Fred Price has transformed the world’s image of what it means to be Black and Christian.
An unabashed Faith preacher, Price boldly proclaims that being Black is not an excuse to stay poor, uneducated, and downtrodden. He inspires Christians of all races to present a unified front in a skeptical and critical world. His most recent publications, a three volume series entitled Race, Religion & Racism, challenges Believers to tear down walls of racial segregation built over the centuries by vain religious traditions of men.
Desiring to reach Black America and the inner cities, Dr. Price founded the Fellowship of Inner City Word of Faith Ministries (FICWFM) in 1990 to provide teaching, support, and discipleship for inner city congregations around the world. Always a pioneer, he became the first Black pastor to speak at Town Hall Los Angeles in the year 2000. In 1998, he received the prestigious Horatio Alger Award, honoring those who exemplify inspirational success. He has also received The Kelly Miller Smith Interfaith Award presented by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, honoring clergy who have made the most significant contribution through religious expression affecting the nation and world.
These men, along with many others, are voices on the rooftops crying out to the world, “You do not have to live in bondage to the things of the past.” Their message of abundant life in Christ is reaching around the world. We celebrate their diligence in proclaiming the truth of God’s word to all who will hear. We celebrate the stand they are making for the cause of Christ. We celebrate them and honor them as our brothers and co-laborers in the Kingdom.