Senior Pastor of Christ Temple Christian Life Center
Bishop Dr. Michael E. Ford, Sr.
Bishop Dr. Michael Eugene Ford, Sr., is the “set angel,” and overseer for all
the entities under the banner of Christ Temple Ministries. He has served as the
Senior Pastor of Christ Temple Christian Life Center for the past twenty-four
years. Third in a succession of three God-appointed leaders in eighty-three
years, Bishop Ford’s servant-leadership, allegiance to God and to the
Apostolic message, has been influential and instrumental in allowing the
Holy Spirit to establish “biblical order” within the lives of the believers
who call Bishop Ford and Christ Temple their spiritual covering. The
church has a membership of 1500 and provides a multiplicity of urban
and global in – reach and outreach programs. Christ Temple has
birthed eight churches and three primary schools in Kenya,
East Africa and has plans to construct an additional ten schools
and ten churches over the next five years.
Bishop Ford experienced Christian conversion in 1973 under the
ministry of the late Bishop Robert L. Little. He was called into the
ministry service ten months after joining the Christ Temple
family. Bishop Ford currently serves as the Second Assistant
Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic
Faith Association, International (PCAF). He is the Diocesan
Bishop of the Twenty Second Episcopal District of the PCAF,
which encompasses the state of Kentucky. He also serves
as the Council Bishop of the Tri- State Council of the
PCAF that comprises the states of Kentucky, Ohio and
West Virginia. An upperclassman of the College of the African American Pentecostal Bishops, Bishop Ford was appointed by Metropolitan and Archbishop J. Delano Ellis as, “Titular Archbishop” on their most recent Papal visit to Rome. Bishop Ford has relentlessly endeavored to serve God with a spirit of excellence in both the spiritual and secular arena.
Bishop Ford is the former “Drug Czar” for the Louisville/Jefferson County A.W.A.R.E Coalition, a joint city and county agency dedicated to developing a comprehensive and community – wide drug control strategy to effectively impact drug use, abuse and chemical dependency. For his tireless efforts for the education, eradication and treatment of community embedded substance abuse, in 1991, Bishop Ford received the highest civilian award the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is authorized to extend.
Dr. Ford is a Viet-Nam era veteran, having served as a Combat Medic in the Republic of Viet-Nam from 1971-1972. He holds the rank of Chaplain Lt. Col., in the auxiliary of the United States Air Force. Bishop Ford earned his undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky; his Masters of Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg, Virginia; Masters of Divinity equivalency from Oral Roberts School of Missions and Theology.
With a specialization in “Islamic Studies”, Bishop Ford received his Doctorate of Ministry in 2014 from Oral Roberts School of Missions and Theology. He also holds a Doctorate of Divinity from Christ United Theological School in Cleveland, Ohio.
He is the former President of the West Louisville Ministerial Alliance. In 2004, he received a Governors appointment as a Martin Luther King Day Commissioner.
Most recently, Bishop Dr. Michael E. Ford, Sr., was elected to serve as the Assistant Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith International, Incorporated
Bishop Michael E. Ford, Sr., and Wanda, his wife, have been married for forty-four years, and have five (5) children, two (2) sons in law, three (3) daughters in law, and seventeen grandchildren. He and First Lady Wanda Ford are very much loved and appreciated by their family, and the Christ Temple congregation.