Senior Pastor of Christ Temple Christian Life Center
Suffragan Bishop Michael E. Ford, Jr
Pastor Michael E. Ford Jr. is a son born in 1974 to the family of Christ Temple
Church. He committed his life to Jesus Christ at the age of 19 and was reared
under the lordship of the Holy Ghost, and under the tutelage of his spiritual
and natural father, Bishop, Dr. Michael E. Ford Sr.
Brother Michael immediately began to serve the house of God and the
people of God with fervor, passion, and integrity, joining the choir and the
youth ministry. Within five years he was serving as both the Choir President
and the Youth Ministry Director. In 2001, Brother Michael founded the
nationally recognized youth education program called C.A.N.
(Children Against Negativity). This program has served and educated more
than 2000 youths, and introduced the same to know the life changing power
of Jesus Christ. Brother Michael, along with his wife Andrea developed
programs, events, concerts, summer education programs, retreats, traveling
adventures, mission trips, and the always anticipated CAN Summer Camp to
grow and prepare our youth to serve Jesus and prosper in life.
Brother Michael raised over $300,000 through grants and donations to
fund the CAN program.
Brother Michael founding and directed numerous programs, projects,
services and ministries. Including, Christ Temple’s own local newspaper,
the Grapevine; overseeing the churches $1,000,000 demolition and
renovation of the administration and exterior portions of Christ Temple
Christian Life Center. Also, establishing the church’s revenue producing
Temple Academy Learning Center.
In 2005, Bishop Michael E. Ford Sr., seeing the hand of God operating so
powerfully in the ministry of Brother Michael, and his Christian character and
faithfulness, was led by the Holy Spirit to add him to Christ Temple’s pastoral
team. In 2007, Bishop Ford Sr. tasked Assistant Pastor Michael E. Ford Jr.
with the responsibility of directing the Christ Temple International ministries
in Kenya and Tanzania East Africa. Through his leadership and partnership
with Bishop Madegwa the ministry advanced from five churches to thirty-one
churches. Funds were raised, plans were drawn, and the following facilities
were established: A six-hundred seat sanctuary & headquarters; three
primary & secondary school campuses; three student dormitories, eight
church campuses; and one pastoral parsonage. Pastor Michael and
Sister Andrea also served as philanthropist to the ministry; donating much
of the funds needed to purchase the lands and materials for buildings.
In 2008 Assistant Pastor Michael was ordained an Elder and in 2013 Pastor
Ford was elevated to District Elder by the Pentecostal Churches of the
Apostolic Faith International Inc. and currently serves as the organization’s
Convention Manager and Executive Director on the staff of Presiding Bishop
Lambert W. Gates Sr. Recently, after the passing of Bishop Michael Ford Sr., under the leading of the Holy Spirit. Presiding Bishop Gates designated District Elder Ford Jr. to the office of Suffragan Bishop.
Suffragan Bishop Michael E. Ford Jr. received his formal education from Sullivan University, where he achieved a 4.0 GPA, and graduated Suma Cum Laude. He was also a President’s Cup recipient, which is Sullivan University’s highest honor. Suffragan Bishop Ford was a professional firefighter for 23 years, and earned multiple promotions, ascending to the high rank of Lieutenant Colonel and the position of Assistant Chief of the Louisville Fire Department. There, he directed the administration of 500 employees and a $54 million budget.
Assistant Chief Ford is an international speaker exceling in the subjects of organizational leadership, people and community building, and youth empowerment. Suffragan Bishop Ford Jr. is a published author, with his acclaimed book, 24 What Can Happen In A Day.
Suffragan Bishop Michael E. Ford Jr. and Lady Andrea are partners in ownership of three businesses. They also founded and direct the internationally recognized Master Builders Academy. An organization committed to inspiring communities to achieve intellectual and economic renaissance through professional development and entrepreneurial instruction. Suffragan Bishop Michael E. Ford Jr. and Lady Andrea are high school sweethearts and have been married for 24 years. They have five excellent children; Michael III, Sarah Elisabeth, Josiah Raphael, Judah Shane, and Matthew Zion. Above all, Suffragan Bishop Michael E. Ford Jr. loves Jesus and is working to fulfill God's mandate on his life to prepare the Bride of Christ for the imminent return of the Lord.