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-eight 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 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; and
Masters of Divinity equivalency from Oral Roberts School of Missions
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 Governor's appointment as a Martin Luther King Day Commissioner.
Bishop Ford is married to First Lady Evangelist Kesha D. Ford. Lady Kesha has served as the Director of Christ Temple’ Prison Ministry since 2014 and has led teams behind the secure detention walls of medium and maximum-security prisons for over two decades. Under her leadership, the Christ Temple Christian Life Center Prison Ministry initiated the Angel Tree program and continues to serve disenfranchised youth of incarcerated parents. As a seasoned volunteer, Evangelist Ford holds associate affiliations with the Hardin County Ministry for Crime Prevention, Prison Fellowship Ministries, the Bill Glass Evangelistic Association, and the Kentucky Department of Corrections.
An anointed and gifted evangelist, Lady Ford is well-known all over the internet as the, “Powerhouse Of The South.” For years, Lady Ford has operated international online ministries to reach the lost and hurting through the Kesha Evans Powerhouse Ministries and she is the establishmentarian of the “Blood Washed Believers Ministries.”
Lady Evangelist Kesha D. Ford is a native of West Mississippi and a graduate of the historically black university, Rust College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. She also holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix. She was most recently employed by the United States Department of Defense as a Senior Human Resource Specialist, stationed in Stuttgart Germany.
As a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, she is the former chairperson of the local chapter’s EMBODI program (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence). This program has partnered with the Brother-to-Brother Academy to empower young black males to achieve greatness and reach their highest potential.
Lady Ford is a powerful evangelist and prophetess, storming the gates of hell in some of the darkest places that not many people are willing to enter, with the ultimate purpose to set the captives free through the power of the Holy Spirit and the love and life-transforming message of Jesus Christ. The word of God proclaims in Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to the prisoners.” Lady Ford’s mission and platform is to work towards prison reform and expand prison ministry to other congregations through training, technical assistance, support, and motivation.
Bishop and First Lady Ford are a power-team in ministry and both loved dearly by their family and the Christ Temple Christian Life Center congregation.