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Bishop Raymond Allan Johnson is the Chairman of the Apostolic Council for Kingdom Destiny Fellowship International — an interdenominational fellowship of more than 200 U.S., and just as many international churches; headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the founder and Senior Servant of GlobalDestiny International Ministries, in Detroit, Michigan; and formerly also in Nanchang, Peoples Republic of China.

Bishop Johnson was consecrated to the office of Bishop on August 4, 2006. His election to the office had come the year before, during the celebration of his thirtieth year in minisry. By the time Presiding Bishop Thomas G. Mitchell approached him to talk to him about his elevation, Bishop Johnson had met and learned from some of the greatest minds in Kingdom ministry; served as an Apostolic Adjutant to two different prominent bishops; mastered his craft — particularly in the areas of Apologetics, Doctrine, Administration, Ecclesiology, and Church Protocol; had writteen Bishop Mitchell's Manual of Protocol; created and been the dean of Detroit Ministers Institute.

In 2004 Bishop Johnson planted Destiny Fellowship, a small church that started in a park on the shores of Lake Erie, in Lorain, Ohio. Bishop Johnson's most recent book, From Kingdom Hall to Kingdom Call gave him a chance to stop and look back at the unlikely circumstances that brought him to where he is today, in ministry: "Look where He brought me from!"

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A Compendium of the Episcopacy ...

... Now availale on Amazon and Kindle


This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work 1 Timothy 3:1

In the early part of the year in 2005 — as I was preparing for my 30th ministry anniversary — my best friend, Pastor Michael Berry, Sr. approached me about writing a Protocol Manual for a fellowship called United Kingdom Builders International Ministries (UKB); presided over by another friend of his, Bishop Thomas G. Mitchell, Sr. I didn't have a moment's hesitation: my friend had asked me to help another friend, and I was glad to do it for his sake. Little did I know that by the time my work was finished Bishop Mitchell would ask me to join UKB  —  as an elect-bishop.

As a guide through the process I consulted the stellar work of Bishop J. Delano Ellis of the Joint College, entitled, The Bishopric: A Handbook on Creating Episcopacy in the African-American Pentecostal Church; and the epic Catholic manual entitled Ceremonial of Bishops. I also consulted numerous sources related to church history at-large; as well as the history of Pentecostalism. A Compendium of the Episcopacy: An Episcopal Catechism for Pentecostal and Apostolic Clergy expands upon the same body of research, incorporating a more detailed historical analysis, strongly influenced by Lewter's Study Guide and Catechism for the Office of Bishop, publishd in 2013.

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A look inside ...

This is not a book about the bishopric. As we have said in the previous paragraph, such a book already exists. This is intended to be a handbook offering a concise set of information that can be useful for training men and women aspiring to the "fine work" of the episcopacy — and those already serving in this fine work — regarding the history, rituals, vestments, and protocols pertinent to this anointed office.

With the advent of social media, we can acquaint ourselves firsthand with the thought processes that exists throughout the body of Christ in general; and in particular in the minds of ever so many men and women who belong to and also who aspire to the episcopacy — from what we do and how we do it, to why we do certain things. As I read what people are posting concerning the episcopacy, I am struck by how much disagreement there is about the facts pertaining to the history of the bishopric.

Too many are willing — determined — to read their own views about episcopal history into their understanding of the facts concerning the same. Put another way, suffice it to say that a lot of guys have decided that things were a certain way, as the church and the episcopacy evolved; and no amount of facts is gonna change their minds. And yet, for the sake of a work such as this we must present the truths that history reveals to us. To accomplish this we have tried as much as possible to undergird what we will presented in the pages that follow with ample support from the literature to demonstrate that the informaion is the product of concerted due diligence.

History of the Episcopacy

The first section of the book begins with a look at the history of the episcopacy. It is a scholarly review that traces the transition from the New Testament Apostles through the men chosen to succeed them — the so-called Church Fathers. The History section also discussed Apostolic Succession, and the emergence of the Ecumenical Councils. Lastly the second section of the book treats modern church history and the emergence of the Holiness and Pentecostal movements.

Vestments of the Episcopacy

Admittedly there is no single set of guidelines that define clerical attire for all reformations, denominations, fellowships, and/or organizations. Having said that the Compendium establishes a framework for understanding the meaning and function of the garments we wear.

Rituals and Protocols of the Episcopacy

The Compendium continues to a discussion of the "ceremonials" of the office. It focuses on the protocols that are common across the body of Christ particularly among the various Pentecostal and Apostolic bodies. By showcasing what we share in common we hope to dimminish the importance of the things that tend to separate us, so that we can be the body fitly joined together as we advance the Kingdom of God in this modern era.