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Bishop Hershel & Dr. BJ Strother

We’re glad you found us here, and we hope you find our website helpful in getting to know us. Perhaps God is calling you to come and take part in what He is doing here among us. Wherever you go, we pray that you trust in Jesus, find joy in Him, and glorify God in all things.
Maranatha means “Behold the Lord is Coming.” The purpose of our ministry is to make known the way to Heaven and to prepare individuals for the soon coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The ministry will provide a foundation of the knowledge of Jesus Christ and the new birth experience, then support, encouragement, and build you according to the Word for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, so that the body of Christ can be edified.


Glorifying God means to acknowledge His greatness and give Him honor by praising and worshiping Him, primarily because He, and He alone, deserves to be praised, honored and worshipped. God’s glory is the essence of His nature, and we give glory to Him by recognizing that essence.


The Book of Acts seems to especially focus on repentance in regards to salvation (Acts 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; 17:30; 20:21; 26:20). To repent, in relation to salvation, is to change your mind in regard to Jesus Christ.


Baptism illustrates a believer’s identification with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life”


God loves everyone in the whole world (John 3:16; 1 John 2:2; Romans 5:8). This love in not conditional—it is rooted in God’s character and based on the fact that He is a God of love (1 John 4:8, 16). God’s love for everyone could be thought of as His “merciful love,” since it results in the fact that God does not immediately punish people for their sins (Romans 3:23; 6:23).

Because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, Isaiah 61:1-4

In March 2010, the Maranatha Heavenly Ways Prayer and Bible Line under the Shield of Faith Fellowship of Church was born. As a result of this virtual ministry many have come to know the Lord by being baptized in the Name of Jesus and receiving the precious gift of the Holy Ghost.
The ministry provides Monday night prayer at 7 p.m, PST, Bible study on Thursday night at 7 p.m, PST, ministerial classes, day retreats, and counseling.
If you want to be part of this global ministry and support churches around the world, start today with a monthly support. Your gift will go towards starting a church, supporting a pastor, getting much needed supplies to a community, training believers overseas, and so much more. We appreciate your generosity.