Dr. Stephanie Stratford is the Presiding Bishop and Lead Pastor of Ekklesia International, headquartered in Brentwood, MD, USA. Ekklesia International is a global network of churches that provides apostolic oversight, biblical leadership training, and ministry support for pastors and future Kingdom leaders in the United States, Nigeria, Liberia, South Africa, Uganda, Belize, and Kenya.

Dr. Stratford is an entrepreneur and a writer. She is the author of “God Speaks to Women: Lessons for the Millennial Generation” and “Living a Spirit-Filled Life.” Her book “Moments in Church History: From the Ancient Church to the Protestant Reformation” will be released in 2022. She is also a contributing writer for the YouVersion Bible App on Bible.com. Dr. Stratford is the Dean of the Apostolic Bible Institute, based in Durham, North Carolina, under the leadership of Dr. James L. Spence. She is certified as a “Leader of Learning” by Harvard University.

Dr. Stratford is a native of Washington, D.C., and has served the Body of Christ for forty years. She holds a Master of Ministry in Leadership degree from Richmond Virginia Seminary and earned her Doctor of Ministry degree from HBCU, Virginia University of Lynchburg, School of Religion in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Dr. Stratford is married to Deacon Thomas Stratford. She says her greatest treasures are her seven children, five of whom she homeschooled for seven years, which allowed her the privilege of having them with her as she traveled the country evangelizing for the Kingdom of God.