THE CHURCH OF THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD
A CHURCH COMMITTED TO THE WORD & WAYS OF GOD
The Church of the Redeemed of the Lord is committed to holistic personal ministry, community transformation and the continuous development of solid relationships with Jesus Christ through the Word of God.
THE ONE TRUE GOD
THE GOSPEL OF SALVATION
THE MINISTRY GIFTS OF THE LOCAL CHURCH
THE RETURN OF CHRIST
We believe in the one ever living, eternal God: infinite in power, Holy in nature, attributes and purposes: and possessing absolute, indivisible deity. This one true God has revealed Himself as Father, through His Son, in redemption; and as the Holy Spirit, by emanation.
We believe that salvation is the great inclusive word of the Gospel. Therefore, salvation gathers into itself all the redemptive acts and processes: as justification, redemption, grace, propitiation, imputation, forgiveness, sanctification, and glorification. The Hebrew and Greek words for salvation imply the ideas of deliverance, safety, preservation, healing, and soundness.
We believe in the ministry gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers given to the church at the ascension of Jesus Christ; and that they continue to be needed and should be expected today. These ministry gifts of men and women that have been recognized and ordained to the Office of Elder, are assisted by ordained Deacons and other ministries who serve this Church Body.
We believe in the personal return of our Lord and the restitution of all things spoken by the mouth of all the prophets since the world began.
Bishop Jerome Stokes Sr.
Dr. Jerome Stokes serves as Senior Pastor and Chief Executive Officer of The Church of the Redeemed of the Lord (CRL) in Baltimore, Maryland. CRL is a ministry providing its congregants and community with operational programs, services, and courses of instruction for the development of the total person. In his executive capacities, Dr. Stokes oversees more than 40 operational components including a day staff and associate pastors. Through a successful 35-year tenure, he developed and implemented strategic business plans, allowing the ministry to meet the needs of the community, empower individuals, and change lives. He began his pastorate in 1985, with twelve members and led the ministry to a current active and lively membership. Furthermore, Dr. Stokes has excelled in creating both the structure and team necessary to guide the ministry through the turbulence and uncertainty of this dramatic growth.
He serves as senior pastor for a large staff of elders, ministers, and associate pastors, with several entering the Pastorate and establishing ministries to further extend his God-given vision. Under his leadership, the ministry continues to offer essential services to the community, free of charge.
Dr. Stokes is an author of several books, including God’s Vision, Your Decision, You Can Do It, I Know Who I Am (the 52 Chapter Book and Companion Study Guide designed to help believers understand who they are in Christ), and (his latest) I Refuse. He broadcasts locally and internationally, reaching millions via The Lamp of Victory radio program – including weekly broadcasts in Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Antigua, and Grenada.
In addition to his dedication to CRL, Dr. Stokes’ commitment to education is evident. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Morgan State University, completed graduate studies with The International Bible Institute and Seminary and the St. Mary’s Seminary, received a Master of Biblical Theology Degree in 1985, a Doctor of Ministry Degree in 1987, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Ministry in 1990.
Dr. Stokes is married to Marsha Charity Stokes, an ordained elder serving faithfully to support him in ministry, and the loving father of two. He is a senior pastor and CEO who empowers others to succeed. He serves the Lord with sincerity and love, is known as a well-organized spiritual leader, and stresses decency and order in every area of life and ministry.
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