As I’ve prayed about how we can respond to what God is doing in our movement, and in the earth, I believe that God has brought a specific goal to my mind. Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” My prayer, and our goal in Leadership Development and Discipleship Ministries is to partner with God in raising 10,000 leaders by 2020 for the next million-soul harvest. I believe the future contribution of the Church of God of Prophecy to the Kingdom of God will be proportionate to our ability to equip our leaders to become all that God is calling them to become. We invite you to ask yourself, “Where is God leading me?” As you review this site and consider the academic training options available to you, please complete the CONTACT US form so that we may connect and serve you!
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Brian Sutton serves as the Executive Director of Leadership Development and Discipleship. He ministered as a senior pastor for 25 years. His heart is to facilitate the spiritual and professional growth of those at all levels of ministry in the Church. Additionally, he serves as the Publisher for the White Wing Messenger, the official publication of the Church of God of Prophecy, and continues to serve as a member of the Administrative Committee and Corporate Board of Directors for the International Church of God of Prophecy, a position he has held since 2010.
Brian has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Management from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, a Master of Arts degree in Church Ministries from Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee, and a Master of Arts Degree in Religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts. He is pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree in Global Pentecostalism.
Bishop Sutton is the author of Discovering Holiness: A Quest for God published in 2014, Prevailing Prayer: Developing a Lifestyle of Conversation with God, and The Minister’s Pocket Manual, both published in 2016.
Shaun McKinley serves as Director of Accredited Ministry Development, Administrative Liaison to the General Overseer, and Prayer Coordinator for the Church of God of Prophecy International Offices in Cleveland, Tennessee. He and his wife, Stephanie, also serve as preschool pastors of the Peerless Road Church, also in Cleveland. In addition to these ministerial opportunities, Shaun serves as an adjunct business instructor for a number of Christian universities. Shaun is a graduate of Bryan College having earned a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from Bryan College and is a licensed minister with the Church of God of Prophecy.
Kirk Rising serves as International Youth Director for the Church of God of Prophecy. In his 28-year ministry, he has served as state youth director of Hawaii and North Carolina. He has served as youth pastor and as missionary to the countries of Germany and French Polynesia (Tahiti) in the South Pacific.
Kirk studied business administration at the University of South Carolina. His business career includes owner of High Rise Sports and serving as head coach of the French Polynesia, Olympic-qualifying basketball program in Tahiti.
Kathryn Creasy serves as the International Children’s Ministry Director for the Church of God of Prophecy. While still in elementary school, Kathy sensed God’s call to serve children. She began fulfilling that call by serving as a public school teacher as well as a children’s pastor in several local churches. While serving in her first full-time ministry role, she became aware of the need for children’s ministers to be skilled in ministry and leadership. At the age of 21, she organized her first children’s ministry conference. Since then developing leaders who serve kids has been her passion.
Kathy has a Master’s of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and a certificate in Children’s Ministry from Lancaster Bible University. Her joy is working with leadership on every continent and in every nation to increase understanding of the value of children in the kingdom of God while developing leaders who are called to serve them.
Kathy Green serves as the executive administrative assistant for Leadership Development and Discipleship. Kathy has more than 45 years experience in business and consistently maintains and improves her skills through college and online instruction. Additionally, she is active in her local church and participates in various educational opportunities to enhance her ministry such as Children’s Ministry Institute, webinars, and online courses.