Senior Pastor Wayman Mitchell
Founder, Christian Fellowship Ministries, Worldwide
Christian Fellowship Ministries Worldwide
Christian Fellowship Churches Worldwide is the result of an unlikely group of ordinary men touched by the finger of God that spread like the fire of world revival across the globe…
In 1970, Pastor Wayman Mitchell (pictured) went to the small town of Prescott, Arizona. Shortly after arriving, God saved a number of young hippies who were very different from anyone in the church. But as they were welcomed, God began to pour out His Spirit on the congregation.
As Pastor Mitchell sought to reach young people, they saw the possibilities of the “coffee-house” concert ministry. At the first concert, they ever tried as an evangelistic tool, more than 200 young people attended, with many saved. Out of this, a regular concert ministry was birthed. 2 nights a week, bands played, testimonies of salvation were given and the Gospel was preached, with many being saved each night.
From the beginning, Pastor Mitchell understood that concert ministry was to be a training ground for ministry development; It was run by young people who were committed to Jesus and His church. From the beginning, people who had been radically converted sought to share with others what God had done in them. Personal evangelism began to be one of the basic
foundations of the church. Then came impact teams: Groups of people that would travel to other nearby cities to help people there experience what God was doing here. Over time, God began to reveal His plan of discipleship: Training young couples for ministry within a local church. In 1973 the first couple was launched directly into the ministry – and God blessed them! Churches then began to be planted throughout the Southwestern United States, and then further across America as converts prayed for the Gospel to be preached in their hometowns.
In 1978 the first couple was planted into another nation – Australia; and we discovered the Gospel worked there, just like it did here. After that, churches were planted in Mexico, Holland, and Germany then as we came to understand God’s global mission more and more, churches began to be planted throughout the world. Now, over 2,300 churches have been planted in over 130 nations of the world with the number growing daily.
This church is a product of that vision and is working to see it expanded in the short time that remains before Jesus’ return. God has given us a vision for the day we live in. Our message is simple, yet it is the cornerstone of all truth. Jesus Christ is the only hope for man’s salvation and that is true with every person in every nation on the globe. In a world full of empty dreams and false promises is a truth which grows stronger every year and that is Jesus Christ and Him crucified!