Who We Are
Dr. Michael A. Stevens, Sr. is the visionary founder and Senior Pastor of City Church—Northlake, Church of God in Christ. City Church—Northlake is an innovated church with a very clear and concise vision—To Love God, Love People, and Serve the World. Dr. Stevens is an Ordained Elder and District Superintendent in the Church of God in Christ. He currently serves as Servant Leader of the Cosmopolitan Fellowship of Churches Int’l, an ecumenical fellowship serving churches and ministry leaders in the southeastern area of the United States. Dr. Stevens has an earned Doctorate of Ministry degree (2012) as well as a Masters of Practical Theology degree (2009) from Oral Roberts University and is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University (1992) located in Greensboro, NC where he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Political Studies.
Dr. Stevens has been privileged to preach coast-to-coast and abroad in such countries as US Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Kenya, Belize, Israel, Peru, and South Africa. He has been interviewed by national and syndicated media shows such as Fox News, CNN, TBN, CBN’s 700 Club, the Word Channel and the Harvest Show. Dr. Stevens makes his home in the greater Charlotte metro area of North Carolina. He is married to his college sweetheart of 31 years—the incomparable Sharon Lindsey, and together they have been phenomenally blessed with three adult children, Michael Anthony Jr., Matthew Courtlin, and Charisma Lindsey
I grew up attending and serving in all types of African American church denominations with their various traditions and structures. From deep Southern Baptist to the fiery Pentecostals… from Apostolic to AME Zion… I’ve studied, I’ve served and I’ve led many in the African American church.
I’ve also shared the joy of working with many ecumenical groups and intra-denominational African American church groups – Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC), Samaritan’s Feet International and Central Carolinas Banking Group (CCCBG).
I love what I do and I am committed to staying rooted in the African American and Jewish commitment and relationship building. I strive to understand each organization goals, strategies, structures and cultures in order to help source key organizations win in these tough times. As such, I am able to engage deeply with clients to provide tailored capacity building that fits their needs and through a framework that both embodies and advances solidarity and educational awareness.
My Divine Calling to Stand with Israel and Support the Jewish People
In the summer of 2000, my wife and I visited the Holy Land with a small group of graduate students and college professors. Like most Christians (and especially as a pastor), I had always wanted to see Israel. However, at the time I didn’t realize the personal significance this nation would assume in my life. Seven years later, during a time of prayer and Bible study, the Lord placed on my heart the blessings that stem from supporting Israel and standing with it.
As I studied Genesis 12, God opened my eyes and gave emphatic instructions for me and my young African-American Pentecostal church. I sensed Him saying we were to bless Israel and the Jewish people, and I was directed to this passage:
The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
That same weekend during three morning worship services, I shared with the congregation what I believed the Lord had prophetically revealed to me. As the Old Testament states, “Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”(Amos 3:7, KJV).I told the congregation I believed God had instructed me to befriend the Jewish people and stand with them, offering prayer and moral support. There was just one problem: I had no Jewish friends and had never been inside a Jewish synagogue or associated with Jews, with the exception of shopping on Lower Manhattan’s East Side, an area populated by discount stores and Orthodox-owned men’s clothing shops.
Despite my lack of familiarity with the Jewish community, within thirty days of my pronouncement, I spoke at the annual convention of my denomination, the Church of God in Christ. There I met nationally known Pastor John Hagee and his wife, Diana, who were speaking to the delegates before hosting a book signing. At the time, the mutual friend who introduced me to the Hagees was also soliciting help for a startup organization called Christians United for Israel (CUFI).
The organization just happened to need assistance in North Carolina, where I lived. I recognized this was no coincidence. I had heard from the Lord, with this vision sealed and affirmed by friends and members of my church, and now the Lord was opening an effective door for ministry. Six months later, during a church leaders’ “familiarization tour” of Israel, Pastor Hagee and I talked about the scores of African American Christians who believed in supporting Israel. Many of these believers remember hearing while growing up in church that they should bless and love Israel and the Jewish people. Many heard their preacher instruct them to keep their eyes on the “fig tree,” which speaks prophetically of the importance of Israel in the end times (Matt. 24:32). As we talked, I expressed the need to build on this good foundation to motivate and mobilize African American Christians nationwide in a unified commitment to support Israel. Pastor Hagee agreed; this vision has been coming to pass ever since.
From those days of humbled beginnings, I’ve traveled over 25 times to Israel taking hundreds of pastors and ministry leaders. Over the last 15 years, I’ve spoken in numerous churches, conferences, synagogues about my unconditional love and unwavering support for Israel and the Jewish people.
I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, 7 And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. Isaiah (62:6–7)
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