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 25-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.