M essiah International Ministries formerly known as Messiah Church of the Living God was established February 11, 1994 in Cleveland, Ohio under the leadership of Rev. Phyllis Fosh-Carter. Messiah started its meeting place at Monticello Middle School. As the church began increasing in membership, it was able to relocate its meeting place to Church of the Master in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. In addition to the move, Pastor Harold Carter joined his wife in ministry. After several years Messiah began to seek for their permanent home, God temporally located them in Bedford Heights, later in the Buckeye area. These experiences were to teach and touch all classes of people with different lifestyles. Messiah never gave up on the Vision that God had placed before them. They continued to persevere after their mission. After fighting a long hard battle, the Vision began to unfold in their lives. God honored their obedience of stability and faithfulness.
In March of 2007, they were able to purchase their new church home formerly known as the Bedford Christian Church. Their motto is “Never give up on what God has spoken in your life”. O ver the years of ministry Messiah has touched so many lives and has witnessed the power of God transforming people to become productive citizens. In the 14 years of ministry, Messiah has only had 3 deaths in their church. The first to remember is Deacon Charles Hill, then Deacon Louis Fosh and Mother Madelyn Carter. In addition, teenage pregnancy has been keep subject to the anointed teaching of the ministry. The teenage girls have been taught the important of abstinence. Messiah also has participated in Radio Broadcast Programming, advertisement in Magazines, and a Soul Winning Tent Crusade in the Greater Cleveland area. I n November of 1999, the Pastors changed the name of the church from Messiah Church of the Living God to Messiah International Ministries, for a greater outreach to all mankind. In April of 2000, the Pastors were elevated to the Office of Apostles enabling them to equip and implement new ministries to reach the masses. Also, joining them in ministry is their son, Elder Steven Carter along with his family. Elder Carter was elevated to the office of the Assistant Pastor of Messiah in April of 2008. M essiah has mentored many spiritual sons and daughters to equip them in their calling.
M essiah International Ministries is known as a Non-Denominational ministry, which outreaches to all mankind. They have contributed to many community projects just to name a few; establishing an “All Nations Fellowship Benefit Dinner.” These proceeds have assisted Scholarships for Seniors, Homeless Agencies including the Salvation Army, City Mission and Domestic Violence for Women. Messiah contributes to feeding the hungry on Thanksgiving and the giving out of food baskets on Holidays, along hosting AAA meetings. T here have been several ministries implemented to meet the total needs of man. Messiah International Ministries offers the following services: Food-bank, Leadership Classes (Training for Ministers), Rehabilitation Services, HIV/AIDS seminars, Marriage counseling, and Debt/Credit management workshops. In the very near future, Messiah will be establishing the following: Elderly care (Guardian Angel Program), School of Arts (Dance, Music, and Drama), Personal Fitness, Home Economics, Domestic Housing Transition, Daycare Facility, All Schools Assembly Program, Job-training for Vocational skills and Prison/Jail Ministry.
In addition to personalized ministries, presently available at Messiah are the Summer Camp Programs, After school program for tutoring, Ruth & Boaz (Single’s Ministry), Marriage Ministry, Certificate Bible School, Youth Ministry, Noah’s Ark Builders (Children Ministry), (K.O.M.S.P.) Knights of Messiah “Split and Polished” (Men’s Ministry), “Journey to the Well Experience” (Women’s Ministry), along with a Nursery available during worship services. Lastly, God has increased their boarders to implement a prayer group call PELL (Pastors Equipping Leaders and Laypersons); nothing will ever change in history without “PRAYER”. In conclusion, Messiah’s soul mission is to evangelize the world by reaching the nations to know God. The greatest mission of all is to love one another as Christ loves His church
Messiah International Ministries exists for the purpose to evangelize the world (an international movement ) to train and develop individual life skills, and self-esteem. This goal will be established through the programs, services we offer and the teaching of the Word of God through the scriptures (Bible), enabling one to know their purpose and calling in ministry. This is a non-denominational ministry reaching out to all people, regardless of race, creed or culture.
Listed below are facilities Messiah will operate:
• Rehabilitation Center (including Prison & Homeless Program)
• Senior Housing
• Youth Recreation Center (Co-ed Training for Sports)
• Christian Schools (K-12) and Bible College
• Satellite Churches
What We Believe & Core Values
Messiah International Ministries Church Doctrinal Statement
THE SCRIPTURES – We believe that the Bible was "God-breathed" by a process of dual authorship. The Holy Spirit superintended human authors, using their own individual styles, so that they composed and recorded God's truth without error in the original manuscripts (Psa. 119:160; II Tim. 3:16-17; II Pet. 1:20-21). The Bible is the believer's only infallible rule of faith and practice (Psa. 119:105; II Tim. 3:16-17).
THE GODHEAD – We believe in one God, self-existent in three persons of equal nature: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deut. 6:4; Mat. 28:19; II Cor. 13:14.) God is eternal (Psa. 90:2; I Tim. 1:17), all powerful (Jer. 32:17; Mat. 19:26), all-knowing (Psa. 139:1-4; Heb. 4:13), and unchangeable (Jam. 1:17). He is the immediate creator of all things, including the universe, heaven and earth, man, and the angels (Gen. 1:1, 21, 27; Isa. 40:26; Heb. 11:3).
THE PERSON AND WORK OF JESUS CHRIST – We believe in the Deity of Jesus Christ who became a man without ceasing to be God (Mic. 5:2; Jn. 1:1-3, 14: Phil. 2:5-7; Col. 2:9). He was born of a virgin and lived a sinless life (Mat. 1:18-25; Heb. 4:15). By His substitutionary, sacrificial death on a cross, He made atonement for the sins of the world (Isa. 53:4-6; II Cor. 5:14-15; I Jn. 2:2).
We believe in His bodily resurrection three days after His death, and in His ascension to heaven where He presently intercedes as High Priest on behalf of His people (Luk. 24:1-8; I Cor. 15:3-4; Heb. 4:14) and functions as head of His body, the church (Eph. 1:22-23, 5:23). We believe in the personal, imminent coming of Jesus Christ for His church before the tribulation period and in His subsequent premillennial return to earth to set up His kingdom (I Thess.1:9-10, 4:13-18; Rev. 20:1-6).
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – We believe in the Holy Spirit as the third person in the Godhead (Mat. 28:19; Rom. 8:23; Eph. 4:30; I Cor. 12:11). He was involved in creation (Gen. 1:2; Job 33:4,) in the giving of God's revelation (Mic. 3:8; II Pet. 1:21,) and in the conception and ministry of Jesus Christ (Mat. 1:20; Luk. 4:1).
He convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment (Jn. 16:7-11). The Spirit calls men to Christ (Rev. 22:17) regenerating (Jn. 3:3-7) indwelling (Rom. 8:9) baptizing (I Cor. 12:13) and sealing them (Eph. 1:13-14, 4:30) at conversion. The Holy Spirit is active in the life of the submissive believer (Eph. 5:18) as He guides and teaches (Jn. 16:13; I Cor. 2:10), provides assurance (Rom. 8:16), empowers (Rom. 8:13), and gifts individual believers (Rom. 12:6-8; I Cor. 12:11).
MAN – We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, thus functioning as God's representative on earth (Gen. 1:26-27). However, by virtue of Adam's sin, all men are sinners, alienated from God, and unable to remedy this condition (Rom. 3:23; 5:12; Eph. 2:1-3, 12).
SALVATION – We believe that our salvation has been accomplished solely by Jesus Christ's death on the cross (Rom. 5:8-10; I Pet. 2:24). Salvation is God's free gift of eternal life provided by His grace and received by man through repentance and personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn. 3:16; Eph. 2:3-10). Once saved, believers are kept safe and secure in Christ forever (Jn. 10:27-30; Rom. 8:28-30).
THE BELIEVER'S WALK – We believe that Christians are exhorted to live lives controlled by the Holy Spirit and not to yield to the lusts of the flesh (Gal. 5:16-26). Christians are commanded to live holy lives and have the God-given resources to do so (Phil. 2:13-14; I Pet. 1:14-16).
THE ANGELS AND SATAN – We believe that angels were created by God in holiness before the creation of the world. (Job 38:4-7; Col. 1:16; Jud. 6). They are personal spiritual beings who perform a variety of ministries for God. (Luk. 2:13, 15:10; Heb. 1:14; I Pet. 1:12; Jud. 6). Demons are angels who rebelled with Satan against God and are led by Satan in opposing God's work (Mat. 12:24-27, 25:41; Eph. 6:11-12; Rev. 12:7-9). Satan is the chief of fallen angels, the originator of sin, and the enemy of God and God's people. He may be resisted by believers, and will be eternally punished with his angels in the lake of fire (Gen. 3:1-19; Job 1:6-7; Mat. 4:2-11, 25:41; Eph. 6:10-13; I Pet. 5:8).
THE CHURCH – We believe that the church is the body and bride of Christ and is a spiritual organism made up of all Christians of this present age (Eph. 1:22-23, 5:25-27; I Cor. 12:12-14; Col. 1:24-27). This universal organism is organized into local assemblies of believers (cf. I Cor. 1:2; I Thess. 1:1). These local churches carry the mission of worship, evangelism and edification (Acts 2:42-47; and they observe the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper (Mat. 28:19; Acts 8:36-38; 10:48; I Cor. 11:26). Each local church maintains its own autonomy under the headship of Jesus Christ, being led by elders (pastors) and deacons, (Eph. 5:23; Phil. 1:1; Acts 20:17, 28; I Tim. 3:1-13). Individual believers have the responsibility to use their gifts and do the work of service (I Cor. 12:12-27; Eph. 4:12).
THE SECOND ADVENT – We believe in the Second Coming of Christ that His return from heaven will be premillennial, personal, physical, visible, and glorious - a blessed hope for which we should constantly watch and pray, the time being unrevealed, but always imminent (Acts 1:11, Rev. 1:7, Mk. 13:33-37, Tit. 2:11-13, Rev. 22:20).
THE ETERNAL STATE – At physical death, unsaved persons wait in the temporary state of conscious torment until final judgment (Luk. 16:19-31). Believers who die go to be at home with the Lord (II Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:23). They await the resurrection of their bodies (II Cor. 5:1-9). God's people, the righteous, will spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven (Jn. 14:2-3; I Thess. 4:17; Rev. 21:1-3, 22:5). The unrighteous will experience conscious, eternal punishment in hell, separated from the presence of God.