About Us

Our motto is “Empowering People to Change the World.” With a focus on empowerment, our passion and commitment is to develop individuals and provide them with the tools required to evolve in Christ. This will allow them to soar to higher levels and dimensions. Individuals who are developed in this manner will produce at higher levels as they maximize their God-given potential. Our ultimate goal is for people to experience victory in every area of their lives.  

It is our strong belief that victorious, equipped, and empowered people not only produce at higher levels but also have higher levels of influence. They are capable of making significant contributions to this world. We believe that as we raise people, they in turn will raise society!

Our Mission

is to empower believers to establish God’s Kingdom in the earth.

Our Vision

is to be a multi-ethnic, relevant, united community of true worshipers filled with the character and the power of the Spirit of God.

Our Focus

is winning and developing people, modeling Kingdom community, and promoting human dignity.

Our Beliefs

About God
We believe in one God, revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deut. 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14; John 1:1) We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ is the only begotten of the Father, and is truly God and truly man. He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, died a vicarious and atoning death for the sins of the world, was resurrected bodily for our justification, and now reigns in Glory until all things be put under His feet. (I Tim. 3:16)
About Scripture
We believe in the absolute inspiration of the Holy Scriptures in their original autographs, given by the Holy Spirit without error as He moved upon holy men of old. Furthermore, we believe that the church has no authority to establish doctrine or practices contrary to these same scriptures, which were subsequently accepted as Canon by the early Christian Church. (I Tim. 3:16)
About Man
We believe that man was made in the image of God and is the crown of creation. He is now by reason of the “fall” spiritually alienated from his Creator. Apart from God he has no ability to attain to this high calling. (Psalm 8; Ephesians 2:8-9) We believe that justification is by grace through faith in our Lord’s sacrifice on Calvary. (Romans 3:21-24) We believe that all people are to repent and be buried with our Lord Jesus Christ in the water of baptism. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Romans 6:4; II Peter 3:9) We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is an endowment of power given by God to anoint the believer for sanctification and evangelism. It is our understanding that the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit are active within the body of Christ until the coming of the Lord. Furthermore, we believe that the development of these gifts ought to be encouraged under the guidance of local church authority. (Acts 8:14-17; Acts 19:1-2; I Cor. 12:4-7) We believe that those who are called by the name of Christ should depart from iniquity, understanding that salvation from the penalty of sin only beings the process of redemption. We acknowledge that one work of the Holy Spirit is to create in us the character of Christ. (II Tim. 2:19)
About the Church
We believe in the Priesthood of the believer; that is to say, all people born of God have equal status before God and direct access to their Lord. (Pet. 2:5) We believe in the identity of the body of Christ on the earth is primarily perceived through the local church. While encouraging the voluntary association of local churches, and recognizing the need of consensus on matters of fundamental doctrine and conduct, we strongly confess the local church to be sovereign and autonomous. (Rev. 2, 3) We believe that the callings of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher are functional within the body of Christ until the Lord’s return. Furthermore, these ministries are gifts to the church for the purpose equipping the saints for the work of the ministry, that the body of Christ may be edified. (Ephesians 4:11-16).
About the Kingdom
We believe in the literal Second Coming of our Lord, the literal rule of Christ upon the earth, the resurrection of the regenerate to eternal life and the un-regenerated to eternal damnation, and the ultimate victory of the eternal Kingdom of God. (Acts 1:9-11; Daniel 12:2; Revelations 22:1-7).

Our Senior Pastors

Hugh Daniel Smith, an Apostolic Father to many, is a multi-dimensional thinker and international speaker.  He is known for his keen insight into spiritual matters and his unique ability to make them relevant to the times. His life’s mission is to bring the Kingdom of God to earth by restoring and protecting the rights of all people.   When you combine his unique style and charismatic wit with the Godly wisdom he lives out daily, Bishop Smith’s influence and genuine love for people is undeniable.   He and his wife, Pastor Letha, served as the founders and senior pastors of Emmanuel Covenant Church International in Battle Creek, Michigan for 23 years.  In 2004, they founded Embassy Covenant Church International in Troy, Michigan where they currently serve as senior pastors.   Bishop Smith is the Presiding Bishop of Jabula New Life Ministries International.  Jabula is currently in 27 nations around the world and continues to extend its reach through church planting, empowerment programs and advanced leadership training under the Founder and Chief Apostle, Bishop Tudor Bismark.   Bishop Smith serves as a consultant to several pastors and leaders around the world.  He is the Founder and Executive Director of Justice Network, a non-profit social justice organization.  He is a member of the American International Christian Chaplain Association (A.I.C.C.A.), and serves on the executive board of Excel Village.  He is the founder of the Diamond Leadership Academy which serves to grow leaders from the inside out by teaching them to understand mental models, quality advocacy and inquiry, and emotional intelligence.  The integration of these tools produces strong leaders and ultimately strong communities.   Over the years Bishop Smith has served as an executive board member for many organizations and has received countless awards.  In 2014, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Battle Creek Central High School.  He has a Doctorate of Theology Degree and a Doctorate of Divinity Degree; and has been certified as a Life Skills Facilitator, assisting people in overcoming past and present emotional and psychological abuse.  He is the author of numerous articles and a published book entitled “No Want, No Fear: Discovering Rest in Christ”.   Bishop Hugh and Pastor Letha reside in Sterling Heights, Michigan.  He is the son of Georgia L. Howard and the late Hugh D. Smith Sr. They are the proud parents of three children:  Krystian and Jamar Bird, Bethany, and Joshlyn and three grandsons, Israel, Andrew and Noah.  Bishop Smith enjoys astronomy, sailing and sports.
Plan a Visit