Rev. Bernie Dorsey, Apostle-Pastor
The Reverend Bernie Dorsey was officially appointed as the Pastor of the Historic St. Paul AUMP Church in Washington, DC on July 1, 2020. His life and ministry prior to assuming the pastorate at St. Paul reveals both an apostolic and pastoral destiny.
After graduating from Duke University (A.B., History 1994), he moved to Washington, DC to receive his legal education at The George Washington University Law School. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from G.W. Law in 1997 and then embarked on a legal career. After clerking for two years for a federal appellate court Judge, he entered private practice where he specialized in real estate and civil litigation matters. Then, like many of the apostles and prophets of old, one day while at work he heard God’s call to ministry as the Spirit spoke to him from Romans 10:14-15. While trying to discern the nature of his calling, he received seminary instruction as a Master’s of Divinity student at the Washington Baptist Theological Seminary and additional coursework as a Dean’s Scholar at Wesley Theological Seminary. Despite Rev. Dorsey’s educational achievements and credentials, his qualifications for ministry are from God Himself. Ultimately, he abandoned the practice of law after nearly 15 years to serve full-time in ministry. He was licensed by Mount Zion Baptist Church in Northwest, Washington, DC in 2009 where he served as an Associate Minister, and he was ordained and set apart for the work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 2012.
In 2013, Rev. Dorsey left his position as an Associate Minister at Mt. Zion Baptist Church to seek God’s will for his life as a minister. After much prayer and a prophetic Word from a Messianic Jewish prophetess, Rev. Dorsey planted Transforming Spirit Church (“Transforming Spirit”), a non-denominational church in Silver Spring, Maryland where he assumed Apostolic Office and began his first pastorate in 2014. Transforming Spirit, which later relocated to Beltsville, Maryland, developed a culture of worship, prophetic utterance, and equipping people for service. Under Apostle Dorsey’s leadership, three evangelists were licensed and one pastor ordained for the work of the gospel ministry. As for the culture of worship and equipping people for service, Apostle Dorsey says: “In the atmosphere of worship, miracles happen! And we as leaders need to equip and train other disciples to find their own destinies and go outside the four walls of the church to serve God by serving others.”
In December 2018, Apostle Dorsey began plans to transplant Transforming Spirit to the nation’s capital in the form of a fellowship with the Historic St. Paul AUMP Church in Washington, DC. For several months, the two churches worshipped together as The Remnant Fellowship. In moving with the "wind" of the Holy Spirit, Apostle Dorsey worked alongside Rev. Edward Robinson at St. Paul, in co-pastor authority. God used the combination of Rev. Dorsey's apostolic and pastoral anointing with Rev. Robinson's spiritual gifts to help bring revival, rebirth, and renewal to St. Paul. On his co-laborer arrangement with Rev. Robinson, Apostle Dorsey notes "as the Bible says in Deuteronomy 32:30, one can chase a thousand, but two can chase ten thousand." As for his appointment as the lead Pastor at St. Paul, Rev. Dorsey has a profound appreciation for the historical significance of the church while he simultaneously presses forward to ensure the church is in sync with the heart and will of God during this and future seasons.
Rev. Dorsey believes in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ wherever and to whoever the Spirit leads him, especially to the poor and downtrodden. He has conducted eleven preaching missions to Uganda, East Africa where he has labored alongside Ugandan Bishop Joel Kakembo to hold numerous evangelistic outreach events under the series name “Kingdom Harvest and Pentecostal Fire Crusade.” At these open-air gatherings, hundreds of people have come to salvation in Jesus Christ and instant miracles of healing and deliverance occur. Some examples of the miraculous include the disappearance of stomach and other tumors, reversal of heart conditions, as well as the lame walking, limbs regaining function, and even the blind receiving sight. Apostle Dorsey, upon returning from his overseas work, often remarks “Jesus really is still alive doing what He did while on earth: saving, healing, and delivering!”
Apostle Dorsey’s work in Uganda has also resulted in the birth and sustaining of Christ’s Ambassadors Foundation School in Zirobwe, Uganda (“CAFS”). When Bishop Kakembo took Apostle Dorsey to a remote bush area in 2011, he discussed his dream of building a school, orphanage, and church. Apostle Dorsey prayed upon and prophesied over the same land where Bishop Kakembo ultimately opened CAFS in January 2013. The school, which is now officially accredited as a Primary School, serves the educational needs of 159 impoverished students from Nursery through Grade 10, many of which are orphans.
Also in Uganda, Rev. Dorsey’s apostolic ministry has borne fruit in the form of new church plants. In support of Bishop Kakembo’s ministry as the Founding Pastor and Bishop of Mt. Zion Antioch Church, Apostle Dorsey has worked to help plant Mt. Zion Mega Church in Zirobwe, Mt. Zion City Church in Kasangati, and the most recent church plant known as Mt. Zion Glory Church in Busiika. Apostle Dorsey continues to maintain his apostolic call to plant and strengthen churches from Washington, DC to the continents of Asia (India) and Africa (Uganda and Kenya). (To make a tax-deductible donation to support HSP's and Apostle Dorsey's mission work abroad, please click here or the Donate button on any page.)
Rev. Dorsey is married to his wife of twenty-two years, the former Ericka Guthrie. Mrs. Dorsey is a civil rights and labor law attorney in Washington, DC. Pastor Bernie and Lady Ericka are the parents of two sons, Nelson (16) and Houston (10).
Rev. Dorsey's life mission is to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ. And the good news, found in John 3:16 is this: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but will have everlasting life.”