Bishop Michael E. Mitchell, Sr. born in Jamaica, West Indies on Christmas Day, is the pastor and founder of King’s Chapel Church of God. At age nineteen, he accepted Christ and was actively involved in the May Pen Baptist Church where he served as Sunday School Teacher and Youth President. His commitment and fervor in the ministry was the driving force behind him traveling from parish to parish, often alone, to conduct open air meetings. Known for multi-tasking, he worked with the Jamaica Telephone Company while attending the College of Arts, Science and Technology (C.A.S.T.).
Bishop Mitchell recognized that the call of God upon his life and entered Bible College in 1978 at the Jamaica Open Bible Institute. While there, he was appointed Pastor of the Bethel Open Bible Church and went on to earn his credentials as a licensed, ordained minister in the Open Bible Standard Church of Jamaica. He pastored the Open Bible Church for nine years and spearheaded a steady growth in membership during this time.
In 1987, Bishop Mitchell felt the call of God to move to the U.S. and in 1988, joined the New Testament Church of God at 339 Blue Hills Avenue where he served for ten years working with Bishops L. Martin Wright and the late Dr. Jeremiah McIntyre. Bishop Mitchell’s quest for increased knowledge in the Word of God and wanting additional training in the Ministry, motivated him to complete the Black Ministries Certificate Program at the Hartford Seminary.
Bishop Mitchell’s focus to the pastorate was re-directed by God as he was preaching in 1997 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Recognizing the tremendous need that existed in the Greater Hartford area, he felt the lead of the Lord to establish a new congregation. This gave birth to the King’s Chapel Church of God, “A Place Where God Is Changing Lives.”
King’s Chapel has come a far way since its first service at Barbour School in June of 1998. In 2000, the congregation relocated to 400 Woodland Street to a dilapidated and run down building, that once was known as the Caribbean Social Club. This was a massive undertaking for such a small congregation. But the Vision was based on “Calling those things that be not as thou they were.”
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And in 10 years, under his leadership, a steady transformation was realized in the completion of the building which has become a beacon in the Vision. Attracting families and friends of the Greater Hartford area and as far as Meriden, CT; King’s Chapel continues to experience a phenomenal growth and had a record 969 attendance in this year’s Easter Service, reaching and baptizing over 120 people during the 2009 Revival Services.
Bishop Mitchell has proven to be a Visionary Leader, collaborating with the City of Hartford in building projects to improve and change the community. He is an outstanding leader in and around the community! The Vision of Bishop Mitchell continues to be realized in the completion of Phase II of the Building Construction, which includes a Childcare Center, Multipurpose Area, Youth and Recreation Center, Conference Room, Administrative Offices, Computer Room and Gym. Truly this stands out as an indubitable accomplishment and all the glory and the praise belongs to God. Phase III is on the Agenda – Transforming the Sanctuary. In addition to his work in the Ministry, he continues to pursue his studies in theology.
He and his wife Ena, continue to serve faithfully and remain involved in the ministry for over 21 years in the City of Hartford. They have been married for over 30 years and are blessed with five wonderful children: Winette, Courtney, Terry, Leo Omar & Michael and six grandchildren: Morris, Jazmin, David, CJ, Kiernan & Kaylee.