Greater Zion Church Family
Biography of Reverend Dr. Michael J. Fisher, Pastor
On February 6, 1998, after conceding to the war between youthful tenacity and spiritual providence, at the tender age of eighteen, Rev. Michael J. Fisher – son of the legendary Dr. W. Jerome Fisher and Min. Norma Fisher – stepped into his destiny as one of God’s called and anointed spokesmen of the gospel ministry. With an unprecedented timeline, Rev. Michael Fisher was licensed, ordained and elevated to the Youth Pastor position in 1998, then to the Co-Pastor position (serving alongside his father) in 2001, and eventually named the Pastor of the then Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church in February 2005.
In May 2008, under the guidance of the holy-spirit Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer, Pastor Fisher’s pastoral covering, confirmed the word of God that Little Zion has been called to do a greater work. Thus, in January 2009, the Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church underwent a name change and is now “Greater Zion Church Family”.
Dr. Michael Fisher has received his formal education at Junipero Serra High School, California State University Long Beach, an honorary doctorate from the St. Thomas Christian College and Theological Seminary, and Next Dimension Bible College, where he also serves as a teacher and the Southbay Campus host. He makes every effort to emphasize the importance of education and with his nonprofit organization, the J. T. Foundation, Pastor Fisher gives annual scholarships to college-goers in need of financial assistance.
This powerful man of God uses his passion for the word of God and the expansion of the Kingdom of God to propel every thought, action, and deed. He uses his influences to affect change in the lives of the congregation he under-shepherds, the local Greater Los Angeles area, the country, and even abroad. He is in constant pursuit of various means to reach a culture that may not always walk into the church edifice. Such efforts have resulted in the following: Pastor Fisher as J. Kingdom – a gospel recording artist whose album “Champion” can be heard around the country, and has ministered on TBN with CeCe Winans and the Crystal Cathedral’s “Hour of Power”; Pastor Fisher as the host of “What’s Up With That” – a show that address every day issues from a Biblical standpoint that was featured on KJLH radio and can be seen every Thursday on the Hosanna Broadcast Network; Pastor Fisher as the Founder/Director of the Voices of Destiny Choir/Destiny 24 Choir – choirs that are the 2010 national winners of Verizon’s “How Sweet The Sound” Choir Competition and contestants for Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards Choir Competition.
His fervor to see the younger generation transition into productive, God-led adulthood is evident via his active membership with the Los Angeles Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated and the founding of the Alpha Phi Zion Christian Fraternity.
Understanding that his mandate exceeds his own ministry, Pastor Fisher has been described as a “Pastor’s Pastor”. To this cause, he provides pastoral leadership to a growing number of ten Senior Pastors and a ministerial staff of twenty. In like manner, Pastor Fisher was recently appointed the Parish Overseer of the Global United Fellowship, under the leadership of Bishop Neil Eillis, which allows him to oversee Pastors and churches in California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. Additionally, Pastor Fisher maintains comradeship and partnership with local Pastors by means of “Vision Repaired”, an initiative that allows Senior Pastors, without pretense, to glean from each other
There have been plenty accolades given, an ever active calendar, yet Pastor Fisher prioritizes his congregation. Under the pastoral leadership, Greater Zion Church Family has increased membership to nearly 3,000 congregants that praise God fervently and serve the community willingly. With a special inclination to serve as the conduits of the Holy Spirit, Pastor Fisher translates members into disciples that are committed to going beyond the walls for the cause of Christ, meeting the spiritual needs of the people, fostering economic development and supporting our children, youth and families. Thus, the Greater Zion Church Family regularly feeds/clothe/minister to the hurt and hungry; provides health awareness, testing, and education; hosts its annual Peace March that has prompted a decrease in Compton’s crime rate; and hosts its annual Summer J.A.M.” concert that bridges the gap between the church, the community, and celebrities with gospel testimonies; and partnering with programs to better the city headed by elected officials such as Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Assemblyman Isadore Hall, Mayor Aja Brown, Councilwoman Janna Zurita, Councilman Mike Gipson, and several other elected officials.
With a life and ministry ever-changed by trips to Israel, coupled with personal seasons of struggle and seemingly defeat, Pastor Fisher is one of the most transparent preachers of his generation. He whole-heartedly believes in preaching and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ without care or concern of the culture or the emotions of the listener. He takes his charge seriously, refusing to bow to what may appear good yet unbiblical. Whether it’s every Sunday at one of Greater Zion’s three services, at a Wednesday Bible Study, while he’s evangelizing at another church, conferences or conventions, or preaching across the nation, or ministering on social network, or teaching a class, Pastor Fisher’s preaching style is often labeled, “real, raw, and relevant” and truer words haven’t been spoken.
At the close of the day, it is the heart, the mission, the drive, and the motivation of Pastor Michael Fisher to change the world through service to God by way of building a bridge that stretches from the throne of God to the broken lives of men. Pastor Michael Fisher’s prayer is for the power of God to help us attain the mission that is set before us so many lives might be saved and the people of God will be set on a path of complete deliverance.