Equipped Ministries, Inc

Overseer & Apostle Marsha Walters

Apostle, Pastor, Mentor, Teacher, Administrator, and Trainer is just a few words to describe Marsha Walters. She is a prolific and inspiring mentor and leader. Her unique style of leading has thrust many into the position of living their best life now in Christ.  

Overseer Walters attended Liberty School of Theology, and Hillsdale Freewill Baptist College where she pursued a degree in ministry and leadership. She also attended Southwestern Christian University, where she acquired a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Leadership with honors. She is a member of The Delta Kappa Mu Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, and the winner of The Spiritual Leadership Award. She holds two Master of Art degrees; Public Administration from Mid-America Christian University where she graduated with honors and a member of Pi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society and, Southwestern Christian University in Theology. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

This visionary, is an ordained minister and founder of Equipped Ministries, Inc. (EQM), Licensed/Ordained Women in Ministry Association (LOWIMA), The International License and Ordained Ministers Association (TILOMA) and MWalters and Company. In addition, she is a licensed Realtor, pastor and business owner who possesses a unique gift that equips her in mentoring and facilitating others in reaching their goals and dreams.

Overseer Walters was ordained in 1994 by International Third World Leaders Association (ITWLA) under the leadership of Dr. Myles Munroe and its controlling Board of Directors and Trustees as well as from Jubilee Bible Church (1993) under the leadership of Pastor Doug Pendarvis. In 2002, Overseer Walters submitted EQM Family Training Center under the covering of Apostle Pam Vinnett, Prophetic Age Ministries Training Center Church in Tulsa Oklahoma. In 2014, Overseer Walters entered into covenant relationship with Dr. Anthony B. Johnson, Presiding Prelate and Chief Apostle of Embassy International Fellowship (embassyfellowship.org) located in Kansas City, KS, and serves on the General Board as General Treasurer.

Her ministry assignment is to train, restore, and equip the people of God for victory. What drives her is the desire to see believers locate, develop, and implement their God given gifts. She believes everyone who is born of God can truly live a victorious life by tapping into the potential God has deposited within them. Her philosophy is “If you can see it with your spiritual eyes, you can become it through God's word.” In short, she declares her purpose in life is to help others build a life that drives them to live out loud and on purpose.


Bishop Anthony B. Johnson, ThD
Presiding Bishop & Chief Apostle

  
Dr. Anthony B. Johnson is a modern day Apostle sent to build and establish the Kingdom of God in the nations of the world as God grants access. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad as a preacher, teacher, trainer and lecturer.  His tenure in ministry has placed him as a humble servant under the leadership and tutelage of several great vessels of God, such as the late Bishop W.H. McDonald, Pastor Elvin Rhone, Bishop Calvin Johnson, Apostle Pam Vinnett and Bishop Dr. Lord M. Hunt. Dr. Johnson has selflessly offered himself to help leaders establish their ministries for the acquisition of lands, systems and souls to advance God’s Kingdom.
 
Through revelation, Dr. Johnson recognized the restoration of the Apostolic and Prophetic as a key component to the next major move of God. He understood that "we live by principle and prosper by revelation” and that moves of God are paradigmatic, with revelation causing a fundamental shift in thinking, perspective and operation (revelatory shifts) that unveils principles to accurately execute the intent and purposes of God..
 
Dr. Johnson places a high value on being foundationally and principally sound. His ability to rightly divide the word of truth came after much study, and in 2003, he received a doctorate degree in Theology from Tabernacle Bible College, Tampa, FL. He has written diverse training manuals and, under divine inspiration, developed Excel Ministry Institute (EMI) as an academic expression to equip God’s people with the knowledge, wisdom and  spiritual understanding.
 
In 2009, Dr. Johnson founded Embassy International Fellowship, which provides covering and oversight to diverse individuals, churches, ministries and organizations, where he serves as Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle and Chairman of the General Board. Bishop Johnson is married to the lovely Lady Angela Johnson.
  

​​WHAT WE BELIEVE
  
THE BIBLE 
We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and that it is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:17). The Word of God provides the foundational basis for all revelation, understanding and communion with God and is the authority in all matters, presenting applicable principle, truth and the entire construct of belief on which we build our faith and lives. We acknowledge and unequivocally assert that no doctrine can be validated as true or binding if it does not have basis and place in the Word of God. We state this belief first, because all of our other beliefs are hinged upon our belief in the Bible as the inspired Word of God.

THE PROGRESSIVE REVELATION OF GOD & HIS PLAN

We believe in the progressive revelation of God and His plan over time. God has never revealed all of Himself or His plan for mankind, the cosmos or the afterlife at one time. The Word of God repeatedly makes reference to the mysteries of God that are revealed in time to His people. Paul prayed that the believers at Ephesus would be given “a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Christ” (Ephesians 1:17-18). Through revelation, God progressively unveils Himself and His plan. This truth causes us to never become complacent and to remain a student in God, always recognizing there is more to learn. In the words of our Presiding Prelate, Dr. Anthony B. Johnson, “Keep your theology in pencil, your faith in God and your knees on the ground”.

THE TRINITY & TRIUNE GODHEAD

We believe in one God, eternally existent in three persons, also known as the Trinity or Triune Godhead – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

THE FATHER
We believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Author and Creator of all things. The Old Testament reveals God in diverse manners, by manifesting His nature, character, and dominions. The Gospels in the New Testament give us knowledge of God the “Father” or “My Father”, showing the relationship of God to Jesus as Father, or representing Him as the Father in the Godhead, and Jesus himself that Son (John 15:8, 14:20). Jesus also gives God the distinction of “Fatherhood” to all believers when he explains God in the light of “Your Father in Heaven” (Matthew 6:8).

THE SON
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Second person in the Godhead of the Trinity or Triune Godhead. We believe that Jesus was and is eternal in His person and nature as the Son of God who was with God in the beginning of creation (John 1:1). We believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin called Mary according to the scriptures (Matthew 1:18), thus giving rise to our fundamental belief in the Virgin Birth and to all of the miraculous events surrounding the phenomenon (Matthew 1:18-25). We believe that Jesus Christ became the “suffering servant” to man; this suffering servant came seeking to redeem man from sin and to reconcile him back to God, his Father (Romans 5:10). We believe that Jesus Christ is standing now as mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5).

THE HOLY GHOST OR HOLY SPIRIT
We believe the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, proceeds from the Father and the Son, is of the same substance, equal in power and glory, and is together with the Father and the Son, to be believed in, obeyed, and worshipped. The Holy Ghost is a gift bestowed upon the believer for the purpose of equipping and empowering the believer, making him a more effective witness for service in the world. He teaches and guides one into all truth (John 16:13; Acts 1:8, 8:39). The Holy Ghost is referred to in the Bible also as the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14), Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9), the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), Spirit of the Lord (Isaiah 61:1); Spirit of Truth (John 14:17), the Comforter (John 15:26), and Spirit of Adoption (Romans 8:15), among other names. These all refer to the third person of the Trinity.

MAN
We believe God created man as a triune being, comprised of spirit, soul and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). We believe that the spirit of man makes him conscious of God and contains his moral conscience, intuition and is the place of communion with God. The spirit is​ concerned with spiritual life. We believe that the soul of man makes him conscious of himself and possesses his mind, emotions and will. We believe that the mind comprises both the conscious and subconscious thought life. The soul is concerned with natural life. We believe that the body of man makes him conscious of the physical world through his five senses, sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch. We believe that man exists dually in two realms, the spiritual realm and natural realm. As such, we believe that the heart of man consists of both his spirit and soul. We believe that man was originally created perfect and holy, but fell into a degenerative state because of sin.

SIN
Sin, the Bible teaches, began in the angelic world (Ezekiel 28:11-19; Isaiah 14:12-20), and is transmitted into the blood of the human race through disobedience and deception motivated by unbelief (1 Timothy 2:14). Adam’s sin, committed by eating of the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, carried with it permanent pollution or a depraved human nature to all his descendants. This is called “original sin.” Sin can now be defined as a volitional transgression against God and a lack of conformity to the will of God. We, therefore, conclude that man by nature is sinful and that he has fallen from the glorious and righteous state within which he was created, and has become unrighteous and unholy. Man, therefore, must be restored to the state of holiness from which he has fallen by being born again (John 3:7).

SALVATION
Salvation deals with the application of the work of redemption to the sinner with his restoration to divine favor and communion with God. This redemptive operation of the Holy Spirit upon sinners is brought about by repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ which brings conversion, faith, justification, regeneration and sanctification. Repentance is the work of God, which results in a change of mind in respect to man’s relationship to God (Matthew 3:1-2, 4:17; Acts 20:21). Faith is a certain conviction wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, as to the truth of the Gospel and a heart trust in the promises of God in Christ (Romans 1:17, 3:28; Matthew 9:22; Acts 26:18). Conversion is that act of God whereby He causes the repentant sinner, in his conscious life, to turn to Him in repentance and faith (2 Kings 5:15; 2 Chronicles 33:12-13; St. Luke 19:8, 9; Acts 8:30). Regeneration is that act of God by which man’s spirit is recreated, making him a new creation in Christ – the essence of being “born again” (John 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:17). Sanctification is that gracious and continuous operation of the Holy Spirit, by which He brings progressive transformation to the soul (mind, emotions and will) and delivers the justified believer from the pollution of sin, renews his whole nature in the image of God and enables him to perform good works (Romans 12:1, 2, 6:4; Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 2:12; 3:1). We believe that the Holy Ghost indwells the believer at salvation and is the necessary requisite to being restored into fellowship with God. Without the Holy Ghost or Spirit of Christ, which is the third person of the Trinity or Triune Godhead, a person does not belong to Christ or the family of God (Romans 8:9, 15).

THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY GHOST
We believe that the Baptism in the Holy Ghost is a distinct and separate experience subsequent to conversion and regeneration that empowers the believer to be a witness (Acts 1:8). Upon baptism in the Holy Ghost, the manifestation of the Spirit is given, which could be evidenced in any of the nine manifestations listed in 1 Corinthians 12:7-10, including (1) the word of wisdom, (2) the word of knowledge, (3) supernatural faith, (4) gifts of healing, (5) working of miracles, (6) the gift of prophecy, (7) discerning of spirits, (8) diverse kind of tongues and (9) the interpretation of tongues. The most commonly accepted manifestation is speaking in tongues, but we embrace speaking in tongues as a potential indicator of baptism but not necessarily the “absolute proof,” because of the other eight manifestations recorded in scripture and the potential fabrication of false tongues. The single most definitive manifestation is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). We believe that we are not baptized in the Holy Ghost in order to be saved (Acts 19:1-6; John 3:5). To be filled with the Spirit means to be Spirit-controlled as expressed by Paul in Ephesians 5:18-19. Since the charismatic demonstrations were necessary to help the early church to be successful in implementing the command of Christ, we therefore, believe that a Holy Ghost baptismal experience is both relevant and essential for all men today and likewise initiates charismatic demonstrations that bear witness to Christ.

SIX PRINCIPLES OF THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST
We believe in the Six Principles of the Doctrine of Christ as presented in Hebrews 6:1, 2 and assert that these six principles provide the basis and elementary doctrinal teachings of our faith in and concerning Jesus Christ. They are (1) Repentance from Dead Works, (2) Faith toward God, (3) Doctrine of Baptisms, (4) Laying on of Hands, (5) Resurrection of the Dead and (6) Eternal Judgment. We also believe that while these six principles provide the necessary foundation in Christ, we must go on to perfection, or maturation, in Christ by progressively understanding deeper spiritual truths and more advanced teaching (Hebrews 5:12-14). We thereby believe according to scripture that these six principles are Foundational Truths and that we must eventually proceed and advance on to Perfecting Truths, those teachings that perfect the believer in the nature, character and life of Christ.

THE CHURCH
We believe in the Church as the collective body of believers in Christ, with Christ Himself as its divine Head. It is animated by one Spirit, the Holy Spirit. It professes one faith, shares one hope, and serves one Lord. It is the agency of God to (1) introduce, (2) promote, (3) implement and (4) advance the kingdom of God in the earth. We believe that the church is undergoing a centuries-long evolutionary process, which began with the first century church and that continues to this present time, to be built into a holy temple and habitation for God and to become a mature expression of Christ in the earth (Ephesians 2:19-22, 4:11-15).

APOSTOLIC TEACHING & PRESENT-DAY APOSTOLIC WORK
We believe that the work of the Apostle both in the first century church and in today’s time is essential to realization of the mandate of Ephesians 4:11-15 to yield a unified, mature church, which measures up to the fullness of the stature of Christ. Likewise, we believe in functional Five-Fold Ministry with reference to the unique and distinct work of the Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher, as a divine collaborative to bring the body of Christ to maturity. We believe the Apostle to be a chief elder in the Lord’s church, set first in the church (1 Corinthians 12:27, 28) and responsible for establishing governmental framework and maintaining the order of God as revealed from heaven and recorded in scripture.

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

We believe in the second coming of Christ; that He shall come from heaven to earth, personally, bodily, visibly (Acts 1:11; Titus 2:11-13; Matthew 16:27; 24:30; 25:30; Luke 21:27; John 1:14, 17; Titus 2:11) and that the Church, the bride, will be caught up to meet Him in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). We admonish all who have this hope to purify themselves as He is pure (1 John 3:3).

ANGELS
We believe in Angels, who are spiritual beings created by God that are messengers and servants of God to do His will, with such scriptural references as Revelations 4:5, which indicates their duty in heaven to praise God (Psalm 103:20), to do God’s will (Matthew 18:10) and to behold his face. But since heaven must come down to earth, they also have a mission to earth. As such, they accompany and assist man in the fulfillment of God’s will and are declared to be ministering spirits to those that are heirs of salvation (Hebrews 1:14). The Bible indicates that they accompanied God in the Creation, and also that they will accompany Christ in His return in glory.

DEMONS
We believe in Demons, which denote unclean or evil spirits; they are sometimes called devils or demonic beings. They are evil spirits, belonging to the unseen or spiritual realm, and can be embodied in human beings. The Old Testament refers to the prince of demons, sometimes called Satan (Adversary) or Devil, as having power and wisdom, taking the habitation of other forms such as the serpent (Genesis 3:1). The New Testament speaks of the Devil as Tempter (Matthew 4:3) and it goes on to tell the works of Satan, the Devil, and Demons as combating righteousness and good in any form, proving to be an adversary to the saints. Their chief power is exercised to destroy the mission of Jesus Christ and ultimately the work of God being revealed over time. It can well be said that the Christian Church believes in Demons, Satan and Devils. We believe in their power and purpose. We believe they can be subdued and conquered as in the commandment to the believer by Jesus. “In my name they shall cast out devils.” (Mark 16:17).

DIVINE HEALING
We believe in Divine Healing as a benefit of the New Testament Covenant confirmed and ratified by the blood of Christ. It is a commandment of Jesus to the original Apostles (Mark 16:18). Jesus affirms His teachings on healing by explaining to His disciples that healing the afflicted is by faith (Luke 9:40-41). Therefore, we believe that healing by faith in God has scriptural support and ordained authority. Apostle James’ writings in his epistle encourage Elders to pray for the sick, lay hands upon them and to anoint them with oil, and that prayers with faith shall heal the sick and the Lord shall raise them up.

MIRACLES
We believe that miracles occur to convince men that the Bible is God’s Word. A miracle can be defined as an extraordinary visible act of Divine power, wrought by the efficient agency of the will of God, which has as its final cause the vindication of the righteousness of God’s word. We believe that the works of God, which were performed during the beginnings of Christianity, do and will occur even today where God is preached, faith in Christ is exercised, the Holy Spirit is active, and the Gospel is promulgated in the truth (Acts 5:15; 6:8; 9:40; Luke 4:36, 7:14-15; 5:5-6; Mark 14:15).

THE LORD’S SUPPER (HOLY COMMUNION)

We believe the Lord’s Supper symbolizes the Lord’s death and suffering for the benefit and in the place of His people. It also symbolizes the believer’s participation in the crucified Christ. It represents not only the death of Christ as the object of faith which unites the believers to Christ, but also the effect of this act as the giving of life, strength and joy to the soul. The communicant by faith enters into a special spiritual union with the glorified Christ.

FEET WASHING

We believe in and practice Feet Washing because Christ, by His example, showed that humility characterized greatness in the Kingdom of God, and that service, rendered to others, gave evidence that humility, motivated by love, exists.

WATER BAPTISM
We believe that Water Baptism is necessary as an ordinance of our faith. However, we do not believe that water baptism alone is a means of salvation but contrarily is an outward demonstration that one has already had a conversion experience and has accepted Christ as his personal Savior. We practice immersion in preference to “sprinkling,” because immersion corresponds more closely to the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord (Colossians 2:12). It also symbolizes regeneration and purification more than any other mode.​