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i.f.i. Bishops

Dr. C.E. MeBane II

i.f.i. Presiding Bishop

Abundant Life Christian Outreach Center / Lexington Park, MD

Bishop Carlton E. MeBane II was born in Brooklyn NY as the middle child of Carlton and Ava MeBane. Being a MasterInstructor in the martial arts, a frontline leader in the United States Navy, mentor, educator and manager, he has always had the propensity to lead.  

Bishop MeBane came to Christ aboard the USS Sierra in 1989 and has been on fire for the Kingdom ever since.  He served faithfully in a local church in Naples, Italy  where he and his wife became Youth Pastors and he was licensed as a minister of the gospel in 1997.  His travels with the US Navy then took him to New Jersey and later to Millington, TN where he would be molded into the man of God he is today,  serving at Emmanuel Global Ministries under the leadership of  Bishop Roger and Dr. Laura B. Christopher.

He began pastoring in Sicily, Italy in 2003 and later founded Abundant Life Christian Outreach Center in Lexington Park, MD.  Bishop MeBane has been in ministry for over 19 years, is an internationally licensed and ordained pastor and holds an honorary doctorate degree from Northwestern Christian University. 

Bishop MeBane has been married to Sr. Pastor Tamera MeBane for over 25 years and they have two sons, Carlton and Joshua.



Dr. Roger Christopher
i.f.i. Founder and Presiding Bishop Emeritus
Emmanuel The Word Church / Millington, TN

When it comes to the Word of God, Bishop Christopher is one of God’s unmistakable giants and great living experts of scripture who is never lost when it comes to ANY biblical topic, he is comfortable flowing in many styles of teaching, whether it is Expository, Individual Subjects, Individual Books, Topical, etc.   

It would be an understatement to say that he has a deep abiding love for the independent houses of God that are strewn throughout the world, and he takes great pride in bringing together those who love unity.   

Bishop Christopher was given a divine directive to establish i.f.i. (Independent Fellowship International), a movement that offers thousands of independent churches and ministers an opportunity to identify with something and celebrate strength & unity among themselves that has not been tapped into until now.
Over the past 35 years Bishop Christopher has taught, trained, nurtured and ordained a vast number of ministers and equipped them to go into the highways and hedges to do the work of the kingdom.  Bishop is ready, willing, and able to be the “tie that binds.”

“I see hope about the size of a man’s hand, and surely that must be the sound of an abundance of rain for Independents Fellowship International."  Bishop Roger Christopher



Bishop Jessie M. Gilmore

i.f.i. Bishop, North Mississippi Region

Emmanuel Gospel of Grace Community Church / Tupelo/Verona MS

Bishop Jessie M. Gilmore was born the 4th of eight daughters to the late Andrew & Daisy Mae Baker.

She is currently serving her third term as an Alderwoman for the city of Verona, Mississippi and is the first female and first African-American to serve her area in the office of elected officials with a completion of Advance Studies presented by the Mississippi Municipal League.   She is a retired part-time teacher at Verona Elementary School, where she still serves as the Character Education Director.

Bishop Gilmore graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Theology from Andersonville Theological Seminary.  Sh

e has been an anointed preacher of the Gospel, Bible teacher, and presenter/coordinator of conferences, workshops & retreats for over 25 years.  She is the Founder and Pastor of Emmanuel Gospel of Grace Community Church in Verona, Mississippi and is the first female to be elevated to the office of Bishop within i.f.i.

Bishop Gilmore is a dedicated servant of her Lord & Savior Jesus Christ and a lover of people. She wears many hats, but yet she is a simple and humble woman. She is a mother, mother-in-law and grandmother who loves her family (especially her grandchildren), loves to read, loves Bible study, and loves being outdoors.


Bishop Benjamin Poindexter

VISIOSchool of Biblical Training / Memphis, TN

Elder Poindexter graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and after high school, attended Lemoyne Owen College.  In 1958, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and trained both in the U.S. and in foreign countries, such as the Philippines, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Okinawa.

He continued his learning through the Yale University Institute of Far Eastern Languages and graduated with honors as a Chinese Language Specialist.  After 7 years in the military, Elder Poindexter concluded his education at the University of Memphis earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 1972 and a Master of Education in 1975.

He was licensed as a minister in 1984 and ordained an Elder in 1987. God led Elder Poindexter to join with Bishop Kenneth Buntyn at Blessed Trinity MBC where he has served as Associate Pastor for approximately 18 years. It remains Elder Poindexter’s soul desire to re-introduce the God of the Bible to many who have fallen away from the faith through disbelief.  He believes God has plucked him from the jaws of death on several occasions over the past few years tcontinue this mission and he humbly accepts this charge.


Bishop Wilfred Stewart / Abundant Grace Praise & Worship Church / Houston, TX


Bishop Robert McBee / Praise of Zion Ministries / Memphis, TN


Bishop Kevin D. Jenkis / Brewer Heights Ministry / Montgomery AL