Atlanta's Pastor with a word for a "now" season.
Bishop Donald E. Battle, served 6 years in the U.S Army and a total of 15 years in Georgia law enforcement, including several years as a police detective for the City of Atlanta. Despite great success in law enforcement, Bishop Battle could not ignore God’s calling on his life. In 1990, out of obedience and the profound guidance of the Holy Spirit, he and his wife Gwen founded Divine Faith Baptist Church, now Divine Faith Ministries International (DFMI), with locations in Jonesboro and Buford, Georgia. Under his leadership, unfailing dedication and steadfast commitment, God has abundantly blessed the ministry and DFMI has experienced unprecedented growth, from 60 people in 1990 to a current membership of over 8,000. Bishop Battle graduated from Georgia State University, with a B.S. degree in criminal justice. Committed to the study of God’s Word, he enrolled and completed courses in the master’s program at Luther Rice Seminary, Lithonia, GA. Additionally, he has accepted an honorary doctorate degree.
As a visionary leader equipping disciples for Christ, his genuine love for people, pursuit of personal holiness and integrity, combined with sound biblical preaching, and teaching have characterized his successful and flourishing pastorate; a result of which has afforded him the opportunity to minister throughout the U.S. and abroad, with a mission outreach in Haiti. Through Joseph’s Warehouse Outreach ministry, DFMI has become the number one distributor of food and clothing in Clayton County and surrounding communities.
Bishop Donald E. Battle, respects the mantle of great leadership especially that of his spiritual father and mentor, Rod Parsley, world-renowned pastor of World Harvest Church and Breakthrough Ministries in Columbus, Ohio. Under Pastor Parsley’s tutelage, Bishop Battle served as the South East Regional Director (Georgia and Florida) for World Harvest Church Ministerial Fellowship. He also served the Fellowship as National Director.
In 2010, again under the leading of the Holy Spirit and in an effort to bring together a covenant fellowship among pastors and leaders, Bishop Battle founded the International Covenant Christian Churches (i3C) fellowship. Bishop Battle’s commitment to the ministry, community empowerment, growth and development are evident in his community involvement and his ecclesiastical affiliations, which includes serving as Senior Pastor of DFMI and President of i3C. Bishop Battle was recently sworn in as a retired police office for Clayton County. He also serves as Chaplain for Clayton County Police Department. Bishop Donald E. Battle’s ,message of faith and belief that with God ALL things are possible is what gives him the fervor and fortitude to preach the gospel with boldness! This awesome man of God continues to speak life to the lost and hope to the broken-hearted and will not stop until he has impacted the world for Jesus Christ!