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Bishop Ishmael Prince Charles was born on the island of St Vincent. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at the age of nine years old and at the age of sixteen was filled with the Holy Spirit and preached his first sermon. He continued with the calling the lord had placed on his life. His life was greatly impacted by two missionaries Robert and Jeanette Cary, who were very instrumental with him attending Lee University to pursue and achieve both a Bachelors and Masters Degree. He is the Visionary for the New Testament Church of God International Worship Center, located in Baughers Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. He is the husband of Patricia Charles and the father of two, (Ishika & Ishroy). Serving as Pastor since 1989 his consistent obedience to the Lord has taken the international Worship Center congregation from 125 to 600 and counting. During these years Bishop Charles’ anointed and uncompromising teaching of God’s Word has changed the lives of people both at the International Worship Center and around the world.
To accommodate the tremendous growth of church membership the former church building was expanded to facilitate the growth but the congregation outgrew the building and a new church project was undertaken in 2000. The new sanctuary, International Worship Center was dedicated on the 26th October 2003. This building has a seating capacity of twelve hundred and already has a membership of 800. It also houses a play group, bookstore, conference hall, school of music, computer school, after school program and administration offices. Over the years God has brought this servant and the Ministry through many levels of His Glory. From strength to strength, from Glory to Glory we have grown. “God has been good” It is the place where divinity touches Humanity. We have seen the evidence of God’s saving, healing, preserving and sustaining power in the midst of the people.
Educationally, Bishop Charles has earned a Bachelor of Science in Theology from Lee University and Master of Biblical Arts from the Church of God Theological Seminary in Cleveland Tennessee. He is presently in pursuit of a Doctorate degree. His accomplishments have included being appointed a member of the Church of God World Missions Board from 1998-2006 and also served as an elected member of the International Executive Council of Eighteen from 2004-2008 and was reappointed to the Executive Council in 2010. In 1994 he was appointed as the Administrative Bishop for the islands of St. Kitts, Nevis, Dominica, Guadeloupe, and the British Virgin Islands and in 2010 added the island of Mustique/St Vincent. In 2012, Bishop Ishmael Charles was appointed Caribbean Field Director at the The General Assembly held in Orlando, Florida.
Bishop Charles has achieved many triumphs on local, regional and international levels. Locally he served as the vice president of the Christian Counsel from 2006-2007 and then as President from 2007-2008. He has planted and built several churches and has established a growing Bible Institute locally. He is an international speaker and mentor. Generations are changed because of his passion for mentoring youth, men and Pastors. This passion produced the annual Pastors and Workers conference. This Conference brings Pastors and Workers from across the Caribbean and the United States for a time of teaching and mentoring the conference lasted for fifteen years and grew during the time. In 1993 Bishop Charles also started a Learning Centre in the previous church building, which hosts both a pre-school and day care facility. This centre has aided the community and was in fact one of the first Christian centre to be opened. Also locally Bishop Charles can be heard on several local radio stations and can be seen on two television programs that are aired weekly, locally and one program that is aired all over the Caribbean. Internationally and regionally Bishop Charles has spoken at many, conferences, seminars and camp meetings, without a doubt all the glory goes to God.