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Bishop Roderick Mitchell- The life of the Lord Jesus Christ had its commencement in and through
the life of Bishop
Roderick Mitchell in June 1977. The continual pursuit of the life of Christ for him has been and still is enveloped in (Colossians 2:6-7) “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the
faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
He was assigned by the Spirit of God to become the Founder and Pastor of the New Life
Church, Inc. of Cleveland, Mississippi on March 6, 1994, were presently he still serves as
Pastor. He was consecrated to the office of Bishop in October of 2003 under the
leadership of the late Apostle Nathaniel Holcomb, Presiding Prelate of Covenant
Connection International and Pastor / Founder of the Christian House of Prayer
Ministries of Killeen Texas / Copperas Cove Texas. As a Pastor-Teacher to the Body of
Christ, the Spirit of God through him enlightens, empowers, and encourages the lives of
men to embrace the will of God. His life is summed up in this verse of scripture. “But
by the grace of God I am what I am and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not
in vain, yet I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I but the grace of God that is
with me” (Corinthians 15:10).

His Education Background

  • Doctorate of Divinity, Tyrannus University of Biblical Studies, College of Theology & Divinity, Santa Teresa, New Mexico, June 21, 2008
  • Doctorate of  Ministry from Minnesota Graduate School of Theology,  June 6, 1998.
  • Doctor of Apostolic Ministry, Institute for Teaching God’s Word Theological Seminary, Rockdale, Texas,  June 7, 1997.
  • Certificate of Completion, Sonship School of the Firstborn, Killeen, TX, June 3, 2007
  • Master of Christian Counseling, Triune Biblical University,Longview,Washington, May  1997.
  • Bachelors of Biblical Studies, Institute for Teaching God’s Word Seminary, Rockdale, TX, June 1995

Services in Ministry

  • ‪Bishop/Founder of Miletus Covenant Connection, Cleveland, MS, July 2006 to present
  • Consecration to the Bishopric, Covenant Connection International, Bishop Nate Holcomb-Presiding Prelate, Headquarters-Coppers Cove/Killeen Texas, October 26, 2003
  • President, Cleveland Ministerial Association, January 1995-December 1997
  • Board Member & Instructor, Our House Inc.: New Birth To Violence Free Living, Greenville, MS , October 1995 to present
  • Pastor, The New Life Church, Inc., Cleveland, MS, March 1994—present
  • Pastor, Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, Cleveland, MS, March 1986-December 1993


Certification of  Honor given by the State of Texas House of Representatives, May 31, 1997.

National Crime Victims Service Awardthe highest federal honor for victim advocacy, sponsored by the U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice program, Office for Victims of Crime, Washington, D.C.,  presented by Vice-President Al Gore and U. S. Attorney General Janet Reno, April 18, 1997.


A colleague of Pastor Mitchell indicates that his deep belief in the power of education transcends cultural and denominational barriers, reaching all crime victims, young and old, as well as at-risk youth, with inspirational messages that help to heal and prevent crime.  Pastor Mitchell is an energetic speaker…outgoing leader…high achiever…with strong belief in the Gospel of Jesus and the Principles of God’s Kingdom. He is joined in Holy Matrimony to Lady Helen M. Mitchell.

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