In December 1973, at the age of 15, Rev. Demetrius Booker received an invitation from a few of his high school friends to attend a midweek Church Service. The joy of the LORD and the fellowship of the Believers served as a changing point in his young life. It was during that service that he accepted Jesus as his personal Savior.
In a few months, the members and Pastor of the church recognized the call of God upon his life and at the age of 16, he preached his first sermon. Now 44 years later, Rev Booker has amassed a lot of accomplishments and wins for the Kingdom!
He graduated from Azusa Pacific University in California with degrees in Religion and Communication. He received a Master’s Degree from Southern California School of Ministry. Upon graduation from management school and certifications from Cornell Business School, Rev. Booker’s skills led him into management where he supervised multimillion-dollar business units including The Kroger Co., PepsiCo’s Taco Bell Division, Wendy’s International, Churches Chicken and Burger King Restaurant. At Wendy’s, he won the Executive of the Year Award for his ability to improve not only the bottom line but also his record-setting operations, which ranked highest in the company.
But on September 11, 2001, Rev. Booker, then a bi-vocational Pastor and Corporate Executive, watched the devastation at the World Trade Center unfold on the television as he was planning for an upcoming business meeting. At that moment he decided, “If people could be taught to hate and destroy, I must dedicate my life to teach people to love and build!” And with that, he walked away from Corporate America and pursued full-time ministry at part-time pay.
It was during these lean financial years that God abundantly enriched both his family and congregation. During those years, his wife Doreen and their three daughters all received their college degrees and he went on to attain certifications in Coaching. Doreen now works for the University of Michigan Hospital Systems as a Business Analysis and his daughters (Danyelle, Dana and Dominique) are public servants in the field of social work.
Rev. Booker was Adjunct Professor at Southern California School of Ministry (Detroit Campus) where he taught Systematic Theology and New Testament Greek. On the Local, state and national level, Rev. Booker served in the following positions before accepting the position of State Associate Pastor for Ohio Ministries:
- Vice President and Treasurer of the Metropolitan Detroit Area Ministerial Fellowship
- Founder of the Cognizance (a non-profit charity organization whose mission is to feed and empower the poor)
- Church Health Minister for the Church of God in Michigan, SHAPE Implementation team (Anderson, IN)