On December 19th, 1973 at the age of 15, Reverend 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.
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 which included The Kroger Co., PepsiCo’s Taco Bell Division, Wendy’s International, Churches Chicken and Burger King Restaurant. It was at Wendy’s that 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 among his peers and in the company.
It was on September 11, 2001 that Rev. Booker, then a bi-vocational Pastor and Corporate Executive, was planning for an upcoming business meeting when he watched on television the devastation of the World Trade. It was at that moment that he decided, “If people could be taught to hate and destroy, he must dedicate his 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 lean years, his wife and three daughters all received their college degrees and he went on to attain certifications in Relationship and Missional Coaching. His wife (Doreen) retired from the University of Michigan Hospital Systems as a Business Analysis; all three of his daughters (Danyelle, Dana and Dominique) are public servants and work 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 as Vice President and Treasurer of the Metropolitan 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) and in May 2016, he accepted the position of State Associate Pastor for Ohio Ministries where he consults over 200 Church of God congregations through the State of Ohio and is responsible for both leadership and congregational transformation.
It is no small wonder that Rev. Booker is listed among the Marquis 2022 Professional “Who’s Who”. A recognition for the totality of his life’s work.