The Reverend Bernie Dorsey is the Founder, Chairman, and Executive Director of Transforming Spirit Ministries, Inc. His life and ministry reveal an apostolic and evangelistic destiny.
After graduating from Duke University (A.B., History 1994), he moved to Washington, DC to receive his legal education at The George Washington University Law School. He earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1997 and then embarked on a legal career. After clerking for a federal appellate court Judge, he entered private practice where he specialized in real estate, business formation and transactions, and civil litigation matters. Then, like many of the apostles and prophets of old, one day while at work he heard God’s call to ministry as the Spirit spoke to him from Romans 10:14-15. While trying to discern the nature of his calling, he received seminary instruction as a Master of Divinity student at Washington Baptist Theological Seminary and additional coursework as a Dean’s Scholar at Wesley Theological Seminary. Ultimately, he abandoned the practice of law after nearly 15 years to serve full-time in ministry. He was licensed by Mount Zion Baptist Church in Washington, DC in 2009 and ordained and set apart for the work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in 2012.
After much prayer and a prophetic word from a Messianic Jewish prophetess, Rev. Dorsey planted Transforming Spirit Church, a non-denominational church in Silver Spring, Maryland where he assumed Apostolic office and began his first pastorate in 2014. Transforming Spirit developed a culture of worship, prophetic utterance, and equipping. As Apostle Dorsey says: “In the atmosphere of worship, miracles happen! And we as leaders need to equip and train other disciples to find their own destinies and go beyond church walls to serve God by serving others.”
In December 2018, Apostle Bernie began plans to transplant Transforming Spirit to the nation’s capital in the form of a fellowship with the Historic St. Paul AUMP Church in Washington, DC. He was appointed as Pastor of HSP in July, 2020 and served in that capacity until October 2022.
Bernie has a heart for the nations. He has conducted eleven preaching missions to Uganda, East Africa, where he has labored alongside Ugandan Bishop Joel Kakembo to hold numerous evangelistic outreach events under the series name “Kingdom Harvest and Pentecostal Fire Crusade.” At these open-air gatherings, thousands of people have come to salvation in Jesus Christ and instant miracles of deliverance and healing occur, including the disappearance of tumors, reversal of heart conditions, as well as the lame walking, limbs regaining function, and even the blind receiving sight. Apostle Bernie often remarks: “Jesus really is still alive doing what He did while on earth: saving, delivering, and healing!” Apostle Bernie’s work in Uganda has also resulted in helping Bishop Kakembo plant three churches and an accredited school (Christ’s Ambassadors Foundation School).
Rev. Dorsey’s apostolic work in East Africa also includes Kenya, where he recently organized and led an international team of leaders to conduct “The Rock Conference and Gospel Campaign: Building, Harvesting, and Releasing the Kingdom of God,” in Kisumu. At the conference, which focused on teaching the Five-Fold ministries, he helped train, equip, and activate approximately 150 ministers. Simultaneously, he served as the keynote preacher for evening evangelism gatherings. During the evening services, scores of people came to salvation in Jesus Christ and others were delivered, healed, and baptized in and filled with the Holy Spirit. In partnership with Kenyan Pastor Patrick Owuor, Bernie is in the nascent stages of launching Transforming Spirit School of Ministry, an international school of ministry to equip and train
others across the East African nations of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Burundi.
Bernie’s international ministry also expands into the west African nation of Liberia and also to Asia where, since 2014 in India, he has partnered with and supported the work of Pastor Timothy Bontha. In India, Bernie has helped Pastor Timothy feed the poor, as well as support outreach to those in tribal regions of Southeastern India who have never heard the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Apostle Bernie is also an unabashed and avid supporter of Israel and the Jewish people. He has authored an opinion piece on the rise of anti-semitism and the need for people of faith to stand against this disturbing trend. https://afro.com/afro-exclusive-op-ed-d-c-area-pastors-on-rise-of-antisemitism%EF%BF%BC/
Bernie is deeply committed to his family. His wife of twenty-three years, the former Ericka Guthrie, is a civil rights attorney in Washington, DC. They are the parents of two sons, Nelson (17) and Houston (11)