Dr. Izell I. Kirkpatrick is one of Jacksonville’s best kept secrets but now the secret is out! Apostle "K" is a preacher, teacher, motivator, mentor, and successful entrepreneur. He is a true man of God that loves people and has a passion for seeing the prosperity of others come to past. He has been quoted as saying, “for the rest of my life, my purpose on earth is to empower people to be the best they can be and to help them see the untapped potential that God has placed inside of them”.
This is true to who Apostle Kirkpatrick is and has been. Life was not always easy for Apostle “K”. He is the youngest of five siblings. Growing up in San Diego California, he was exposed to many things. In just his first 14 years of life, he experienced the best of life and the worst of life. At the age of 16, he gave his life to Christ, thanks to (Big Momma).
He then began to grow in his faith and at age 18, he was licensed as a minister in the Church of God in Christ. He went on to serve 8 years in the military as he continued to serve the Lord too. God was moving quickly in his life and at age 23 he started a church in his home called “New Life Ministries” which became New Life Family Worship Center. There the Lord blessed and the church took on what is known today as a “business model” approach. They had a daycare and an academy with over 100 students and 20 employees. Although God was truly blessing, Bishop Kirkpatrick felt God had released him from that ministry.
After 12 years of faithful service, he resigned and gave the ministry to his assistant Pastor. He and his family then went back to their home church for two years. During such time God was allowing Bishop K to be exposed to ministry in excellence, done by one of his former pastor's Bishop Gary L Hall Sr. of West Jax C.O.G.I.C. He learned and grew so much as a Christian in those brief years.
Soon God began to summon him again and the desire to Pastor was unquenchable. He knew that it was time to continue what God had started in him. He knew that he could not run from who God had made him to be. So after giving it some time and prayer he started a new ministry called Christian Leaders Fellowship, in January of 2009. This time around was so different for him and the ministry. God quickly had shown His favor of the ministry and as a result the Ejax family is proud owners of a 17,000 square foot facility called “The Vision Center”. Here the Lord has blessed them with a great responsibility to manage and own several businesses; VC Kuts & Styles Salon, A+ Repair Support, Inc. Florida PC Repair, VC Business Incubator, The Kozy Café, VC Event Rentals, BMT (Basic Ministerial Training), Dr K Ministries, and www.TotalLifeCoaches.com !
To God be the glory for the great things He is doing.