11-Year Old Becomes Ordained Minister
11-year-old Ezekiel Stoddard is now an ordained minister at his family’s independent Pentecostal church.
The young Ezekiel explained he had a calling to become a minister, after “God” went to him in a dream and told him to read Psalm 23.
“God gave me that particular scripture because a lot of people, they try to draw you away from the lord, trying to get you on the wrong path,” he explained. “People come to you, they ask you questions about why you should act like a child and not a minister. I do things like a child, but still I am a minister. I am an evangelical.”
Ezekiel leads the 11 a.m. service with other preachers at the Fullness of Time Church. If that’s not enough, he also preaches in other churches across Maryland.
“A lot of people think of me being a kid, that my parents are forcing me to minister the gospel,” he said. “But the first time I did a sermon, I was 7 or 8.”
“He can go to the bible and pull a text and prepare a sermon. That’s in his heart,” Ezekiel’s mom, pastor Adrienne Smith says. “That’s how he feels about the ministry, about Jesus, about the community.”
And what does this mom think of her son following in her footsteps? “He’s had time to study, he knows a lot of scripture, he knows the 10 Commandments, the stories. He does childlike things, but when it comes to the word of God, he studies, he prepares.”
“There’s a seriousness about Minister Ezekiel,” the proud mom also adds. “He knows it’s not about him. It’s about ministry. Wherever he goes, they say, ‘That’s the little preacher there.’”
Ezekiel is one of four kids, all of which are homeschooled, dedicating 3-4 hours a day on Bible study. Ezekiel’s parents are pastors in the same Church where Ezekiel was ordained last May 6.
While young, let’s not forget the Kanon Tipton, famous pint-sized pastor who was only 4 years old when he gave his first sermon.