Meet our lead pastors Apostle Ese and Reverend Gladys Duke

Dr. Ese Duke is the founder and Senior Pastor of Spirit Temple Bible Church (STBC) headquartered in Bethlehem Pennsylvania.

At the age of 12, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior. Two years later (at the age of 14), this dynamic man of God sensed the call of God upon his life.

Apostle Ese Duke received a mandate from God according to Isaiah 61:1–2a

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor”

(Isaiah 61:1–2a, NIV)

In the beginning of 2013, Apostle Ese Duke received a word from the Lord to pioneer a work that would reach all over the world beginning from Allentown Pennsylvania. He answered the call and begun a Bible study in his home on June 19, 2013. Within three months the attendance outgrew his home and it became necessary to relocate the Bible study to a bigger space. On September 22, 2013, Apostle Ese Duke began conducting Sunday morning worship services as the founder and the General Overseer of Spirit Temple Bible Church in Allentown Pennsylvania.

Apostle Ese Duke has impacted the world for more than 30 years with his ministry that is characterized by the teaching of the awesome revelation of God’s Word with simplicity and clarity, the move of God’s power with proofs of healing, miracles, signs, wonders, accurate word of knowledge, manifestations of prophetic declaration, and tangible presence of God experienced in services and meetings held by Apostle Ese Duke. It has been reported of people getting healed and delivered by the anointing of the Holy Ghost just by being in the presence of this man of God.   

Apostle Ese Duke has ministered at various international conferences across the continent of Africa, Europe, South America, North America, Asia, and Middle East. With the help of the Holy Spirit, Apostle Ese Duke has pioneered several Churches globally.

Apostle Ese Duke has reached over hundreds of thousands of people through, face to face conferences, television, audio-video recordings, Miracle Healing Services, internet, and social media. This man of God uncompromisingly teaches God’s Word with so much simplicity and clarity bringing forth the good news of the love of God, salvation, prosperity, healing, divine health, deliverances, and that of the new creation reality. The revelation knowledge of this message that God is not mad at humanity has inspired many people to a personal relationship with God and an intimate walk with the person of the Holy Spirit and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The expressed peace, joy and the love of God that radiates from this man of God is contagious. He continues to be faithful in a fervent desire to use every available means to populate heaven and depopulate hell by sharing the message of the good news of the love of God around the globe.

Apostle Ese Duke is married to Reverend Gladys Duke and they are blessed with God honoring children.