As a church, our mission is simple; Demonstrate the love of God to all people. Show them His love and tell them His truth. We exist to Reach Up, Reach Out and Reach In
We provide an exciting and free environment of praise and worship. We believe in honoring God and expressing our love and devotion to Him through praise and worship and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Another key purpose of BBIM is to reach out to people who aren’t apart of the body of Christ. We are a purpose driven church that has a heart for evangelism and outreach. Mark 16:15 “ And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation”
We exist to help you grow in your relationship with Christ. We know that the christian life is one of constant growth and development and we are dedicated to enabling you to grow in your spiritual walk.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING THE BIBLE
We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible written word of God.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING GOD
We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING THE CHURCH
We believe in the Blessed Hope, which is the rapture of the church of God, which is in Christ, at His return.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING SIN
We believe that the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in The precious blood of Jesus Christ.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING SALVATION
We believe the regeneration by the Holy Ghost is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING CHRIST
We believe that the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing for the Human body in answer to believing prayer.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING THE HOLY GHOST
We believe that the baptism in the Holy Ghost, according to Acts 2:4 is given to the believer which ask for it.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING SANCTIFICATION
We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Ghost by whose indwelling the Christian Is enabled to live a holy and separated life in this present world.
“…but a faithful man who can find?” Proverbs 20:6
Characteristics of Pastor Don W. Shelby, Jr. can be identified as compassionate, charismatic, motivational, inspiring, enthusiastic, unselfish, committed, devoted and more. He is a genuine man of integrity and his wisdom and reputation precedes him across the nation. Pastor Shelby is a highly anointed and powerful vessel who has personally experienced the life-changing miraculous power of the True and Living God. Struck by a drunk driver in 1986 and left temporarily paralyzed with a prognosis of death, his destiny and purpose were in the hands of the Almighty God. Today he is walking, talking, preaching miracle!
Pastor Shelby, born in Saginaw Michigan, graduated from the Buena Vista High School and furthered his education at Tennessee State University and the University of Detroit. He served as a councilman on the Ypsilanti City Planning Committee and is actively involved and well respected throughout the community. He is also a lifetime member of the NAACP and financially supports home and foreign missions in Africa. Pastor Shelby was called to the ministry and licensed in 1983 and ordained as an Elder in 1988. He founded the Burning Bush Church of God in Christ in 1991. Experiencing phenomenal growth, the ministry has expanded its borders beyond the city of Ypsilanti, Michigan with the planting of the Burning Bush International Ministries of Jackson, Michigan on January 1, 2006.
In 2012, Pastor Shelby was appointed as an Administrative Assistant to Bishop John H. Sheard, the presiding prelate of the First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Michigan Southwest. He also serves the jurisdiction as a District Superintendent, Platform Chairman, Executive Board Member, Instructor for the Ordination Institute, and formerly as Chairman of the S.E.M. Convention.
A much sought after holiness preacher who operates within the five-fold ministry and gifts of the spirit, Pastor Shelby has ministered in major conferences, revivals, seminars, and workshops across the country.
Pastor Shelby is the husband of the lovely and anointed Evangelist Bonita A. Shelby and the father of five gifted children who have formed the up and coming gospel singing group, “The Shelby Five”. He continues to nurture, train, and mentor countless spiritual sons and daughters in the Body of Christ who are active in all facets of ministry across the world.
Pastor Shelby is a man with the spirit of a seasoned warrior, full of wisdom and knowledge far beyond his years. His ability to discern and rightfully divide the word of God, coupled with his unique form of teaching tools, disseminates the word of God in its simplest format so that all who listen are able to understand.
The rhetorical proverb asks “…but a faithful man who can find?”, there is a resounding answer, Pastor Don W. Shelby, Jr., he is that faithful man!
“Give her of the fruit of her hands and let her own works praise her in the gates.” Proverbs 31:31
Virtuous, Strong, Honorable, Wise, Understanding, Patient and Kind are just some of the words used to describe this humble Woman of God.
Evangelist Bonita Shelby is the First Lady of Burning Bush International Ministries (COGIC) in Ypsilanti and Jackson, Michigan, where Apostle Don W. Shelby, Jr., is her Pastor and Husband. They have been married for twenty seven years and from this union they have been blessed with five children (two boys and three girls) Don III, Courtney, Andrea, Trenton and Amber also know as The Shelby 5.
Evangelist Bonita Shelby received salvation at the age 16 and was called to the ministry at the age 23. Recognized as a praying woman, possessing many spiritual gifts, including prophesy and discernment, Evangelist Shelby has traveled extensively declaring the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition, she has been the keynote speaker at several women’s conferences and motivational seminars.
In 1995, the Lord gave her the name “ECCLESIA”-a Greek word meaning “A Called Out Assembly,” for the Women’s Department of Burning Bush International Ministries. Evangelist Shelby leads this called out assembly with God given grace and wisdom. Under this Ministry, she has organized many life changing Conferences, retreats, and seminars designed to minister to the needs of women from all walks of life. Now the Flare Women’s Ministry of the Burning Bush Church under the direction of Evangelist Shelby is one of the fastest growing women’s ministries that continue to impact women all across the world.
A helpmeet to her husband, Evangelist Shelby works diligently to coordinate many Programs for the Burning Bush Church such as the Food & Clothing Ministry, Outreach Campus Ministries at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, and she is the President and Overseer of the Award Winning Burning Bush Choir.
Evangelist Shelby plays an active role in Southwest # 1 Michigan Jurisdiction as President of the Superintendent’s Wives. She also is a part of the Ways and Means Committee of the same Jurisdiction.
Evangelist Shelby is a powerful woman of God who serves as an example of a virtuous woman for both the young and old at the Burning Bush International Ministries and abroad.
Don, Courtney, Andrea, Trenton and Amber are the adult children of Bishop Don W Shelby and First Lady Bonita Shelby. Together they make up the world renowned gospel singing group, “Shelby 5”. Shelby 5 faithfully served at Burning Bush International Ministries alongside their parents.