Ordinary People Inc. (OPI) was established in 1998 as a 501 (c ) (3) Christian Ministry. Its primary goal was to move God’s people from the ordinary to the extraordinary in Jesus Christ by applying Biblical principles to everyday living.
This goal was accomplished through a variety of means. OPI led international outreach crusades, citywide prayer breakfasts, and along with local churches, teaching, and training seminars.
The school also hosted its radio and television programs. The TV program “Moving from Ordinary to the Extraordinary People in Christ Jesus” was nationally and locally syndicated on AIBTV, Angel One, and WATC 57.
In 2018, OPI shifted its focus to apostolic and prophetic training. It launched a twelve-month program with three students —Schelorrey O’Kelly, Tewon Harris, and Laurie Bowman. Training sessions were held at the Renaissance Airport Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. In December 2019, these three students graduated with a certificate in Prophetic Training. Unfortunately, they would be the last students to attend onsite classes for a while as the COVID-19 pandemic hit shortly after graduation.
In 2020, the President of the OPI School of the Prophets, Annette Wright, received a prophetic word from four apostles and prophets in the U.S. and abroad. Each prophesized an international school of the prophets that would become a university based in Georgia. Aspiring apostles and prophets worldwide would come to the university to be trained in prophetic ministry.
2021 was a momentous year for the OPI School of the Prophets. Enrollment in the school increased by 80%. In November, the school applied for permission from the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission to confer religious degrees. Twenty-two students graduated with a certificate in apostolic and prophetic leadership.
It also applied for accreditation from the Transworld Accrediting Commission International, a national governing body that promotes academic excellence and accountability in an evangelical educational institution. Among the institutions accredited by Transworld are schools founded or led by the late Dr. Frederick K.C. Price, Bill Winston, Jentezen Franklin, Guillermo Maldonado, Kenneth Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, and Rodney Howard-Browne.
In 2022, both institutions approved OPISOP’s applications.
The future of the OPI School of the Prophets is bright. Its staff and faculty, populated by adjunct professors who hold doctoral degrees and master’s degrees and who possess over 65 years of combined experience in various academic disciplines, continue to grow. Its student body is diverse, with scholars from Australia, Thailand, South Africa, and the United States.
Students may focus on apostolic, prophetic, or executive leadership as they pursue undergraduate and graduate religious studies. Even as its reach expands, for example, OPISOP’s online digital platform now has a worldwide presence.
OPISOP graduates, regardless of the degrees they earn, will become part of an apostolic people capable of transforming their communities for Christ.