Red Letter Ministries

An apostolic ministry led by Brandon and Rebekah Barthrop, known for its charismatic teachings and media broadcasting.

Red Letter Ministries is an apostolic ministry founded and led by Brandon and Rebekah Barthrop. The ministry is known for its charismatic approach to Christianity, emphasizing prophetic and seer gifts, and has a significant presence in media broadcasting.

Leadership and Background

  • Brandon Barthrop: Born in Seattle, Washington, Brandon Barthrop had a tumultuous early life marked by drugs and violence. His radical transformation began after being court-ordered to Teen Challenge. He was saved in October 1999 and filled with the Spirit in January 2000. After completing five years of Bible college, Barthrop launched Red Letter Ministries in 2006.
  • Rebekah Barthrop: Rebekah, born and raised in Ohio, first experienced the Holy Spirit as a child and had numerous spiritual encounters throughout her life. She received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 2017 and joined Red Letter Ministries in 2019.

Ministry Focus

  • Prophetic and Apostolic Calling: The ministry emphasizes the operation of the prophetic and apostolic gifts. Brandon and Rebekah Barthrop, along with other ministry leaders, identify themselves with titles such as ‘Apostle’ and ‘Revivalist’, indicating a focus on spiritual revival and the active operation of charismatic gifts.
  • Media and Broadcasting: Red Letter Ministries has a strong presence in media, with significant efforts in broadcasting their teachings and spiritual insights. The ministry utilizes various platforms, including their website RLM TV, for disseminating their content.
  • Global Outreach: Beyond its base in the United States, Red Letter Ministries extends its influence internationally. Notably, it has a presence in Africa, led by Revivalist L. A. Shadracks, who heads RLM Africa and oversees American missionaries working in African projects.

Controversies and Public Perception

Red Letter Ministries is not without controversy, particularly due to its charismatic practices and the unique interpretations of Christian doctrine by its leaders. The ministry’s approach to spiritual matters, including claims of supernatural experiences and visions, aligns with charismatic Christian beliefs but may be viewed skeptically by more traditional Christian denominations.