“Prayer is not something we do, it’s a position we occupy.” Words spoken and modeled by the life of Stephen A. Garner, an apostle of God and lifelong student who purposes to exalt Jesus Christ in everything he does. Anointed to preach strong revelatory Kingdom messages to the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, Apostle Garner labors to impart present truths that bring reformation and restoration. With a great passion to see the Body of Christ activated in fervent prayer, and powerfully operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and fulfilling their calling and destiny, he works to see the power of God manifested in the lives of many.

As the lead pastor of the Rivers network of congregations, a governing core of Apostle Garner’s purpose is to also educate the believer. He does so through a series of workshops and conferences under Fire on the Altar (FOTA). FOTA, has become known as a global fortress for the intercessors, worshippers, and the believer’s desirous of being refreshed, restored, and recharged in their mission.

With a desire to bring healing to the family unit and the awareness of the power of covenant, Apostle Garner spearheads innovative ways to engage the culture. His heart’s desire is to restore and develop families and the community. He accomplishes this goal through the Shamar Group – an outreach and community development organization under Rivers Chicago.

In addition to overseeing a growing network of congregations – Rivers of Living Water Ministries – Apostle Garner always makes time to develop future pioneers and leaders. From discipling the upcoming generations to founding Kingdom Global University (KGU), Apostle Garner pours into others what God has poured into him.

KGU was founded to equip believers to reign in the earth and disciple students doctrinally to know Christ’s truth for the advancement of His Kingdom. KGU’s six core principles provide current and future leaders with the resources to expand the Kingdom of God, faithfully and adequately, in the earth, through live monthly trainings, master classes and courses focused on leadership development, intercession and many others.

While Apostle Garner also flows in a strong prophetic dimension that accompanies his apostolic ministry, and desires to see God’s people free from demonic bondages, he also establishes ministry gifts in intercession, deliverance, apostolic and prophetic ministries. Apostle Garner and his ministry teams regularly facilitate Schools of Ministry throughout the nations, which serve as pillars to the development of those they are called to serve. He has a heart for the global Church to come into the fullness of all that God has ordained.

In addition to leading a network of churches, Kingdom Global University, and other pioneering ministries, Apostle Garner has authored over 50 books. He also leads a social media program, Inspired Intercession – a live prayer broadcast. He and his wife Prophet Yolonda Garner reside in the Chicago area and they have 5 beautiful children.