Who we are.

Sword of The Spirit Ministries is a multi-cultural Church with an Apostolic and Prophetic mandate
to help you discover your purpose and destiny, and fulfill God's plan for your life.


Our Vision is to see all believers represent Christ, walk in Kingdom authority, build strong families, fulfill God’s purpose and destiny, affecting impact and reform into their spheres of influence through signs, wonders and miracles.


Our mission is to Teach, Equip, Activate and Release multi-generational saints to preach, prophesy and demonstrate the gospel of the Kingdom in their spheres of influence, releasing healing and deliverance miracles.  Our mission field is both local and international through organized outreaches, utilizing multiple resources and means of media & communication for the salvation and discipling of nations.


John and Barbara Burkholder are founders and co-pastors of Sword of The Spirit Ministries, a multi-cultural church in Buffalo, New York, and have apostolic oversight of the various ministries at "The Sword".  They are forerunners and directors in prophetic training in Western New York, having established the first equipping school of its kind in the region.

John and Barbara are relentlessly committed to equipping the saints to be prophetic voices & demonstrators of God’s supernatural power, not only in the local Church but also in the marketplace.  They are passionate about the coming awakening & glory of God for end-time harvest!  Their passion & fire are compelling – awakening and igniting the "Church" and perpetuating the presence and power of God to succeeding generations. They are recognized as apostolic & prophetic voices that prophesy the word of the Lord and demonstrate apostolic authority and wisdom, ministering nationally & internationally, leaving lasting transformational impact.

John and Barbara are ordained with Christian International; are Executive Directors of Christian International of Canada; Regional Apostolic Overseers of C.I. Apostolic Network – New York/Ontario; and serve on the Board of Governors for Dr. Bill Hamon of the C.I. Ministries Network.


Sword of The Spirit Ministries is affiliated with Christian International Apostolic Network, a network church under the covering of Dr. Bill Hamon, Bishop of Christian International Ministries Network headquartered in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Together we possess global vision to build the church on the foundations of the Apostles and Prophets. We believe God is restoring all the gifts of the Spirit which were active in the early Church. As the 1st century believers turned their world upside down through the power of the Holy Spirit, God wants to move in and through His people today.

What we believe

In case you're curious what some of our core doctrine is, we've laid it all out for you.


We want you to know that we care about you and would like to get to know you better.  We have a variety of ministries that can help you pursue your God-given purpose & destiny.  We welcome you to experience worship, family life and connections with others who are in pursuit of the presence and power of God.