Dr. Joseph M. Ripley, Sr. is the Founder and Pastor of The Body of Christ Church International, U.S.A., a non-denominational church. What began in 1983 with a charter membership of fifty people is today several thousand members.
The Body of Christ Church International, U.S.A., a multi-faceted ministry, is now one church in two locations (Fayetteville, Georgia and Alpharetta, Georgia). Programs and Outreach Ministries include School of Ministry, Prison Ministry, Youth Detention Center Ministry, Success In Life Classes, Healing School, Soulwinning, Street Reach, Missions (locally and abroad), the I.M.P.A.C.T. Tutorial Program, Business By the Book and Nursing Home, just to name a few. The ministry also operates a Technology Learning Center, which is reaching the world for Jesus through technology with computer classes, associated teaching and training.