From The Pit To The Prison To The Palace
Today is Saturday, March 13, 2010
Apostle Fidel Donaldson is an internationally renowned Evangelist and Prophet with an apostolic anointing. His particular anointing and heart’s desire has led him to minister to thousands of people around the world and from all walks of life. Through biblically sound teachings and by sharing the agape love of Christ, Fidel Donaldson’s vision is clear and purposeful: to see the gospel proclaimed and lives transformed.
Apostle Fidel Donaldson, one of seven children, was born in Jamaica in July of 1962. His grandmother taught him about the love and teachings of Jesus Christ at an early age. He loved and grew in the word of God until his family relocated to New York City in August of 1972, where he encountered rejection and racism.
The hurt of rejection and racism he dealt with daily in New York made him doubt the word of God and he rejected the teachings of his grandmother. He only attended church for holiday services and special events. He questioned and wondered how real and alive is the heavenly father that he had learned about as a boy in Jamaica was.
Without an earthly father and positive male role models to counsel him, he turned to alcohol and to the gun-toting crowd he called his friends. As he grew angrier, he began reading the writings of Marcus Garvey and Malcolm X. Although discontented, Apostle Donaldson graduated from Queens College with a bachelor’s degree in political science in1989. Rather than choosing a career with prestige and honor his life went in the direction of drug trafficking. In November 1990, Apostle Fidel Donaldson was arrested in England.
He faced combined drug trafficking charges of up to 20-25 years in prison in the United States and in England. Instead he was only sentenced to eight years in the Isle of Cheppi prison in England. Apostle Fidel Donaldson now believes that this was when God stepped in to redirect his life.
While in prison, he was placed on a 23-hour lockdown. In his cold damp cell, he found a Gideon New Testament Bible and began reading it. As he read the books of the New Testament, he began to hear the voice of Jesus calling him to a place of repentance and transformation.
He read the Bible with more introspection and began to receive true revelation of the eternally existing love relationship between the Father and the Son. He asked God to reveal the true meaning of Jesus’ death. He had to know what the death of one man had to do with his life. He prayed that God would reveal the answer.
The word of God challenged him, and made him examine the wretched life he was living - a life that resulted in his incarceration. He pondered how the crucifixion of one man many years ago had relevance in his life.
On March 6, 1991, the answer was revealed to Fidel. A small voice spoke to him. “Take every filthy sin you’ve ever committed, those committed by your family, and all the families of the earth and put them on me.” At that kairos moment, he knew he had to make a decision for Christ. He knelt and asked for Jesus. He felt a release. His heart was light. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Fidel Donaldson was reborn and a new ministry was birthed.
Although his knowledge and understanding were limited, he began a Bible study group at the prison. He preached to his cellmates about his conversion. He confessed that he had been delivered from racism, anger, and doubt. After three years of incarceration, he was released from prison and moved back to New York.
In 1994, he began ministering at Ricker’s Island. He also ministered at Elm Cor in Corona Queens, a drug and alcohol facility. The Bible study group he started there is still growing strong after 13 years.
As his ministry grew, requests came from all over the country for Apostle Fidel Donaldson’s unique preaching and teaching on the redemption of lost souls. He has traveled throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa.
Apostle Fidel Donaldson has been given the gift of healing and prophesying. Through his preaching, he has ministered to and helped hardened criminals, addicts, and prostitutes be delivered from the grip of sin and death. He has witnessed the power of witchcraft being broken, demons being cast out and prevented an armed gunman from committing murder.
In 2000, God called him to Jacksonville, Florida, and revealed the vision of his ministry. He believes he has been mandated by God to be a five-fold minister. As God’s servant he is to “perfect the saints for the work of the ministry, and win the lost souls through evangelism.” Apostle Fidel Donaldson appropriately called his ministry Apostolic Prophetic People Emphasizing Antioch Leadership (APPEAL).
Today, Apostle Fidel Donaldson is perfecting the vision of his ministry. He is also the Founder of The SWAT Team, an intercessory prayer team that travels with him throughout the world to minister life and truth to the lost and broken by preaching the good news of Jesus Christ, teaching the word, prophesying and laying hands on the sick. In addition, every year he hosts two conventions: Spring into Action and The Gathering of Eagles.
He has written two books, Mercy and the Sufficiency of Grace and Perceive and Receive, where he shares the revelation of God’s anointing with his readers.
Apostle Fidel Donaldson believes that the leaders of the church should encourage parishioners to discover the calling that God has on their lives.
“God requires more of Christians than sitting on the benches every Sunday with expensive clothes and sweet smelling perfume.”
Apostle Fidel Donaldson has been married for 24 years to his best friend and the mother of his three children, the anointed and lovely Sister Paulette Donaldson; they reside in Jacksonville, Florida.