Praying man, worshiper, and giver are only a few words to describe Pastor Jesse Cranford, III. He is a respected leader who lives and moves by the voice of God under the unction of the Holy Ghost, which causes him to impact lives globally in love to teach and preach the word of God unapologetically. He is anointed for this day and time to lead Prayer Chapel Church. He was destined to be both a preacher and leader even as a young child. The seventh child of the founders and builders of Prayer Chapel Church the late Jesse Cranford Jr. and the late Mother Merle Cranford, Supervisor of the Women of Great Lakes First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Michigan.


A devoted family man, he is husband to his best friend, sweetheart, and lady for life Assistant Supervisor Jacqueline Cranford. He is the father of two sons, Bernard D’Angelo (Deceased) and Ronald Benjamin (Chanelle) and the grandfather of two girls and two boys, Jessikah Amari, Jalayah Chanelle, Jeremiah Bernard, and Jeziah Ronald Benjamin. A native Detroiter, he attended Oakland University and served six years with distinction in the United States Air Force.



Saved and filled with the Holy Ghost at the age of 13 and was “called” to preach at age 14.  By the age of 16, he was doing the work of an evangelist, running youth revivals for his father as well as other churches in the Great Lakes First Jurisdiction of Michigan.


In 1989, Pastor Cranford was ordained by the late Bishop Cleveland L. Anderson Jr.  For more than 30 years he has allowed the Holy Spirit to use him to minister to people of all walks of life.  Through his ministry, souls are saved, people are delivered, sick bodies are healed, and yokes are destroyed.  In 1999, upon the death of Pastor Cranford’s father, Pastor Jesse Cranford Jr., Bishop Anderson appointed him as the pastor of the Prayer Chapel.  As a result of is visionary and forward-thinking leadership, Prayer Chapel Church experiences consistent substantial growth, which allowed them to expand their present facilities in 2005.


Pastor Cranford also serves with the Detroit Region of the Southwest Fifth Jurisdiction of Michigan under the great leadership of Bishop Don W. Shelby Jr. His vision for the Region is to encourage Christian fellowship, strengthen local ministries and support Bishop’s Shelby vision for the Jurisdiction.



12707 Fullerton St.

Detroit, MI  48227


Weekly Services:

Wednesdays - Mid-Week School of Learning

(Prayer is at 6:00 pm, Service begins at 7:00 pm.)


Sunday - Morning Worship is at 10:00 am, Prayer starts at 9:30 am


Mission Statement:

To promote an atmosphere of growth and development while providing knowledge and

understanding for every believer thus promoting capable leaders for future generations.