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The Founder and Visionary of Arize Institute of the Five-Fold Ministry, Bishop Apostle Dr. Zella Berry Case

The FOUNDER &Visionary

My name is Bishop Apostle Dr. Zella Berry Case

 Christ has called me as an apostle, chosen, ordained, and elected into the bishopric office, born to serve, given an internal insight (prophetic), and possessing the gift of a visionary. (I must first give Christ the honor and glory for entrusting me with all He has placed in my hands). 

About Me.



Degree: Bachelor of Theology
Apex School of Theology

I studied in seminary and achieved this degree to build a strong foundation in religion and biblical studies. This degree prepared me to impact the world for Christ, locally and globally. Topics like the history of Christianity, apologetics, and scripture teaching, were among the studies that where vital to my spiritual awareness. 


Degree : Master of Arts in Christiaan Education
Apex School of Theology

The Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE) which I earned equipped me to educate and mobilize men and women to follow God’s call on their lives. This program built a strong foundation of knowledge of the Bible, the history and heritage of the Christian church, Christian culture, spiritual and ethical formation, and the philosophy, psychology, teaching, and administration of Christian education. This degree, the Master of Arts in Christian Education Degree required me to complete a total of 17 courses or 51 credit hours. 


Masters in Divinity

Apex School of Theology

The Master in Divinity Degree was a stepping stone towards achieving my Doctor of Ministry degree. This degree prepared me for full-time ministry. The degree program enables me to use my God-given vision and vocation to make an impact in their congregations, my communities and the world. This  M.Div. program also assisted in the process and gave a stronger foundation in:

1. Knowledge of the Bible;

2. Understanding of exegesis, hermeneutics, and homiletics; theology.

3. Gave further history of the Christian church and denominations;

4. Christian culture;

5. Spiritual and ethical formation;

6. Pastoral care; and the philosophy and psychology of preaching.

The program was completed in three years of full-time study. 


Doctor of Ministry

Apex School of Thelogy

This degree was an advanced professional degree that prepared me for more effective ministry in the unique context to which God has already called me. Since my passion was for assisting others in the development of the Five-Fold Ministry in the church, I progressed for more than 2 years writing and developing my thesis for such.

The curriculum was designed for those currently serving as pastors, missionaries, teachers, or administrators in churches, Christian schools, or other ministries.  Since I was already walking in the gifting of an apostle, this degree also assisted me in the development and hands-on experience of walking with others who wanted to possess the same character as I possessed about planting ministries.


     That unique degree brought together seasoned, educated Christian leaders for more in-depth training in a community of learning comprised of peers and Apex School of Theology faculty and was ideal for me as I was seeking to:

  • To add theological depth and training into my ministry calling and context.

  • I need to strengthen skills such as preaching, teaching, research, and writing for my ministry work.

  • To grow my leadership capacity for effective ministry.

  • To mature spiritually, personally, and professionally.

  • To be recognized for a unique, practical contribution to my calling using the final project, with individualized coaching through the project phase.




     Bishop Apostle Dr. Zella Berry Case is married to Suffragan Bishop Martin W. Case, a marriage of  43 years, and out of that marriage, they have two children and four grandchildren.

     For the last 25 years, I have, with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, prepared myself to open a prophetic school of the Five-Fold Ministry, which in the beginning was named (MOP) Ministry of Preparation and at a later date became ARIZE Institute of the Five-Fold Ministry for those that Christ has called into the Five-Fold Ministry.  

      My philosophy is for all the saints who agree with the Apostle Paul's message in 2nd TIMOTHY 2:15 to  "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."  I believe and trust that anyone who enters the economy of Christ must study day in and day out to lead the saints of God into maturity in the Word of God and how one should and must behave in society, demonstrating their burning in spreading the "Good News."

     To rightly divide the Word of God, I believe that everybody must study with someone who has matured in wisdom in specific areas and also with those who are anointed and gifted within the Five-Fold Ministry to train and develop others in the same said gifting.

     As a Doctor of Ministry, I believe that if it is not in the book (the Bible), information concerning the ministry of God should not be reported to the students you train. "The Bible is our road map.".

     Behind every pioneer and visionary, there is a team, and I am about unification and being a team player. Being a team player is the only manner in which I operate. The Five-Fold Ministry gifts are gifts given by Christ to those who are in unison with one another. They have relationships with one another. They don't work against one another. They work together for the common cause of perfecting the saints and building up the Church of God.

     Lastly, it is my goal to train and assist in developing anyone willing to study the Word of God, work on exchanging the ways of the world for the ways of Christ with splendor and joy, and follow the push toward grasping His directions for any ministry assignment that is handed to them by Christ. If I can do it, so can you.

                                           Let's get busy being obedient!

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