Both Bishop Rickey and Pastor Lesia Washington have been faithful servant’s since their youth. During their early young adult years they worked diligently as youth leaders, choir leaders, and ministers under the leadership of Pastors Jim & Edith Howard at Interdominational Faith Assembly. The Washington’s began their own ministry by founding Higher Ground Outreach Church in 1999. Since this time, Bishop and Pastor Washington has won many souls to Christ while building up a generation of young leaders. They founded Higher Ground Outreach Church to be a great resource to the community. Over the years, Higher Ground has sowed into the lives of thousands of families through giving free holiday meals, schools supplies, clothing, and toys. Married for 30 years, Bishop Rickey and Pastor Lesia have 3 children and one grandchild who all serve with them in ministry.

Lesia Ward Washington serves as Pastor and Co-Founder of Higher Ground Outreach Church where she passionately oversees the Women’s Ministry. Besides a mother and pastor, she is also an accomplished author and real estate agent. She has won several awards for her service in various capacities, including the Women of Wisdom Award, Million Dollar Real Estate Producer Award, Black History Award, and the Top Ladies of Distinction Award. She is paradigmatic leader and godly example to this generation.

Bishop Rickey T. Washington, Sr. was consecrated as a Bishop to the World Assemblies Fellowship International under the leadership of Bishop M.B. Jefferson of Tampa, Florida in 2006. He is the founder of Rickey T. Washington Ministries a promoting, consulting and artist management company. He has had the privilege of highlighting gospel artist such as John P Kee, Daryl Coley, Yolanda Adams, Dr. Rance Allen and Dr. Marvin Sapp.