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Onward & Upward: Ep. 2 with Bishop Dr. Barbara King

We Celebrate The Extraordinary Life of Bishop Dr. Barbara King

August 26, 1930–October 11, 2020

Did you know that Bishop Dr. Barbara King believed in you and your mission? Did you even know you had a mission? According to Dr. Barbara, you do! We all do. If you were ever blessed to hear Dr. Barbara speak, you immediately would have known (and felt) that she was full of God’s love—a love that poured out to those around her. HER mission in life was to spread God’s love. She believed and taught the encouraging truth that EVERYONE has their own unique mission in life, a mission that is God given. Dr. Barbara’s ministry started back in 1971 with a home bible study of just 12 people. And just as every great journey starts with one step, her small bible study grew and grew until it became her own church, The Hillside International Truth Center. Today that church is a 12-acre complex that has hosted great leaders like Oprah Winfrey and Maya Angelou. Dreaming and living big was Dr. Barbara’s way, and it was fueled not only by her faith and her adventurous spirit, but by her practice of consulting God in all things—even down to what she was going to wear for the day! As a spiritual world leader, she wrote 10 books, spoke to crowds as large as 80,000 (in India) and was enstooled as the first female chief in Assin Nsuta, Ghana, West Africa. We were extremely fortunate to be able to interview her for our Onward & Upward series shortly before her passing. Don’t miss the opportunity to have your life touched by this extraordinary woman! 

One Such Accomplished Woman is Bishop Dr. Barbara King, Spiritual World Leader & Founder Minister of Hillside International Truth Center. Thanks so much to Bishop King for joining us for Season One of Onward & Upward with Leslie E. Royal, brought to you by Ashro. Watch Episode 2: A Spiritual Awakening with Bishop Dr. Barbara King now:

What does Onward & Upward Mean to you?

“Onward means a continuing journey because we are not a destination, we are on a trail. Upward means to raise your consciousness to know more about that higher power, that presence that’s with you…

When you trust in the power called God, you can conquer anything.” – Bishop Dr. Barbara King

Dr. Barbara Lewis King, affectionately called “Dr. Barbara”, Founder Minister/World Spiritual Leader of Hillside International Truth Center, Inc., a New Thought, Inclusive, healing ministry open to all people, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Hillside began with a prayer group of twelve in Dr. Barbara’s home in 1971 and has members and supporters worldwide, including outreach ministries in South Africa, Brazil, and Ghana. She has a BA, MSW, and Doctorate of Ministry, and has authored ten books. In 2001, she was enstooled as the first female chief at Assin Nsuta, Ghana, West Africa.

Dr. Barbara is one of the foremost spiritual leaders of the 21st century and has traveled and spoken around the world. She spoke before 50,000 people at the World Culture Festival in Berlin and to over 1,000 women at the International Women’s Conference in Bangalore, India. She was a featured speaker during the Woman’s Initiative for Global Advancement at the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah, attended by over 3,000 women from around the world. Her shoes were added to the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame and her portrait hangs in the International Hall of Honor at Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Barbara King continues to create a legacy that helps people recognize and become what they were chosen to be.

Bishop Dr. Barbara King

Spiritual World Leader & Founder Minister of Hillside International Truth Center


Thank you for inspiring us, Dr. Barbara!

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Ashro Brand Ambassador Leslie E. Royal is also an author, international freelance writer, product review expert, and global travel journalist. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including: Medium, ESSENCE, Black Enterprise,, AAA Southern Traveler, Upscale, Upscale Living, and The Ashro Blog. She is the creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog and author of two books. Visit her Instagram and Amazon Author page

Comments (3)

I loved the the interview with Dr. Barbara King was very inspiring. I knew of her but your interview with her let me know so much about her and her ministry for God and for others around the world.

Thank you for the impressive and heart warming interview of Bishop Dr. Barbara King. She is surely an example of how to allow GOD to direct your life as we open our hearts to learning the assurance of GOD‘s protection.

Brava Soror Leslie! Your interview with the illustrious Bishop, Rev. Dr. Queen Barbara King was AWESOME! I enjoyed every moment. She is indeed so worthy of all the titles and accolades she has received! Most of all as a Pastor/Teacher Woman of God. She has since transitioned, but she leaves a legacy of love and everlasting ministry of service to God and “to the least of these!” She was and always will be remembered as a PHENOMENAL WOMAN. PHENOMENALLY!!

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