Dr. J. David Ford established MTC in 1992, but the vision of ministry has been passed down the Ford family from “generation to generation” since the 1700s.
Brother David Ford's father, Rev. O. L. Ford, who lived from 1901-1955, established the Evangelistic Messengers Association in Chicago on March 3, 1933.
O. L.'s father, James Ford 1859 - 1943; filled the pulpit as needed and was always ready at anytime to minister God's Word.
James' father, Rev. John P. Ford 1822 -1880; rode many a mile as a circuit riding preacher.
John's father, Rev. William Webber Ford 1796 -1851; was a minister of God's Word.
William's father, Rev. Timothy Ford 1773 - 1839; was also a minister of God's Word.
Timothy’s father, Rev. Reuben Ford 1742 - 1823; founded five churches in the Richmond, Virginia area. All five of these churches are still having services today.
George Washington wrote them stating he would never have signed the constitution if he had thought that religious freedom was not insured for all the people who lived in the colonies.
God also used Reuben and William to found the first ministerial fellowship in Virginia in the 1700’s, that still is going until this day. Then later my father O.L. Ford founded the ministry as we know it today... the Evangelistic Messengers Association.
Incidentally, Reuben Ford was saved under the minister of George Whitefield. He also personally experienced the Great Awakening that swept through the colonies as well as his church.