For soon to be 35 years, Bishop Larry D. Trotter has served as senior pastor of Chicago’s historic Sweet Holy Spirit Church. Under his leadership, the ministry has grown from twenty two members in 1981 to well over seven thousand presently. Bishop Trotter has always been a survivor starting with the humble beginnings of being raised by a single mother (Dorothy Ernestine Trotter) in the housing projects on into preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ locally and internationally in the uttermost parts of the earth in 49 of the United States of America, 28 different countries, and six continents.
Bishop Trotter was licensed and ordained by both Baptist and Pentecostal denominations where he gained an audience who could appreciate his unique blend. He served as one of the founding fathers of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, four years as presiding Prelate of United Covenant Churches of Christ, and presently, serves as overseer and spiritual advisor for several reformations, fellowships, and apostolic networks.
Bishop Trotter has countless degrees from his pursuit of higher learning, and he has walked and lived among the greatest. The bishop holds three honorary doctorates of divinity degrees and one doctorate in ministry from four different schools. He was instrumental in the election of the first African American Mayor of Chicago, Mayor Harold Washington, as well as, the First African American President of the United States of America, President Barack Obama. Bishop Trotter has authored and published six books. LIVING ABOVE SEE LEVEL in particularly made the Wall Street Journals choice of the week in 2011.
He shocked the culinary world and Food Network revealing one hundred of his favorite recipes in his first cookbook, "Cooking With the Bishop" in 2014 . The bishop has recorded nine award winning gospel projects on both Tyscot Records and his own label, Utopia Music Group.
His latest two projects “Praise Revisited” and "How Far Back Can You Go Vol. 2 - Church Unplugged" are soaring to the top of the charts in the beginning of this year 2016.
Not only is Bishop Trotter a phenomenal, powerhouse preacher, but also a father of five children (Laurice Trotter, Javon Trotter, Brandi Trotter, Larry Trotter II, and Lakheem Trotter), a grandfather of two (Jolie & Joie), along with a hosts of spiritual sons and daughters in the ministry.
Bishop Trotter wants you to be encouraged and remember, "What's To Come Is Better Than What's Been!"