Ezekiel Stoddard is 11. But he was ordained last month as a minister in his family’s independent Pentecostal church. Ezekiel says God spoke to him in a dream when he was 8. “God said you are going to lay hands on the sick and preach to the poor,” Ezekiel said.
March 18, 2012 Evangelist Ezekiel Stoddard, 11, sings with his siblings in the music group called God's Blessings No Chains Holding Me Down during a Sunday service at the Fullness of Time Church in Capital Heights. On May 6, he was ordained at his family church. Ezekiel is part of a centuries-long tradition, one which spans the globe. Even as the world becomes ever more modern and sophisticated, child preachers continue to be a subject of fascination and debate. Marvin Joseph/THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo