Adell Kimbrough believes in using the gifts God gave him to serve others. “It gives my life tremendous meaning and purpose,” he says. “I know that when I get up in the morning, I am going to touch someone’s life and hopefully make it better.”
As a motivational speaker, author, private pilot, and president of Prophetic World Group, Adell works to help a wide variety of people, including pastors in the mission field, adults who feel lost and without purpose, and school kids who are experiencing bullying and other crises.
“I plan to help pastors with my private pilot’s license,” Adell says. “I really respected the pilot of the plane I was on in Guatemala because he had such an incredibly important job in such a remote location. I really understood how helpful it would be on a trip like this to be able to fly a plane. I knew then that I wanted to be a pilot, too, so when I got back to the States, I got to work on my license.”
Adell likes to use his life experiences to help others, which is why he wrote From Passengers to Pilots. He sees a connection between where people fly on airplanes and how we journey through life. “Whether you are a passenger or a pilot determines how you go through life,” Adell explains. “Are you riding in the cabin or in the cockpit? Too many of us settle because we don’t know if we possess the wherewithal to even be a pilot. All that separates you from what you want is a choice to go after it. It’s why some people go after their dreams while too many others give up on them. I ultimately want the world to stop settling for mediocrity.” Adell has also written other books that explore the treasures people can find in themselves when they look to God.
When not writing, Adell is running Prophetic World Group, which is based in Miami. It includes a church, college scholarships for kids in smaller cities and poorer communities, and leadership programs in schools. “One of the things I like most about this,” he says, “is that I get to use my public speaking skills. I travel across the country, teaching students about nonviolence and sex-abstinence. I also teach them about what real leadership looks like.” He is passionate about ending bullying in schools and tries to show each student he meets how special they are. He believes in shaping the next generation to be peaceful and respectful of others.
When he isn’t traveling, Adell is at Prophetic World Group’s church in Detroit, Michigan. “In addition to our services, we offer spiritual advising to celebrities and high profile clients. Mental stability and positivity are key for us to operate at the highest level of creation,” Adell believes.
The pandemic has not stopped Prophetic World Group from growing. “The pandemic meant that our church could not hold in-person services, of course, so we pivoted and started a virtual dialogue on Facebook called TNC or Thursday Night Church. We had a viewership of 10,000+ in the first month of starting.” Adell believes the people who tune in are hungry for spiritual growth. “I am blessed to be able to help them experience it.”
As the pandemic continues, Adell works with dignitaries in the church world. “Their donations have been hit, of course, so I have taught church leaders how to maintain and even heighten their ability to receive virtual donations.”
While Adell knows that his success has come through his hard work, he realizes that other people have had a hand in it. “I owe where I am today to thousands of people around the world. Their support has carried me through the challenges I’ve faced in my own life.”
Adell frequently takes time out to offer some advice to new business owners. “I tell them that you’ve got to really gut it out,” he says. “You’ve got to really be brave and be ready to take on the world. It’s all about testicular fortitude.”
Adell has more to accomplish with Prophetic World Group. “Five years from now, I see us with about nine churches all over the country, and we’re shooting for an annual profit of $1 million. I definitely want us to expand and affect more people. I think we’re on track to doing that, which is really exciting.”
Adell knows he’s living his best life. “Every day, I wake up raring to go,” he says. “I am energized and ready to take on the day. And when I go to sleep each night, I am content because I know I have really helped someone get to where they want to be.”
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