Olivia Stith-Bynum is a minister, author and speaker as well as the CEO of TriManna Productions. TriManna uses the visual arts, verbal and written word to provide spiritual mentoring and gospel entertainment to the masses. God has blessed and anointed her with many talents allowing her to be a voice to the nations. Olivia gave her life to Christ in 1992 and has been on fire for the Lord even though she has faced numerous trials and tribulations. Olivia was licensed as an evangelist in 2002 and when ordained as an Elder in 2004. She has served as a Biblical Studies teacher, Youth Director, Outreach Director, Administrative Secretary and in many other capacities as needed under the covering of Bishop Carolyn Davis at Bethphage Outreach Center based in VA.
Many souls have been blessed by her true life testimony dealing with deliverance from sexual and physical abuse, depression, and other spiritual crippling strongholds. Since the release of her relationships books, “If God Is My Lover,Why Is My Bed So Cold?”, and “Lord is Boaz Lost, Or Am I Just in the Wrong Field?”, several church ministries have adopted the principles as a teaching tool for its single and women’s ministries. In February 2013, the final installation of the relationship series, “Tell Prince Charming to Keep that Slipper, I’m Standing on my Own Two Feet!” will be released in ebook format.
Olivia was led to start a women’s ministry in 2011, being obedient and led by the spirit, she launched her women’s E.S.T.H.E.R which focuses on women empowerment in the community and their spiritual and natural relationship. She recently was appointed as a board member on the nonprofit organization, “Complete Purpose”, which assists the community in job development and career planning. The Christian Sorority, Theta Phi Sigma, in 2012 added her as one of its Honorary Members.
During her spare time Olivia enjoys spending quality time with her family, reading and reviewing new book releases, as well as free-lance writing for e-zines. She constantly strives to be all that God has called her to be and encourages all those around her to pursue the gifts of Christ in their lives and to live life to its fullest. Olivia says, “I plan on spreading the gospel by any means necessary. God has great plans for TriManna Productions and I could not list it all that our future holds. I just want to stay in His will and enjoy the journey along the way!”
What does it mean to be an amazing woman and what makes you so amazing?
I think an amazing woman is one who is in tune with her gifts and abilities that God has given her and uses them to change the lives of others and circumstances around her. At the same time she remains humbled and uses the process for her own inner growth. What makes me so amazing? Lol. Well I thank God for allowing me to grow into a woman who looks pass others faults and see the abilities that they may possess. By doing this, many times it helps me not to focus on the shortcomings but rather push them to go forth with the greater picture. I feel I’m one who has a compassion for the “underdog” and that keeps me motivated to help them rise above the obstacles.
Who and/or what inspired you to be what you are today?
Wow that’s a hard answer to a certain degree-so many have imparted into me. Well naturally I thank God first and for my parents who set the foundation of Christianity in my life. Growing up I didn’t always understand the “values” they were trying to instill but later I learned, so, definitely my parents. I came from a praying family of aunts and uncles so they picked up many pieces of my life and helped me move forward. I had many ministers, teachers and friends who gave different parts of themselves through support and advice and I took heed and stepped forth. I think the biggest thing that’s pushing me now is to teach and guide people to seek the truth in GOD through their own personal relationships. I’m saddened to see how many “organized religious” sectors are failing them. So the drive to get people to know that GOD has a plan for them and being able to give them the wisdom, knowledge and resources (if I have means) is what pushes me today.
If you could teach the aspiring women of the world one thing what would that be?
A very simple concept but one hard to follow–learn and love yourself first and let GOD bring the rest of the pieces together. For some reason though, as women we seek out to give that love without finding ourselves and get caught up in a vicious cycle. I try to let them know the power and gift that GOD has inside of them is waiting to be birthed just as much as a natural seed in them. Cultivate it, let it bloom and it will be you the harvest of life you need in life as a whole.
What is your favorite quote or a motto that you live by?
I thought of this one day in all seriousness and live by it: “If I live to please others, am I truly living?” Now that’s something to think on.
If you could how would you endeavor to change the world?
Oh goodness. Well, if I was enabled to have some special gift to give people to see into the hearts of others when they speak words and how the words is effecting the listeners I would. Words are so powerful and daily I wish I could just let people see the weight of them. Other than that, I pray one day I will be able to travel the world and personally be the one to tell and show them how their words can either bring life or death to them and those in their circles.