Brian T. Long


Transformation Ministries International (TMI) was born out of Dr. Brian T. Long's desire to help others transform their lives and realize the potential for miracles.

Dr. Long’s own journey to transformation elevated him from the courtroom to a successful career as a mentor, motivational speaker, and author. His desire to help individuals is the inspiration for Transformation Ministries International (TMI). Dr. Long is the Bishop and Presiding Prelate of Transformation Ministries International (TMI) and a dedicated father with a passion for community outreach.

So why is the word transformation so important in the TMI name?

Because Brian’s own journey to transformation is so amazing! Brian grew up in the streets of New York City and joined a gang at the age of nine. His dad was not in the picture and despite the fact that his mother was a preacher, he did not believe in God. It was not until Brian was facing 35 years in prison for five counts of armed robbery that his true transformation began.

The night before his sentencing Brian cried out to God, and a miracle happened.

Instead of being sentenced to 35 years, the judge sentenced him to less than 4 years. At that moment, he pledged his life to helping others. Brian knew that in order to help others he must first help himself and so he immersed himself into lifelong learning and service. He received his GED while still in prison. Once released, he obtained an Associate’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, and a Master’s Degree in Forensic Mental Health Counseling. 

Brian continues to educate himself and develop ways to serve his community.

At age 34, Brian received an honorary Doctorate from in Christian Leadership from Metropolitan Christian University, an honorary Doctorate in Christian Counseling in 2016; Doctorate of Philosophy in Christian Leadership in 2017 and a Honorary Doctorate of Divinity in 2018. 

He is currently completing a Doctorate in Human Services with a focus on Criminal Justice. He has used his education to work tirelessly as a Gang Intervention Specialist, Youth Incentive Program Coordinator, Former Offender Program Coordinator, and is currently the first convicted felon to work as a Regional Former Offender Specialist for the State of North Carolina. In Iredell County, he became the first convicted felon to serve as a Certified Mediator in the North Carolina District Court system. Brian also formed M.A.D. Expressions, an organization dedicated to mentoring at-risk youth and through involvement in artistic expression.

Brian never forgot his promise to devote his life to helping others.

 In 2006, he founded “Making a Difference aka MAD Expressions”, an organization focused on helping at-risk youth stay off the streets by involving them in music composition and performance.  As the Founder and Presiding Prelate for Transformation Ministries International, he coordinates several community churches to provide food for the homeless and Christmas toys for low-income families. 


Ministry Scripture (Mark 16:15-16) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

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