About The House of the Lord’s Vision and Purpose
The House of the Lord loves you where you are and walk with you as you become who God wants you to be. Our church's purpose is to glorify God, through the power of the Holy Spirit, by winning the lost at any cost.
We accept them to our local community in God and make disciples of all who choose to follow God, equipping them for ministry in Akron and around the world.
We pray that God would continue to open doors for our community as we seek to minister to the Akron Community, Northeast Ohio, and the world.
About Our Pastor
Bishop F. Josephus Johnson, II, better known as Bishop Joey Johnson, is the presiding bishop of The Beth-El Fellowship of Visionary Churches. He is the organizer and senior pastor of The House of the Lord in Akron, Ohio.
He is a renowned bible scholar, counselor, educator, conference speaker, and workshop facilitator. Bishop Johnson is also a certified grief recovery specialist since 2002.
His experience in leading one of the city’s largest churches for 49 years has equipped him to impart wisdom for issues related to church growth and development, business management, leadership, and team building.
Bishop Johnson is happily married to Pastor Cathy Johnson.
The vision of The House of the Lord is to glorify God by providing saving and restorative healing and support for those in Northeastern Ohio who are consciously hurting, through the Good News of Jesus Christ, offered in a relational environment, so that these people may develop significant relationships with God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and other believers.
We strive to do this primarily through services that are celebrations of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which are built around the Spirit-filled preaching of the Word of God and a sense of the presence of God.
This is experienced in two predominant impressions:
This sense of the presence of God would be accompanied by a freedom to express mature emotions, which would result in the conviction of sinners who are present and Christians who are built up, committed to Christ and His church, challenged to grow towards His vision for them, and demonstrating all of this in evangelism.
We also strive to realize our vision through Christian Education and discipleship. This entails maturing people in the image of Christ through Sunday School, educational events, and one another's ministry of believers.
These believers exercise their spiritual gifts, through the power of the Holy Spirit, one-on-one and in small groups. Through these acts, the local body of Christ may build itself up in love.
We continue to pray that God would open doors for our continued expansion as we seek to minister to the Akron Community, Northeast Ohio, and the world.
THOTL, where: “We love you where you are and walk with you as you become who God wants you be”
Loving, Inspiring and Hospitable
What do we mean when we say Loving, Inspiring and Hospitable? This is how we are called to live out the reality that relationships are everything. Relationships are everything is the foundation we are building upon by being a church that is loving, inspiring and hospitable.
There are many churches in any town, city, county, state, or region of the United States of America.
Although the diversity of churches can be confusing, especially when they fight against one another, we believe that God has allowed such diversity in churches⎯because there is such a diversity of people.
Since churches are made up of people, they are − in a sense – like people, i.e. each church has its own personality and identity. To get along with people, you have to learn their idiosyncrasies, personality quirks, and distinctions.
The same is true of churches. Particular distinctions make each church different from every other church.
In order to minister and serve the Lord effectively, you must be united with a local church. That is the New Testament pattern.
To work effectively in a local church, i.e. a local manifestation of the body of Jesus Christ, it is important that you understand the distinctions of the local church where God has placed you.
It is with this understanding and motive that we set forth the distinction of The House of the Lord.
The House of the Lord is a church working to be a: