If you know me or have followed my ministry for an appreciable amount of time, then you know that I have a serious passion for helping other senior pastors.
When I was a young pastor some sixteen years ago, going through the wearisome vicissitudes of leading my first church and facing what would turn out to be a watershed moment in my life, I found myself isolated and uncertain, with no one close who could experientially relate to what I was going through.
It was at this time that God placed Bishop Joey Johnson in my life. Bishop Joey covered me, gave me wise counsel, and spoke life over me—as he still does to this day. It was his advice during that difficult time that ultimately led me to start The Word Church.
I am convinced that part of the reason God divinely orchestrated Bishop Joey’s intervention and allowed me to have that experience was to show me the importance of both covering and submission. Bishop Joey’s presence in my life has made a decisive difference in my marriage, my ministry, and in the mastery of my emotional consciousness.
You will often hear me say, “Don’t tell me who you’re over until you tell me who you’re under.” There are few principles that I believe in more than surrendering to the spiritual authority of one who you feel called to.
It is more important than ever, as men and women of significant leadership positions—who can be vulnerable with very few; who have the pressure to preach, perform, and pastor—that we have that one person who holds us accountable, who checks in to see how we’re doing, who has the experience and wisdom to guide us when we don’t know what to do.
I have a heart, burden, and anointing for other senior pastors. I take it as seriously as I do my calling to The Word Church. I’m committed to supporting, encouraging, and being present for you when you need me. I’m here to help you be a better leader and a better steward, from pastoring to parenting, from ministry to money, from marriage to methodology, and in whatever other ways I can.
I look forward to serving you and connecting with you real soon.
In His Name,
R. A. Vernon, D.Min.
Dr. Vernon’s Bio
Dr. R. A. Vernon
R.A. Vernon, D.Min. is the founder and senior pastor of The Word Church, one of the fastest- growing churches in the history of Cleveland with campuses and daughter churches throughout Northeast Ohio. In his twentieth year of pastoring and tenth year of leading and fathering pastors and churches across the nation, he has committed his life unequivocally to honoring God and helping people. He has a Diploma of Theology, a Masters of Practical Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry with a concentration in church growth all from Ashland Theological Seminary. Dr. Vernon is hopelessly in love with his wife of over 20 years; Lady Victory Rose Vernon and they have five awesome children.
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