History of House of Prayer
House of Prayer Church began in 1968, the first Sunday in September. Led by God, the Late Bishop Carl and Mother Jessye Ellis started a ministry of community service. They collaborated with the Cedar Program. The program employed young people to help them earn school money. Subsequently, this collaboration started House of Prayer's Community Service Program.
In the late seventies, the Soup Kitchen opened and remained in existence until 2001. The Soup Kitchen served those in need of a hot meal and/or clothing. Surely, the program brought comfort to many. While preaching the message of Jesus Christ, the Church witnessed God transform the lives of people. Mahalia Jackson sang a song, "If I Can Help Somebody." This song echoes House of Prayer Church's sentiments.
If I can help somebody, as I travel along ... My living shall not be in vain.
If we help someone change their lives, then we have done the work of our Lord Jesus Christ.
House of Prayer Founders