What To Expect

House of Prayer is a hand-clapping, feet-stomping, Holy Ghost- sanctified church. Our Worship Service begins at 11:30 am. Prayer, singing and offering are all part of our worship. House of Prayer Church does not believe in quenching the Spirit. Therefore, there no set end time. Usually, we are in service about two and half hours.

Of course, everyone is invited to join us in lifting up the name of Jesus through songs and praises to Him. And yes, you are at liberty to give a Holy dance before the Lord. After Worship and Praise, comes the preached Word of God. Followed by an Altar Call.

The Pastor or one of the Elders will give an invitation to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. As well as extend an invitation to anyone desiring to join the Church.

Then we collect an Offering. After final words of encouragement, there is the benediction. It is House of Prayer Church's prayer that all who entered in as a guest or friend leaves blessed by God.

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.

Our Affirmation of Faith

We, the House of Prayer Church, affirm

FAITH IN THE BIBLE. We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible written Word of God.

OUR FAITH IN GOD. We believe there is one God, our heavenly Father, Creator of all life and eternally existence.

OUR FAITH IN THE BLESSING HOPE. We believe in the blessing Hope, the rapture of the Church of God, which are those who are in Christ at His return.

Our FAITH IN SANCTIFICATION. We believe in the sanctification and power of the Holy Spirit. By whose indwelling, the Christian is able to live a holy and separated life in this present world.

OUR FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST. We believe that the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing for the human body, mind, and spirit according to our faith.

THE REALITY OF FREEDOM IN CHRIST. "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free" (Galatians 5:1)

This freedom is a gift of God in Christ and it manifests itself in a right relationship with God and others.

It is not a private gift to be used selfishly but given to serve the community and the world.

House of Prayer Founders


The Late Bishop Carl Ellis, Sr.
The Late Bishop Carl Ellis, Sr.
The Late Shepherd Mother Jessye Ellis
The Late Shepherd Mother Jessye Ellis