Church History

 

Full Gospel Church began March 19, 1981 with a call from God to John and Diana Cherry to establish a local church in the Marlow Heights area of Maryland. The church later submitted to a denominational covering. The church and teaching ministry were established with a mission to build strong families by leading people to the Lord, one person at a time, through a church that taught the people to love God, hate sin, and love to give. The first church services were held in a "storefront" located in Suitland, Maryland on June 7, 1981. Twenty-four persons joined the church during the first Sunday service. By the end of May 1982, the church had 81 members. Uninterrupted growth caused the membership to triple to 243 by the end of May 1983.

In September of 1983, within a two-year span, the "little church with the red curtains" was relocated to the corner of St. Barnabas and Wheeler Roads in Temple Hills, Maryland. This location was lovingly referred to as the "housefront." Overcrowding there led to three services each Sunday. In June of 1985, the church purchased and moved into a former Prince George's County School building located at 4207 Norcross Street in Temple Hills, Maryland. At the end of 1985, there were 1,500 members. In the "school front," services were held in the school's auditorium while classrooms were used for the Christian School and as office space for the growing staff.  The church outgrew the school auditorium and a gymnatorium was constructed  adjacent
to the school building.  Beginning in February 1989, the "gym front" housed two Sunday services while the original sanctuary served as an overflow room and auxiliary sanctuary. By the end of 1989, there were over 6,000 members. Full Gospel continued to grow at a rapid rate. The membership climbed to over 22,000 in the "gym front" location. As a result, an expansion site, referred to as the "South Location," was opened on December 7, 1997. Presently, the 8:00 a.m. Sunday service is held at the South Location while the 11:00 a.m. Sunday service remains at the Norcross Street or "North Location."

In order to maintain our mission and to expand our outreach, Full Gospel withdrew from its former denomination and started doing ministry as From the Heart Church Ministries on July 8, 1999. In that same year, a Sovereign God gave From the Heart an awesome task — to be at the forefront of the Reformation of the Church of God Worldwide. Many Reformation-minded pastors and leaders have joined us in this effort. In fact, the ministry has established numerous From the Heart churches in the United States and worldwide to fulfill the need for reformed pastors and churches to receive those who have decided to come out of bondage.

Due to the tremendous impact that the Reformation Teachings have had on the Body of Christ, many churches have begun to spring forth as reformation churches. These local churches that are determined to do it God’s way, have been engrafted into From the Heart Church Ministries.  On February 13, 2000, a From the Heart Church was established in Pomona, California under the leadership of Pastor & Mrs. Joseph Owes.

This church took in 105 members on its first Sunday service and continues to grow in every aspect of ministry.  From the Heart Church Ministries of Pomona (FTHCMOP) is a tremendous blessing to the community in which it resides and never fails to remember the least of these. FTHCMOP, under the leadership of Pastor Joseph Owes, continues to demonstrate unfailing love and commitment to the furtherance of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.