The City of Champions Full Gospel Church was a vision given to Founder & Pastor Jonathan Marshall on September 13, 2011. Elder Jonathan Marshall, already hosting the Lion of Judah Fall Family Conference for three years prior, saw the need to open a "safe space" where people from all tribes, races, creeds and cultures could come and be taught. The idea being to open a church, where the underdog could shine.
The Lion of Judah Ministries is where COCFGC had our humble beginnings. Seven friends Calvin Brown, Zuri Star Turner, Ladawn Harris, Broderick Battle, Anthony Curry, Jonathan Jones and Rachard Jackson came together and on December 8th, 2011 had our opening services. Following our opening service, we
began bible studies in January of 2012 at the home of Calvin Brown. The ministry rapidly took off taking in seventeen people at our first service. The City moved around a lot looking and praying for a space of our own. Our bible studies turned into Thursday night in the word. Calvin Brown's house would be packed out with people in the community wanting to be a part of what God was doing.
In June of 2012, COCFGC found a space of our own at 3480 Greenbriar Parkway in Atlanta Georgia. It was a 650 square foot church, but it was ours. Jamming in the streets, the back to school drive and our yearly Thanksgiving day dinner were all birthed here. It was in this location we learned many hard and rewarding lessons. The church began to grow once again, and many families joined the City looking for a safe space. We gained a praise team, ushers, elders, and Sunday services began at 5pm. Tuesday night prayer cry was added where we came together to seek God. We added community service and saw God prosper all we did.
After two years of spiritual and physical growth, Pastor Marshall was installed as Pastor of COCFGC by Apostle Sylvia Cunningham of Fredericksburg VA, Bishop Richie Carroll of Richmond, VA and Overseer Suzie Jones of Atlanta, GA. The City had asked God for a bigger building to do more kingdom work. In November of 2013, God moved for the City once again and we moved to 638 Lassiter Street in Riverdale Georgia. A church with a fellowship hall, numerous offices, and several bathrooms. Here we were able to start our very own daycare. In 2014, Overseer Suzie Jones came and dedicated our church building.
Unfortunately, “The City” was displaced when the building we called home was condemned due to foundational issues. For a short time, thanks to the kindness of Pastor Loretta Cooper we shared space with New life ministries in Riverdale, GA. Soon the City was blessed with our own space again that we lovingly called Main street in Forest Park, GA.
Three years passed and COCFGC grew once more including being blessed with “Bessie” our first church Van. At 546 Main St we helped to house the homeless, took in displaced children, opened a job board to help the unemployed, started our annual Christmas toy drive and even cared for inmates. Once again tragedy struck, and we were pushed out of our home due to a dishonest landlord. God led us again to a place of holding on Hwy 138 in Riverdale, GA. He has kept us together for the last year and we have seen God prosper us even in this Temporary place.
The City of Champions has overcome a lot to stand today. We are the peoples church; committed to making God proud. The senior leadership and members are living proof that God still does miracles!