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 is 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 Richard Jackson came together and on December 8th, 2011 had our opening service including being blessed with “Bessie” our first church Van.
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.
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!