The History of Fellowship of Praise Church of God

In 1931 the Lord placed a burden in the hearts of the people to begin prayer.  A body of believers began to meet and pray at a house on Pugh Street.   Under the leadership of Minister Pap Johnson, who came from Knoxville along with his wife Mother Cecil Johnson, Pugh Street Mission was officially formed under the Church of God organization.  Throughout the years, the church increased in size.  In 1963, under Pastor G.J. Wilson, the church was moved to its present location and was renamed Inman Street Church of God.  In 2001, under Pastor Jerry Ware, Sr., the church was renovated; a fellowship hall was added and given its current name, Fellowship of Praise Church of God.


Ministers serving as Senior Pastor over the last 39 years are:

Reverend Pap Johnson (Founding Pastor)

Reverend Wade Eddington

Reverend Foster

Reverend Vernon

Reverend G.J. Wilson

Reverend Cheek

Reverend David Poitier

Reverend Enus Gordon

Reverend George Peart

Reverend Mitchell

Reverend Cleveland Taylor

Reverend Harvey Robinson

Reverend Joseph Jackson

Reverend Hugh Nelson

Reverend Mitchell Tulloss

Reverend Jerry Ware, Sr.

Reverend Sam Hall (Current Pastor)


Ministers that served as Interim Pastors were:

Bishop Wallace Sibley

Bishop Robert Reynolds

Minister Brenda Ware


Throughout the years there has been a wide expanse of ministries taking place for the body of God:

–   Hospital Ministry

–   Prayer for the sick

–   I.C.U. Snacks

–   Witnessing Teams

–   Prayer meeting for saints in their homes

–   Bus Ministry

–   Leadership Training Ministry

–   Prison Ministry

–   Adult/Children/Youth Choir Ministry

–   Youth Club’s (Youth Followers for Christ/Real Talk)

–   Young Ladies Auxiliary (Y.L.A.)

–   Joy Bells (Children/Girls)

–   Big Brothers (Youth Boys)

–   Sister Soldiers (Youth Girls)

–   Ladies Ministry

–   Men’s Ministry

–   Children’s Church

–   Church Monthly Newsletter Ministry


Throughout the years this church has served as a beacon to many lost souls, a place for college students to call their home church while they were away from home, a training ground for many ministers who have gone on to become Pastors, Overseers, Prophets, Youth Leaders, Bishops and Councilmen in the Church of God, as well as other denominations.


We celebrate our rich history and we stand willing and able to add our own chapter as we “Press towards the mark of the high calling of God which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord”