Last Sunday, Gateway to Heaven Christian Church (GTHCC) celebrated their Seventh Church Anniversary and Founders Day with a worship service honoring co-pastors Rev. Carlton Jones and Rev. Walter Johnson.
On January 8th 2012, the co-pastors joined forces to make a dream become a reality and opened the doors of the church for individuals and families of every race, creed and color to worship. As a result, the church has established itself as a vital community resource. “We are committed to creating a place where peoples’ lives can find meaning and be transformed by a better understanding of the word of God,” said Pastor Walter Johnson.
While working in the community, Jones and Johnson also found that statistics show that the critical path for women and men re-entering the community from incarceration is formed within the first 30 days of them leaving prison. Feeling led to make a difference with this unique population; the pastors have made a significant effort to reach out to ex-offenders.
For years, Pastor Jones was one of Jacksonville’s leading African American businessmen. While his professional career continues, the Reverend is focused on building God’s kingdom and transforming lives and communities.
Pastor Carlton Jones remarked, “Building strong communities helps to foster healthy families. GTHCC has taken, as a part of its growth, a global outreach and presence in the Jacksonville community and around the world.”
Local dignitaries, state legislators, city council members, parishioners, family members and friends took time to honor the pastors with words of kindness and support. The pastors were also feted with a proclamation from the State of Florida and Congressman Al Lawson confirming their mission to save souls and have a powerful impact on the community.
GTHCC will host its Second annual Women’s Conference on Sunday, February 24, 2019. Reverend, Dr. Saundra Gadsden will return as the guest speaker. GTHCC Minister Lynette Kohn and Sister Michele Hughes will conduct workshops.