Dear Family, If you know me or have followed my ministry for an appreciable amount of time, then you know that I have a serious passion for helping other senior pastors.When I was a young pastor some sixteen years ago, going through the wearisome vicissitudes of leading my first church and facing what would turn out to be a watershed moment in my life, I found myself isolated and uncertain, with no one close who could experientially relate to what I was going through.He shares candidly about the challenges the local church faces and provides spiritual, solution-driven responses to matters of social inequality and political injustice with cultural sensitivity. Vernon knows the importance of mentorship, and founded The Shepherds Connection, a coterie of some 300 senior pastors around the nation to whom he provides creative leadership, guidance, and spiritual direction. Vernon’s vision, The Word Church developed a for-profit company called The Word in Action, which operates a skating rink, restaurant, billiards hall, three full basketball courts, and two soccer fields. We are delighted that you would consider inviting Pastor Vernon to speak at your upcoming event. Vernon, fill out the questionnaire below, and our administrative team will contact you soon.He is the author of three books, The Blessing Behind Closed Doors, Size Does Matter: Moving Your Ministry from Micro to Mega, and Dr. Because of the number of weekly worship services at The Word, Dr.Vernon developed the concept of pre-recorded broadcasting for the services he is unable to attend due to time and distance constraints—a ground-breaking move among African-American churches.I’m here to help you be a better leader and a better steward, from pastoring to parenting, from ministry to money, from marriage to methodology, and in whatever other ways I can. Having started with only one service in a high school in 2000, The Word Church is now a multisite ministry with fourteen services and four campuses across Northeastern Ohio including Warrensville Heights (Main), Downtown, East Cleveland, and Akron, which is currently under renovation, opening in the spring of 2015.
He is honored to be married to First Lady Victory Vernon and they have five children.
He is resolutely committed to unconditional outreach, and leads the culturally diverse congregation of “THE WORD” Church with integrity and excellence. He was also recently nominated and selected as the 2013 Black Professional of the Year by the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation. Vernon founded “THE WORD” Church on love, God’s Word, and a passion for helping people.
A respected spiritual leader, philanthropist, and humanitarian, he is dedicated to creating and providing programs, resources, and services to help the less fortunate. His successes have also been documented over the years in various media publications including Upscale Magazine, Gospel Today, and numerous mentions in Cleveland’s own The Plain Dealer among others.
Bishop Joey’s presence in my life has made a decisive difference in my marriage, my ministry, and in the mastery of my emotional consciousness.
You will often hear me say, “Don’t tell me who you’re over until you tell me who you’re under.” There are few principles that I believe in more than surrendering to the spiritual authority of one who you feel called to.