Following none other than the Holy Spirit, God called Pastor Melvin Johnson and his family to relocate from Inglewood California to Katy Texas in August 2004. After 2 years of seeking God’s divine calling, God’s Temple of Praise Community Church was born.
The first service was held on Sunday September 3, 2006 at Jack & Sharon Rhoads Elementary School with over 100 people in attendance.
God’s Temple of Praise Community Church continued to walk in the vision with just the Pastor and his family as members and several continuous guests, but God quickly feed the vision and members began to join on a continuous basis. Within the first year, GTOP began to lay the firm foundation of the vision with the leaders and core members of the church.
Going into the terrible 2’s as the world would call it, there was nothing terrible about it. In fact, it was quite a blessed year. A CD supported choir became a full band accompanied by a group of praise team members. Ministries such as the Women of Purpose, the Band of Brothers, The Warriors 4 Christ Teen & Young Adult Ministry and the Praise & Mime Ministry was born. The meat of the word increased and the membership grew. The next step of the vision came forth with the purchase of our land that we rest upon even now.
As most would say, what a struggle it must have been while in our toddler stages but with the grace of God, we know that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are the Called according to his purpose. Here we are 5 ½ years later, in our building, on our land and doing what God has ordained for this ministry. Oh what an awesome God we serve.
Today is a great day for us the members of GTOP and we are so excited about what the Lord has done and will continue to do in our community as we minister to the lives of the unsaved and build the saved to become effective in the kingdom of God. Ministries are continuing to flourish, gifts are being discovered, blessings are overflowing and lives are being changed. We are walking in the true manifestation of the vision God has ordained over this ministry and in the people of God.
All the praise, glory and honor goes to our heavenly father for all that he has done. As our Pastor always says, “Ain’t no stopping us now” because the “Best is Yet to Come”.
We love you with the love of Christ and we hope to see you soon!
The GTOP Family