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                                                               Pastor Ron Harper

Floyd Lewis Harper, Pastor of Pure Church of Righteousness, Chipley FL and Lorraine Randolph Harper of Pompano Beach Florida. Being raised in the city of Fort Lauderdale, Harper was known as the High School “Hoops Star at South Plantation High School. His skill on the basketball court earned him a full athletic scholarship to William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business and became a college All-American. He was employed in retail management and playing semi-professional basketball until his life took a turn which lead him to drug distribution and addiction and as a result forced him into a downward spiral.

But, thanks unto God for His grace and mercy! Like the Prodigal Son, he came to himself, remembering who God was and that He saves. Elder Ron began to go back to the place where he was brought up, the church. In February of 1994, Elder Ron gave his life to the Lord during a Youth revival lead by Bishop Darrell Hines. In 1996, Minister Ron answered his calling to the gospel preaching ministry under the leadership of the late Superintendent Robert Lee Robinson, Pastor of Thomas Temple Church of God in Christ. In 1998, he was ordained an elder in the Church of God in Christ by the honorable Bishop Jacob Cohen, Jurisdictional Prelate Emeritus, of the Florida Eastern (Eastern Florida) Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction. As an Associate Elder he was fortunate to work along side his spiritual father Superintendent Roger A. Grimes. Working diligently as the Event Coordinator of a founded non-profit organization by Supt. Roger Grimes “Collaboration for Restoring Families”. 

After the pastoral retirement of Elder James Thomas Jr., of New First Church, Church of God in Christ, Bishop Cohen saw the pastoral calling over the life Elder Ron and installed him as pastor in 2012.

Pastor Ron turned from a crime ridden life to devote his life to helping others, working with agencies such as Workforce One, ChildNet, Mount Olive Development Corporation, Flite Center, OIC corporation and local establishments through mentoring, mentor training and employment specialist. He has a hunger and a desire to see lives transformed. Throughout South Florida, he served in many capacities in his local community; empowering men and women who struggled with same challenges he faced. In June 2016, Pastor Ron served as President of the Department of Evangelism for the Florida Eastern Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction overseeing 114 churches. He now serves as President of the Department of Evangelism in Florida Central Second Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction COGIC under the leadership of Bishop Edward Robinson.

Pastor Ron is a devoted pastor, father and husband. March 20th, 1996, he married the lovely Stephanie Boothe-Harper whom is well known as his P.Y.T (Pretty Young Thing). Together they work tirelessly in the ministry. Pastor Ron and Lady Stephanie have three beautiful children, Lavar, LaVonna Shannon, Malik, and one grandson Lavar (Deuce) Harper Jr.

Throughout the many challenges and accomplishments, Pastor Ron exemplifies what it means to be a servant, leader, and a man after God’s own heart. Through his evangelistic ministry and being a part of the “5Fold Global Network”, as well as serving on the Advisory Board for “The National Pastors Alliance” he has traveled the country as well as places like, Mexico, Bahamas, Jamaica, Trinidad, India, and soon to Cuba and Africa spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. He is the Founder and CEO of the Non-Profit organization,” Project Micah Community Development Corporation”. Many lives have been saved, miracles manifested, and communities are impacted by his love and compassion for people. He is gifted with a prophetic anointing and through his teaching he brings revelation and clarity to the Word of God. His well-known favorite teaching is “Information Without Application is Abortion.” But, above all else, he is saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Ghost.  

                                                         Apostle O.J Weston

Orenthial Jamon Weston known as Prophet O.J. Weston, was born in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Growing up in Pompano Beach, Fl. He attended his grandfather’s church, Greater Community Missionary Baptist Church where his grandfather was the founder, architect and builder. After graduating from Coconut Creek High School he furthered his education at Palm Beach Community College and Broward College in Psychology as his major. In 1999 he became a member of Love and Unity Christian Center under the leadership of Pastor David Jones, where he received the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues. He was used as a trustee and youth leader and the gifts of words of knowledge, words of wisdom and prophecy began operating in his life.

After seeking God for more of his anointing and his help, in the year of 2000 God spoke to him concerning his purpose and Prophet O.J. started a Youth Bible Study along with a few brothers in Christ, where young people from various denominations and nationalities were saved. Through the Holy Spirit ministering through him in the prophetic ministry many testimonies and praise reports were given during this time of fellowship about what God was doing. Not long after God lead the man of God to Soul’s Harvest Christian Center within that same year to be trained up under the Apostolic and Prophetic ministry of Apostles Fred and Carolyn Marshall.

Prophet O.J married his wife of today Pastor Meshall Weston on March 17, 2002 and together are blessed with six children (3boys, 3 girls). That same year they were ordained as Deacon and Deaconess and used as Youth leaders. Through times of testing and trails in 2005 he accepted his calling into the ministry and was ordained as a Youth Minister. Him and his wife began running youth services and evangelizing in churches throughout the Local cities and by 2008 he was ordained as an Elder and Youth Pastor while they attended his Apostles School of Prophets, Priests and Kings.

The man of God keeps this scripture close to his heart “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” Ephesians 3:20. The man of God was openly recognized as a Prophet by his Apostle and has seen much demonstration of the Power of God through prophecy in churches of various denominations and nationalities.  He is a mentor in the community and held Bible Studies at the local homeless shelters were many souls have been saved and many breakthroughs have taken place. He has a powerful ministry in activating the purpose and calling of God in the lives of people and has seen great deliverances, miracles and breakthroughs in his prophetic and evangelistic ministry in which the power of God’s love ministers to all your needs if you believe. “All things are possible to them that believe”

During these times the Lord was dealing with Prophet O.J. about founding a ministry and in 2014 Pastor O.J and Pastor Meshall talked to their Apostles and in March 2014 were ordained as Pastors and founded International Training Grounds of Christ Kingdom. In the ministry Apostle OJ has seen and done many miracles through Jesus. Then in June of 2017 Pastor O.J was affirmed as an Apostle.

 

 

To reach Apostle O.J. for a speaking engagement or dream sessions you can email elderoj91@yahoo.com or westonmo7@yahoo.com