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This Week's Events
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TUE
OFFICE HOURS
Tuesday-Friday
9AM-3PM
Morning Meeting with the Master Prayer Line
6:00 AM
Monday-Friday
Meeting with the Master Prayer Call Line: 6am-630am
Dial In number: 712-451-0011 Access Code 455544.
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WED
Morning Meeting with the Master Prayer Line
6:00 AM
Monday-Friday
Meeting with the Master Prayer Call Line: 6am-630am
Dial In number: 712-451-0011 Access Code 455544.
Church in Prayer
11:30 AM to 12:00 PM
11:30am - 12:00pm every Wednesday we are in prayer. Specific targets of prayer taken to the Lord:
Our church family and leaders
Our city, state, and national government
Our mission and vision
Families, youth, purpose, power, provision, and more!
Church in Prayer
6:30 PM to 7:00 PM
From 6:30pm - 7:00pm we are in prayer. Specific targets of prayer taken to the Lord:
Our church family and leaders
Our city, state, and national government
Our mission and vision
Families, youth, purpose, power, provision, and more!
Word Up Wednesday Bible Study
7:00 PM
7:00PM begins our pastoral teaching as we study God's word! We believe in studying together BEFORE serving together! Our desire is to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus. We're being discipled in order to make disciples!
Real Youth Real Talk Bible Study
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Youth bible study led by our youth minister every week for an hour. The bible studies are both relevant, real, and seek to cultivate Christian teachings so our youth can accurately and freely represent Jesus in this present culture by the power of God!
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THU
Morning Meeting with the Master Prayer Line
6:00 AM
Monday-Friday
Meeting with the Master Prayer Call Line: 6am-630am
Dial In number: 712-451-0011 Access Code 455544.
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FRI
Morning Meeting with the Master Prayer Line
6:00 AM
Monday-Friday
Meeting with the Master Prayer Call Line: 6am-630am
Dial In number: 712-451-0011 Access Code 455544.
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SAT
Worship Arts
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Choir rehearsal
Bible Search
About GVBC
Pastor

Jacob D. R. Johnson

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Jacob D. R. Johnson, a native of Cleveland, Ohio is the son of Wendall and Carrie Reeves. Often described as a sincere man after God's own heart, Pastor J accepted his call to preach at the age of 23.  A year later he was licensed by Psalmist & Pastor Dr. A. Charles Bowie in September 2004 at the East Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio.  His initial sermon served as the message for the oridination of 6 Deacons who were commissioned to serve.  In 2009 Pastor Johnson was ordained by one of this nations greatest evangelist, Dr. J. Louis Felton at the Galilee Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, MI. His testimony centers around Paul's words in Ephesians 3:8 which say "Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ".

Pastor Johnson is serving as the fifth Pastor of The Growing Valley Baptist Church of Lancaster, CA.  His watch began officially on July 31, 2011 where GVBC and the community celebrated "A Gift From God's Heart" (Jeremiah 3:15).  A loving, anointed, and appointed Pastor, Teacher, & Evangelist- "PJ" - as he is commonly called by the youth of GVBC seeks to serve this present age thru the message of the cross of Christ in a practical way.  From day one he has been a blessing to both the church and the Antelope Valley Community. Following a Moses of our time in the person of Pastor Walter E. Forte Jr, Pastor Johnson has truly become our Joshua leading with confidence, charisma, and character. Most importantly is the fact that Pastor Johnson is a bible teaching, bold preaching, Holy Spirit filled servant leader who is always seeking the more excellent way for his family, this ministry, and our community. 

Perhaps one of Pastor Johnson's greatest achievements has been the establishment of the Community Contact Center For Growth or 3CG.  3CG is a non-profit organization birthed out of Pastor Johnson's desire to meet the needs of the Antelope Valley community in a more tangible and targeted way.  Realizing the church's focus on the soul is paramount to her mission, Pastor Johnson led GVBC in establishing 3CG. The organization is committed to meeting the needs of the community by providing access to family services, personal growth and development opportunities, community awareness programming, and health and wellness education for all people.

Pastor Johnson is a 1997 graduate of Cleveland Benedictine High School having won three OHSAA State Championships (Basketball & Track). He earned a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science from the College of Wooster and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts Degree in Ministry Leadership from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the founder of Equipping You With the Word (EYWW) Ministries, an author, golfer, domino, and spades player.

Pastor Johnson has served or is serving in the following capacities as a leader in the local church and community:

  • First Vice-President of Moderators Auxiliary, NBC USA INC (2017-Present)
  • Far West Region Vice President, Moderators Auxiliary, NBC USA INC (2015-2017)
  • Moderator, Tri-County District Association of State Convention of California
  • JB Hardwick Scholarship & Nominating Committee WBSC (current)
  • President of Young Adult Convention, WBSC (current)
  • Vice-President AV-NAACP (current)
  • Freelance Writer, R. H. Boyd Publishing Company (2013-current)
  • Area Vice President of WBSC (2012-2014)
  • Vice President Young Adult Convention, WBSC (2012-2014)
  • Executive Board AV-NAACP (2012-2014)
  • Instructor, Congress of Contemporary Christian Education (2009-current)

A few ministry highlights the Lord has given grace to accomplish while at GVBC are as follows:

  • Over 200 new members through Baptism (new converts), restoration back with @TheGVBC, or Christian Experience since December 2011
  • Made evangelism and discipleship as main thrust of ministry.  Church wide evangelism efforts now through: Tribal Fellowship Saturdays, 2 radio shows (96.7 & 100.9fm), church website (www.thegvbc.org), Twitter, & Facebook pages
  • Consistently anointed preaching and teaching God’s word with Worship On Wednesday Bible Study (12noon & 7pm), additional classes offered for discipleship and missions
  • Dedication and naming of education building to the 4th Pastor of our church the Walter E. Forte Jr. Education Building (2012)
  • Successful leadership guidance to spiritual growth and development of membership through: Impact Women’s Conference, After That Conference, MP3 Men’s Conference, Family & Friends Day, and Winter Revival
  • Transformation of worship services to include Male and Youth choirs and praise team with blended music for all worshippers, and REAL CHURCH for our youth ages 7 to 17.
  • Led community in establishing ‘City Wide Revival’ (2012 to present)
  • Authentic church logo that has provided TheGVBC branding
  • Establishment of VISION 2020 (both on paper and the account) for the purchase and development of property and people (2013)
  • Establishment of the church’s own 501C3: The Community Contact Center For Growth and a Board of Directors that continues to complete its work for the purpose of more extensive work of VISION 2020
  • Ordination of 5 new deacons to the Deaconate Ministry (2013)
  • 2 successful audits; the only two in church history.  This helped bring both stability and accountability (2013 and 2015)
  • Writing and church approval of the first authentic set of Church By-Laws  (2013)
  • Hiring of more staff, inclusive of Youth Minister
  • Establishment of the following new ministries: Seniors 4 the Savior, Salutations (Greeters), Health & Wellness, Scholarship, and Pastoral Care.
  • Renewal or restructuring of the following ministries: R.E.A.L. Youth (Reaching, Encouraging, Accepting, & Loving), Y.A.D.A. (Young Adult Disciples of Christ, Growth Spurt Newsletter, Trustees, Worship Arts, 3S: Single, Saved, & Serving, It Takes 2 Marriage, and Christian Education.
  • Establishment of Congregational Family Care as a function of the Deacons Ministry through Tribal Families (2013)
  • Partnership with Personal Involvement Center of Los Angeles (PIC), La Cosecha Iglesia, and California Virtual Academy (CAVA), & AV-NAACP

Pastor Johnson is married to whom he often refers to as 'the crown jewel of Tylertown, Mississippi", Sharon D. Johnson.  Lady Johnson helped develop the 3S-Single, Saved, and Serving Ministry, and serves as Advisor to the IMPACT Women's Ministry. They are the parents of Joshua Grant.

 

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