MEET DR. R.A. VERNON

FOUNDER & SENIOR PASTOR


Through his bold, frank delivery of the Word of God, he crusades to free other church leaders from the fetters of foundationless formality.

Dr. R. A. Vernon

Dr. R. A. Vernon is the founder and senior pastor of The Word Church, the largest and fastest growing church in the history of Cleveland, Ohio and one of the fastest growing churches in the U.S.

With thirty years in ministry and two decades in the pastorate, Dr. Vernon has enjoyed a prolific, storied career as a spiritual leader.

Having started with only one service in a high school in 2000, The Word Church is now a multisite ministry with ten services and three campuses across Northeastern Ohio—Warrensville Heights, Downtown, and Akron, where The Word Church recently acquired a 265,000 square foot venue with three sanctuaries, dozens of classrooms, and an outreach center.

Dr. Vernon knows the value of mentorship, and founded The Shepherds Connection, an exclusive cadre of some 400 senior pastors around the nation to whom he provides creative leadership, counsel on pastoral matters, and spiritual guidance. 

He is the author of four books, The Blessing Behind Closed Doors, Size Does Matter: Moving Your Ministry from Micro to Mega, Dr. R.A. Vernon’s 10 Rules of Dating, and his most recent works, Help! My Pastor’s Under Pressure! How Leaders Can Help Their Pastor Succeed (June 2017), and Dr. R. A. Vernon’s Ten Rules of Dating in the Social Media Age (November 2017).

Dr. Vernon has a Diploma of Theology with a concentration in black church studies, a master’s in practical theology, and a Doctor of Ministry degree with a concentration in church growth, all from Ashland Theological Seminary. He is married to First Lady Victory Vernon and they have five children.

He is the author of four books, The Blessing Behind Closed Doors;   Size Does Matter: Moving Your Ministry from Micro to Mega;   Help! My Pastor’s Under Pressure and Dr. R.A. Vernon’s 10 Rules of Dating In The Social Media Age.

Under Dr. 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.

He is the author of four books, The Blessing Behind Closed Doors, Size Does Matter: Moving Your Ministry from Micro to Mega, Help! My Pastor’s Under Pressure and Dr. R.A. Vernon’s 10 Rules of Dating In The Social Media Age.

Dr. Vernon has an ambitious appetite for both educating and learning and has a diploma of theology with a concentration in black church studies, a master of arts in practical theology, and a doctorate of ministry with a concentration in church growth, all from Ashland Theological Seminary. He is honored to be married to First Lady Victory Vernon and they have five children.

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THE SHEPHERDS CONNECTION

Dr. R.A. Vernon presents The Shepherds Connection, a networking and partnership alliance for male and female senior pastors and was designed to meet the spiritual needs of senior pastors and their spouses and to help them achieve their maximum potential for the kingdom of God. This organization is for pastors who are serious about the call of leading God’s people into their destiny, which requires a lifestyle of integrity, humility, honesty, and excellence.


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