Our purpose is to be the church where everyone is welcomed and inspired to be and to do their best for God to be glorified.
Agape House of Worship (AHOW) is a growing, dynamic, contemporary, non-denomination church attracting people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. The church was birthed following a calling and a burden placed by God on the lead pastor, Jide Lawore to plant a church in the Linden/Roselle area. After server months of meeting, prayer and careful planning in his house the church with about ten of his friends, the church was officially inaugurated on February 12, 2006.
From inception, the vision has been to raise a church where people will be enlightened, encouraged, and empowered to be all that God has destined them to be. And to be a community-focused church conceived as a place of comfort and a solution center for the hurting world in the community and beyond.
The first Sunday Service was held at Nuno’s Pavilion, 300 Roselle St, Linden, on February 19, 2006, with about 20 adult members. AHOW continued to meet at Nuno’s Pavilion until May 2007 when it moved to a hall at the Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV), at 2526 Grier Avenue, also in Linden. At PLAV, the Lord continued to bless the church as more and more people were added.
About the same time of the move to PLAV, the Lord led AHOW’s leadership to start a building fundraising campaign tagged “Arise and Build.” The campaign led into the purchase and reconstruction, into a beautiful house of worship, of an abandoned building that used to be a bar. And in September 2009, AHOW moved into this building at 302 E. 9th Avenue, Roselle. God’s blessing was much more evident in the project because all these happened during a great global economic recession.
By the grace of God, the church continued to grow so much that by June 2012 AHOW had outgrown the capacity of the new building, and a decision was made to start two Sunday services. By March 2013, AHOW launched another building campaign tagged “Possessing the Land (PTL) Campaign” which resulted in the acquisition, in January 2015, of a 37,000 square feet former industrial building at 239 E. 1st Avenue, Roselle. After 10 intense months of remodeling, AHOW moved into this completely remodeled building complex on October 25, 2015. The complex consists of a modern auditorium, ample space for children’s ministry, a youth chapel, a secondary (prayer) chapel, a banquet hall, and an office complex.
However, we are excited to let you know that the best of AHOW is yet to come. There is a greater future for us as a church and we look forward to you becoming part of such a great future. AHOW has never been about building a physical structure but about building a people for a habitation of God where God’s power is meeting every spiritual and physical need, and where everyone is inspired to be and to do their best for God to be glorified.
PASTOR JIDE LAWORE (FONDLY CALLED PASTOR JIDE OR PJ) IS THE FOUNDER, LEAD PASTOR AND APOSTOLIC LEADER OF AGAPE HOUSE OF WORSHIP.
Born in Nigeria, Jide Lawore obtained a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Nigeria. He migrated to the United States of America in 1998 in search of a better career prospectRead more
Currently the leadership of Agape House is comprised of eleven godly men and women who are sold-out to God and to His purpose. This team is led by Pastor Jide Lawore and together they direct the spiritual and physical affairs of the Church.
Bimbola Lawore is a teacher, counselor and mentor to many women in her sphere of influence. She’s married to Pastor Jide Lawore, and they have been
Tunde Olugboji is a multi-talented individual who wears many hats – he is an author, teacher, researcher, editor, and writer. He has a deep
Yewande Efodili is a passionate lover of Jesus and His Church with a heart for God’s people. She is a fervent prayer warrior and a humble
Ade Adedeji is a passionate advocate for the supernatural ministry of the Holy Spirit. He has held multiple roles at AHOW, including serving as a
Kip Wright has dedicated nearly 30 years to Christian Ministry, serving in a variety of roles including trustee, ministry leader, church
Genevieve Kumapley has dedicated over 20 years of her life to serving Jesus Christ in every area. For the last 15 years, she has been a ministry
Huberto “Hubie” Berrios has been serving in Christian ministry for 30 years. Over the years, he has served as a youth pastor, men’s ministry
Kehinde Olatubosun is fondly called “HM” or “Boss Lady”, because of her role in the Children’s Ministry. Her responsibilities at Agape
Tunde Odeyemi is a Board Certified physician and Pastor at AHOW. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Gladys Osofisan is a passionate advocate for the power of worship, both within and outside of the Church. With over 20 years of experience in the
Nneoma Ewurum was called to ministry at the age of 18 after a life changing encounter with God. Since then, she has spent her time serving in various
Maria Ivette Berrios – Ivette, as she likes to be called, is married 28 years to the love of her life Huberto and has five children. Ivette is a
Tosin Olusola has been serving in ministry for over 10 years. She served as a youth leader and choir director before becoming the Worship Director at
Tayo Ayodeji serves in the Youth and Parking Ministries. He is dedicated to nurturing teenagers in the way of the Lord by empowering them with