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
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
Yewande Efodili is a passionate lover of Jesus and His Church with a heart for the people of God. She is a fervent prayer warrior and humble leader.
Tunde is a Board Certified physician by profession. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine at Jersey
Ade is very passionate about the supernatural ministry of the Holy Spirit. He has served in multiple capacities within AHOW including as Trustee in
Kip is entering his 30th year in Christian Ministry. He has served in numerous capacities over the years as a trustee, ministry leader, church
Gladys is committed to helping people understand the power of worship within and outside the
Genevieve Kumapley has been passionate about serving Jesus Christ in every area of life, which she has done for over 20 years with the last 15
Richard is a man that loves the Lord and His people with great passion. He has been privileged to serve in many ministries in AHOW, including