In 2005, The Lord began dealing with me about starting a church on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay. Shortly after that, a prophet that I respect and love called me and said, “John, I had a dream about you last night. He said, “I dreamt about you last night and I saw you standing before the Lord,” and he said, “You were in an admiral's uniform. I was standing behind the Lord, looking at His back and I was looking at you, right in your face. You had on an admiral's uniform and you took your hat off and had your hat under your arm. And the Lord was sitting behind a desk and talking to you. He said, 'Well John, I see that you’ve made the rank of admiral, but you don’t have a ship. We’ve got to get you a ship.'”
The prophet interrupted telling me the dream and said, "That ship, John, is a church. The Lord said, 'You don’t have a church and we’ve got to get you a church."
After sharing the dream, he was making some small talk. Right before he hung up he said, "The Holy Spirit says to tell you that He’s leaving a lantern light for you in the tree line of the Mobile Bay. At first you’ll have to go by lantern light, but in just a matter of time, it won’t be long, the lantern will go out and you will have the noonday sun. Everything will become extremely clear and you will understand everything.
After that, I was praying in the middle of the night, and I knew I was going to be planting a church. I was asking, “Lord, what do I name this church? I don’t know what to name it." The Holy Spirit spoke to me and He said, “What’s the most important thing in your life?” And I said, "Your Presence." He said, “Well, call it Church of His Presence.” And as soon as I heard that name, I knew that was exactly what I was going to call the church.
I started the church on January 8, 2006. There was no advertisement; we just rented the Daphne Civic Center and about 227 people showed up on that first Sunday. We've been growing ever since. On July 23, 2010, the Bay Revival began at the end of the Open the Heaven’s conference. We continue to see God move powerfully. God has blessed us tremendously!
The very name, "Church of His Presence" is the significance of the church. It is a church full of people that have really been touched by the presence and the power of God. They love and celebrate the presence of God. It's a church where people can come and truly experience the sweet, glorious, refreshing, and rehabilitating presence of God.