R. A. Vernon

 Dr. R.A. Vernon is arguably one of the greatest spiritual leaders of our time.  Armed with the Word of God, this business-savvy author and visionary is determined to make his mark for the Kingdom of God.  He has an irrefutable anointing on his life to meet people where they are – whether rich or poor, young or seasoned, educated or uneducated, entrepreneur or ex-con, Dr. Vernon is called to minister to people from all walks of life and especially to those who have never met Christ.

The scope of Dr. Vernon’s career landscape stretches beyond his pastoral call and he is known for his uncompromising integrity.  He is a trailblazer and trendsetter, challenging the notions of tradition by focusing on relevancy rather than routine and doing “out-of-the-box” kingdom ministry.  He is paving the way for others to break the boundaries of convention through his bold, frank delivery of the Word of God and willingness to talk about the tough subjects that are often left unaddressed.

Holy, humble, hungry and driven by his passion to give back to serve others, Dr. Vernon continues to make extraordinary strides in ministry and business.  With over 20 years in ministry and over a decade in the pastorate, he is well-respected among both his contemporaries and congregation for his commitment to veracity and holiness, and continues to establish himself as one of the most influential leaders in the nation.

Under Dr. Vernon’s direction, “THE WORD” Church developed a sub-division called “THE WORD” in Action, which operates a skating rink, restaurant, pool hall, three full basketball courts, and two soccer fields.

With a culturally diverse congregation that consists of people from all socio-economic classes, Dr. Vernon is committed to unreserved outreach, the economic empowerment of the impoverished, and the holistic improvement of the determined.  He founded “THE WORD” Church on love, truth and God’s Word.  As a result, “THE WORD” Church has become one of the fastest growing churches in the region, currently with six locations.  In less than a decade, the church has experienced remarkable growth, as thousands have given their life to Christ, or recommitted their lives to Him as a result of joining with “THE WORD” Church.

He is the author of three books, Blessing Behind Closed Doors (2007),Size Does Matter: Moving Your Ministry from Micro to Mega (spring 2011) and his most recent book for singles,  Dr. R.A. Vernon’s 10 Rules of Dating (winter 2011), which is taking the nation by storm.

Dr. Vernon has his undergraduate degree in theology with a concentration in black church studies from Ashland University.  He holds a Master of Arts in Practical Theology and a Doctorate of Ministry with a concentration in church growth from Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS). Dr. Vernon is honored to be married to First Lady Victory Vernon.  She has her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Capital University and a Master’s degree in Practical Theology from Ashland Theological Seminary. Lady Vernon is the Director of Women’s Ministry at “THE WORD” Church and they have six wonderful children.