God birthed in the heart of Dr. Jamie Sanks to establish The House of God, a multiracial/multiethnic church, during his conversion experience in the summer of 1996. God revealed to him that He wanted him to establish a church where love, unity, and justice are brothers and sisters; a church that reflects His heaven; a church where He is welcomed; and a church where His peoples from all nations can worship Him in spirit and in truth.
The House of God seeks to be a multiracial/multiethnic church family of ministers of reconciliation and a house of prayer for all nations. The House of God seeks to bridge the gap between race, class, sex, economics, politics, and other barriers that prevent the Body of Christ from worshipping and fellowshipping together.
Testimony from Pastor Jamie Sanks:
In the summer of 1996, I was in affliction and destitution. This was the time that God really chastened me and put me on my back; I was 26 years old. I injured my back on a previous job and needed spinal fusion done to correct the problem. However, this turned into a protracted process. It was over a year before I could get any medical attention or worker’s compensation for my problem. It was during this time of affliction and destitution that I began to pay attention to God.
Moreover, during that year, things soured at home. My fiancée left and took my son and stepdaughter with her; needless to say this left me all alone. I had lost everything. I was at my lowest point. I wanted to end it all; I was suicidal.
However, it was during this time of affliction and destitution that I cried (literally) out to God, and he heard my cry. I gave my heart and problems to God that hot summer night. Then He called me by my name and gave me His precious Holy Spirit. He said, “Jamie, if you work for me, I will take care of you.” Then He led me to a Scripture that spoke to my deliverance from affliction and destitution as well as my call to the ministry. He led me to Matthew 6:33: “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”
It was during my conversion experience that God called me into ministry and gave me His wonderful vision for His church. He revealed to me that He wanted me to establish a multiracial/multiethnic church; a church where love, unity, and justice are brothers and sisters; a church that reflects His heaven; a church where He is welcome and His peoples from all nations can worship in spirit and in truth; a church where His children, of all races, can fellowship with Him and with one another together.
His vision became clearer to me as I was reading 2 Chronicles one day. God revealed to me that I was to build His house and call it “The House of God”, and that it should be an intentional multiracial/multiethnic church to be planted in North Columbus. God wants me to build His house in our homeland, for I believe that our Jerusalem is Columbus, Georgia. This House of God may not be built in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah where King Solomon built the first temple (2 Chronicles 3:1), but our new house will be built on fertile ground here in Columbus where spiritually dead men, women, boys, and girls, irrespective of their race, class, color, sex, or socioeconomic status, will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God!
The mission of The House of God is to transform lives into the image of Christ by making disciples of our community and all nations with His gospel of love and unity.
Our vision for The House of God is to be a multiracial/multiethnic church family of ministers of reconciliation and a house of prayer for all the nations.
We envision breaking down barriers that prevent the Body of Christ from genuinely worshipping and fellowshipping together; barriers such as: political, racial, religious, class, economic, residential or geographical segregation, denominational, age, sex, etc. Simply put: we envision being bridge builders in a world of barriers and divisions.
We envision helping all our people, youth as well as adults, to discover their gifts, abilities, and divine designs so that they are equipped to serve in their respective ministries either within or outside the church. Our goal is that every member be a minister of reconciliation.
We envision all our members becoming involved in small groups to model a biblical community; a biblical community where people have opportunity to minister to and love one another (Acts 2:44-46).
We envision equipping our people and training future leaders to plant more multiracial/multiethnic churches in America and abroad to reach all nations for Christ and for the glory of God.
Our long-term vision is to be a launching pad for a Christian School (K-12) and a Christian university to educate Christians to become more effective teachers, pastors, preachers, and ministers of reconciliation for the glory of God.
Another long-term vision for The House of God is to become involved in a hospitality ministry; therefore, we will seek to establish a hospitality ministry offering chapel services and Christian counseling services for our guests who want to take advantage of them; these services will be listed in the Guest Services program in each room. We feel that this hospitality ministry is an excellent way to minister to all people and meet their physical needs as well as their spiritual needs; and to reach all nations for Christ, because it will be an international ministry.