Dr. R. A. Vernon is the founder and senior pastor of “THE WORD” Church, a multi-site ministry with 34,000+ members between five locations. A respected spiritual leader, philanthropist, and humanitarian, he is dedicated to creating and providing programs, resources, and services to help the less fortunate. He is resolutely committed to unconditional outreach, and leads the culturally diverse congregation of “THE WORD” Church with integrity and excellence.
He is the author of three books: Blessing Behind Closed Doors (2007); Size Does Matter: Moving Your Ministry from Micro to Mega, and his most recent book for singles, Dr. R.A. Vernon’s 10 Rules of Dating.
His successes have also been documented over the years in various media publications including Upscale Magazine, Gospel Today, and numerous mentions in Cleveland’s own The Plain Dealer among others. He was also recently nominated and selected as the 2013 Black Professional of the Year by the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation.
Dr. Vernon founded “THE WORD” Church on love, God’s Word, and a passion for helping people. It continues to operate with this same spirit of purpose over a decade later. As a result, “THE WORD” CHURCH has become one of the fastest growing churches in the region and continues to experience remarkable growth.
Dr. Vernon has a Diploma of Theology, a Master of Arts in Practical Theology, and a Doctorate of Ministry with a concentration in church growth from Ashland Theological Seminary. He is honored to be married to First Lady Victory Vernon and they have five children.