The Home of Answered Prayers
The History of the House of Prayer church begins with the vision of Elder Tony Shomari Marshall. The vision was to build
for God and His people, a church like no other. To organize a church with sound Biblical Teaching and true, authentic
Spirit Filled Worship.
Both Pastor and Sister Marshall were raised under the leadership of Bishop William Rimson.
Tony entered the Gospel Ministry preaching his first sermon, “Deliverance is on the Way”, at
Greater Love Tabernacle on August 11, 1991, under the leadership of Bishop Clifford Dunlap.
He was ordained an Elder by Bishop C. L. Anderson Jr., the First Assistant Presiding Bishop of the
Church of God in Christ in 1996. Pastor Tony was installed Pastor by Bishop Walter E. Bogan,
of the Great Lakes First Jurisdiction of Michigan Church of God in Christ.
After completing his seminary studies, God placed upon the heart of Pastor Tony the desire to start a ministry in
Detroit. On November 12, 2000 the House of Prayer COGIC of Detroit, Michigan held her first service. It was held
at Greater Rehoboth COGIC on Rotunda and Outer Drive in Dearborn, Michigan. The first official business meeting
was held at Mother Sandra and Charles Clark's (Pastor Marshall's in-laws) home with the original 12 founding members
present. We had fun times during those first 6 months in Dearborn but God soon opened a way and the church purchased
her first property at 4627 24th Street in Detroit, Michigan. In April 2013 the church moved to 16240 W. 7 Mile Road in
Detroit, Michigan. After three short years that edifice was paid in full.
For over 20 years the House of Prayer Institutional church has been blessed to engage in several ministries including:
community feeding and clothing, nursing home ministry, spiritual advising and counseling, seminars, ministerial development
workshops, women’s and men’s ministry, youth ministry, hospital ministry and prison ministry. Over the years thousands
of people have been blessed by Dr. Marshall's preaching, teaching and writing. To God Be the Glory.