The Agape Difference
If you are looking for a church environment where you can come as you are, find authentic relationships, enjoy quality contemporary worship, practical and down-to-earth messages, and a friendly environment, Agape House is for you.
At Agape House, we see every service as an opportunity to serve our guests and enable members to bring practical application to their faith. Our passion is to know Christ, love Him and to show His love to everyone He brings to us.
At Agape House we promise you will be enlightened, encouraged and empowered.
Agape House of Worship (AHOW) is a growing, dynamic and contemporary church for people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. The church was established in February 2006, following a calling and a burden placed by God on the lead pastor, Jide Lawore to start a new parish of The Redeemed Christian Church of God in the Linden/Roselle area of New Jersey. Following discussions with Pastor Lawore’s pastor at the time, AHOW was inaugurated on February 12, 2006.
From inception, the vision has been to raise a church where people will be enlightened, encouraged and empowered to be all that God has destined them to be. And to be a community focused church conceived as a place of comfort and a solution center for the hurting world in the community and beyond.
The first Sunday Service was held at Nuno’s Pavilion, 300 Roselle St, Linden, on February 19, 2006, with about 20 adult members. AHOW continued to meet at Nuno’s Pavilion until May 2007 when it moved to a hall at the Polish Legion of American Veterans (PLAV), at 2526 Grier Avenue, also in Linden. At PLAV, the Lord continued to bless the church as more and more people were added.
About the same time of the move to PLAV, the Lord led AHOW’s leadership to start a building fundraising campaign tagged “Arise and Build.” The campaign led into the purchase and reconstruction, into a beautiful house of worship, of an abandoned building that used to be a bar. And in September 2009, AHOW moved into this building at 302 E. 9th Avenue, Roselle. God’s blessing was much more evident in the project because all these happened during a great global economic recession.
By the grace of God, the church continued to grow so much that by June 2012 AHOW had outgrown the capacity of the new building, and a decision was made to start two Sunday services. By March 2013, AHOW launched another building campaign tagged "Possessing the Land (PTL) Campaign" which resulted in the acquisition, in January 2015, of a 37,000 square feet former industrial building at 239 E. 1st Avenue, Roselle. After 10 intense months of remodeling, AHOW moved into this completely remodeled building complex on October 25, 2015. The complex consists of a modern auditorium, ample space for children’s ministry, a youth chapel, secondary (prayer) chapel, banquet hall and an office complex.
However, we are excited to let you know that the best of AHOW is yet to come. There is a greater future for us as a church and we look forward to you becoming part of such a great future. AHOW has never been about building a physical structure, but about building a people for a habitation of God where God’s power is meeting every spiritual and physical need, and where everyone is inspired to be and to do their best for God to be glorified.