OUR HISTORY

 

1996

Sister Danita Jones began to evangelize to the “Lightning Community” by teaching that the love of Christ is the foundation for healthy relationships and the essential ingredient for living a life of peace and fulfillment.
 

1997

As individuals began to yearn for living new lives in Jesus Christ, and it became apparent to Sister Jones that she was being positioned by God to impact the world -- one person at a time, she adopted the slogan “When we reach the children, we reach the world, plant a seed, and watch it grow.”
 

1998

Establishment of “In His G.R.E.A.T. Name Ministry” (IHGNM), a holistic outreach ministry with programs geared towards the T.R.E.E. (teaching, revitalizing, equipping and empowering) program and a youth program patterned by Campus Crusades for Christ, Say Yes design concept.
 

1999

While ministering to prostitutes and exotic dancers, Sister Jones saw God begin to free them from drugs, alcohol, sex addiction, homosexuality, prostitution, and abuse. As a result, “Restoring and Equipping Broken Vessels” women’s ministry was born. As life altering changes were taking place in the lives of these women and their children, New Hope Baptist Church, Fayetteville, GA partnered to meet their needs during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
 

2000
  • Ronald Richardson donated space at 81 Dodd Street in Fairburn, GA. 

  • In His G.R.E.A.T. Name Ministry became incorporated and applied for a non-profit status.

  • As community issues were addressed through innovative approaches, individual lives were changing, and those changed individuals were inspiring others. 

  • The first summer camp and after school program began with 25 children.

  • The first Annual Prayer Walk was initiated 

  • IHGNM held its first Christmas toy give away 

  • A partnership was born between I.H.G.N.M. and Mount Zion Missionary Church, Fairburn
     

2001
  • Sister Danita Harden Jones became a licensed minister.

 

  • Through speaking engagements, Pastor Jones shares the gospel locally, statewide and nationally.

 

  • I.H.G.N.M. established programs to teach the importance of God-given purpose and the endless love of Jesus Christ.

 

  • Enlisting the support of leaders in the community to assist in making the vision a reality, I.H.G.N.M.

 

  • Began providing Bible study, a women’s discipleship, a GED program, job training and placement

 

  • Opportunities, substance abuse referrals, mentoring, school delinquency/expulsion prevention

 

  • Programs, anger management counseling, and abstinence programs.

 

  • I.H.G.N.M. expanded its reach beyond the “Lightning Community” to serve the broader South

 

  • Fulton population.

 

  • I.H.G.N.M. initiated a Summer Food Program


2002
  • Purchase of a 1500 square foot building through Fulton County Community Development Block

 

  • (CDBG) grant.

 

  • Donations from Edward Wyatt (Green Oil Company) and Jay Knight (The Knight Group) assisted inthe purchase of the property.

 

  • With the assistance of reliable, responsible mentors and volunteers, I.H.G.N.M. established a youth and parent support system, thereby aiding in the reduction of school policy and public law violations; added parenting and life skill classes.

 

 

  • I.H.G.N.M. was further challenged in the task of setting individuals free from satanic worship and other occults, through the guidance of Holy Spirit that deliverance from demonic forces became an intricate mission.

 

  • The first Annual “Coming Together Day” Block Party, in association with Jay Johnson (The Family  Entertainment Center).


2003
  • Recognizing the insurmountable influence of today’s culture on youth and teens, I.H.G.N.M. beganto focus on the restoration of angry, hurting youth – through education, positive reinforcement, and goal setting and placing them into the Job Corp Program.

 

 

  • Recognizing diminishing sales of illegal drugs and prostitution activity, I.H.G.N.M. created programs to assist with job placement.

 

 

  • I.H.G.N.M. partnered with Christian substance abuse programs to aid chemically dependent clients.


2004
  • The process of developing a Christ-like character continued to be the ultimate goal and purpose of I.H.G.N.M. To implement this level of change, I.H.G.N.M. increased its realm of partnerships to  include other organizations such as Mary Hall Recovery, Potter’s House Recovery, Christian  Women Network and United Way.


2005
  • I.H.G.N.M. expanded its influence to reach other cultures, particularly the Latino community. Members of Latino gangs began to receive the gift of salvation and learn the true  meaning of being delivered from sin. I.H.G.N.M. assisted in the placement of ex-gang members into  the Job Corps Program, and encouraged former gang members to re-enroll in the public school  system.

 

  • The first annual Thanksgiving Dinner to feed the homeless and less fortunate was a great collaboration with Temple of Prayer (our hosts), the Fairburn Police Department (Captain Jeremy  Rogers), Exquisite Hair Design (Tracy Roger), Casablanca Café (Rick and Ursula Hilley) and  Landmark Christian School football team.


2006
  • IHGNM’s established programs continued to grow and impact South Fulton County, and far beyond.

 

  • I.H.G.N.M. welcomed a new partnership with Shorter College for community service.

 

  • Landmark Christian School football team tutor after school students and beautify the seniors yards.

  • The 2nd annual Thanksgiving Dinner was held at Landmark Christian School.


2007
  • Experiencing an explosion of grace, IHGNM received CDBG grant to begin building renovation.

 

  • Minister Jones was ordained as Pastor of the In His Great Name Worship Center.

 

  • In His Great Name Worship Center (IHGNWC) held its first service December 31.


2008
  • The first phase of renovation began (front office, food pantry, classrooms, and resale store).

 

  • The Ministry was expanded to include our first GED classroom.

 

  • With growth and additional community involvement, our “Coming Together Day” Block Party was renamed “Flavor on the Southside”.

 

  • Students from Landmark Christian School assisted with our after-school tutoring program.


2009
  • Formed partnership with Fulton County Foster Parents to make community aware of the need to place our children back in their own community.

 

  • I.H.G.N.M. created alliances with other agencies to enhance opportunities for individuals in our community.

 

  • Experienced the greatest blessing of unity between sixteen churches and local businesses partnering to feed the homeless and less fortunate.

 

  • Pastor Jones appointed to the City of Fairburn Development Authority.


2010
  • Reduction in crimes rates, teen pregnancy, and dropout rates.

  • Six program participants graduated high school with five attending college.

  • Continued to bridge the gap between businesses, government, and churches.

  • IHGNM Worship Center has grown to over 100 members, without a musician.

 

  • IHGNM was selected to be one of the featured CDBG recipients highlighted during CDBG Week


2011
  • Church membership increased to over 250, with a full time volunteered staff.

 

  • “Music Under the Stars” was a new component added to the “Flavor on the Southside” festivities


2012
  • Partnered with Toys for Tot and Empty Stocking Fund to provide Christmas gifts for under privileged children.

  • The Fairburn Youth Activity Center became the new site of our Annual Thanksgiving dinner 

  • Green Oil Company donated a new passenger van

 

 
2013
  • Partnered with Midwest Food Bank

  • Due to continued widespread community support, I.H.G.N.M. was able to provide increased social services, furniture, food and clothing

 

 
2014
  • Held the first Apostolic and Prophetic Conference

 

  • I.H.G.N.M. provided donated household furnishings to five relocated domestic violence survivors


2015
  • Pastor Jones was appointed a certified chaplain/ambassador to the United Nations, Member at Large

  • Pastor Jones was designated a certified chaplain by the Covenant International University & Seminary College Of Chaplaincy.

  • I.H.G.N.M. provided household furnishings, counseling and job readiness assistance to recovering substance abusers .

1999

2001

2003

2006-2007

2009-2011

2012-2013

Present activities (and) future plans of In His G.R.E.A.T. Name Ministry…

  • To complete second phase of renovation (24 Child development center, office space, classrooms).

 

  • To complete third phase of renovation (church).

 

  • To engage youth in a positive physical fitness activity, I.H.G.N.M. is working to create a Christian cheerleading league

 

  • Through speaking engagements, Pastor Jones continues to share the gospel locally, statewide and nationally.

 

  • Recognizing a lack of financial fitness in our community, I.H.G.N.M. is working to formulate an Entrepreneur/Financial Independence collaborative.

 

  • Pastor Jones, a member of South Fulton Ministerial Alliance , continues to help in providing education, equality of life and enlightenment

 

  • Plans are well underway toward the re-opening of the I.H.G.N.M. “ReNu Images” Resale Store.

 

  • I.H.G.N.M. continues to collaborate with Fairburn elected officials to encourage greater community/government relations

As our journey continues, we seek your support!

 

  • How will you impact the underserved?

  • ​​​How will you make a difference in the lives of those in need?

  • How will you help those facing insurmountable odds? 

Quite simply… your weekly, monthly, quarterly or annual
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