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Our History

A vision from God was imparted in the heart and mind of Pastor Martin L. Jakes, Sr. to organize a ministry which would personify the very heart of Christ in ways that would impact the world with the light of God’s love. Thus Pastor Jakes was prompted to call it Light of the World Church International. This vision came to him in 1991 in a little church in Lithonia, GA where he, at that time, served as minister of music. In 1996 Pastor Jakes planted his first church named Light of the World Baptist Church. Through this ministry souls were won to the Lord and lives changed, though in 2003 this young ministry dissolved, yet the vision never died. Through it all, Pastor Jakes never lost the passion for pastoral ministry and the vision God gave him in 1991. During what Pastor Jakes call the “silent years” of ministry, he served other pastors and churches, until he was called to pastor Greater Mount Hermon Baptist Church, a small church in the heart of Atlanta where in a year’s time the church experienced rapid growth to doubling in size. It was during his tenure there that the Lord began to intensify the vision for Light of the World.


Our Purpose

Our purpose is to communicate the gospel of Jesus Christ, and demonstrate God's unconditional love to all people; whereby all people will come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and be transformed into the kingdom of God.

Our Vision

Light of the World Church International exists to ENLIGHTEN people through the illuminating Word of God (Make the word understandable); EXPAND Christ through Witness (Expose more people to Jesus); EMPOWER the total man toward a transformed life in Christ Jesus (Enabling people to succeed).



Statements of Belief


  • One God in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • The inspiration of the whole Bible as God's infallible revelation to man.

  • Jesus Christ's deity, virgin birth, sinless humanity, substitutionary death, atoning blood, bodily resurrection, and ascension to heaven.

  • Salvation by faith in Christ alone, without works, and solely by grace.

  • The need of works to express gratitude and give a living demonstration of God's transforming power.

  • The resurrection of the body: eternal glory for believers in heaven, and everlasting punishment for unbelievers in hell".

  • The one true church, the universal body of Christ, consisting of all believers, regardless of race or social standing.

  •  Obedience to our Lord's command to lead people of all nations to faith in Christ and to grow in Christ likeness.

  •  The need for spiritual growth through Bible study, prayer, witnessing, and involvement in a Bible-believing church.

  • The imminent rapture of the Church and Christ's personal return to establish His kingdom on earth.


Our Impact