About Rhema

Rhema Word Church initially began as Rising Star MBC when its organizer Rev. Robert Lee Griffin, along with his wife, Bertha Griffin in 1954, answered God’s calling to organize a small group of Christians for the purpose of starting a ministry after receiving a vision from God. These services were held at 2509 W. Wilcox Street at the residency of Rev. Griffin along with six people; his wife, Sis. Bertha Griffin, Sis. Ophelia Rambo (deceased), Sis. Minnie Partlow, Sis. Alzena Edwards, Bro. Willie B. Randolph, and Rev. Flozell Rogers.

After much dedication and prayer, God blessed Rev. Griffin with a place of worship located at 3605 W. Odgen Avenue. It was at this location that by the Grace of God, and the leadership of Rev. Griffin that the name Rising Star MBC was acquired.

In 1959, Pastor Griffin and the Rising Star Family merged with the Gethsemane Family, and moved their services to another location, 3535 W. 15th Street. In 1963, Pastor Griffin gave his resignation as Pastor of the combined churches, but even in the face of disaster, the vision did not die, because the people had a mind to work. Rising Star was reorganized at 3600 W. Roosevelt Road and on February 27, 1964, officially became known as the Original Rising Star MBC.

ORS continued to look for a home and found a store for sale at 5100 W. Chicago Avenue. The church banned together and purchased this location with cash. At that location, Pastor Griffin began crowning more Deacons and organizing more ministries. Many Weddings, Christenings, Baptisms, and other services have been held there as God truly blessed Original Rising Star.

After serving faithfully for 41years, Rev. Robert Lee Griffin went into retirement as Pastor of Original Rising Star on July 31, 1995. On Wednesday, September 9, 1998 the Lord called His beloved Robert Lee Griffin from Labor to Reward. August 6th, 1995 begin a whole new season and new dimension of ministry. Our current Pastor took the reigns of leadership in 1995 and currently our ministry continues to experience explosive growth.

Our membership had increased in 8 years from 26 people to well over 800, with an active membership of over 500. Many new ministries and community outreach projects have begun including: tutoring, mentoring, youth ministry, food drives, as well as a partnership with Rhema Community Development Corporation.

January 2003 our ministry took on another phase of change, with the changing of our name and location. That year we went from being known as Original Rising Star MBC to Rhema Word Church. God also ministered to our visionary about the complacency that the church experienced being in the 5100 West Chicago Ave. location so God told us to leave, no forwarding address, just a temporary tent in Austin High School and by faith we moved and held services in the auditorium of the school. And for the next 20 months we worshipped there.

As a reward for our radical obedience, God blessed us in 2005 to purchase our current property, which gives housing to our Corporate Offices, Computer Labs, Gymnasium, as well as our worship facility. That year we went from 3000 sq. ft of property to well over 16,000 sq. ft. of property. Certainly, God rewarded our radical obedience in moving by faith to His voice. Rhema continues to move from faith to faith and glory to glory.  

Our ministry remains a Biblical-Centered ministry designed to evangelize the lost. Equip and Empower God’s people through provision of holistic ministry to our community, as well as the world. Our aim is to provide the above through vibrant worship, sound biblical teaching, and a variation of classes and programs to stabilize people with education as well as economic development to empower them as they maximize their moments in life.

What We Believe

The Scriptures: We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God and is inerrant in the original writings. The Bible being the revealed Word of God is the ground and foundation from which all claims of truth shall be substantiated. The Word of God is alive and quick! Through God's sovereign hand, the Scriptures have been preserved and are the supreme and final authority. (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 4:12)

God: We believe that there is only one true and living God existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Each is a distinct Person, but all of one essence and all having the same nature, perfection and attributes, and each is worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience. (Genesis 1:1-3, 26; Matthew 3:16,17; John 1:1,14, 10:30, 14:26, 15:26; Matthew 28:19)

Jesus Christ: We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, shed His blood on Calvary in our place, was buried, rose again and ascended to the Father according to the Scriptures. (Luke 1:26-33, 22:20, 24:46)

Holy Spirit: We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, God and co-existent with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is the Chief Agent in the regeneration of the soul, the Chief Convictor of sin, and the Chief Comforter of the believer. Simultaneous with regeneration, the Holy Spirit baptizes the believer into the body of Christ, permanently indwells him and seals him in salvation for all eternity. The Holy Spirit is the giver of spiritual gifts to the believer. (John 16:1-13; Acts 5:3-4; Titus 3:5; Matthew 3:11; Ephesians 1:13-14; I Corinthians

Man: We believe that man is the direct creation of God - body, soul and spirit. Therefore, man is not in any way a result of evolution, but is made in God's image. The sin and fall of Adam resulted in the fall of creation and mankind both physically and spiritually. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:10, 5:12, 8:18-23)

Salvation: We believe that all who, in faith, receive the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior are born again by the Holy Spirit and thus become the children of God. Salvation involves redemption, regeneration, sanctification and glorification. (Ephesians 1:7; Romans 10:9-10, 5:7-11; Colossians 1:13-14, 21-22; John 17:16-22; II Corinthians 5:17; I Corinthians 6:19)

Eternal Security: We believe that salvation is not only a gift from God but is sustained by Him as well. Salvation is wholly of the Lord, apart from the works of man. The Holy Spirit permanently indwells the believer and seals him in salvation for all eternity. Therefore, the believer shall be kept by the power of God through faith. (John 3:16, 10:27-29, 14:16-17, 26; Ephesians 1:13; 2:8-9; Philippians 1:6; I Peter 1:5; Jude 24-25)