In The Beginning
God spoke to Dr. Mary Austin Jones and told her, "DELIVER MY PEOPLE, THOSE THAT ARE BOUND, CAPTIVE AND IN PRISON." This led to the beginning of the We're For Jesus House of Prayer Ministry.
Dr. Mary Austin Jones began prayer services in her home, establishing the foundation with the writing on her living room wall, "PRAISE YE, THE LORD OF HOST". After being ordained a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ on December 12, 1977 by her then pastor, Rev. Jimmie Dobbs of Paxon Revival Center, Dr. Jones was led by God to go and get a church charter. In 1980, Dr. Mary Jones and her husband, Dr. Robert Jones, converted their two-car garage into a chapel and began the We're For Jesus House of Prayer.
After being diligent in the work of the Lord, faithful in ministry, and obedient to the leading of the Lord, God blessed the We're For Jesus family (consisting of 40 adults and 60 children) with a church building, located at 3260 Lenox Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida. The church was purchased for $125,000 and completely paid off in six (6) months with tithes and offerings only! By the year 1984, the congregation had outgrown this location and the ministry purchased another church building located 1836 E. 11th Street for $80,000. Services were held in both sanctuaries.
The church continued to grow in numbers and in June 1986, the We're For Jesus family moved into the 1,000-seat sanctuary located 5000 Main Street. The church and surrounding buildings were purchased for over $500,000 and it too was paid off in less than six (6) months! Praise the Lord, we are debt free!
For 30 years now, the ministry has been blessed and increased greatly due to the obedience of Dr. Mary Austin Jones to the Word of God, fearless leadership and continual tutelage of the people of God. Dr. Jones labored faithfully in the work of ministry.