You will often hear me say, “Don’t tell me who you’re over until you tell me who you’re under.” There are few principles that I believe in more than surrendering to the spiritual authority of one who you feel called to.It is more important than ever, as men and women of significant leadership positions—who can be vulnerable with very few; who have the pressure to preach, perform, and pastor—that we have that one person who holds us accountable, who checks in to see how we’re doing, who has the experience and wisdom to guide us when we don’t know what to do.Bishop Joey covered me, gave me wise counsel, and spoke life over me—as he still does to this day.It was his advice during that difficult time that ultimately led me to start The Word Church.He is honored to be married to First Lady Victory Vernon and they have five children. Vernon has enjoyed a prolific, storied career in pastoring, but consciously chooses to never stop growing, personally or vocationally.
It was at this time that God placed Bishop Joey Johnson in my life. With over twenty-five years in ministry and nearly two decades in the pastorate, Dr. Vernon is the founder and senior pastor of The Word Church, the largest and fastest growing church in the history of Cleveland, Ohio and one of the fastest growing churches in America. It is no secret that the solitary life can be immensely challenging—especially for those with the desire to eventually get married. Vernon’s 10 Rules of Dating is a lifeline for singles who are searching for answers on how to successfully navigate the sometimes cloudy, unsettling waters of the dating pool.I am convinced that part of the reason God divinely orchestrated Bishop Joey’s intervention and allowed me to have that experience was to show me the importance of both covering and submission.