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The Bishops

Church Planting in New York City

Adam and Erin Bishop, Griffin, Adelaide, and Max

Originally from the great state of Georgia, Adam and Erin along with their 3 kids, Max, Adelaide, and Griffin, now reside in Queens, New York City. Erin grew up right here in Blairsville and attended First Baptist until she moved away for college. Over 7 years ago, they moved from Alabama, where Adam served as mission pastor in a local church, to New York City in order to plant a church in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the U.S. Queens is known as "The World's Borough" because of the

immense diversity.

It is a true reflection of the world because of the vast number of languages, cultures, cuisines, and religions represented among the people of Queens. With more than 167 languages spoken, the Jackson Heights neighborhood feels like you are truly in another country the minute you step off the subway. The need to reach the many unreached people groups residing in Jackson Heights is mind-boggling to say the least.

Adam and Erin, along with their church planting team, have planted a church that takes into account the cultural and religious background of the community. They meet in a Pakistani Muslim restaurant for Sunday worship and have people from India, Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, the U.S., and a few other countries attending their service. Jackson Heights Community Church is a gospel-centered, spirit-empowered community that loves Jesus passionately and exists to make disciples in New York City and, through it, the world. They want to be a church that plants more churches and they are already praying about where God would have them plant the next church.

The Bishops see the church as a picture of what heaven will be like and their desire is that the many unreached peoples of the world would meet the one true God while living life in the Jackson Heights community and perhaps take the gospel back to their native country. Please pray for God to raise up indigenous leaders within their body who will lead new congregations for the sake of the gospel.

Prayer Requests:

  • Pray for us as we gather back at the Kabab King Restaurant as one church community. Because of the pandemic, we started a House Church Network.
  • Pray for the South Asian Community Center, a ministry of JHCC. Pray for the ESL, Job Prep, Citizenship, and Computer classes that are offered to our community. Pray for opportunities to share the love of Jesus with our students.
  • Pray for our family