Established in 1909, the Church of God Sanctuary of Praise was originally known as the Church of God Auditorium. Located on the corner of Steele Street and Blue Avenue, it has been a bastion of Christian worship and discipleship in Jacksonville, Florida for over 100 years. In 1991, our church family dedicated our new worship facilities on Soutel Drive. In our endeavor to make Christ known in all the world, our vision and mission compels us to make serving our community our first priority.
The mission of the Church of God Sanctuary of Praise is to make Christ’s last commandment as recorded in Matthew 28:19, our F.I.R.S.T. commitment, through:
Interacting with our community
Relieving the oppressed
Strengthening the Body of Christ, and
The Church of God Sanctuary of Praise is a Spirit-filled body of believers, composed of many members, who are actively sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ by ministering to the needs of the nearly 1 million people in Jacksonville, Florida.
“May He send you help from the sanctuary…” (Psalms 20:2).
Kevin Hardy, Senior Pastor and wife Lady Rosalyn.
Bishop Kevin Hardy, from a youth, accepted the calling that God has for his life to be a pastor as well as an educator. Bishop Hardy earned a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of South Florida, and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida. He has also matriculated through the Church of God ministerial development program and achieved the highest rank of ministry, Ordained Bishop, in 2002.
In addition to pastoring, Bishop Hardy has served the Church of God as a regional and district overseer, state councilman, teacher and lecturer for the ministerial development program, and is a prolific preacher and teacher of the Word of God.
Pastor Hardy served as Senior Pastor at the Chester Church of God in Yulee, Florida from 2000–2005 and the Resurrection Life Fellowship Church of God in Delray Beach, Florida from 2005 – 2019. Pastor Hardy served these communities as a visionary, a preacher and teacher of the Word of God, an anointed musician/praise and worship leader and a community leader in the area of education and academic achievement. Pastor Hardy has been appointed Senior Pastor at the Sanctuary of Praise Church of God in Jacksonville, Florida as of June 2019.
Bishop Hardy has been married to the wife of his youth, Lady Rosalyn Kendeall Hardy since June 10, 1995. God has blessed them with one daughter, Genesis, one son – Kevin Samuel, a son-in-law -Nathaniel Sr. and a precious grandson – Nathaniel Jr. Together, Bishop & Lady Hardy joyfully serve the Body of Christ.
Torrence Thomas, Youth and Family Evangelism Pastor
Torrence Thomas has been a member of Church of God since 1990 and currently serves as the NE Florida Evangelism Director.
During his tenure, Pastor Thomas has served in a variety of leadership roles such as Evangelism Director, Council of Elders, and Youth Pastor. In June, 2015, Pastor Thomas was awarded the office of Bishop by the Church of God.
Pastor Thomas served in the United States Army from 1989 to 1993 after being honorably discharged. He has worked diligently to educate and equip himself to spread the gospel beyond the walls of the church and into the surrounding community.
Pastor Thomas is a certified Community Service Chaplain (Commission of Church of God), certified Chaplain (American Chaplain Association) and Business Chaplain (Life Changing University). Pastor Thomas received a Master’s Degree in Theology in 2011 and later received his Doctorate in 2016.
Pastor Thomas has not only faithfully served his local church; he is also a committed volunteer. He reads and ministers the word to residents at skilled nursing facilities, he volunteers as a hospital chaplain, he ministers to prison inmates, and his position as a Community Youth leader allows him to be a role model.
Pastor Thomas is recognized by his peers, as a man who sincerely loves the people of God. He not only ministers to lost souls, but he encourages and motivates individuals to fulfill the call of God for their lives.
Pastor Thomas is married to his wife of 33 years, Belinda Lockley Thomas
Through excellence in preparation, these ministries help us to provide weekly worship opportunities designed to lift up the name of Jesus to a diverse population, engaging worshippers of all age groups in the liberating fullness of God’s presence.
These ministries help us to reach our goal of sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through showing acts of kindness and benevolence throughout our community.
These ministries help us to ensure Christian discipleship and ministerial development through Christian Education programs that emphasize personal and corporate Bible study , ministerial training, and spiritual development for all believers.