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Dr. R.A. Vernon


Dr. R. A. Vernon is the founder and senior pastor of The Word Church, the largest and fastest growing church in the history of Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Vernon has enjoyed a prolific career as a spiritual leader in the city of Cleveland, but the influence of his mission and message transcends geographical boundaries as he inspires audiences around the nation through social and digital media.

Dr. Vernon understands the value of mentorship, and founded The Shepherds Connection, a group of some 200 senior pastors and their spouses from around the nation to whom he provides strategic leadership, counsel on pastoral and personal matters, and spiritual guidance.


He is the author of four books, The Blessing Behind Closed Doors, Size Does Matter: Moving Your Ministry from Micro to Mega, Dr. R.A. Vernon’s 10 Rules of Dating, Help! My Pastor’s Under Pressure! How Leaders Can Help Their Pastor Succeed, and Dr.

R. A. Vernon Ten Rules of Dating in the Social Media Age.

Dr. Vernon has a Diploma of Theology with a concentration in Black Church Studies, a Master of Arts in Practical Theology, and a Doctorate of Ministry with a concentration in Church Growth, all from Ashland Theological Seminary. He is married to Dr. Victory Vernon, and they have five children.

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