Pastor Jathan K. Austin

Internationally known as a Prolific Preacher, Insightful Teacher, Loving Pastor, and Amazing Prophet Pastor J has ministered to thousands bringing hope, love, spiritual healing, and God’s rhema word to empower and advance the Body of Christ. A true gift to this world, over the years Pastor J has transitioned the congregation to the message of the Kingdom of God.

He is anointed for, and passionate about, edifying the whole body while encouraging excellence in every area of the lives of those he encounters. With a “glocal” vision, a term he coined, he desires for the church to have a global vision with a local mission. As a 5 Fold ministry, Pastor J continues to develop the church by mobilizing the members to fulfill our true destines in God and serve as true representatives of God’s character on earth.

If he’s not ministering the word of God he is active in the community reestablishing relationships by building the bridge from Grand Rapids to Grandville. In addition to his community efforts he serves on multiples boards and committees. The World Leaders Group, Board President of William C. Abney Academy, serves on GRAPP committee a diverse group of pastors that fight against injustice in West Michigan for black and brown people, and newly appointed board member of Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC).

Pastor J refuses to be placed in the traditional box of ministry and launches one of the most successful TV programs on The Word Network called ‘Young Preacher’ with Bishop Greg Davis and his brother Pastor YPJ, a show that has given a voice to hundreds of young preachers and reached millions the world

A great example of a devoted husband of 19 years and counting to Pastor Veverly (Cookie) Austin, and proud father of four children; sons Trenton, Kyle, Jaiden and daughter Alexandria we are honored to have him as our Lead Pastor of Bethel Empowerment Church.


Pastor Veverly Austin

As an internationally sought out Preacher, CEO and Visionary our Assistant pastor Veverly Austin transforms the lives of many by empowering them to live out their God-given destines. As the founder of Girl, Get Your Fight Back Inc., she challenges women and teen girls to regain control of their lives, mind, body and spirit. As the president and founder of Confident Living, she helps men & women get unstuck by teaching you how to stay on track, set goals and achieve successful confident living.

As an active member of the community, she created now in its 10th year Rockin’ the Runway a fashion show that raises breast cancer awareness by partnering with the likes of Susan G Komen, Mercy Health Hospital, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Huntington Bank, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and many many more .

Due to her amazing and selfless efforts she received special recognition from Susan G. Komen Michigan, The Giants Humanitarian Award, Grand Rapids Buisness Award (GRABB) and Philanthropy Award from the American Association of Philanthropy.  In addition, she serves on the steering committee for the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Black Women Connect group. If she’s not ministering the word of God or leading an empowerment seminar she is designing new apparel for her amazing fashion line. As a member of One Church, I can tell you without a doubt we are honored to have a true example of a modern day Proverbs 31 woman in our midst.

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