Our founding Pastor, Rev. Deanna Jaworski, received her spiritual calling in 1983 and served for years in the music ministry for the NJ District of the Assemblies of God. One NJ district director pointed out that, "She sings with an anointing that is rich with purpose and reflects her commitment to the Lord.” In 1987, because of coming out as a God fearing born-again lesbian, she was excommunicated from her denomination for being a reproach to the cross of Jesus Christ.
While completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry and receiving her ordination, in 1997, Rev Deanna and Jill (her life partner since 1986) founded SpiritSong Ministries- "Igniting the world for Christ...one life at a time." In August 1999, SpiritSong Ministries gave birth to Church of the Holy SpiritSong (Florida) were she served as the founding, Senior Pastor until June of 2007. In November 2008, she followed the call of God to NJ and a new vision for the Jersey Shore was born. Our message is simple; the life-changing message of God's reconciliation and forgiveness is for all people, regardless of sexual orientation.
We are a Non-Denominational Church. Simply put COHSS NJ is a Christian Church that believes, relies on, and follows the infallible Word of God to guide our code of belief. As such, COHSS NJ holds no connection with mainline denominational churches and no matter what your denominational background is, you will be welcomed and will feel at home here. Under the Divine Authority and discernment of the Holy Spirit, COHSS NJ is led by the Pastors, Elders, and congregational members of our Church.
Pastor Emmanuella Prochet is the lead and senior Pastor of Church of the Holy SpiritSong NJ, currently based at the Leisure Park Village Chapel in Lakewood, New Jersey since October 2019. Pastor Emma was ordained and entrusted with COHS NJ by the founding Pastor Deanna Jaworski and Elder Jill Jaworski after 20 plus years of ministry. Born and raised in the capital of Haiti, Pastor Emma's passion is to preach the infallible Word of God to the whosoever of John 3:16, and to serve God in the Spirit of Excellence. It is Pastor Emma's greatest desire to follow through with Jesus' Great Commission to make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit which reflects COHSS NJ's Mission Statement of "Igniting the world for Christ...one life at a time!" Serving along side of Pastor Emma is her wife Elder Keisha Brown, married since 2018 and committed since 2007.
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