Some of the smallest cities in America have birthed people who have been destined for greatness. In the small city of Martinsville, Virginia, there is a pastor who validates the Apostle Paul's decree of "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Bishop Michael Penn, better known as "Pastor Penn" is married to Angela Kidd Penn and is the father of 3 children; Jonathan, Sean and Candice. He also has two grandchildren, Havyn and Jaxon.

In the year 2000, Pastor Penn began this journey of destiny when he was appointed Senior Pastor of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church which is now known as The Galilean House of Worship (The GHOW). Pastor Penn has also been divinely appointed to be one of the spiritual gatekeepers for Martinsville and Henry County, a rural area with a population of about 15,000 people. When he started pastoring, the church had about 200 members and the church has grown to over 1500 members. God has placed in his heart to teach the body of Christ for the last days. He has also been called to teach and preach to the nations.

In addition to his role as Senior Pastor of The Galilean House of Worship, Pastor Penn established Michael Penn Ministries International and The League of Independent Ministers (L.I.M.) in 2006. L.I.M. was birthed based on Hebrews 6:12, "That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises." L.I.M. is a mentorship that provides access to resources and positive guidance, direction, support and motivation for pastors, and helps ministers and churches get to the next level. Since its conception, apostles, bishops, elders, and ministers have been joining from all across the United States and has grown to well over 100 members. L.I.M. is an awesome fellowship that allows God's leaders from all denominations to network, share, learn and grow together without having to leave their own churches or beliefs.

Pastor Penn has established The Galilean House of Worship (The GHOW) as a word based, non-denominational church. A theme verse for the church is Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Pastor Penn speaks his heart in saying "We want to be a place to give people hope." He describes The GHOW as a WASH house, W-Worship, A-Army, S-School, and H-Hospital. He has a strong desire for the spiritual growth of people and excellence in ministry. In 2009, Pastor Penn and The Galilean church family marched into a new 43-acre site which includes a 60,000 square feet state of the art church facility which is Phase I of the vision. Phase II began to take shape in 2012 and uses existing land in the rear of the church to construct a park, walking trail and amphitheater. Phase III will include a plaza with a fellowship hall, gym, bookstore and restaurant. Phase IV will utilize an additional 23-acre site for leadership training and for a retreat/half way house which will provide bunk housing for those in need of short-term habitation.

Pastor Penn speaks his heart in stating, "My desire is to see all of God's people, especially pastors and ministers, mature in excellence in ministry and life and to share with God's people the principles, information, and revelation from God."- Dr. Michael Penn Bishop Michael Penn

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