After over 19 years in full-time ministry, Joel E. Gregory and his wife, Patricia E. Gregory were presented with an unexpected opportunity for a fresh, new start. They stepped out on faith pursuing what they believed God had placed on their hearts. As founders of JEG Ministries, they began the journey toward establishing Linked UP Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
A Set Back or a Set Up?
Could this unexpected season of change be a set up for an awesome comeback? God demonstrated His faithfulness from the onset of this journey. On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, JEG Ministries announced its first exploratory meeting via social media. The meeting was held on Sunday, October 13, 2013, in a 1,000 seat auditorium at a local high school in Marietta, Georgia. It was a spectacular confirming of God’s work in Pastor Gregory and his wife. Over 1,300 people attended in support, while others were turned away due to capacity constraints. Pastor Gregory encouraged others as well as himself, citing Micah 7:1-8, to continue in God regardless of what life throws your way! The Spirit of God won 22 people to salvation and rededication! Both in obedience to God and response to the enthusiastic supporters, JEG Ministries hosted another meeting on November 17, 2013, where an additional time was added to accommodate the 1700+ in attendance.
Walking by Faith – Not by Sight (2 Cor. 5:7)
On December 1, 2013, a final meeting was held at the prestigious Cobb Energy and Performing Arts Center with well-known musical guest and radio personality, Darlene McCoy. Consistent with previous meetings, over 1700 people attended and confirmed that the Gregorys were to establish a church home in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. At this time, neither a permanent or temporary location had been identified; however, Pastor Gregory announced and declared, by faith, that JEG Ministries would start having weekly church services on January 5, 2014! On December 2, 2013, after visiting two locations, God supernaturally provided favor with Pastor C. Preston who agreed to allow JEG Ministries to use his church facility for services on Sundays and Thursdays. December 12, 2013, marks the day that this growing ministry officially had a location to call home for this exciting season. JEG Ministries officially launched on January 5, 2014, as declared by faith. Over 1800 people attended the launch celebration, illustrating the need for an additional service which was added two weeks later. God quickly demonstrated His goodness and grace. JEG Ministries started with over 2000 committed members, several hundred more supporters and moved into the administrative offices on February 3, 2014. Continually humbled by God’s mercy, grace and love during this journey, Pastor Gregory, Minister Trish, the staff and members were amazed at how much God had done in such a short period of time.
Linked UP Church
JEG Ministries officially became Linked UP Church on March 9, 2014, at the official launch celebration at the Atlanta Orchestra Symphony Hall. On March 16, 2014, Apostle Frederick and Dr. Betty Price, officially installed Pastor Gregory and Minister Trish as the pastors of Linked UP Church. They were great mentors and encouragers during this walk of faith and their launch back into ministry. Pastors Joel and Trish Gregory remained submitted to them as their pastors for continued guidance and leadership. We believe God is at work at Linked UP Church. If you haven’t visited, we invite you to see for yourself how exciting church can be when the focus is simple and people are free to go after God with passion!