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About Vision of Hope Church of God

The ministry of Vision of Hope Church of God got started through divine guidance and direction from the Holy Spirit on April 6, 2008, right in the height of a financial recession which at the time had adverse effect on the US economy. Over the years God has proven Himself, faithful to us many times in many ways. We are a ministry that was established upon solid biblical principles and we will always be guided by those principles.

At the very core of our ministry is the empowerment of God’s people, and we are motivated to live out our mission, which is; To empower believers and individuals to live victoriously, and to realize their God given potential. To instill hopes and dreams in the hopeless through the power of prayer, fasting, and the preached word.


Our mandate (To advance God’s Kingdom and fulfill Christ’s mandate) is wrapped up in St. Matthew 28:19-20: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


Much emphasis will always be placed upon these two verses of scripture, one found Luke 4:18, and the other in Zechariah 4:6  


The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. Luke. 4:18


Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Zech. 4:6

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Our Pastor

Bishop Ronald R. Blackwood is the Senior Pastor of Vision of Hope church of God, a ministry that gave birth on April 6, 2008. He is an anointed servant leader whose life is dedicated to empowering the people of God to live victoriously and to fulfill their God given potentials. The hallmark of his anointing is evident through his prophetic ministry, and is lived out in our motto “A Place Where Hope is Restored And Dreams Come Alive”. Evangelism and the love for God’s people is very dear and close to the heart of Bishop Blackwood.


Bishop Blackwood was born in the beautiful Caribbean island of Jamaica, in the parish of Westmoreland. He received the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at an early age. He started active ministry at Good Tidings Mennonite Church, Kingston, Jamaica. While at Good Tidings he developed a passion for evangelism, and was actively involved in community and street witnessing resulting in souls being added to the Kingdom of Heaven.


After migrating to the United States of America, he joined the ministry at New Life Fellowship Center Church of God where he served for fourteen years. During his time at New Life he served in numerous capacities such as men’s fellowship president, evangelism president, Sunday school teacher, Pastor’s council member and Assistant Pastor. In 2000 Bishop Blackwood under the leadership of Bishop Clinton Ruddock, received his exhorter license. In 2002 Bishop Blackwood completed his ministerial Internship Program (M.I.P.) after which he received his ordained minister’s license.


In 2001 Bishop Blackwood attended the Billy Graham School of Evangelism to further pursuit his passion for evangelism. He took the knowledge he gained at the Billy Graham School of Evangelism, and conducted evangelism seminars at New Life Fellowship Center and Cathedral Church of God. He also served as District Evangelism Director for the Broward West District.

Bishop Ronald Blackwood is also a loving husband, who has been married to his wife Sonia for thirty-five years. A marriage that produces three beautiful daughters, Felessia, Jelisa and Melissa, along with five grandchildren.

Bishop Ronald Blackwood has been called to the ministry for such a time as this!

Bishop Ronald Blackwood

Senior Pastor


Our Beliefs

Vision of Hope is a part of the Church of God Denomination, with its International Offices at Cleveland Tennessee. As such, these are our beliefs to guide our faith and practice.


The Church of God believes the whole Bible to be completely and equally inspired and that it is the written Word of God. The Church of God has adopted the following Declaration of Faith as its standard and official expression of its doctrine.

We Believe:

  • In the verbal inspiration of the Bible.

  • In one God eternally existing in three persons; namely, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

  • That Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, conceived of the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary. That Jesus was crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. That He ascended to heaven and is today at the right hand of the Father as the Intercessor.

  • That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins.

  • That justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.

  • In sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ; through the Word, and by the Holy Ghost.

  • Holiness to be God's standard of living for His people.

  • In the baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.

  • In speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and that it is the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

  • In water baptism by immersion, and all who repent should be baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

  • Divine healing is provided for all in the atonement.

  • In the Lord's Supper and washing of the saints' feet.

  • In the premillennial second coming of Jesus. First, to resurrect the righteous dead and to catch away the living saints to Him in the air. Second, to reign on the earth a thousand years.

  • In the bodily resurrection; eternal life for the righteous, and eternal punishment for the wicked.

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