About us

Welcome to God's House of Worship, we are so glad you are here! We are a non-denominational church that believes in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the Bible without adding or subtracting from it. We were founded in 2002 by Pastor Sam and Tonya Houston in the small town of Marion, AL, and GHOW is proud to call them it's very own founders! From the beginning, the goal here at GHOW has been to provide a home church to not only the Christians but to the lost seeking Christ as well. We are called to take in the people in need of God's word and the power within it, and that is what our goal is - TO MAKE HEAVEN CROWDED!

Mark 16:15 says, "And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all of creation.'" The great commission! We are called to go out into the world, including Marion, AL, to preach God's word.

Meet our staff

Pastor Sam Houston

Pastor Sam Houston is the founder of God's House of Worship and the official pastor of the church for the lifetime of the church (19 years)! Pastor Sam is the creative mind behind our soundboard and light shows! He is dilligent, hard working, and we are beyond thankful that he is our pastor. He has a servants heart and believes that the gospel should be shared to all people. Pastor Sam preaches the word of God without adding to or subtracting from it. He proclaims victory over the enemy and life to the fullest through Jesus Christ!

-Sam Houston

Tonya Houston

Tonya Houston is the wife of our pastor and also played a huge role in the founding of GHOW. She is our official treasurer and event planner. She is the mind behind fundraisers, outside events, and even prepares food for REVIVE YTH services every Sunday night (and those teenagers definitely appreciate that)!

God has blessed me beyond measure. He saved me from my sin and created a new me. I was lost and miserable in a broken life of my own making. I was suicidal and just a miserable person. He brought me out and blessed me with a beautiful family that the doctors said I would never have. He saved my husband and made him new and even called him to the ministry!! He blessed me with two beautiful children after 7 miscarriages and being told by the medical community that children weren't even an option for me. They are miracles that I see in my life every day. He saved them and called them to ministry and I see Him using them in a mighty way. Those are just a few of the amazing things God has done in my life and there are many yet to come. I can't even imagine where I would be without Jesus and I want everyone to know Him and the love and joy He can bring to their life. All I can say is, 'Let me tell you about my Jesus!'"

-Tonya Houston

Joy Adams

Joy Adams is the wife of Thomas Adams. She is our live manager, Bible study teacher, evangelist, and the artist behind our beautiful event art backdrops. Mrs. Joy has been under GHOW ministries for the lifetime of the church (how awesome is that)! She is also a former worship leader here at GHOW.

I can remember all my life wanting to belong to something bigger than myself. I grew up as the youngest of 3 kids and the one with the lowest self-esteem. I suffered from depression with suicidal tendencies. I never felt good enough. As a teen I got saved and attended church for a few years, however, I fell back into the world and all of its issues. As an adult I went through 2 failed marriages and I had a child with a man I didn't marry. My child became my world! I was so thankful for him. However, I still dealt with depression. After my mom had a heart attack and having to have a heart transplant, my dad died a year later. My mom depended on me to help her and the burden was almost unbearable. Then God placed Sam and Tonya in my path and invited me to chuch. It was just what I needed. After about a month I gave my life back to God and a year later God sent Thomas Adams into my life. We married 2 months later and then God called me into the ministry. When Sam and Tonya moved on to pastor their first church, God moved my husband and I with them. After a while they founded God's House of Worship and Outreach Ministries for which I have been a proud member for 19 years. I have found where I belong and know the plan God has for me and my huband. That plan is for me to preach and teach God's Word. It is an honor to serve God in the ministry of God's House of Worship.

'How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, "How beautiful are the feel of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!' -Romans 10:14-15 KJV"

-Joy Adams

Thomas Adams

Thomas Adams is the husband of Joy Adams. He is a worship leader, ordained youth pastor, and helps build props for events. Mr. Thomas has also been a part of GHOW from the beginning. He brings a laugh and a smile wherever he goes, and is an impactful part of the outreach of our church!

-Thomas Adams

Christian Houston

Christian Houston is the son of Pastor Sam and Tonya Houston. He is a worship leader and is on our tech team. Christian helps in ever way possible, from showing up early to help prepare to taking care of grounds. He is also a leader of REVIVE YTH every Sunday night, and is a huge role model to teenagers in the area!

-Christian Houston

Faith Houston

Faith Houston is the daughter of Pastor Sam and Tonya Houston. She is also a worship leader, on our tech team, and is the GHOW social media coordinator. Faith also edits and uploads our YouTube videos. She is the mind behind the Livestream overlays, videos, and graphics. Faith is also a leader and founder of REVIVE YTH every Sunday night, and offers a smiling face and helping hand to her peers.

God has been so good to me, even when I wasn't always good to Him. He offered life to the fullest when I felt empty, and held my hand through the hardest moments of my life. I love to think about it like this; 'He willingly stepped into my darkest moment so that I, so deep in it, could walk out of it and be free.' I feel like that perfectly portrays how good God has been to me, because even when I was in a million pieces on the floor and unaware of how to get back up, God stepped in and saved me from that. So if you're here, reading this right now, wondering if life is worth it, just know that God will willingly step into your darkness and hold your hand to get you out. Ask Him. If you're still breathing, it's not too late. I promise you, a life with God is a life worth living. I love you, and Jesus loves you beyond your flaws or secrets! <3"

-Faith Houston