“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, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”
To win lost souls to Christ, see that every believer is filled with the Holy Spirit, mentored, trained and equipped to fulfill the purpose of God in their lives.
What We Believe
TENETS OF FAITH
At Jubilee Christian Center Church, we accept the scriptures as the revealed will of God, and that this body of scriptures exists for the purpose of maintaining the all-sufficient rule of faith and practice. The following tenets form the basis of all our practices and beliefs.
Holy Scripture, the Bible, is the inspired Word of God, a revelation from God to man and the sufficient rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12)
The triune Godhead is comprised of three (3) separate and distinct personalities, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, who are eternally self-existent, self-revealed and function as one entity. (Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:10; Luke 3:22)
THE DEITY OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. Scriptures declare:
- His virgin birth (Matthew 1:13; Luke 1:31, 35)
- His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22)
- His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38)
- His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21)
- His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 25:6; 1 Corinthians 5:21)
- His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3)
THE FALL OF MAN
Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God. (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19)
- Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. On the cross, Jesus Christ became sin and sickness, providing both salvation and divine healing for all mankind. (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:8-10)
- Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however, our works will determine the rewards in eternity. (Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7)
BAPTISM AND THE LORDS SUPPER
- The ordinance of baptism by burial in water as Jesus Christ was buried, should be observed as commanded in the Scriptures by all who have really repented and in their hearts have truly believed on Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In so doing, they declare to the world that they have died with Jesus and that they have also been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47, 48; Romans 6:4)
- “And when He had given thanks, He broke it, and said, ‘This is my body which is broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, also the cup, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’” (1 Corinthians 11:24; 25, 28)
THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER
All believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek, the promise of the Father, which is the “baptism of the Holy Spirit”, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With it comes the endowment of power for life and service, bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31) This wonderful experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth. (Acts 2:38; 10:44-48; 11:14-16)
EVIDENCE OF THE FILLING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
The full consummation of the filling of believers in the Holy Spirit is evidenced by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance and by the subsequent manifestation of the spiritual power in public testimony and service. (Acts 2:4; 10:44-46; Galatians 5:22-23)
Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil and of dedication to God. (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:13) The scriptures teach a life of holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14) By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command, “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:15-16) Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing our individual identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 6:1-11; 13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12-13)
THE CHURCH AND ITS MISSION
The church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, the divine appointments for the fulfillment of her great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the first born, which are written in Heaven. (Ephesians 1:22; 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23) Since God’s purpose concerning man is to save that which is lost, to be worshipped by man and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the primary reason for being is:
- To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world. (Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-20)
- To be a corporate body in which man may worship God. (1 Corinthians 12:13)
- To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son. (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 14:12)
The church exists expressly to give continuing emphasis to this reason-for-being in the New Testament apostolic pattern by teaching and encouraging believers to be filled with the Holy Spirit which:
- Enables them to evangelize in the power of the Spirit with accompanying supernatural signs. (Mark 16:15-20; Acts 4:29-31; Hebrews 2:3-4)
- Adds a necessary dimension to a worshipful relationship with God. (1 Corinthians 2:10-16; 12; 13; 14)
- Enables them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in expression of fruit, gifts and ministries as in New Testament times for the edifying of the body of Christ. (Galatians 5:22-26; 1 Corinthians 14:12; Ephesians 4:11-12)
A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the threefold purpose of leading the Church in:
- Evangelization of the world. (Mark 16:15, 20)
- Worship of God (John 4:23,24)
- Building of a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son.(Ephesians 4:11-16)
THE BLESSED HOPE
The resurrection of those who are dead in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord, is the imminent and blessed hope of the church. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:12, 1 Corinthians 15:51-52)
Meet the Pastors
Pastor Johnny Hollins, Jr.
Pastor Johnny Hollins, Jr. is a native of Ferriday, Louisiana. He is the founder and Senior Pastor of Jubilee Christian Center Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is an active participating member of Covenant Ministerial Fellowship, and Ministers of Vision and Excellence (M.O.V.E.). Pastor Johnny actively participates in civic and religious activities in the Baton Rouge community.
He has been married to his wife, Shelly, for more than 40 years. They are the proud parents of five children and five wonderful grandchildren. Pastor Johnny is a second–generation pastor. His father, Pastor Johnny Hollins, Sr., was both his father in the faith and mentor.
Pastor Johnny served as an Associate Pastor and Leader at Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana prior to accepting the call to start Jubilee Christian Center Church. Under his leadership, JCCC has grown from three family members to its present membership.
As he aspires to be a servant-leader in the Kingdom of God, Pastor Johnny has submitted himself to extensive and rigorous training, completing three years of ministers’ training school. He has undergone extensive study and training in church leadership, evangelism, church planting, and mentoring.
God has given Pastor Johnny a heart for mentoring and developing men in Christ-like character. In addition to his duties as Senior Pastor, he serves as Director of Jubilee’s Mighty Men of Valor and Married Couples Ministries. He conducts seminars, speaks at conferences and other churches, and he leads fellowships and retreats for men. Pastor Johnny also conducts family counseling based on biblical principles.
Pastor Shelly Hollins
Pastor Shelly Hollins is the wife of Pastor Johnny Hollins Jr., and Co-Pastor of Jubilee Christian Center Church. Pastor Shelly serves as the Director of the Leading Ladies Ministry and Bible Teacher. She also conducts family counseling, based on biblical principles.
Pastor Shelly served on the pastoral staff of Bethany World Prayer Center for many years. While at Bethany, she served as the Director of the Intercessory Prayer Ministry, leader in the Women’s Ministry, and authored a book and tape series, The Power of Intercession, which has been used to train and develop intercessors and establish prayer ministries in local churches throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
God has given Pastor Shelly a heart to teach the women in the body of Christ how to pray, praise, and serve the Lord and their families. The desire to help women, propelled her to launch Handmaidens Ministries–a ministry based on the principles of the Good Samaritan. She served as president of Handmaidens for many years.
Pastor Shelly has submitted herself to extensive and rigorous training, completing three years of minister’s training school and biblical counseling. She has undergone extensive study and training in church leadership, evangelism, church planting, and mentoring.
She has travelled across the United States, Canada, and Europe preaching and teaching the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Meet the Associate Pastors
Pastor Charles R. Thomas, II
is the oldest of five children and is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He and his wife, Barbara Thomas, have three children and seven grandchildren. They both accepted the call to ministry in 1990 when they founded the North Baton Rouge Women’s Help Center, a ministry to women and their unborn.
Pastor Thomas received an Associate Degree in Theology from Ministry Training Institute (An Affiliate of Vision University) in 2005. He was ordained in March 2006 at Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In 2009, Pastor Thomas joined the Jubilee Christian Center Church family and later became a member of the pastoral staff.
Pastor Thomas and Sister Barbara oversee Pastoral Care which provides home and hospital visitation to members and their family. This ministry includes providing practical help, listening, encouraging, and prayer.
Pastor Thomas also oversees JCCC’s Men’s Ministry which motivates and inspires men to become godly fathers, husbands, and servants of the Lord. This is done through teaching, fellowship, and service; providing opportunity for fostering spiritual friendships and developing discipleship relationships, so that men can grow in conformity to Christ, specifically in their roles as men.
Pastor Claudia Brown
Pastor Claudia Brown serves as both an Associate Pastor and as Director of Jubilee Christian Center Children’s Ministry. The Children’s Ministry is a Christ-centered community for children where each child encounters the love of God and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Under Pastor Brown’s direction the children of Jubilee are being equipped to change humanity with the gospel of Jesus Christ, becoming Followers of Christ Uncompromised Servants (FOCUS), through ministry teaching about salvation, obedience, love and the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Brown’s compassion for children and dedication to training them to maximize their potential, spiritually, mentally and academically, was born of more than 30 years of passionately teaching young children, in the East Baton Rouge Parish Schools where she is a certified Montessori Teacher, has a B.S., in Early Childhood Education, and a M.Ed., in Administration and Supervision. Pastor Brown, also an ordained minister, has been married and Bro. Robert Brown Jr., for over 30 years.
Pastor Gerald Porch
was born in Plaquemine, Louisiana. He is married to Athena Denise Luke. He is the father of three children and three grandchildren. He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior in the summer of 1981 and accepted the call to ministry in 1985. Pastor Porch served as Kids church pastor of Charity Christian Center for 9 years. He was ordained in October 2003 at Charity Christian Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was the Pastor of Turning Point Ministries for five years.
Pastor Gerald Porch and Sister Athena Porch now oversee Jubilee Christian Center Evangelistic Teams. The Evangelistic Teams is area of ministry where team goes out in the communities and bring hope to hopeless, liberty to the captive, peace to the troubled, salvation to lost, and healing to the sick. Our vision is to accomplish this by going out in teams and taking the good news outside the church to the highways and byways. To fulfill the Great Commission given by Jesus is greatest desire in the vision. Matthew 28:19-20.
Pastor Charles Vaughan
Pastor Charles Vaughan serves as the Foundations Class teacher at Jubilee Christian Center church. He is a native of Baton Rouge, LA. He is married to Carolyn Grimes Vaughan and is the father of two sons and one daughter. Brother Charles gave his life to the Lord in November of 1989 at Open Door Fellowship in Zachery, LA.
In 1990, the Lord led him to Bethany World Prayer Center. At Bethany Brother Charles served for many years as a Cell leader and Section Leader. Brother Charles was also active in short term missions trips, having travelled to Jinja, Uganda and Nelidova, Russia for church planting activities. In 2004, the Lord led the Vaughan Family to Port Allen Full Gospel Church (later became Harvest Church). Brother Charles and Sister Carolyn served as the administrators of the Food Ministry at Harvest Church. In October 2006, Pastor Charles accepted the call of the Lord to become a pastor and was ordained at Miracle Place Church in Baker, LA. At MPC, Pastor Charles served as a Zone Pastor and a New Believers class teacher.