Church Planting

House of Hope and Restoration Church in Huntsville is looking for the spiritually dry, hurting people of Huntsville’s inner city. According to Pastor Jarman Leatherwood, this church plant is seeing lives transformed every day, like the dry bones that came to life in Ezekiel 37.

Pastor Jarman is passionate and purposeful in his work as a church planter. In 2014, when he felt called to start a new church in the inner city of Huntsville, he knew he did not want to be a “lone ranger” in the effort. So he reached out to his director of missions, Dr. Charlie Howell, and that relationship led him to Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions State Missionary Lamar Duke.

Pastor Jarman attended basic church planting training and began participating in the coaching network. Then he repeated the class and brought his leadership team along. “We already had the passion and the ‘want-to,’ but they gave us the nuts-and-bolts know-how to do ministry the right way,” he said. “The relationship has been critical and such an incredible resource for our ministry.”

Today, House of Hope and Restoration is a thriving church plant with a new building and a living hope that helps members stay strong regardless of circumstance.

  • Pray for House of Hope and Restoration Church and the other 80+ church plants across Alabama as they seek to reach the unchurched with the hope of Christ.
  • Pray for Pastor Jarman and his family. He is not only serving as a church planter, but he is now teaching some of the basic church planting classes offered by the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.
  • Pray for more people who feel led to plant churches to do like Pastor Jarman and reach out to their director of missions and the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions for support.