Welcome to the Apostolic House of Prayer

Founded in 1986, our church is located in an inner-city neighborhood on the  Southside of Chicago, Ilinois, known as the “Back of the Yards.” We have been planted in an area that is ripe  for the harvest. It is a place for real people, with real issues, who serve a real God. Our ongoing mantra is  “Pray Until Something Happens” or PUSH. Our church has been built on a solid Apostolic foundation, focused on  evangelism and rehabilitation. Some of the pillars of our church have been our Drug and Alcohol Ministry, our Youth Ministry and Community Outreach, in addition to our radio and TV Ministries. We are a church of  love, faith, and family.

Our Leaders

Bishop Arthur Bell is a Chicago native who spent his early years with his parents at the New Friendship M.B. Church under the pastorate of the late Rev. Stroy Freeman, where the seeds of faithfulness and church stewardship were instilled in him. He was first introduced to the Pentecostal experience when he visited the Apostolic Faith Church with his friend Darlene Gogins and heard the late Bishop John Holly preach. That experience made an indelible impression on his life, bringing him under conviction which later led to his salvation. He was eventually baptized in Jesus’ Name and filled with the Holy Spirit at the Mt. Zion Healing Temple in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, under the late Bishop Earl Parchia. It was there that he learned the fundamentals of the Apostolic Faith and first began singing in the church. He returned to Chicago to join the Apostolic Church of God, where he was a faithful choir member, soloist, and altar worker until he accepted the calling of God to the preaching ministry in 1981. Soon after, Bishop Arthur Brazier recognized his leadership potential and appointed him director of the Young People’s Auxiliary at the church. He held that position diligently until the Lord called him to pioneer the Apostolic House of Prayer in 1987.

God had placed a special favor and anointing on Bishop Bell, which was evident to all who witnessed the phenomenal growth of his ministry. Many throughout the Chicagoland and the Indiana area have been blessed by his fervent prayer ministry and fiery preaching over both radio and television through “Pray Until Something Happens.” Until his death, he remained a down to earth and humble vessel of God. Always quick-witted and humorous. He had the ability to  switch from joking around to being dead serious about the Word of God, telling it like it is in a manner reminiscent of old-time sanctified preachers. A loving family man, Bishop Bell remained married for over 36 years to Darlene Gogins Bell. They are blessed with four sons and four daughters, all of whom work with their parents in the ministry.

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