A HISTORY OF REFUGE IN KENTUCKY
In August 1976, God spoke to late Chief Apostle, Bishop William L. Bonner, and instructed him to send his son in the gospel, Elder Raymond J. Keith Jr. to establish a church in Louisville, KY. Elder Keith, his wife Joan Keith, and their three small sons, left New York for Kentucky. Upon arriving, there was no existing congregation.
Pastor Keith settled in a building located at 901 South 40 Street, which was consecrated Refuge in Kentucky COOLJC on October 23, 1976 by the late Apostle J.P. Steadman, and began to build. Those early years serve as a testament to Pastor and Sister Keith's faith in and obedience to God. On March 8, 1991, Pastor Keith and congregation took possession of the facility located at 600 East Market Street, where they still worship to this day. This edifice was consecrated on April 28, 1991 by Bishop Samuel R. Peters.
The Refuge in Kentucky Ministry is committed to meeting the needs of the whole man, by implementing outreach programs to address physical, emotional, psychological, and educational needs of its members, and the community at large.
Our former location on East Market Street in Downtown Louisville
A HISTORY OF THE CHURCH OF
OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (COOLJC)
The Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ was founded by the late Bishop R. C. Lawson in 1919 in a basement in the 40th Street area in New York, NY. Shortly, the congregation grew to 200 members, and a facility was secured on West 133rd Street.
With continued growth, the church moved to its present location at 124th Street and 7th Avenue. Upon Bishop Lawson's home going in 1961, the late Bishop William L. Bonner became the pastor of the "Mother Church" and began renovation of the Greater Refuge Temple - the headquarters of our organization.
COOLJC now has membership of more than 30,000 across the US as well as ministries in the Caribbean, West Africa, Mexico, Canada, the Philippines, Europe, and other nations across the globe.