Bishop Joel Peebles City of Praise Update

Many readers have asked for a Joel Peebles City of Praise Update and I am happy to report that this ministry is on FIRE!

As you know Bishop Joel and Pastor Ywlanda Peebles and members of their ministry have  gone through many trials and tribulations over the past few years with regard to leadership of the Jericho City of Praise Landover Campus.

I will never forget the day I watched the video of Bishop Joel  and Pastor Ywlanda Peebles being escorted from their beloved Landover Campus,  that incident alone would make the average person give up, not the Peebles,  and because of their faithfulness and trust in God, not only is their ministry on Fire, they are also growing by leaps and bounds, BUT GOD!

I remember receiving an E-mail from a member of Jericho City of Praise asking for my help in bringing national exposure to their story and their  court case website,  I obliged by writing post after post and reaching out to bloggers  and fellow print journalists to help spread the word, not only did their story go mainstream, they were blessed to receive national televised exposure through Roland Martin Special Report, BUT GOD! 

I  remember vividly, updating the readers on the  many court dates, appeals and delays that they had to endure over the  years, so much until many times I had to push myself to  even want to write another post about it because it was becoming so discouraging, then one by one cases started being dismissed  and I was encouraged to keep writing, BUT God!

I remember when members were busy trying to find a place to temporarily hold worship service, contacting me to help get the word out so members would know where to come to worship, then after just a couple of Sundays, I was elated to report that City of Praise was outgrowing  their worship space  (hotel),  BUT God! I remember God sending them angels to help including Bishop Neil Ellis, Sheryl Brady and too many to name in this blog post, Chile, watch the video.

I am crying as I write this blog post because I am in awe of  how God has used and blessed Bishop Joel and Pastor Peebles .  I learned so many lessons from  following them and reporting on their journey, the most important being:


  1. Never GIVE UP on GOD, cause he’s got you, even at your lowest point, God’s  got you!
  2. Love Thy Neighbor,  even when storms arise and your friends start to become your frienemies,  God’s Got You!  Love them anyhow so you can continue to be blessed!
  3. Move Forward, even when you don’t know how you are going to do it, just do it, cause God Got You, he will supply all your Needs and MORE!

I could write more, but I wanted to show you better than I could ever tell you.  Please read the blog posts highlighted and view the video above in its entirety so that you can see the power of the Lord and  the blessings he bestows upon those that  believe and trust in Him even when it appears you have lost it all!

These pastors and the members of  City of Praise could have given up, they could have fought like lions in a den, but they did not, they fought with love, they trusted God and they moved forward. As a result, they are stronger and better than they were before being escorted off of a property.

God, through the Peebles ministry, has shown the world that HIS church is NOT of brick and mortar and if you believe in HIM he will supply you with MANY  brick and mortar houses of worship!  More than you could ever have imagined.

So to answer the question of how  Bishop Joel and Pastor Ywlanda  Peebles and the members of Jericho City of Praise are doing now?  From the looks of things, Bishop Joel Peebles, Pastor Ylwanda and the members of Jericho City of Praise   are doing just fine, no, better than fine.  While they continue to have a few Jericho City of Praise court cases regarding the Landover, MD campus still pending, City of Praise church is moving forward, staying focused on God and family,   In their own words:

City of Praise Family Ministries  is more than a church, and what we believe are more than just words on a page. We care about people more than anything, and we serve a God that cares more than anyone.  We could tell you a little bit about us, but really everything you need to know can be summed up in one word: “Family”.

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“Worship at the City of Praise Family Ministries is a special experience. But it’s not because of us! We’ve just discovered that if you get out of God’s way He will do some amazing things in our lives. But don’t take our word for it. Come and experience the move of God for for yourself!”

Chile,  let’s all take a page from Joel Peebles City of Praise book in 2015 by LOVING our Neighbors and moving forward no matter what!