We are Love, Faith & Hope Ministries International

Advancing the principles of God’s Kingdom on earth.

On behalf of our leadership team and the entire membership of Love, Faith & Hope Ministries International, I would like to welcome you to our website. I am pleased that you have taken the time to get acquainted with our church family. My prayer is that this will mark the beginning of a closer walk with God for you and yours.

Our website provides a snapshot of what we are about. But a snapshot can only go so far. To get to know us, and to experience the truth that comes from knowing Jesus Christ, I would like to invite you to a worship service, Bible study, or one of our outreach and evangelism activities.

We would love to share the word of God with you.

– Reverend John Goddard, Pastor

To make Christ known through teaching, evangelism, worship and Biblical living.

Love, Faith & Hope Ministries International is an integrated Christian fellowship dedicated to serving God, learning about His Word and sharing the gospel with people of all nations. Ours is a Christ-centered, Bible-based, Spirit-led fellowship. Our primary purpose for coming together as a ministry is to Love one another, following the example of Christ who loved us and gave His life as a sacrifice to save us from our sins. This salvation is a free gift for all who have Faith in Christ and have received Him as their personal Lord and Savior. Thus, regardless of circumstance, we have Hope because of this wonderful grace of God. 

Our hope is that people of all nations, backgrounds, races, and creeds will feel at home at Love, Faith & Hope Ministries International. We believe that we are all children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. In the words of the apostle Paul, “… there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” This means that we treat anyone who walks through our doors with the dignity that is befitting to a child of God. Bring your family, invite a friend, or come as you are. Let us make Christ known together.

Our Core Values

Love for God and Man

Faithfulness to Jesus and His word




Respect for our Individual and Church Families

Respect for Spiritual and Civil Authority



God Loving, Christ Lead, People Welcoming, and Humble Servants of God

Reverend Dr. John Goddard


Pastor and Sister Ruth: Growing Together in Faith

Reverend John Goddard was born in Georgetown, Guyana.  He first met Sister Ruth in 1981, when Ruth was at the Goddard residence to visit John’s sister. At the time, Ruth was in High School studying for the General Certificate Examinations, while John worked for Guyana Telecommunications. They met again in 1982, and it was at a crusade attended by Ruth and her best friend that John accepted the Lord into his life. In December 1983, John and Ruth were engaged.

Their life together since then has seen nothing but steady growth. John, under the mentorship of Pastor Green became a Youth Pastor, while Ruth taught Sunday School. Soon after, Ruth enrolled in the Guyana School of Agriculture. John connected with a family friend, Pastor Brooks, who would later become his Pastor. Under the tutelage of Pastor Brooks and others, John learned intercessory prayer, and shortly after the Love and Faith Church was born.

In 1988, John migrated to the US, and joined Zoe Ministries in New York, under the leadership of Bishop Jordan. He returned to Guyana and on January 6, 1990, John and Ruth were married. John returned to the U.S. to attend the School of the Prophet, and start a bible school under Zoe Ministries. Ruth remained in Guyana to care for their first daughter, Theodosia. John traveled around the world with Bishop Jordan as his deacon, conducting prophetic conferences, seminars, and training for prophets.

Ruth joined John in the U.S. a few days before Thanksgiving in 1992, and the following year, their daughter Deborah Theodora was born. In 1993, Ruth became a Deaconess at Zoe Ministries, and also enrolled in New York Technical College to pursue Nursing. During her studies, their third daughter, Thalia was born. After serving and working for Zoe Ministries for several years, the family moved to Maryland, where Ruth went to work for at Washington Hospital Center, as a Registered Nurse. After many years of praying, God blessed the Goddard family with a handsome baby boy Thaddeus John on Fathers Day, June 18th 2000.

Ruth continued school and obtained her Bachelors from University of Maryland in 2002. During this period, John was ordained as a minister. Shortly after, he was asked to Pastor New Generation Bible Church under the leadership of Bishop and Rev. (Mrs.) G. I. Elomobor.

The Goddard family was blessed further when John and Ruth adopted Daniel and Cassiah. The family has continued to pursue God, and to put Him first in every area of their lives. Pastor John received a honorary doctorate degree from Friends University. Ruth holds a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree in Advance Practice Nursing from George Mason University.

Today, Rev. (Dr.) John Goddard is the Pastor of Love, Faith & Hope Ministries International.  He also is a master Plumber, and manages his own business TJ's Plumbing . Ruth is President of Favored Women of God (FWOG).  The couple reside in Maryland.  

Our Services

We invite anyone and everyone to attend our Services as we worship and celebrate God in song, scripture, communion, and prayer.

Sunday Bible Study

Our purpose in the Sunday Bible Study is to study the Word of God and encourage, comfort and build each other up as instructed in scripture.  A typical Bible Study will include breakout sessions for men, women and youth.  In the adult sessions, the discussions are extended to address scriptural teachings on important topics such as marriage, family life, raising children, etc.  Each study is unique, but the discussions are framed around specific readings in the Bible, followed by exegetical, theological, and rhetorical studies with practical applications to Christian life. 

Sunday @ 09:30am

Intercessory Prayer

During Intercessory Prayer, we pray for Love, Faith & Hope Ministries International, our Pastor, leadersship team, individual members and for the body of Christ.  The prayer sessions are spirit led and power-packed.  They are directed to break all yokes and set the captives free.

Sunday @ 09:30am

Family Service

The purpose of the church service at Love, Faith & Hope Ministries International is to spread the Gospel.  Christ commands his disciples to go out and spread the gospel to all nations.  Our church services are intended to facilitate a personal relationship with Christ for the believer through a message of faith in Jesus Christ.  Services are held on Sundays, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (approximately), or as necessary (e.g. Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve).  

 Love, Faith & Hope Ministries International services are bible-based and spirit-led, and combine praise, worship, teaching, prayer and fellowship.  A typical service will include praise and worship, opening charges, testimonies, prayer, bible readings, teaching, musical ministrations and a central message.  The services are free to anyone who wishes to attend.  Members are encouraged to contribute through tithes and offerings to support the ministry.    

Sunday @ 10:00am

Bible Study

Bible Study may be held several times a week.  Love, Faith & Hope Bible Studies may be held in a church facility, in the home of a member of the community or by phone conference.  The study are  intended to provide a supportive environment to delve into the word and encourage, comfort and build each other up as instructed in scripture.  Each study is unique, but the discussion is framed around specific readings in the Bible, followed by exegetical, theological, and rhetorical studies with practical applications to Christian life. 

Thursday @ 07:00pm

Upcoming News and Events

We seek to actively engage our community with fellowship, love, and good times.

Check back soon for more news and events.

We always have services and outreach events every week though!

Evangelism and Outreach

One of the ways we grow as a body of Christ is by reaching out and fellowshipping with our neighbors.

Community Outreach

Love, Faith & Hope Ministries is a family-oriented church.  Our community outreach is intended develop Christian fellowship in the community and celebrate Christ.  We meet with members of the community to dine, sing, pray and commune as instructed by scripture.  

Tuesday @ 07:30pm


The Great Commission was given over 2,000 years ago.  Should we still obey this command of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?  At Love, Faith & Hope Ministries International, the answer is a resounding "Yes."

The main purpose of our Evangelism Program is to win souls to Christ.  We will do this through visitations, sharing the word of God through face-to-face interaction or electronically, handing out flyers, participating in community events to spread the gospel and outreach in the surrounding communities.

Saturday @ 03:00pm

Ministries and Departments

Our ministries span all generations.
We welcome you to join one of our ministries as we grow together.

Praise and Worship Team

Praising My Savior All the Day Long

"I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth." Psalm 34: 1. 

Praise & Worship at Love, Faith & Hope Ministries International is not just an activity; it is an all-encompassing attitude and expression of worship and adoration to God. The vision of the Praise & Worship Team is to inspire, encourage, train, and direct those whom God has called into the music ministry with a spirit of service, excellence, sensitivity, purity, humility and strength.

The Team meets for rehearsals every Saturday at from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Guardians of the Sanctuary

Men and Women at the Gates

"Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land." Proverbs 31:23.    The Guardians of the Sanctuary are the annointed men and women dedicated to ushering in the presence of God through maintenance of the church sanctuary and premises.  Responsibilities include:

(1) Cleaning and maintaining orderly use of the sanctuary and premises before, during and after services.

(2) Ushering members and visitors to their seats during services and providing adequate directions to restrooms and conveniences.

(3) Working with facility maintenance staff to ensure that heating and air conditioning are functioning properly.

Technology Department

Spreading the Gospel through Complementary Technologies

The Technology Department at Love, Faith & Hope Ministries International assists the church in spreading the gospel through audio and video technologies, electronic media and the world wide web.  The functions of the department include:

(1) Using technology to enhance the worship experience and creating electronic archives of services.

(2)  Disseminating CDs and DVDs of services and church events to members and the public at large.

(3) Staying abreast with latest trends in audio and video technology and making recommendations regarding new equipment.

Favored Women of God

Developing and Connecting Women Around the World

The Favored Women of God (FWOG) auxiliary is an integrated women's fellowship dedicated to developing and connecting women all over the world to advance the kingdom of God.


(1) To develop a culturally diverse woman’s fellowship through prayer, evangelism, fellowship, and ministration of the gifts of God so as to expand the Kingdom of God;

(2) To restore dignity to womanhood through Jesus Christ.

(3) To nurture virtuous spirit-filled women who will promote love and unity in the body of Christ. 


(1) To train women to embrace Godly principles that will produce virtuous sisters, wives, and mothers (Titus 2: 4-5).  

(2) To develop women in their calling and gifts through seminars, conferences, and role modeling. 

(3) To inspire women to develop to their maximum potential. 

(4) To support the departments in the church through spiritual gifts and calling. 

(5) To participate in community outreach programs and to help women find their calling in the Kingdom of God and at Love, Faith & Hope Ministries International.

Sons of Encouragement

Raising Good Men, Filled with the Holy Spirit and Faith

The vision of the Sons of Encouragement men's auxiliary is to raise good men, "filled with the holy spirit and faith," to serve as servant leaders in God's kingdom.


(1) To lead the Love, Faith & Hope Ministries International family in advancing the principles of the kingdom of God.

(2) To raise strong and courageous men to lead their families in worship.

(3) To build an army of believers to spread the gospel.

(4) To help hold each other accountable in doing God's work.

Images and Videos

See the many faces of Love Faith and Hope Ministries Intl.
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Where we worship

8950 Edmonston Road

(Old Greenbelt Middle School)

Greenbelt, MD 20770

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