Pastor John H. Young, Sr
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The In's & Out's of Broadcast Ministry

Posted on July 28, 2009 at 12:19pm 1 Comment

I've seen a whole lot of good men and women of the Gospel attempt launching their ministries, and waste ministry resources on ineffective marketing strategies. I've been in the radio & television ministry for 18 years, and just when I thought I saw or heard it all, something new is introduced to the Christian Marketplace that makes me sit back and say OMG.

For those who are serious about proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I want to share with you some very small things you… Continue

Ask The Pastor: What makes a Father a good one?

Posted on June 21, 2009 at 9:19am 0 Comments

I did not want this to get lost or buried somewhere... Thanks Tony for asking this very important question. This is the type of conversation that is needed to help encourage "The Broken Man"

Toney Rhodes: You with families being all mixed and matched up now a days, what makes a Father a good one? Is it the one who pays his child support on time? Is it the one who lives in the house? Is it the one that gives his kids whatever they ask for? is it the one that stays away because the Mom… Continue

A Special Christmas Message for My Friends

Posted on December 24, 2008 at 11:28am 0 Comments

I preached this message on December 21st. Our city had a major snow storm that day and many churches closed that day. Because of our radio broadcast ministry and our live audio and video streaming ministry, this message hit thousands that day... and I hope it blesses you as well this Holiday season.

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Just as God was determined to reunite us with Him, my prayer for you is that you become just as determined to… Continue

Merry Christmas From Pastor John Young and FellowshipWorld

Posted on December 24, 2008 at 8:53am 0 Comments

God loved the world that He gave us the most perfect gift we could ever receive...Jesus Christ!

With that gift came power over our enemies, empowerment over our circumstances, and the ability to united in fellowship and relationship with our God.

My prayer for you and your family, is that you receive this wonderful gift from God, which will continue to give to you, not just on holidays... But EVERYDAY!

Best Wishes from

Pastor John H. Young, Sr.

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Ministers Need Friends Too

Posted on December 23, 2008 at 5:56pm 3 Comments

Being raised as an only child had its challenges. Yes, mom did everything she could, and in my opinion, she did too much. My mother was a "work-a-holic" (actually she still is). She held down 3 jobs to take care of one kid. Though a commendable attribute, for me it meant coming home to an empty house, feeding myself, and putting myself to bed. Then each morning my mother, in her tiredness would call each of her siblings names "Blanche, Joyce, Jeff". A few moments later she would call my… Continue

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For Booking Information FellowshipWorld, 224 Hudson Street, Buffalo, NY 14209 (716) 299-8476 or email: THE COMEBACK KID To watch him in action, one would think that this energetic pastor, entrepreneur, and gifted minister of music had it all together... well life’s lessons are the catalyst of God’s blessings on the life of John Young. The son of a Baptist preacher and a hard working mother, John H. Young, Sr. began gleaning and learning the lessons of determination, perseverance, and an unwavering faith at an early age as he watched his parents struggles. He was raised by a determined single mother and he was his daddy’s best kept secret for almost 10 years. He watched as his mother worked 3 jobs to keep him in private school and made sure he had the best she could afford. He was active in the church that his father pastored for 18 years and witnessed a church and community that once celebrated the innovative young pastor, literally kick him to the curb and watched him deteriorate into a man robbed of the fruit of his labor.
Determined to never allow what was witnessed to happen to him, John Young ventured into life’s lessons with an unquenchable determination.

While applying for High School, John Young was denied placement in the Music program of the Performing Arts Academy. Determined to attend the school, he applied for the Telecommunications major instead. Upon acceptance into the school, he still pursued his interest in music, teaching himself to play 4 musical instruments, and by age 14 he became one of the youngest Minister’s of Music of one of the largest Baptist churches of that era.

While studying Radio and Television in high school, Young applied for various jobs at local radio and television stations. At every turn he was turned down. He served as an intern at several stations, and learned everything he could. During this time he also accepted the call to ministry, and volunteered to answer the phones for a local radio show, with hopes of one day being allowed to host the show as a fill in. Those dreams were dashed when the station cancelled the gospel programming.

Young left Buffalo in 1984, and travelled with the late Rev. John Robertson of Pontiac, MI as his musician and personal assistant. It was during this time that the now 18 year old began to learn and glean the many lessons regarding ministry, evangelism, and entrepreneurialism that he shares with those he mentors. While on the road, he learned that his father had died, and returned to Buffalo in 1986, and served as acting pastor of the Unity Baptist Church (the church his father pastored at the time of his demise).

“They thought I was him”, recalls Pastor Young of his first pastorate. “In a very short period of time, I realized I could never be him, I had to be me.” The 20 member church had grown to over 125 in attendance, when he was told by the Deacon Board that they no longer needed his services. “It was like a repeat of what happened to my father.” says Young. Pastor Young lost the church by 1 vote during the official election of the congregation and he ventured out on his own.

With a small following, Young founded the Monument of Faith Fellowship Center in 1987, which worshipped in a small rundown building directly across the street from his former church. The young congregation flourished and eventually moved into the former “Red Barn” restaurant on Kensington Avenue in Buffalo NY in 1989 when it was formally incorporated. During this period, Pastor Young, launched one of the first religious television show’s “Oh Give Thanks” on Courier Cable in 1988. The 1-hour gospel music show was picked up by a local television station and aired for 3 years.

At the age of 25, the young cashed strapped pastor, husband, and father of 3 was struggling to make ends meet. The pressures of maintaining the church, TV ministry, and household were draining the young preacher, not only financially, but was affecting his marriage, and his spiritual drive. The decision was made to discontinue the TV show for radio and on October 13, 1991, Totally Gospel was born. The 4-1/2 hour gospel music and ministry program was launched to replace the cancelled programming a few years earlier. “I didn’t have the money.” recalls Pastor Young, “I just knew how to work the equipment because of my experience in High School. A gentleman had walked into my office, and noticed a quote for the airtime on WHLD-AM 1270. He asked me if I really wanted it, and my first reaction was similar to the man at the Pool of Bethesda. He responded, answer my question, and I said YES!” recalls Pastor Young. The man didn’t have the money either, but by the time the first payment really needed to be paid, the man had signed the first sponsor.

That wasn’t enough to ease the burden of Pastor Young, with his marriage on the rocks, mounting financial pressures and a congregation that comprised of teenagers, college students, and welfare recipients, Young who had been juggling a full-time job as a bill collector, serving as a musician for a local church, pastoring, and struggling with the new Radio Ministry decided to disband the church, and walked away from his wife of 3 years.

“It was a time of refocus. At first, I thought I had failed.” says Pastor Young. But in fact, it was a decision that propelled him on a mission, that has made an impact on several communities throughout the country and serves as a living testament that if you are faithful over a few things, God will make you ruler over many.

Young left everything behind except the Radio Ministry. Wife, kids, home, church, everything. “All I had were my clothes, a TV, a old Lazy Boy Chair and the radio program. My refrigerator was the window in the pantry of the kitchen in the small apartment I rented next door to a crack house. Pastor Young. ”I eventually got a couch that I slept on for nearly a year as most of my money went to take care of my children and ministry bills.” Pastor Young set up a studio and office in his apartment, and painstakingly began to build on his Radio ministry. Within 6 months, the time he had purchased was sold out, and he continually bought more, systematically creating Western New York’s only source of “nighttime” gospel programming. For the next 5 years, God allowed Pastor Young to experience every lesson imaginable for what was next to come. Throughout those 5 years, the lessons of sacrifice, perseverance, determination, and humility became clearer and clearer. “There wasn’t a week that went by, that a new challenge presented itself. But I just REFUSED TO LOSE!”

In 1996, Pastor Young was approached by the brokers of a different local radio station to expand his successful programming to a Morning Drive position. Young walked through that door of opportunity September 15, 1996 and the Morning Worship Club was born. The new contemporary gospel music program was an instant success and 8 months later, in an unprecedented move of faith, Young bought all the hours on the station and launched the first and only full-time gospel radio station “Heaven 1120 - WHTT-AM”. From 1996-1999, Pastor Young and a “Dream Team” of displaced radio professionals, excited employees, and volunteers took an empty station and built what was affectionately called “The place miracles”.

“The original staff was a machine that worked harmoniously together. Some even invested there own money, or would forego a paycheck if we were in a crunch. They respected the vision and thats what made Heaven 1120 so special. Everyone knew it was a grassroots, low budget operation, but they didn’t care. They were glad to be apart of history.”

During that period, Pastor Young got married again, bought a house, and was called to Pastor the United Church of Faith Interdenominational in 1997. In 1998, he expanded the ministry to cable television which simulcasted the station. It seemed that everything he had left was returned and he was living a very exciting and prosperous life.

But everything came to a screeching halt in 1999, as the broker forged a deal with the new owners of the station, offers to staff from another local gospel radio station prompted some to leave the station, while others assisted the broker to in essence steal the business by cutting the audio feed from the Totally Gospel studios, playing gospel music from another location, and contacting all of the clients to continue doing business with the broker direct.

Unbelievable!!! All those years of work, all the money invested, everything just gone by a flip of a switch, and a few phone calls. Pastor Young was devastated but determined. He continued the Morning Worship Club on the cable station, until the operator (the city of Buffalo) cut the feed and began playing local secular music. And to make matters worse, the congregation that celebrated him as a hero for turning around the 5 member church into a 200+ congregation began infighting. Growing bitter with the local scene, which reminded him once again of his fathers demise, Pastor Young resigned from the church and re-launched the ministry he had closed 10 years prior.

The new church plant “Fellowship Christian Center” is still a Monument of Faith!!! The 13 member congregation quickly flourished, and within 3 weeks had moved from the basement of the Holiday Inn. “I received a call from the board of directors of the church I had resigned from, and they decided to disband. They had selected our ministry as the beneficiary of all of the churches assets including the 1600 seat building.” says Young. “The church had basically dwindled back to the 5 original members.”

Young moved the congregation back to the facility, launched a national radio ministry on Dominion Sky-Angel / DISH Network and began to forge his way in a different direction. The national ministry was short lived, but to Young it was a lesson well learned. He moved the radio programming to WXRL-AM 1300 in Lancaster, NY, but wasn’t satisfied. The Lord had other plans for him.

“The Lord took me to the Book of Job 42;10... and God turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends.” Young recounts. “It was the most hardest thing for me to do. I was angry and bitter with the pastors of the city, politicians, and the staff that helped the broker steal the business. I cried like a baby, curled up on my bed, asking God to forgive them and me. The next day I was instructed by the Lord to call the broker. I thought to myself, its been 5 years. I’ve sued them. The last person they would even speak to would be me.” Thank God, Pastor Young was obedient.

After a couple of snide remarks, the conversation quickly turned into opportunity. Within weeks, the brokers flew to meet with Pastor Young and March 2004, 3 months later he was back at the helm of “Heaven 1120.” With a new congregation, and return to radio you would think that the story would be over. A happy ending... not so, it gets better.

In August of 2004, Pastor Young moved the congregation to its present location and built radio studio’s in the facility. Opportunities continually were presented to Pastor Young. A fledgling credit union needed emergency headquarters, a defunct cluster of radio stations in Pine Bluff, Arkansas were offered, a construction loan to complete renovations was offered, angel investors manifested, a struggling church merged with Fellowship, and another needed space to launch a new ministry. Pastor Young formed a new company Excel Radio Networks LLC., and opened the state of Minnesota’s first 24 hour Gospel Radio station and thats not all.

In February 2006, a different company intruded the contracts of the broker that intruded Pastor Young and they were out of the door. The new company wasn’t interested in Gospel, and handed the entire business over to Pastor Young’s new company Excel Radio Networks. The new company that already had blessed Pastor Young with his business back got into financial trouble, and offered a new frequency to move to. On December 18, 2006, Pastor Young launched Western New York’s first and only 24 hour gospel station. Guess where.... WHLD-AM 1270 (where the journey began). The company that offered the new frequency to Pastor Young went belly up, and immediately Pastor Young forged a deal to not only lease the stations, but buy them. In March of 2007, Pastor Young launched WSIR-AM 1490 and reprogrammed it Totally Gospel as well.

As the host of the Morning Worship Club, Pastor Young has been privileged to have interviewed many special guests including: Bishop T.D. Jakes, Pastor Rod Parsley, Rev. Clay Evans, Rev. Al Green, Men of Standard, Douglas Miller, Bishop Corletta Harris-Vaughn, Elder Jerome Ferrell, Greg Reid (The Millionaire Mentor), and a host of other exciting guests.

As Pastor of Fellowship Christian Center, he has played host to such prestigious guests as Pastor Rod Parsley, Pastor Frank Summerfield, Pastor Hezikiah Walker, Pastor John P. Kee, Slim Hunt & The Supreme Angels, Paul Porter & The Christianairs, Ed Gray, Crissy Collins (cast member of Tyler Perry’s ” Madea Goes To Jail”) and a host of local, regional, and national speakers.

As a much sought after public speaker and worship leader, Pastor Young has ministered to thousands across the country and has appeared on stage with national artists including: Kirk Franklin, Dottie Peoples, Pastor Rance Allen, Fred Hammond, Donald Lawrence & The Tri City Singers, Yolanda Adams, Pastor Donnie McKlurkin.

Today John Young celebrates 28 years of ministry, 16 years of Broadcasting, and is the husband to his wife of 12 years, Paula and is the proud father of 6 sons: Rayshawn, John, Jr., Larry, Terrell, DeJon, Torri and 1 daughter, Brandi.

The determination and unwavering faith in an “All Powerful God” makes Young’s story a real testimony. We are sure that the story is not over. As Pastor Young now focuses on his other gifts and talents, there will be more to add to this... Stay Tuned!!!

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At 8:21pm on March 30, 2013, Demetria E. Bass said…


Please check out our 24/7 online gospel radio station Praise 2 Go Radio and like us.

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Pastor Demetria Bass

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At 8:32am on November 6, 2011, Senior Apostle Cauline [ETAMA] said…
Shalom, it is my hope in Y'Shua HaMashiach that you are prospering and in good health! I am here to serve should you need me, Shalom Aleichem
At 6:14pm on October 9, 2010, Senior Apostle Cauline [ETAMA] said…
Just dropping by to let you know how much I appreciate your connecting with me. Hope to co-labor with you as and when Adonai permits!

Shaliach Cauline
Chief Apostle, End Time Army Worldwide Ministries, Inc
At 11:45am on July 2, 2010, William J. Bass said…
This is pastor William J. Bass, senior pastor of Praise Covenant Christian Center in Springfield, VA. Please ck out our all new 24/7 online gospel radio station called Praise 2 Go Radio you may log on at
After you ck it out, please e-mail me bk at with your thoughts and or comments. Be Blessed
At 6:53pm on June 18, 2010, Karen Pfeifer said…

The founder/president Prophtess Gwen Spinks will contact you there!
At 4:01pm on March 12, 2010, Joshua Anyaoha said…
At 2:02pm on February 19, 2010, vanessa jones gave Pastor John H. Young, Sr a gift
At 10:21am on February 19, 2010, vanessa jones said…
Look who I found lol... God's blessings to you Pastor Young!!! I thought about you, your beautiful wife and your children this morning!! You are in my prayers always and I look forward to hearing greater things from you and the ministry God have placed in your hands.

I just want to tell you, you are a real blessing and the work you continue to do is a blessing!!! I am not there anymore but I remember the support I recieved from totally gospel radio and the encouragemnet you gave me while I was recording!! You didn't know what I was going through at that time but I fed off the tidbits of knowledge you would impart as I stopped you in the hallway feeling like I was getting on your nerves but asking anyway ha ha!! You made the time to anwser me...what a blessing!! I was truly a novice but God and His servant encouraged me that it was possible. I am totally grateful Sir!!
I thank you and love you pastor young and sis paula. Tell ray hello!!
P.s awesome life story...when is the book coming out?
At 12:38pm on December 16, 2009, KHADINE BECKFORD said…
At 9:57am on October 22, 2009, L. M. Cameron gave Pastor John H. Young, Sr a gift
May God Bless you and strenthen you.
At 10:57am on September 1, 2009, Edwrin V.B. Sutton said…
Greetings! It is my privilege and pleasure to announce that a new Pastor has landed in Brooklyn New York. Rev. George W Maize IV was appointed to the Varick Memorial AME Zion Church 806 Quincy St. He's not coming alone, God has placed around him ministry gifts to edify and perfect the modern day saint. This man of God and his ministry team have proven their passion for saving souls and church growth. Come experience the anointing God has placed on His servant on Aug. 16th at 11:00 am. Services are every Sunday morning at 11:00 am.

At 11:11am on August 31, 2009, Bro. Steve Harris said…
Hello there hope you are well and you add me as a friend. Hey I have some information about our Church Growth Conference here in Los Angeles in Jan and would love for you to come, let me know..!!

At 10:59am on August 27, 2009, Renaco Massenburg said…
The Music Industry Promotions has put on the second very anticipated gospel industry showcase. “Lights, Camera 'N' Gospel 2.’’on September 12th At Calvary Cathedral of Praise at 45 east 8th street Brooklyn AT 3 PM SHARP...We will love to see you as well as our brothers & sisters, come show your support for these very talented men & women, while they do God's work in song. Thank you .For tickets you can call Calvary at 718-435-2731 Tickets are $ 20 advance & $ 35 at the show. WE INVITED MAJOR LABEL A&R's TO COME LISTEN, SO ANYONE OF MY BROTHERS & SISTERS FROM "" BLACK PREACHING NETWORK COMES TO THE SHOW, PLEASE BRING A CD SO I CAN PERSONALLY PASS IT ON TO AN A&R FOR REVIEW. ASK FOR ME...RENACO MASSENBURG. PS PLEASE TELL A FRIEND. AND SEND ME A FRIEND REQUEST ALSO. GOD BLESS.
At 7:20pm on July 30, 2009, Regina Thomas said…
How are you Reverend Doctor- Grandpapah Young LOL!
At 6:23pm on July 30, 2009, Bro Lavell Dumas said…
At 5:08pm on June 2, 2009, Bishop Marc L. Neal said…
Blessings and peace, I would like to invite each of you to a Leadership Transformation conference June 8, 9 in Buffalo Ny. I know it is a distance for some, but I promise it is worth it. It is hosted by Bishop R. L. Livingston, Greater New Life Church, 1662 Main St. 716-886-5677
At 4:58pm on March 28, 2009, Pastor Tracey Weech said…

At 5:41pm on February 21, 2009, Bishop Kerry Duskin said…

I was reading your post on Pastoring churches please contact me would like to talk to you more about that.

At 11:13pm on February 15, 2009, Apostle Myra Pearson said…
God Bless you man of God and to see what the Lord is doing for you to encourage the Body of Christ. To God Be The Glory!
At 6:40pm on February 14, 2009, Senior Apostle Cauline [ETAMA] said…
Shalom Aleikhem [peace be unto you]!

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