Upper Room Ministries COGIC began in March of 2003 with the purpose of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a wider and more diverse section of Portage County (specifically, the Ravenna and Kent areas). Upper Room Ministries embraces diversity by reaching out to all races and ethnicities.
Pastor Eddie Harris, First Lady Toni Harris and their five children, Yvette, Eddie D., Antoinette, Kelly and Jocelyn began the ministry at the United Methodist Church in Kent, Ohio, with services held in their Chapel for the first year.
As the Lord added members to their church, Upper Room soon realized the need for its own edifice. In 2005, Upper Room Ministries purchased property at 209 S. Walnut St. in Ravenna, Ohio. There, the theme “Catch the Vision” was adopted.
Some of Upper Room’s ministries that began at S. Walnut Street in Ravenna include:
The Woman of Influence
The Seeds of Harvest Food Pantry
Second Blessings Clothing Ministry
The Ohio Benefit Bank Tax Service
After School Tutoring for Youth
Community Outreach Services
The Senior 55 and Over Luncheon
After seven years at South Walnut street, we sought a location that would meet the Vision that God had laid on the heart of the Pastor. We were blessed to find and purchase our current location at 3090 St. Route 59 in Ravenna. This location met our needs with no steps to climb, a kitchen, fellowship area, ample parking and greater visibility for those we serve and the community.
The building was converted from a drinking and gambling facility to a place of worship with the motto “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work”. On Easter Sunday of 2011, our first service was held in the fellowship hall area. With the Lord’s help and assistance from members and volunteers from the community service, the services soon began being held in the sanctuary.
As of 2021, Upper Room Ministires focus has been on building community through focus on the individual parishners. With the Word of God along with devotional practices of prayer, meditation, and fasting Pastor Eddie Harris continues the vision God has placed upon his heart.
Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. – Psalm 127:1
With the Word, ‘The Vision Continues’.