Randy and Johnny Layton-Morgan are the founding and senior leaders of New Covenant Church of Atlanta and the overseers of the Covenant Network. Randy Morgan is the “bishop” of CN and Johnny Layton is an apostle within the CN.
Randy Layton-Morgan was born-again and called into ministry at age 10 and filled with the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, at 14. He spent many years in the Church of God, Assembly of God, and UPC. At 18 he found his spiritual home in an independent Charismatic, Word of Faith, Apostolic-Prophetic church. He was mentored by a spiritual father who honored the movements that branched out of Pentecostal and Charismatic streams. Attending Christian Life School of Theology for 4 years was a major influence in his life with instructors and interaction with powerfully anointed leaders in the Body of Christ.
Johnny Layton-Morgan was raised Southern Baptist. He was born-again when he was 17. In his late 20’s he came into Pentecost and was Baptized in the Holy Spirit. His passion is to see the people of God released in worship, their identities in Jesus Christ, and their giftings and callings.
Randy and Johnny were brought together by God in 1993 and have been happily married ever since.
Under a calling from Holy Spirit, Randy and Johnny moved from their home in Tifton, GA to Atlanta and started New Covenant Church of Atlanta on July 23, 2000. Their vision for NCCA is to be a place “where the Spirit of God is being poured out upon ALL people” (Acts 2:17), to be a revival center where people are born-again, filled with the Spirit, and equipping and releasing believers into their ministries and callings. Their vision for the Covenant Network is to see a Network of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers as well as psalmists, intercessors, elders, deacons, etc. rise up to see a global outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon all people.
They are the founder and directors of the Covenant Network, The Fire Institute – School for Supernatural Lifestyle Training, and New Covenant Church of Atlanta.
Lee grew up in a Christian home in Western Kentucky and was saved at an early age. He was called into ministry at the age of 18 and served the General Baptist church he grew up in. After attending a revival meeting at a local Pentecostal church he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
Soon after, God began opening doors and over the next many years Lee would minister full time in the Church of God of Prophecy as a Youth Pastor, Evangelist, Pastor and State Youth Ministries Coordinator.
In 2001 Lee moved to Florida and through the grace of God, power of the Word and the leading of Holy Spirit began reconciling his faith and his orientation. The next hand full of years would lead him, step by step, to the place of founding the ministry and church.
A man of prayer, faith, the Word and spiritual passion, Lee has no desire to build another “church as usual” but rather a church that operates in the anointing of the apostolic, the five fold ministries and gifts of the Spirit… A church that reflects the early Church of Acts; a fellowship of Christian Believer’s who see the need of the surrounding community and MEET those needs, one and all through the power and demonstration of the Spirit of God.
His teaching, preaching and life reflect a vision of Christ Jesus, the Kingdom of God ‘at hand’ and a witness where judgment and condemnation are withheld and where the GOOD NEWS is not only preached but practiced on a daily basis.
Pastor Sven Verbeet was born in Kaiserslautern, Germany, an industrial town about 50 miles west of Frankfurt, and close to the border with France. After his mother met an American army soldier stationed nearby, they relocated the family to Pasadena, Texas in 1981.
Shortly after arriving in Pasadena, Sven came to know Jesus as his Lord and Savior as a result of a bus ministry through an Independent Fundamentalist Baptist Church where, a few years later, he received his call to ministry. Hungering for more of God and through the encouragement and prayers of several friends, he received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit at the age of 16 and began attending an Assembly of God church also in Pasadena.
Pastor Sven served as Pastor for Children’s and Outreach Ministries at his home church for 12 years prior to reconciling his faith with who he really was. At that point the Lord connected him with an affirming congregation in the Houston area, Community Gospel Church, where he served for another 11 years first as Children’s Pastor, then as Worship Leader, and finally as Associate Pastor. In the Spring of 2012, at the prompting of the Holy Spirit, he followed the Lord’s leading to launch Gateway of Hope Church.
Pastor Sven’s vision for Gateway of Hope is not to be yet another church that does “church as usual.” Gateway of Hope is a people with a special prophetic call, to be a house of healing and restoration for multitudes, first in the Houston area, then throughout the Upper Gulf Coast region. To accomplish this mission special emphasis is placed on empowering the people of God to operate in the fullness of the Gifts of the Spirit, as well as teaching and releasing those with fivefold ministry gifts to operate effectively in their anointing
After a span of 10 years since leaving the senior pastorate Mike heard God say, “It’s time for you to represent me before a congregation again.” In the summer of 2012 during the Immersed Conference at New Covenant Church of Atlanta the conﬁrmation of that call was afﬁrmed again and again.
After much prayer, he and his partner Dan have followed the voice of God to begin a LGBT and S Spirit-ﬁlled church in the Charlotte area. Under the covering of New Covenant Church of Atlanta, they are excited to present New Covenant Church of Charlotte. Until a location in Charlotte is secured, the couple will continue to hold a weekly Bible study and prayer group in their home in Shelby.
Mike was raised in the Southern Baptist tradition in Nashville, Tennessee and in his early 20ʼs began pursuit of a Spirit-ﬁlled life. He was educated in the Charismatic, Word, Faith movement and subsequently entered ministry full-time as a praise and worship leader then as associate pastor. In 1990, during a week of prayer and fasting Mike received the call of God and for the next 12 years would serve as senior pastor. In the year 2002 it all came to a halt when he realized he could no longer deny his sexuality. Mike would then lay down his role as pastor until called again during Praise and Worship at the conference in Maryville.
Mike and Dan began a committed relationship in 2010. Building their relationship with Christ as the center has strengthened them and enabled a time of healing and restoration with Mikeʼs four children. It has also provided a solid base from which to reach out to a people rejected and marginalized by “mainstream” religion.
They are excited to carry the message of “whosoever will may come” to the Charlotte area.
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