Bishop Steven J. Bennett, Sr. was the founder of House of Prayer & Praise Ministries, headquartered on the Westside of Detroit. He was ordained in 1989 and has been pastoring for over twenty-five (25) years. Married to his wife, Lady Valorie Bennett, as Co-Pastor in the ministry for 37years. This team of faithful believers, under their leadership have successfully planted churches in (1) Tappaluca, Mexico, (2) Ghana, South Africa and several Ministries and Pastors have been birthed in the US.
Having great compassion for missions and sensing a global calling to provide ministry for those in need, Steven J. Bennett, Sr., was elected to the office of Bishop in November 2007. God gave Bishop the vision to found Christ Harvest Fellowship of Churches of which Bishop would be consecrated the Presiding Prelate. This movement has united and won many souls for the Kingdom of God. Having a heavy apostolic mantle, Bishop Bennett also provided leadership for Pastors, Churches and plants new churches with the same mission. Bishop Bennett was an advocate for Compassion International, a ministry driven to save children from AIDS and poverty in other countries such as Africa, Asia, and South America.
Partnering with this ministry had given Bishop Bennett a deeper passion for helping those in need and has given the ministry a broader reach in missions, ultimately causing HOPP to become a center of hope in a urban community in the heart of the City of Detroit and beyond. With a passion for singing, Bishop Bennett recorded a LIVE CD Project entitled “Expectancy” which featured old school songs like City Called Heaven, Back On The Road Again, & Bless The Lord”! It was in rotation on the Detroit gospel radio station and loved by many.
Known for his unorthodox way of putting the scriptures into a straightforward, hilarious, practical format. Taking the Word of God and delivered it to people as golden nuggets for everyday victorious living. Together, Bishop & Lady Valorie started a marriage mentoring program founded by Lady Valorie, called Imprinting. They believed that marriage and family are the foundation to our culture and the fabric of our existence. He was a mentor to many, a natural father of six, a grandfather of 10, and a husband of one. Bishop Steven, known as a man of Faith like Abraham, Vision like Isaiah, and Integrity like Job.
The Late Bishop Steven Bennett Sr, crossed over to his eternal resting place February 7, 2015. His legacy will remain in the earth for generations to come.