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"Higher Place Church was birthed out of prayer with our family beginning to pray together every night starting in 2014. During these prayers, God gave us a revelation. He showed us that this was our church! Even through much apprehension of such a huge responsibility, we decided to move forward in obedience to God, fearing the Lord more than fearing starting this church! Higher Place Church's first official meeting was Sept 23rd, 2015 at our home near Nashville, TN. Read full story..
Higher Place is a free church and not a 501c3 corporation. We are not looking to make church members, we are looking to make disciples! We will encourage disciples to read the Word of God for themselves, hear from God for themselves and thus think for themselves. We encourage everyone to do their own research and check everything with the Word of God. Higher Place Church will be a place free of control, manipulation and fear.
Higher Place desires to bring the truth of God’s Word which makes every believer free. We will touch upon many subjects other churches do not, as we seek to expose works of darkness. The only way to dispel deception is by bringing truth. We long to see people restored from the devastation of broken and shattered lives. Lies bring devastation but truth brings restoration!"
The Lord gave us a word for Nashville, TN:
People don't know the real from the false here because for so many years ravenous wolves have come and devoured the people of this city. The lies and deception of the entertainment industry has opened up this city to them.
Loving You to The Truth,
Drs. Angelo & Veronica Petrucci
"speaking the truth in love.."
Ephesians 4:15 (KJV)
|Higher Place Church is not a 501c3 so all our financial support comes from your donations! |
|In 2014, my husband Angelo took a job in another state as Director of Music at a church. Something made me feel very uncomfortable about this move and it tore my heart out to leave our home in Tennessee. My feelings were confirmed as a Pastor friend of ours warned us of the move. Despite that and other red flags, we went ahead and moved the entire family across the country. I remember Angelo telling me he vomited uncontrollably right before he got into the moving truck as he was leaving our home. Not surprisingly, the job was over four months later.|
It was our disobedience and our fault for going somewhere we were not supposed to go. Even though it seemed like a good opportunity, it was not God. To make matters worse, we were not even able to return back to our home in Tennessee since it was being rented for an entire year. The only place we were able to find refuge was at my parent’s home in Florida.
Shortly after we arrived in Florida, we began doing things we had never done before as a family. Desperately seeking answers and trying to make sense of it all, we began to pray together as a family every night. One night as we were praying, God gave me a revelation. He showed me that this was my church! I looked over at Angelo and God spoke to me, “Here is your Pastor”. He then showed me my children, “Here are your church members”. So out of the sunroom in the back of my parent’s home, was the birth of Higher Place Church. God even gave us further confirmation. About a month later, I received a phone call to be in a faith-based movie. The role I was asked to play was the part of a Pastor’s wife! Then a couple of months after that, we both received Honorary Doctorates for our contributions in Christian music and for our service in the Body of Christ.
To be honest, God had been nudging us for years about starting a church but it was a voice we tried to ignore. It seemed inconceivable to us both. Neither one of us had been trained in the ministry and we did not have a desire to Pastor. I remember after our first album, when we first began singing in churches. At nearly every church we sang, the same thing would be repeated to us, “you all not only sing, you minister”. It was clear God was calling us to something beyond just singing.
Through that tumultuous year away from home, God instilled in us the fear of Lord like never before. With the understanding we would one day be accountable to God, this was not something we took lightly. So even with the anticipation of such a huge responsibility, we decided to put our fears and concerns aside and move forward in obedience to God. I remember saying to Angelo, “I fear the Lord more than I fear starting this church!"
We almost did not make it back to our home in Tennessee. In fact, we nearly lost our home through a home modification scam in Florida. Yet, I was completely assured that if God wanted us back in our home, He would make a way. A day before our home went into foreclosure, God provided nearly the exact amount we needed to save our home!
Our church is named after our very first Angelo and Veronica album, Higher Place from 1992. Angelo actually thought of it and I thought it was very appropriate. We have come full circle. The music industry that attempted to destroy our lives was actually used to catapult us to where we needed to be. There are many stories like ours in Nashville, TN. We long to see people restored from the devastation of broken and shattered lives. Higher Place Church’s slogan is “Loving You to The Truth”. As I share in my testimony, lies are what nearly brought my life to the brink of destruction. Yet, it was truth that made me free and gave my life back to me. Lies bring devastation but truth brings restoration. -Dr. Veronica Petrucci from How I Made It Out Alive Book
|ANGELO & VERONICA BIO|
| Angelo & Veronica Studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA |
Angelo & Veronica albums; Higher Place (1992), A&V (1993), Give Your Life (1995), Da Tu Vida (1995), Not Enough (1997), Change (1999), Still in Love (2009)
Song “God Knows” in Top 15 Contemporary Christian Music Chart Written by Angelo & Veronica
Recipient of 3 Dove Awards including Contemporary Black Gospel Song of the Year and Urban Album of the Year
Co-writer of No. 1 Song “Your Love is 4 Always” for Christian Hit Radio
Television Appearances on Fox 17, TBN, WATC-TV 57, TCT, Word Network and BET
Founders of A Voice for Women Ministry (2005)
Writers for Song “Dare to Dream” for Special Olympics 2006
Ordained Pastors at Word of Truth International in 2009
Veronica Petrucci Albums; Atrévete a Soñar (2009) (Spanish Language album) and Made It Out Alive (2013)
Performed “Hope Saved My Life” Song for the Movie, Unconditional
Co-writers and Performer of Top 30 Gospel Billboard Single, “No Fear”
Recipient of The Atlanta Gospel Choice Award for Best Female Artist 2013
Endorsed by Pre Sonus Studio One
Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degrees of Sacred Music by ICW Bible College & Seminary (ICW) for Contributions in the Christian Music Industry & Service in Ministering to the Body of Christ (2015)
Master Your Voice Teachers & Coaches for Singers
Founders & Pastors of Higher Place Church in Franklin, TN (2015)
Recipient of The Block Buster Showcase Music Award for Song of the Year, "Made It Out Alive" 2016
How I Made It Out Alive Book by Dr. Veronica Petrucci Coming 2016
Acting Debut in Movie, But Deliver Us From Evil Coming 2017
|WHAT WE BELIEVE|
|1. WE BELIEVE THERE IS ONE TRUE GOD AND THE ONLY WAY TO GOD IS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST! |
We believe Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and that no one can come to God, the Father except by Him. There is eternal life only in the name of Jesus. We believe Jesus Christ came in the flesh. In these last days, we believe it is crucial to understand that any spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh is NOT the Spirit of God. We believe in God the Father, Jesus the Son of God and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). They are three persons yet they are one!
John 14:6 (NKJV) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
1 John 5:13 (NKJV) These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.
1 John 4:1-3 (NKJV) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
2. WE BELIEVE IN GOD'S WORD!
We believe in God’s word as absolute truth and our final authority. Heaven and earth will pass away but only the Word of God will stand. All scripture will be fulfilled. Furthermore, we believe that Jesus himself is the Word made flesh (John 1:14). So receiving Jesus also means receiving God’s word. Rejecting the words of God is rejecting the person of Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Psalm 138:2 (NKJV) For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
Matthew 24:35 (NKJV) Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.
3. WE BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT!
We believe the Holy Spirit is a gift that God wants every believer to have and all you need to do is ask! The Holy Spirit is our Helper, our Comforter, guides us into all truth and teaches us all things. The Holy Spirit also tells us of things to come. The Holy Spirit helps us to pray and intercedes for us.
Luke 11:13 (NKJV) "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
John 14:26 (NKJV) But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
John 16:13 (NKJV) However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
4. WE BELIEVE IN HEALING AND DELIVERANCE!
We believe that God still heals because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). We also believe in the deliverance of demons or evil spirits through the power and authority given through Jesus. Jesus gave His disciples power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases.
Isaiah 53:5 (NKJV) But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
Luke 9:1 (NKJV) Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.
Luke 10:19 (NKJV) Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
5. WE BELIEVE IN SOUL WINNING AND MAKING DISCIPLES!
God has told us to tell the people that salvation is about the heart. God wants the hearts of the people. Evil thoughts and all sin initially come from the heart. If He has your heart, you will turn away from anything that displeases Him. If you love Him, you will obey Him! This is why Jesus said to love the Lord with all your HEART! We confess with our mouths Jesus as Lord and believe in our HEARTS that God raised Him from the dead to be saved. Salvation is about the HEART! He has commanded men everywhere to repent (Acts 17:20). We are not looking to make church members, we are looking to make disciples!
Proverbs 11:30 (NKJV) The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.
Matthew 28:19 (NKJV) Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 15:19 (NKJV) For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
Romans 10:9 (NKJV) ..that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
6. WE BELIEVE IN THE BIBLICAL DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE!
Jesus said in Matthew 19:4-6 (NKJV), “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.” We believe that marriage is between one man and one woman to be joined together as one flesh. Let no man separate what God has joined together!
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 (NKJV) Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:18 (NKJV) Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.
1 Thessalonians 4:3 (NKJV) For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality;
|WHAT WE WILL TEACH|
|1. TEACH PEOPLE TO READ THE WORD OF GOD FOR THEMSELVES! |
We strongly urge believers to read and search the scriptures for themselves. The people of Berea or the Bereans checked the scriptures daily to make sure what the apostles of Jesus preached was true!
Acts 17:11 (NKJV) These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.
2. TEACH PEOPLE TO HEAR FROM GOD FOR THEMSELVES!
We encourage believers NOT to solely depend on Pastors or Prophets to hear the Word of the Lord. Believers must have a one on one fellowship with God and hear from God on their own. We will help guide believers into having their own regular prayer life and daily study of the Word. You cannot have a relationship with Jesus if you do not spend time with Jesus! Higher Place will be a church free of control, manipulation and fear.
John 10:27 (NKJV) My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
3. TEACH TRUTH!
It is the truth of God’s word that makes us free from sin and oppression (Acts 10:38). The devil is the father of all lies (John 8:44) and seeks to hold us captive through deception. The only way to be made free is by living in God’s word and receiving the truth.
John 8:31-33 (NKJV) Then Jesus said…“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
4. TEACH RIGHTEOUSNESS!
The Bible says, he who practices righteousness is righteous but he who sins (or practices sin) is of the devil. This is what determines whether or not we are children of God! Those who practice righteousness are those who are born of God or born again. Everyone has sinned and fallen short of the glory of God but those who call themselves Christians should no longer make a practice or lifestyle of sin.
1 John 3:7-10 (NKJV) Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. 10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.
THERE IS NO OTHER JESUS! THERE IS NO OTHER HOLY SPIRIT! THERE IS NO OTHER GOSPEL!
2 Corinthians 11:4 (NKJV) For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!
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