In 2014 Hamilton, OH, as the epidemic of Heroin overdoses began to receive attention, 18 people died in one week, and 14 of those that died were taken to one funeral home. Jordan Mullins, an employee at this funeral home, called his cousin to tell him about this tragic situation. His cousin happened to be Lawrence Bishop II, a Pastor at Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio.
That Sunday morning, Pastor Lawrence told the congregation at Solid Rock Church in Monroe, that they needed to do something about this tragedy–not only was it a tragedy because of young people dying, but the fact that they were dying and lost for eternity, without Jesus as their Savior.
Pastor Lawrence stopped everything on the platform that day, held a meeting with the staff members that were there, declaring that they would do a series of meetings on one weekend in Hamilton, Ohio and that they could call it Hope Over Heroin, unless someone could think of a better name.
Pastor Lawrence declared to the crowd that he would have to call his friend, Billy Price, pastor of City on a Hill Cincinnati to be a part of this, otherwise the series of meetings would never be able to happen. Pastor Billy and City on a Hill owned a significant outdoor staging and trussing structure with a full concert system capacity. Lawrence and Billy, both musicians, had traveled together and evangelized the country under the name “The Livestock Band”. Hope Over Heroin was Born….Pastor Lawrence certainly got the name right! Thank you to Pastor Lawrence and this inspired moment, our direction toward destiny was engaged!
As we all gathered, planned and prayed for this initial event with a handful of praying and enthusiastically churches and pastors, the first Hope Over Heroin, a 3-day Friday, Saturday and Sunday in August, 2014, became the moment that had been years in the making! On that weekend, 12,000 people showed up in attendance, 154 people were baptized, over 500 gave their lives to Jesus for the first time, along with many becoming re-dedicated to serve God!
But this movement was already in motion back in 2008 at City on a Hill. God began moving heaven and earth to do a miracle of provision! In May of 2008, God gave Pastor Billy a laser focused vision of a sound system, stage and roofing system, lights, massive power generator, and a specific amount of money that he needed to make that happen: $1 Million Dollars. All earmarked for Evangelism in the Streets!
Pastor Lawrence and Pastor Billy had traveled across the United States together since 2004, they had ministered in prisons and events around the nation, but this was a seemingly impossible amount of money to commit to something like this….Pastor Billy’s Church only had about $20k in the bank; not enough to even buy power cables for a generator that God had shown him was needed!
Hope Over Heroin is a faith-based ministry believing in and witnessing the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to change lives. While we are a faith-based organization, we recognize there is no singular solution in the fight against addiction and lead the collaboration of every community resources dedicated to serving those in need.
Our greatest strength remains to be leading the collaboration of a community’s addiction recovery resources and services needed to rebuild lives broken from addiction at one location providing instant accessibility for those in critical need.
Board of Directors
Pr Cleddie Keith
Heritage Fellowship Florence, KY
Pr Billy Price
City on a Hill Church
Pr Jonathan Price
City on a Hill Church Cincinnati, OH
Pr Lawrence Bishop II
Solid Rock Church
Monroe, OH~Eastgate, OH
Director of Operations