The One Way Apostolic Church of God was founded in 1968 by the late Pastor Hermon L. Walker, Sr., in Chicago, Illinois. Its doors were first opened at 315 South Cicero Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. After two years at that location, Gods hand and favor created the need to physically expand to accommodate the blessings of the souls. The church then relocated to 4639 West Washington Blvd, Chicago, Illinois with a seating capacity of 220.
In the year 1994, after 25 years of service Elder Herman L. Walker Sr. retired. After his retirement, his son Herman L. Walker Jr. became the Pastor. During the years to come two other churches were formed out of the congregation, which caused the membership to become greatly decreased. Pastor Herman L. Walker Jr., later resigned in April of 1998.
In November of 1998, Dr. Noah L. Nicholson II became the Pastor and accepted the challenges of rebuilding the church and faith of a membership that had declined to 42 people. Immediate ministry restructures took place and the name change to One Way Family Worship Center was shortly to follow. Within 9 months the harvest began to bring forth fruit and a second â€śSunday Morning Worshipâ€ť service was birthed.
As the membership increased the people of God had a mind to work! The 4639 W. Washington building consistently underwent massive remodeling/renovation which included multiple construction projects. Dr. Nicholsonâ€™s trend of leadership introduced the church to a 21st century business and organizational structure. The computerizing of all systems involving, administration, daily business/financial record keeping, television/media ministry, and the inception of reaching globally into foreign countries via evangelism and sponsoring children with food, education and clothing, undoubtedly sets the new church destiny in motion.
As the needs of many were being met through the Family Worship Center the quest of accommodation was reached in January 2003 by moving the second Morning worship Service to John Marshall High School auditorium, in Chicago, Illinois. The Family Worship Center overcame all opposition and moved their place of worship in May of 2004 when the ministry purchased a 43,000 sq ft facility with a seating capacity of 4000. The facility includes a state of the art fitness center, gymnasium and forty-five active ministries. Many people enjoy the weekly â€śFamily Celebrationâ€ť Television Broadcast which was launched in July of 2005 to minister the gospel to viewers throughout Illinois. As Pastor Nicholson continues to feed a membership that has increased over 2000 percent and the message is geared toward the needs of the total man, his foundational purpose of the One Way Family Worship Center will continue to be that which was embraced in 1998; which is to be a church where the love of God is demonstrated freely.