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Divine Influence Worship Ministries began in March 2008 in a Community Center in the Ribault Manor Area with twelve members. The church remained there for approximately 3 months and the Lord led the Apostle Gooden to Historic Springfield on the Eastside of Jacksonville, Fl. Divine Influence quickly became a powerful outreach ministry that drew all people, regardless of race, creed or ethnicity and their families. The Lord gave Pastor Gooden a vision for a community center that opened its doors in 2009. The community center focus was to give the community access to computers, help them sign up for health care, food stamps and unemployment. The community center quickly became a hub of vibrant ministry operating 6 days week and it grew like wildfire. The result was countless interactions with people being led to Christ, delivered from demonic struggles and loved to life. Along with our community center we did a monthly feeding that resulted in over 120 people getting fed hot meals in our fight against hunger. The Lord’s hand has definitely been with our ministry in helping to bring life to the community. The ministry quickly blossomed to nearly 200 members, resulting in relocating the ministry to accommodate growth.

Now, we are currently located in the East Arlington area of Jacksonville. It is our mission to be thriving community church that encourages the body reaches the lost, and bring life to the broken hearted. We believe that it is through the power and grace of Christ Jesus, that we will awaken, and covert the world one community and one nation at a time. This is our history as it stands but the vision is far from being finished, come visit this Apostolic work on the move.

Vision Statement

“To be a thriving Church that encourages the body, reaches the lost and quickens the broken hearted” 15 We will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16 Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:15-16 (NLT)

Mission Statement

To awake and convert the world, through global evangelism and missions
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth”. Acts 1:8

Core Values


And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

Wisdom & Understanding

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Proverbs 4:7


The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. Proverbs 20:7