ABOUT US - A RICH HISTORY

Pastors Lani & Kathy Janisee

In 1979, after being trained in active leadership for 11 years as ordained Elders in ministry at Grace Chapel in Southern California during a restoration move of God known as the “Jesus Movement”, the Spirit of God gave a prophetic directive for Lani and Kathy Janisse to get ready for a move.

Wow! It turned out to be a 3,600 mile ‘move’ – quitting jobs, selling their home and many possessions, packing up the car with 3 young children and pets; and driving to a ‘new world’ in culture and spirituality! They moved into their new home and prayed!

After being led by the Lord to serve in three different churches (none of which were anything like the one they were trained up in) God completed teaching them about the people, culture, and spiritual pulse of the Upper Valley, where He longed to reap a harvest for the Kingdom of God.

In 1985, God led them to purchase a property of 8 acres, home, and carriage house in Hartford, Vermont. This was only by obedience and faith, because God had not told them what to “DO” with it – only buy it! They had to liquidate all their assets and after many months of trials, God spoke to their hearts and in obedience they opened a Bed and Breakfast, in their new residence.

At the same time, God led them to start a Bible Study in their home and invite neighbors and friends. The Spirit of God quickly moved; people were wanting to come 2-3 times a week, and stayed until 1:00 in the morning! The Word of God was being opened to them and those who attended also wanted to meet on Sundays.

In March of 1986, the group was named “New Life Fellowship” with about 35 members meeting regularly. They contacted associates from California inquiring for a Pastor to come and lead this growing flock. After several months of fasting and prayer, God gave direction for what was next.

In 1989, at a Holy Convocation and conference at Singing Hills, in NH with more than 250 present (Leaders, Apostles, Prophets, and Pastors from the US and other nations were in attendance) Lani and Kathy Janisse, as Apostolic Founders, were commissioned and ordained as the Pastors/Shepherds in accountability for this congregation. The Church received a new name at the same time of Praise Chapel Christian Outreach and Training Center.


They renovated the Carriage House and continued to grow and prosper with the Grace of God. In 1991, the first addition to the building was made. By 1995, the church needed to grow again! God was also directing to begin the Potter’s House School, Preschool through 12th grade.

This was a large project, but nothing is impossible with God. The new sanctuary was built (by the men, women, and children of the church) as God provided resources, miracles, and gave favor and grace. Potter’s House School began in the ‘old’ sanctuary. What a blessing!

God’s family at Praise Chapel continues to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and bring forth new ministries. The Living Word School of Ministry, Winning Our World (missions), the Food Shelf (which serves families in the Upper Valley), and the Healing Rooms & Wellness Center of Central Vermont, are just a few of the ministries in our church. With several ministries in the church you can become part of one where you can serve Christ by serving others.

Praise Chapel has participated in mission ministry in more than five countries. We recently supported building ‘Potter’s House School’ in Cairo, Egypt, where the underground Church is hungry for more of God!

What’s next? God truly knows!

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