Our History

The Burning Bush Church Origin

In October 2004, A Touch of Heaven Ministries also known as The Upper Room Church was led by Pastor Jocelyn Kelker and held services in a home with eight members. Soon after, the ministry relocated to a storefront on the south-side of Akron, Ohio. Jocelyn’s son, De’Juan Kelker, was confirmed as the Senior Pastor for The Upper Room, later to be named The Burning Bush Church when Pastor Joyce went emeritus in 2006. Within a few years of the ministry's opening, the Burning Bush Church moved to several locations to accommodate their growth. 

Pastor Jocelyn Kelker received her heavenly crown in December 2007, but her legacy of faith and prayer continues with the congregation. 

The Burning Bush strives to fulfill its mission, to "EFFECTIVELY AFFECT THE WORLD" through the preached word and outreach ministry; reaching the souls of the unchurched. 

They have found their home in the heart of East Akron with a membership of 500+ and plan to expand their facility on new ground in 2018.