About the Well
The Well House of Prayer, which is presently housed in downtown Toccoa, began in the even smaller town of Demorest, Georgia. A little house near the campus of Piedmont College, had been used as a restaurant. The owners had outgrown the location and moved to a larger one in Clarkesville. It was at that time that the owner, Scott Mason, mentioned the desire for the original location to become a house of prayer. Scott was later killed in an accident, but his widow Jennifer, along with Brad and Jayne Bradley, followed through with Scott's vision and launched a house of prayer at 888 Central Avenue in December of 2008.
Even prior to Scott's desire for a house of prayer, the Bradley's and others had met over the years petitioning God for a house of prayer in Northeast, Georgia. Therefore, once the ministry was launched, it had already been given a solid foundation through prayer in the heavenlies. Nevertheless, the early days were lean indeed. Only a handful of people shared that early vision, so that praying in that cold and rough building was difficult. The ministry was primarily limited to Tuesday nights where the concept of intercessory worship was introduced as led by Jerry and Denise Basil. An attempt at having a summer internship program, became a break through experience when teams from IHOP-Atlanta visited The Well and left a deposit of the Holy Spirit that lit a fire of fervency for the praying community. The relationship of The Well's people with the staff of IHOP-Atlanta strengthened over time, so that IHOP-Atlanta became the main resource for The Well and provided the model for it's development.
In 2011 the day-to-day leadership of The Well was turned over to John Harvey, a retired pastor. He along with Ryan Fish became the first full-time staff of The Well. Under their leadership, The Well commenced a thirty-hour a week prayer ministry on Monday's through Friday's from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. In addition to the prayer ministry, The Well had previously launched a house church for the praying community that meet Sunday evenings. In time the house church and The Well proper, merged as one entity; and together they sought to develop and maintain the prayer ministry.
For three years The Well existed in the Demorest location. In the Lord's timing, the leadership of The Well sensed they should move to larger facilities, and found a building on North Broad Street in Toccoa, Georgia. On February 1, 2012 The Well transitioned its ministry to Toccoa, where it is presently located.
At The Well House of Prayer we primarily pray using a combination of music with intercession. We are using the model in Revelation 5 where the elders worship God with harps and bowls of incense (which are the prayers of the saints). Just as King David combined prayer and music in his tabernacle in Jerusalem, so also we are experiencing joyful prayer with songs in the presence of God. Our goal is to have all thirty hours of prayer each week to be led by live worship; but in our early stages of growth, we are web-streaming the prayer room of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City and joining in on their prayer sessions. Our live prayer sets are primarily in the evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Well presently functions with five staff who keep the ministry available to the public 40 hours a week (Monday - Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.). The Sunday evening ministries that begin at 5:00 p.m. are in addition available to all. (See our home page for more details about the Sunday schedule).