About Us

The Praise Center exists to be a community where people Love God, Love Others,
and Lead people in their spiritual journey in order to Live the life God intended.


Loving Community
Living Purpose
Involved People
Intentional Evangelism
Authentic Worship

Our Pastors – Rev. Gary and Marie Scroggs

Our Lead Pastor, Gary Scroggs, was installed as pastor of The Praise Center in January 2018. He and his family have quickly become treasured members of our church family. Before entering into full-time ministry in 2006, Pastor Gary served in ministry in many volunteer roles. He truly has a heart for the hurting, broken, and lost souls of the community of Monroe. Even when serving in other cities, he never lost his burden for his hometown community of Monroe. God has equipped him with a unique gift to connect with individuals & families in a genuine & personal way. Pastor Gary is truly blessed with a great partner at his side in his vivacious wife, Marie, who walks under a great anointing & with true leadership in her own right.

Pastor Gary was an ordained Bishop in the Church of God and is now ordained in the Assemblies of God. His education at Lee University coupled with his life & ministry experience is being used to advance God’s Kingdom in Monroe and the surrounding areas in mighty ways.

Church History​

Our Founding Pastor, Russell Davis, moved to Monroe in obedience to God’s call to pioneer Monroe Outreach Ministry, Inc. – “The Praise Center” in 1987. Pastor Russell served the community & Kingdom of God in various leadership positions through many different avenues. Although he has passed the leadership baton off to a new Lead Pastor, he still actively serves in other arenas in the community.