Our Story

How it all started...

As I reflect back over my life, I marvel at the many blessings God has bestowed upon me.  Growing up in the county of Edgefield and being the son of a sharecropper wasn’t an easy life, but I thank God for all of my experiences because they have made me what I am today.  When the Lord spoke to me and told me that it was time for me to start this church, I can’t explain the emotions that welled up inside of me.

Nevertheless, I ventured out under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and have relied on that spirit to provide the vision for the growth and expansion of this great work.  I’ll be the first to admit that being a pastor was not something I dreamed of becoming.  Before pasturing this church, I can remember countless trips to smaller churches in other areas that were in need of support.  I gave of my time and service by providing music from my guitar, by giving financially, or simply lending a helping hand.  Never being one that enjoyed being in the forefront, working behind the scenes came relatively easy for me.   Besides, this, at that time, was my calling, and one that gave me great joy.

When this church was first started, the Lord showed me that this church would be built on the apostolic doctrine and centered on the basics…fasting and prayer, tithes and offerings, and the Word of God.  I can remember my mother, the late Bertha Patten, sharing with me a dream she had in which the church name was revealed.  Significantly, in the dream, she saw a church with great rejoicing and full of God’s anointing.  Even though we are not among the largest in number, my prayer has always been that the Spirit of God dwells richly in this place.  This prayer has been answered.  
                                                               
Nearly 31 years have now past and I am grateful to God for how he has granted me the wisdom and strength to lead His people.  It has been an honor to pastor you.  Yes, we have been through rough times and good times.  We’ve laughed together and cried together.  Those of you, who began in the den, as well as newcomers, have demonstrated your loyalty to this church and to me as your pastor.  As I have stated many times before, last names are not important.  It matters not to me if you’ve been here for 20 years or 20 days.  I love and respect each of you for who you are.  My desire is to see each of you grow spiritually and live successful and prosperous lives.  
                                                                                                                                   
So, now as we embark upon this progressing era, True Believers, let us not waver in our service to the building of God’s kingdom.   Let us declare as the scripture, “The glory of thislatter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.”  Haggai 2:9.  Oh ye True Believers, you rank among the greatest, and I am proud to be your pastor!

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