On August 8th, 1983, my wife Miriam and I accepted the pastorate of what was then The Langley Avenue Church of God. The first service we held had just 13 people in attendance. From those early beginnings, God connected our heart with Whitehall. One and one half years later, along with the congregation, we completed the first building program and property acquisition at the corner of Langley Avenue and Bernhard Road.
As our congregation continued to experience growth, our new building was becoming too small. We searched for a solution – a building to buy or a property on which we could build. During our search, we discovered a vacant Cigna Health Care Property. The location was perfect and the building was beautiful. But the asking price was just over $3 million. It was just too much.
And then, on November 20th, 1999 our Heavenly Father spoke to me. He said, “Be still and be quiet in your spirit for I am about to give you the most incredible miracle of your life.” On November 30th, 1999, He spoke to me again, saying, “I am going to give you this building.”
It took many trials, purchase offers, prayers, and two and a half years, but God delivered on His promise. We closed the bank loan on our Whitehall property for only $800,000.
Our congregation is now experiencing the next wave of God’s Will for us as we are positioning to move into the Five Fold Ministry as outlined in Ephesians 4:12 with Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers having been established in the congregation and ready to be sent forth.
Each week is a new venture into the awesome things God has in store for His people and truly, He is still writing our history daily.
To Him be the glory!