Not everyone is called into the Five-fold Ministry of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, but every born again believer is called into ministry. In fact, I believe failure to realize this fact contributes to some people backsliding. We are called into service and true Christians will not be content constantly being served. Ministry brings purpose into one’s life, and purpose is one of the main factors that help a person survive.
At some point one’s pillow needs to become a pillar. Jacob was in trouble and on the run when he had his vision of the angels ascending and descending from heaven. He named the place Bethel, but there was the little lesson of the stone that we often overlook. Bethel, the house of God, is first realized as a pillow, a place to rest one’s head from the pains and problems of life. Jacob made a pillow out of the stone. Yet, after he had received his life’s purpose in the vision, he took the stone and stood it up for a pillar. The House of God not only brings one to a place of spiritual rest, but it defines his purpose in life. Has your pillow become a pillar? If not, it’s time to seek a vision from God; one unique to you. Perhaps God is calling someone to plant a new church is beautiful Alabama. Just in case, read the paragraph below.
There are several pre-approved sites in Alabama. You can find this information by clicking here. Help us pray for Double Springs, Oneonta, Birmingham, Hoover, Jacksonville, Clanton, Tuskegee, Daphne/Fairhope, and Troy. We are pleased to report that a preaching point has been established in our other pre-approved site, Wetumpka, and positive results are already occurring. Bible studies have been started in one of the other sites. We will report on this as it progresses.
A brand new daughter work has been added this month. Iglesia Pentecostal Unida de Mobile is the daughter work of Iglesia Pentecostal Unida de Boaz pastored by Juan Garcia. The new church is in Section Seven. I appreciate the response of the pastors and ministers of Alabama. God did not call us to sit still, but to advance His kingdom. Please keep me informed of the potential new preaching points and daughter works.
We currently have nine Home Missionaries on location in Alabama. Jay Davis pastors Cornerstone Church in Lincoln, Steve Drake pastors Apostolic House of Prayer in Ragland, Matt Edmonson pastors Redeemed Apostolic Church in Tuscaloosa, Minerva Garcia pastors La nina de sus ojos, Iglesia Pentecostal in Athens, Joseph Grimes pastors The Apostolics of Citronelle, Andy Salinas pastors the Pentecostals of Dadeville, John-Paul Wallace pastors 2.42 Church in Montgomery, James Williams III pastors Point of Grace Church in Birmingham, and Randall Yeoman pastors Apostolic Revival Center in Hazel Green. Let’s build a wall of prayer around these church planters, and remember that you can financially support them through ACTS (Alabama Call to Souls). Contact the Alabama Home Missions for more information.
We have had three pastor installations in the past month that I am aware of. I was able to participate in two of them, but due to scheduling conflicts I could not attend the other. Pastor Randall Sargeant was installed as Pastor of New Vision in Huntsville. New Vision church planter Steve Giarratano is now the Bishop of the assembly, and we congratulate he and his wife on the successful work established in Huntsville. Arkansas District Superintendent Dennis Anderson preached the service and I was privileged to perform the installation. Presbyter R. C. Craft preached the Friday Night service.
Pastor Keith Burcham was installed as pastor of Faith Tabernacle in Trinity. He has a beautiful family who ministers together in music and ministry, and I was privileged to preach the service and perform the installation. Presbyter Lavanul Sherrill and Presbyter Hugh Dixon of Mississippi also participated in the service. Elder James Brock, church planter, founded Faith Tabernacle, one of four churches he established. Many ministers have been produced from these results. We give honor to Elder Brock.
Pastor Jason Salisbury was installed as the new pastor of Praise Tabernacle in Jasper. Mississippi District Superintendent David Tipton preached the service and Presbyter Todd Bertram performed the installation. Church planter W. R. Fesperman resigned earlier this year, but has remained as pastor until a new pastor could be installed. Congratulations to the Fespermans for a successful church plant. Pastor Fesperman is now available for ministry in other churches and is specifically making himself available for smaller venues such as Home Missions. I know they will bless these churches.
We welcome one new pastor into the state. Pastor Chris Aton and family are now at the First United Pentecostal Church of Geneva. They come to us from Tennessee and we congratulate the church and Atons. Keep them in your prayers during the transition.
Pastoral Vacancies and Opportunities:
1. Pastor Anthony Jarry planted The Pentecostals of Phenix City and is looking for someone to take the work. The church has 12 members and is renting a facility, but the church owns about 6 acres. There is great opportunity for revival in the Phenix City/Columbus area!
You may enquire via email by clicking here or send a resume to Stan Davidson, 2500 Sansom Ave., Gadsden, Alabama 35904.
Keep the entire state in your prayers. Pray for the District leaders that we will be led by the Spirit and revival will come to our state in an even greater way.
Alabama District Superintendent