Charlotte Berean Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, celebrated 100 years of existence with a historic Sabbath anniversary service on November 2, 2019. The event brought national and local dignitaries, former pastors, guest speakers, and special musical guests to the church.
Alma Adams, U.S. Congressional representative, commended the members for their “stewardship and steadfast commitment” to the inner-city community. She added, “I want to thank you for the work you’ve done, and I know you will continue to forge ahead in serving in the image of Jesus Christ.” Vi Lyles, Charlotte City mayor, echoed Adams’ sentiments in commending the members for their health ministry, food distribution, and day academy. She especially thanked the members for raising young people to do what is right, pointing to the example of Charlotte Berean member David Howard, a former city council member who now works in the North Carolina governor’s office.
A proclamation recounted the story of colporteur William White bringing the three angels’ messages to Charlotte. A tent meeting was conducted which resulted in 220 individuals being baptized and the start of Berean in 1918.
Many of the former pastors attended including 103-year-old E.E. Rogers, Ph.D. Also present was Frederick Russell, Sabbath guest speaker, and William L. Winston, South Atlantic president.
The anniversary celebration, which took place over five days, was actually the culmination of a year-long recognition of the church’s 100 years. A special anniversary committee included current Berean pastor Godwin Mitchell, Deborah Johnson, and Donald Robinson.
The celebration ended Sunday morning, November 3, with a heart-warming message and video remembrance of more than 350 members who have gone to sleep in Jesus over the 100 years.
“Faithful Then, Faithful Now, Faithful Until He Comes” was the anniversary theme that church members vowed to carry until Jesus Christ returns.
South Atlantic | April 2020