Retired Pastor Preaches Revival in Gold Hill Methodist Church
The former United Methodist Church (UMC) in Gold Hill, N.C., faced a tough year, leading them to disaffiliate from the UMC after irreconcilable differences. However, they celebrated the church’s 175-year history in historic Gold Hill and sought a revival to move in a new direction.
Ken and Cindy Wiseman moved to Gold Hill due to a job transfer, and joined community leaders in opposing the destruction of pristine forest land for solar panels. Their efforts brought them close to the Gold Hill community and the historic Gold Hill Methodist Church, where they started attending and became involved in various church activities.
When the church’s pastor, Beverly Mauldin, expressed the need for a revival, Ken Wiseman thought of retired Adventist pastor John Earnhardt, who had connections to Gold Hill. After committee meetings, Earnhardt was invited to conduct revival meetings throughout the year. In March, he preached four sermons, emphasizing accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord.
Realizing the importance of sustaining the Holy Spirit’s impact, the Wisemans began a weekly Daniel Bible study with in-person and online attendees. In July, Earnhardt returned, teaching the congregation about the authority of the Bible and the soon coming of Jesus.
Earnhardt’s favorite outreach method was through car shows, and he concluded the July service with a community event, which faced a threat of rain. However, prayers were answered, and the rain dissipated, resulting in a successful gathering that strengthened community bonds.
Earnhardt plans to return in November for 10 nights of revival, aiming to introduce people to the Word of God and the book of Revelation. Prayers are requested for blessings in these upcoming meetings. The church looks forward to a renewed sense of purpose and unity as they navigated the challenges of the past year.
Carolina | September 2023