After nearly 25 years in existence as a congregation, the Gulf States Conference administration participated in the burning of the church mortgage of the State Line Church in Ardmore, Ala., on October 19, 2019. Under the leadership of Isaac Olatunji, pastor, the church purchased the current building in 2015, which they had been renting for more than a decade. The “Old Funeral Home,” as it was called, was transformed into a sanctuary for the Lord, and in just four years was paid off in record time.
The day of the mortgage burning ceremony began with a blackout in the Ardmore area, where the church’s electrical power was off for several hours. The outage time ran into the Sabbath School and church worship programming, but it did not deter the worshipers. It also didn’t stop Dave Livermore, president of Gulf States, from preaching a powerful message. While the congregation worshipped with no electricity, they experienced the power of the Holy Spirit. Amazingly, after the church service ended, the lights came back on.
Livermore; Brian Danese, vice president for church development and Conference treasurer; and Johnny Mosquera, founding pastor of State Line Church; along with a packed house of members and visitors, participated in the ceremony. Olatunji stated, “I want to thank the Gulf States Conference administration along with the faithful supporters of State Line, and most of all, the Almighty God who made this possible.” As was stated in the event program, “State Line continues to be a blend of people, where we all work together for the Lord, using the various talents the Lord has given us. It has been 24 years since the Lord impressed Hazel Radford to start a work for Him in the portion of the field the Lord put her in — a bean field. Today, Sabbath, October 19, we celebrate the power of God in the lives of those who chose to do His will.”
Gulf States | January 2020
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