Nazareth Pentecostal Church
After writing this column for 18 months, I’m no longer surprised by small churches doing great kingdom work.
Last week, I met Rev. Larry Christopher of Nazareth Pentecostal Holiness Church on Two Notch Rd. in Lexington. Like several churches I’ve written about, they have seen a slow but steady decline in membership over the last 10 years.
The Church was started in the 1950s by Rev. Leona Coker and thrived for many years. But, as happens so often, older church members pass on and younger ones finish school and take jobs elsewhere. Currently they have less than 40 people at their Sunday services.
Being small, however, has not dampened their enthusiasm for reaching out to the community to share God’s love. One of those outreach programs is a monthly meeting and meal for senior citizen in their fellowship hall.
It started for their seniors but has grown in popularity and now other local churches send (or bring) their seniors to enjoy the fellowship and meal. They are strong supporters of the Pentecostal Global Outreach ministries and are ranked third in giving from their district.
Rev. Christopher has been pastor since January 2017. He received his calling to be a pastor in 1974 when he traveled the country performing with his father’s gospel group called The Christophers. At a revival in Indiana he was divinely inspired to a pastor. After graduating from Advantage College, he got his first church in 1981.
There are many other ways that the church can bless the community, but they need more members and volunteers. And that is where my readers can help. I ask all of you to pray for them and ask God to send more members as the harvest is great and the workers are few.
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