The History of Rejoice Ministries - The Church of Healing

          On November 22, 2008 twenty-three people met in the upper room at Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement’s (HCCI)  Family Life Center, located at 266 West 153 Street for the purpose of establishing a church. The Reverend Doctor Marvin Bentley, Pastor of Antioch Baptist Church served as the Moderator and Mrs. Beatrice C. Thompson Collymore served at the Recording Secretary.

            At this meeting the twenty charter members were identified. This body of believers received the name Rejoice Ministries ~ The Church of Healing as the name designated by God, the Articles of Incorporation were approved and the body voted unanimously to elect The Reverend Patricia A. Reeberg as their Pastor and Spiritual Leader.           

 

              At the adjournment of the Organizational Meeting, the first Church Business Meeting of Rejoice Ministries ~ The Church of Healing was called to order by Pastor Reeberg. At this meeting the Church Constitution was ratified, Mr. Garfield Collymore and Mrs. Lauretta Gilliam were voted to serve as the Diaconate Board. The body agreed to hold our first service on December 31, 2008 at HCCI Family Life Center.

           

              On January 4, 2009 the first worship service was held. The Service of Dedication was performed by our Liturgist, The Reverend Lloyd Gilliam. The service concluded with the first Lord’s Supper of Rejoice Ministries. At this service three men joined our congregation. The first person to join was Mr. Aaron Mayers.

            On the first Sunday in July, 2009 Rejoice Ministries left their home at HCCI and was warmly welcomed by Ephesus Seventh Day of Adventist Church where The Reverend Doctor Dedrik Blue served as Pastor.

            Rejoice Ministries has been blessed to have numerous friends, supporter and well-wishers. The first donation from an individual was given by the Elder Statesman of the Gospel, The Reverend Doctor Gardner C. Taylor. The first donation from a congregation was given by Baptist Church of the Redeemer, where The Reverend Sharon E. Williams serves as Pastor Emeritus. In addition to the financial miracles, Mr. William Thornton designed and built our cross and our first pulpit, Mrs. Cheryl Hunter Grant designed our logo, and Mr. Andre Pina created and designed the first Rejoice Ministries website www.rejoiceministries.org

 

Charter Members of Rejoice Ministries

Denise K. Bell    Paula Bell     Deacon Melvina Brown      Minister La Tanya Gilliam Bryson

Beatrice C. Collymore              Deacon Garfield Collymore     Deacon Lauretta Godwin Gilliam

Deacon Diane Jenkins            John H. Lee     Norma Huston Lee      Deacon Raymond Lee

Donell Leverett          Nelson Monroe     Sheila Ousley       Andre Pina

Beryl Facey Pina         Janice Salley     Shanda Taylor      William Thornton

Karen Williams         

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Pastor Reverend Patricia A. Reeberg