Members, community leaders and other congregations joined with the Faith Tabernacle Pentecostal Church to celebrate the rededication of their facility at Brades on Sunday, November 27, 2017.
Hon. Minister of Ecclesiastical Affairs Delmaude Ryan challenged the church to see the larger facility as a symbol of a larger vision and role that they must take on to build Montserrat.
In his feature address, Rev Dr. Pat Glasow, Presiding Bishop of PAWI, the organisation of which Faith Tabernacle is a part of, said they were to see this event as a moment to separate from the past, position themselves for a future which has already arrived and work out the process through which they will be effective for the kingdom. He said the church had a mandate to be able to deal with the needs of people born after 1990, which requires a paradigm shift. He also called for them to focus on preaching Jesus and celebrating and embracing the work of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Toney Allen, acknowledged the hard work of the members who were integral to the rebuilding effort. Special appreciation was given to building contractor, Joe Oliver and architect Joseph Matthew, both of who offered their experience to the project free of charge. Special mention was also made of Felix Persaud who served as the project manager and engineer for the expansion.
The church broke ground for the expansion in June 2016. While the initial vision was to have the first phase of the project completed in six months, Pastor Allen decided to do the entire expansion, which took over one year.
The church now has increased its usable space from 1966 square feet to 3,932 sqft. The sanctuary area has been expanded with the addition of dedicated media rooms, band area. A multi-purpose area and more office space is in the complex. One of the unique additions to the building, is the rock facade on the main entrance wall.
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