Three members of Victory Tabernacle Ministry were recently honoured during a service on August 19. According to Pastor Alphonso B. Lewis, senior pastor, the honourees were Deacon David Rolle, Sister Catherine Davis and Evangelist Marjorie McDonald; they were chosen for their outstanding contributions as founding members of the church.
Pastor Lewis said that before the first meeting was held to establish Victory Tabernacle, Rolle, Davis and McDonald were already a part of it. Currently, there are 60 plus members at Victory Tabernacle.
Beginning with Deacon Rolle, Pastor Lewis said their friendship covers an extensive period as Pastor Lewis recalled that he was the one to conduct Deacon Rolle’s marriage, and again when he welcomed Deacon Rolle into the body of Christ when he accepted Jesus as his Saviour during an altar call.
Pastor Lewis added that Deacon Rolle has always been an encouragement to him as well as Sister Catherine Davis, who has supported him wholeheartedly in his ministry. He said she has done so much to raise funds to help the ministry, thereby earning the nickname – “Fundraiser for Victory Tabernacle.”
“She always encouraged the other members for us to work together to build and promote the Kingdom of God,” he stated.
As for Evangelist Marjorie McDonald, she was another of the founding members who supported the ministry from the beginning. Pastor Lewis commended her for encouraging members of her family to become a part of the church. He noted that the first church treasurer and secretary were positions that were filled by her now deceased son and granddaughter, respectively.
Unlike Deacon Rolle, and Sister Catherine, however, Evangelist McDonald’s responsibilities also included the praise team, conducting service and preaching the Word on Sundays as needed; working with the Ladies Ministry along with Ms. Lewis, the mother of the church; and assisting with prayer and fasting and raising funds.
“These three people played a pivotal role in the development and spiritual grown of Victory Tabernacle Ministries,” Pastor Lewis commented. “As a result of their contributions, we thought it good to give them their flowers while they are alive, so they will be able to enjoy them.
“Their friends and family can see that Victory Tabernacle Ministry appreciates them.”
The honourees were all given plaques to commemorate the occasion and additional gifts were given to them. Pastor Lewis explained that church members are honoured every couple of years, and the last person to be honoured about five years ago was Deaconess Vernell Davis as a founding member.
Although Pastor Lewis acknowledged some 23 years in the pastoral ministry, Victory Tabernacle Ministry will celebrate its ninth anniversary in October, and they will also host a Family Seminar in September. This year’s theme was: “Calling the Nation Back to God,” and next year’s theme will be “Trusting the God that Cannot Fail” as they look toward their 10th anniversary celebrations at Victory in 2013.
He added that church members will soon wrap up a two-year course of study on an Old Testament Survey where they will be given a questionnaire at the end and be presented with certificates.
Additionally, Pastor Lewis mentioned the construction of a new sanctuary in Murphy Town. Unfortunately, the building encountered adverse weather with tornadoes and a section of the walls were blown down. For those wishing to contribute to Victory Tabernacle Ministry, contact Pastor Lewis at 225-2102 or 458-3660 or by mail at P.O. Box: AB20796.