Keith Street COGOP celebrates 50 years of ministry

Posted 9/22/17

Keith Street Ministries will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Oct. 1. The morning service will begin at 10:30, followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m. and continued celebration at 2 p.m. The public is …

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Keith Street COGOP celebrates 50 years of ministry

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Keith Street Ministries will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Oct. 1. The morning service will begin at 10:30, followed by lunch at 12:30 p.m. and continued celebration at 2 p.m. The public is invited to share in the event.

Keith Street Church began 50 years ago, when the pastor of the Wildwood Church of God of Prophecy, Fred Fisher, asked Elwood Matthews to conduct a revival at the Tomlinson Memorial School (later Tomlinson College).

He asked those who lived on the north side of Cleveland to support the revival as well. Things went well, and soon Bishop Fisher organized a church with John Silvers as the pastor.

The church grew quickly and a year later, the Keith Street Church of God of Prophecy moved into a new church building on the present site, constructed by a church attendant, Lloyd Rogers.

In 1969, Eugene Weakley served the church as pastor.

The present sanctuary was built in 1973.

Johnny Tolbert served as pastor from 1975 until 1979, followed by Roy Cantrell until 1982.

From 1982 to 1986, Joseph Bathe was pastor, and Wayne Pense from 1986 until 1990.

E.A. McDonald served the church one year and, in 1991, Jack Pruit became pastor, staying until 1994. Guy Lindsey was pastor from 1994-99. During his pastorate, the Family Life Center was built in 1995.

From 1999 to 2000, Londa Richardson and Dan Kurbis were interim co-pastors, until John A. Stone took over, serving from 2000 until 2015. Darren Schalk has served from 2015 until the present.

Through the years, Keith Street Church has continued to grow and minister to the community through ball teams, ministry to the homeless and many outreach programs, and continues to be an asset to our community today.

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