ALPHA WOMEN’S MINISTRIES BOARD APPOINTED
Following a nomination process that included the joint Alpha Conference Executive Council (CEC) and Women’s Ministries (WM) Board, the Alpha CEC unanimously appointed the following people to serve on the 2018-2022 Alpha WM Board.
- Karen Gray, WM Director
- Wendy Davis Lovell, Assistant Director
- Tara Bethea, Board Member
- Lillian Mayo, Board Member
- Kim Turner, Board Member
Alpha Ministries also expresses our sincere appreciation to Karen, Wendy, Kim and Lillian for their outstanding service during the previous quadrennium. Well done!
FAITH CHAPEL’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Faith Chapel’s Jubilee Celebration on October 7th was a “Great Gathering!” The attendance was superb. The atmosphere was alive and festive. The Spirit of the Lord moved powerfully. The fellowship was rich.
The Lord blessed Faith Chapel with a distinctive call, visionary leadership, and Kingdom focused ministry, which has resulted in a significant impact on the city of Huntsville, the Tennessee Valley, and beyond. During the last 50 years, thousands of people have come to faith through the vast ministries of the church. Dozens of men and women, of all ages and backgrounds, accepted God’s call to ministry, and were sent out locally, nationally and globally. The generous giving from Faith Chapel through the years helped to support many in the ministry as they were released and sent out to spread the gospel. To God be the glory!
During the celebration, Founding Pastor Joel and Janelle McGraw were honored by the congregation for their faithful and dedicated leadership in the Tennessee Valley during the last five decades. This includes almost 40 years as Senior Pastor at Faith Chapel.
Pastor Hank & Teressa Mays are to be commended for planning and hosting this historic celebration. May the river of God continue to flow freely from Faith Chapel, locally and globally, to complete the call and mission.
We made some noise at Alpha KidzQuest this year! We had 125 Alpha kids, students and leaders attend camp at Shocco Springs in July. Everyone left the week challenged to make a noise for the Glory of God!
We enjoyed an awesome time of fun activities, building relationship and making lifelong connections. But most of all we experienced the presence of God! Kids and teenagers were baptized in the Holy Spirit. They prayed and prophesied over each other and over the adults! We are so thankful for all of the churches who supported KidzQuest and all the leaders who helped make this camp possible! We can’t wait to do it again next year July 8-12, 2019.
Alpha Emerge got LOUD in Panama City Beach, FL in July. 120 Adults and Teenagers from across the Conference gathered together at the beach for a fantastic time with each other and with the Lord. Each service was marked by the presence of the Lord as the students broke out in spontaneous worship and prophetic words. Students were called into full time ministry and filled with the Holy Spirit. We ended the week with baptisms in the Gulf of Mexico. This was a powerful, life changing week! You don’t want to miss Emerge 2019!
Alpha Ministries is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Rick (Tammy) Fountain to our conference staff as the Director of Arise 2033 Ministries, which will focus on Church Revitalization & Multiplication within the conference.
Rick has served the IPHC and the Body of Christ with excellence on the local church, conference and national levels. His ministry background includes senior pastor, executive pastor, youth pastor, church planter, and church school administrator. He also served in district and conference leadership within Acts2Day Ministries. In addition, Rick was the assistant director of EVUSA Ministries and the national director of IPHC Church Planting and Development from 2006-2010.
God has blessed Rick and Tammy Fountain with 37 years of marriage, two children and four grandchildren. The Fountains will relocate to the Montgomery, AL River Region this fall. It is a joy to welcome Rick and Tammy to the Alpha Conference Ministry Center staff!
As the Arise 2033 Director, Rick will strategically plan, direct and supervise church planting, with focused attention on the larger population areas of the conference and counties with no Alpha presence.
He will also promote healthy church growth and revitalization within existing churches via training, workshops and consultations; and, assist in promoting and raising support for projects and activities sponsored by Alpha Ministries.
FAITHFUL SERVICE AWARDS
Six ministers were recognized for their years of faithful service to the Alpha Conference and the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.
1) Rev. Lamar Hahn (50 years)
2) Dr. Lou & Becky Shirey (50 years)
3) Rev. Fred & Carolyn Stallworth (45 years)
4) Rev. Rudolph & Dorothy Barnhill (40 years)
5) Bishop Mike & Karen Gray (40 years)
6) Rev. Sam & Barbara Mitchell (40 years)
Pictured below – Dr. Lou & Becky Shirey, Rev. Fred & Carolyn Stallworth, Rev. Rudolph & Dorothy Barnhill and Bishop Mike & Karen Gray
94th Annual Session & 13th Quadrennial Conference
Registration for the Quadrennial Conference was 70 certified delegates; total attendance was around 120. Bishop Tommy McGhee, IPHC Vice Chairman and Executive Director of Discipleship Ministries, was stellar in presiding over the conference.
From the outset, Bishop McGhee was sensitive to the Holy Spirit, at times with prophetic unction. His ministry was excellent, timely and well received. It was an honor to have Bishop McGhee preside over the Kingdom business of the day.
Bishop Mike Gray was reelected by acclamation to serve his third term as Conference Superintendent. Jason Beiler was reelected by acclamation to serve as the Assistant Superintendent. Jonathan Pate, Jon Potter and Al Bethea were also elected by acclamation to serve as Executive Council members. Congratulations to all! (Executive Council photo on the left – (left to right) Al Bethea, Jason Beiler, Bishop Mike Gray, Jon Potter, Jonathan Pate)
The 2018 Bylaws Committee report was adopted as presented. One significant addition is a Sabbatical provision for senior pastors who have served seven consecutive years in the same church.
Thank the Lord for the “unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” that permeated the 13th Quadrennial Conference Session. It was very special day indeed.
Iglesia Centro Pentecostal (ICP) recently moved to a new church campus, located at 5100 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham, AL 35242. This is about five miles east of the I-65 & Pelham interchange. The church was the original campus for Briarwood Presbyterian Church. Pastor Edgar & Michelle Pena and the ICP congregation have worked tirelessly to remodel and update an older property. They have done an incredible job with the restoration. See the photos in the next column.
ICP also has campuses in Jemison and Tuscaloosa, which function under the leadership of Pastor Edgar. Praise the Lord!
ALPHA MINISTERS RETREAT
The 2018 REJUVENATE Ministers Retreat, February 1-3, in Point Clear, AL was refreshing, inspiring, challenging and recommissioning. We experienced powerful praise and worship led by Greg Terry. Bishop Stan Reynolds preached with a powerful Holy Ghost unction. His messages were very timely and well received. As always we enjoyed rich, sweet fellowship. Attendees were treated to nice accommodations, really good food and relatively mild weather. Already looking forward to next year!
Approximately 220 women, representing 22 churches across Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia convened at the 2017 Alpha Women’s Retreat in Destin, FL on October 20-21. They were treated to the wonderful ministry of Ginny Massaro, worship directed by Tara Bethea and Heather Farley, teaching session by April Pate, communion on the beach, fellowship, immaculate weather and much more. Congratulations to Karen Gray, Wendy Davis, Kim Turner and Lillian Mayo for praying, planning and directing this exceptional ministry event.