Church History

Mission Church of the Living God in Christ (Mission Church), was founded in 1969 by the late Overseer Rendia Collier of Springfield, Mass.  The Church was later incorporated in the State of Massachusetts on September 5, 1979.  The church resided at 89 Oak St. in Springfield, MA.



In November of 1983, Overseer Collier died and was succeeded by Elder Recie Webb as the Pastor. In January of 1987, Mission Church moved from their church building at 89 Oak Street in Springfield, MA and joined their sister church, Mount Zion COLGIC, in East Windsor, CT.  Weekly joint services were established to accommodate the members of both churches.

 

In October of 1987, Elder Webb resigned from being Pastor. Shortly thereafter, on February 14, 1988, Minister Robert Jones was ordained Elder and installed as the Pastor of the Mission Church of the Living God in Christ. Mission Church would continue to have joint services in East Windsor, CT over the next 14 years.

In October 1994, Mission Church purchased a building located at 20 Bowdoin Terr. in Springfield, MA. Plans were drawn up and renovations began shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, the finances needed were far greater than the church could take on at that time.  The entire building, approximately 10,000 square feet, had to be gutted and rebuilt to plan specifications.



In 2001, the Lord showed Pastor Jones an open vision, out of which he was compelled to bring Mission Church back to Springfield. Subsequently, in December of 2001, Pastor Jones parted with his secular job, and was able to focus on performing the will of the Lord. In a great act of faith, Pastor Jones emptied out his lifes savings, which included his childrens inheritance, and poured it into the funding of the renovations of the church.

 

In early 2002, renovations resumed. Through the hands of Pastor Jones, his brother-in-law Donel Delbridge, and Cousin Royce Bradford, the majority of the interior work was completed within one year by February 2003.The Grand-Opening of the new building was held on March 15, 2003.  In January 2013, we will celebrate ten years in the new building. To God be the glory, for the great things he has done!

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