May 11, 2013

Graham marks 31st anniversary

Submitted by True Gospel Pentecostal Church

— When Suffragan Bishop Reuben Graham and his wife, Evangelist Helen Graham, came to Dalton to begin a ministry 31 years ago, they were walking by faith.

Suffragan Bishop Graham says God kept Dalton in his mind and in his path. Being from Rome, he knew very few people in Dalton, but with the approval of the late Diocesan Bishop David Braziel, he came to Dalton to start a work of ministry.

He began holding Bible studies and services at the Dalton Community Center on Fredrick Street in 1982. After holding several months of services there, he almost gave up, telling God that if no one came forward to join the group, he would just remain in Rome and continue there as an associate under Diocesan Bishop Nealon Guthrie. That night, the first member of True Gospel Church, Mother Nellie Cooper, and her mother, the late Mother Mamie Weaver, came forward to join. They were soon followed by Wanda Weaver and Diane Bonds and many others. The ministry has since grown and thrived under Bishop Graham’s God-directed leadership.

Thirty-one years later, True Gospel Pentecostal Church, at 225 S. Hamilton St., is part of the fulfillment of Suffragan Bishop Graham’s God-given vision. For 30 years, Suffragan Bishop Graham has been preaching and teaching the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ and has determined to continue to do so for the rest of his life.

The Grahams now reside in Dalton. They marked this 31st anniversary with services at the church from Wednesday through Friday with speakers from the surrounding area. On Sunday, at 4 p.m., the anniversary celebration will conclude.