Women’s Work From the beginning, women of the church played a very important part in helping to organize and establish the work of the church. They visited the sick and helped the underprivileged women who did not have homes to live in. They witnessed to the truth throughout the community, on their jobs or whenever the opportunity presented itself. Opportunities for women still exist in various ministries. In 2001, our First Lady, Minister Gloria Glover Garner founded D.O.V.E.3 (Daughters of Victory Everyday through the Father, Son and Holy Ghost) Women’s’ Fellowship, an ecumenical ministry to encourage all women to discover their unique spiritual gifts and to use them in the body of Christ.
The Choir Sam Davis was the music teacher and taught the choir to read music. The directors of the choir were A.D. Walls, Crissie Davidson, James McClure, Hattie Gabriel, Zeta Henderson and T.E. Humphrey. The hymnals of the Church of God were used.
The pianists were Ruth Crawford, Carolyn B. Boulware, Elly C. Gordon and Crissie Davidson. Other pianists have been Beverly Nail, Deborah Woodson, Gwendolyn Powell, Julie Scott, Runette Johnson, Tyshawne Singleton, Loren Mason and Chris Wilson.
The Music Department at Seigle Avenue has expanded from the piano to also include other instruments, such as the drums currently played by Cliff Moore. The Praise and Worship Team was birthed by our First Lady, Minister Gloria Garner in 1996 and William “Chris” Wilson joined us to serve as Lead Musician in 1999 to the present.
He continues to faithfully serve and his ministry is a blessing. Under Chris’s direction the Praise Team, other musicians, and well as the Kara Dance Ministry which was birthed by Minister Sharion Brandenburg continues to be a blessing to the body of Christ.
Although there have been changes in the name of the church and its leadership, the church has remained strong in upholding the doctrine associated with the “Reformation Movement.”
In 1972, the Greenville 1 Church of God led by Pastor W. D. Bailey moved to 1620 Seigle Avenue began another journey for the church to continue impacting the members and a new community. In 1998 renovations began. The sanctuary under went construction of new interior walls, stain glass windows were installed, and refinishing the fellowship hall, bathrooms and kitchen. The church’s crowning point was the erection of its first steeple in 2002 with the entire side parking area paved and the property fenced.
In 2008 through 2009, changes continued in the community of Belmont. The City of Charlotte earmarked more than $20 million dollars to street improvements, home ownership, new townhouses and apartment buildings in the neighborhood; the church will be undergoing our own face-lift. The church was given renderings to show the projected changes before they began. During the next 18 months, the main thoroughfare on Seigle Avenue was widened to
accommodate biking lanes, and the frontage of the church and all the homes along Seigle Avenue were changed to accommodate a new look for the church and community. Major structure additions were completed to the church’s front plaza area. The frontage of the church was widened and stairs leading from the plaza were added as an additional entrance. The beautification did not stop with the front plaza because throughout the front side of the church, iron railing neatly boarded the entire area.
In 2011, the congregation has continued the emphasis on change with many ambitious projects to be completed by year-end which involves completing the paving the surrounding parking around the church, re-installing interior chair lifts and modernizing the sound & media technology to enhance the teaching and preaching ministries of the church.
Beyond the Walls Ministry
With a Sound Ministry in place since 1997, the church embarked on a radio outreach ministry in 2001and has presented the gospel every Sunday morning on various Charlotte stations. Currently, the Church has enjoyed partnering with Word Net since 2003 in presenting “Willing Servant” broadcast. The church is in the midst of change in the method evangelism. In 2011, our radio outreach ended with our new direction of establishing an effective web-evangelism focus. The reshaping of our church website gives us the capacity to stream our morning messages to reach people that may not have an opportunity to experience our morning service. In addition, since 2004, our yearly outreach “Fire Fest” has reached out to neighbors and strangers. It was shaped by the compassion and vision of Reverend Vera Carroll. Our clear mission is to show the love of Christ and evangelize the spiritually lost. Through Fire Fest, we have reached over +850 people and have seen many people blessed, encouraged and saved from sin.
Today the church’s ministries number +10. They are formed to help, build up, encourage, and equip individuals, the community, and our church fellowship. The staff at the church consists of Senior Pastor Daryle J. Garner, First Lady Minister Gloria Garner, Reverend Roz Noble, Reverend Vera Carroll, Minister Mark Bethune, Minister Tammie Bethune, Minister Darnell Davis, Minister Sharion Brandenburg, Minister Jerry Hosey and Minister Rita Massey. Each minister is involved in ministry at the church and some serve in other community or Para-church organizations. We ask for your continued prayers as we prepare to move forward in serving you, the body of Christ.