Joyce Campbell has been a member of the First Church of Harker Heights since its inception 15 years ago.
She and other members recently celebrated the church’s 15th anniversary with a dinner and recognition ceremony for the church leaders.
Campbell said what she loves most about the church is the “wonderful pastor and the love of the people of the church.”
Pastor Robert Hendrick said there was not a United Pentecostal Church in Harker Heights before they started the church in 1998. Hendrick came to the area with his family and first worked for the city of Harker Heights. Assistant Pastor Richard Brown said the church started as a store front.
“Then they built what is called ‘a building in a day,’” he said.
The original building is now used as a preschool and the church has moved into a bigger building next door.
The church doctrine follows the Apostles, teaching from the Book of Acts.
“We teach a love of God and a love of people,” Hendrick said. “We want to move people not just entertain.”
He said the church wants to meet the needs of its people right away.
“We have a great worship. We will stop whatever we are doing to pray at the altar if someone has a need for it,” Brown said.
The congregation has approximately 50 families and between 150 and 180 people attend Sunday services.
The church offers both a Sunday morning and a Sunday evening service along with Sunday school, Monday prayer, a Spanish service and a Wednesday bible study. The church features 19 different ministries, including one for singles, young married couples, senior citizens and children.
The church also supports 13 missionary projects and reaches out to the military community.
“Just as our nation relies on our military, our community relies on this church and its prayers,” said Steven Miller, a church member and soldier.
At the anniversary celebration, the church founders sat on the altar and told the story of how the church started
Reverend David Bernard, leader of the United Pentecostal Church International, preached to the members and special recognition was given to the families who had been there for 10 years or more.
Hendrick said the church’s goals for the next 15 years include spiritual growth, buying more land for a bigger building, and hopefully using the original building as a Family Life Center.
“But the most important goals for the future of our church are reaching the unchurched, saving the churches, and to get as many people to heaven as possible,” he said.
The First Church of Harker Heights is at 2314 Indian Trail. For more information and service times, go to www.firstchurchharkerheights.com.