Pastor Donald and First Lady Gridiron of Faith Center Ministries Celebrated
Reedited By Naomi Bonman
IVN Staff Writer
Seal Beach, CA- Pastor Donald and Lady Gloria Gridiron and Faith Center Ministries’ congregation recently celebrated their 25th anniversary in the ministry. This black-tie gala was held at the picturesque Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach, California.
This momentous event drew some notable figures in the Church of God in Christ Denominations, which included, Bishop Joe L. Ealy, Jurisdictional Prelate of Southern California First Jurisdiction, Church of God in Christ (COGIC); Bishop Roy Dixon, Jurisdictional Prelate of Southern California Fourth Jurisdiction, COGIC; Bishop Ron Gibson, Jurisdictional Prelate of the Dominican Republic Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, COGIC; Dr. Barbara McCoo-Lewis, Jurisdictional Supervisor of Southern California First Jurisdiction, COGIC; and Dr. Frances E. Harris, Jurisdictional Supervisor of Montana Jurisdiction, COGIC.
“The evening was fantastic, from the fellowship to the entertainment. We had a glorious time,” First Lady Gloria Gridiron said.
The guests were entertained by the poetic voice of Dr. Delores Lakey-Stewart and they were wowed by the comedian and master of ceremony, Mr. Rene’ Smith. The children and adults were also entertained by magician, Mr. Michael Stellman. Faith Center Ministries’ band and singers provided great music and singing. Special music was presented by Mrs. Marva Elaine Burr, of Las Vegas, Nevada.
The highlight of the night was the extraordinary journey that the Dance Ministry took the audience through, with their “Time to Clean-Up” routine, a montage of dances that had been performed over the past 25 years at Faith Center Ministries. The dancers’ exuded energy and excitement that was contagious.
The purpose of the praise dance ministry is to provide a visual representation of God’s Word. “While hearing the Word plants the seed of faith in the mind of the hearer, doing the Word (dancing the Word) causes fruition. We can visualize the nature and character of God, and we can understand and worship him better,” First Lady Gridiron said.
Other ministries and programs of Faith Center are Children’s Ministry, Choir, Drama Ministry, Married Couples Fellowship, Men’s Ministry, Prayer Ministry, Scholarship Program, Sign Language Ministry, Singles Ministry, Sports Ministry, Transportation Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Young Adults Ministry and Youth Ministry.
“We take this opportunity to salute Pastor Donald and Lady Gloria Gridiron and Faith Center Ministries for 25 years of ministry and service to the community,” Adrienne C. Henderson, 25th Anniversary Committee member, said.
Sunday services at Faith Center Ministries are held at 8:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The church is located at 20470-A Yellow Brick Road Walnut, CA 91789. For more information on Faith Center Ministries please visit www.faithcenterministries.org.