Indebted to our past, obligated to our future

Rev. Greg Hurley, District Superintendent

Dear WV/WMD Ministers,

Greetings in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. I am truly humbled and honored to have been recently elected to serve as District Superintendent of the WV/Western Maryland district. Thank you for the vote of confidence.

In these dangerous and perilous times we are confronted with an enormous task. We must never ignore, neglect or forget the path that led us to where we are today while keeping our eyes on the challenges and opportunities that lie before us.

Our district and my life has been richly blessed with a Godly heritage. As an independent pastor for many years, my late Father made the wise decision in the mid 1980’s to join the UPCI. This choice proved to make a dynamic impact on my life.

I can sincerely say, had it not been for the church camps, youth conventions, rallies and the countless friendships I have made, I would not be who I am or where I am today. I am thankful for the Godly leaders I have had the privilege to be surrounded by - men that spoke words of truth, encouragement and prophecy into my life. Men that unselfishly led by example, ever steady and never wavering. Men that prayerfully and carefully stayed the course in the face of opposition and compromise. Former Superintendents in my lifetime like... The late Greene Kitchen, Norman Mills, Dan Garlitz, Edwin Harper and the late David Hudson. To these great men of God, I humbly and respectfully say thank you! We are eternally indebted to the pioneers of truth that have paved the path which we are so privileged and blessed to trod. We truly dwell in houses we did not build, feast from vineyards we didn't plant, walk trails we did not blaze, and enjoy benefits we did not suffer for.

My pledge to this great district is that for as long as I am privileged to serve you, I will never waver or depart from the message that has been entrusted to me as a leader. Sound doctrine, holiness, and separation from the world are all vital elements to who we are, where we are, and where we will go as a district. In a world of moral decay, our Apostolic heritage and identity must, without exception, be preserved and protected not renovated or reconstructed. The wise man of Proverbs penned these powerful words in chapter 22 verse 28... “Remove not the ancient land-mark which thy fathers have set.”

While we are indeed indebted to our past we must understand that we are equally obligated to our future. We cannot afford to let go, let down, falter or fail while we press forward with vision and purpose. Yes, we have been richly blessed to walk in “Glory days” but I am convinced we have yet to see our “greatest days!” The most critical moment in a relay race is not the runner who starts the quickest at the beginning. It’s not he who navigates the twist and turns of the course with the greatest precision. It’s not even the one who maintains the greatest stamina during the steep inclines or the long stretches. While all of this is significant in its place, the most critical moment is when the relay baton is transferred from one hand to the other. It is at that moment the race can be won or it can be lost.

As we move forward let us firmly grip what those before us have carefully passed into our hands. As Eleazar’s hand clave to the sword, let our hand grip firmly what has been entrusted into our care.

In His Service,
Bro. Greg Hurley
WV/WMD District Superintendent

Daughter work in Oak Hill, WV

Much excitement fills the hearts and souls of the Apostolic Lighthouse as we stand in awe of the mighty power of our awesome God.

Moved by divine direction we are stepping out by faith to start a daughter work in a much larger and more populated area thirty minutes from our current location. Oak Hill, WV is a city long overdue for a United Pentecostal Church. It's a city that is ripe and ready for harvest. Our first service will be August 15 for which we are in great expectation of what God is going to do.

Coming from a construction background, I realize that the foundation is the most difficult and time consuming phase of any structure, but we are ready to take this area by storm with an experienced and anointed base of musicians, singers, and staff already in place. Before the very first note has been played or the first message has been preached God has begun to do marvelous and miraculous things for us, thus signifying His seal of approval.

Revelation 3:8 says, "behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name." In the past several weeks God has clearly set before us some open doors that we could have never opened within ourselves. God has already let me cross paths with two denominational pastors developing friendships with them. At a local restaurant after Sunday morning service one stopped by my table on his way out and told me he has been studying about the blood and the name of Jesus Christ and has asked to meet with him in the very near future. A Bible study was given to a Trinitarian youth leader who now wants to be baptized in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ. One man stood before me weeping as he told me of his sinful past. He started smoking at the age of six, lived on the streets of San Diego for twelve years addicted to every form of drug and alcohol. He told me he needs change in his life. He has commited to be in the first service. I have also crossed paths with several backslidden families who are very excited about the new work.

Last but certainly not least, location is very important. We have always desired to be in a high traffic location but property in this area is very expensive, making it seem unobtainable. In recent days one acre of commercial property on the main highway has sold for as much as $650,000. But God has moved on the heart of a denominational business man who owns 18 acres on the main highway, which is a main road connecting through southern WV. Between 50,000-70,000 cars travel this road every day. This man told us that he and his wife would pray and fast about the direction of the property. During church camp last week I received a call that he would sell the land to our church for $125,000.

We are anticipating a mighty outpouring in Oak Hill, WV at Solid Rock Worship Center.

To God be the glory,
Pastor Greg Hurley