District Superintendent’s Communique

Dear West Virginia/Western Maryland District Ministers,

Greetings in the all-powerful Name of Jesus Christ. As we draw ever so near to the second coming of the Lord, we must place our focus on the enormous task at hand. Galatians 6:9 encourages us to not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Before any harvest is gathered there first comes a season of sowing and planting. The ground must be tilled, seed must be planted in the earth, and fertilizer must be spread. In order to ensure a bountiful harvest, strenuous labor is required. A prosperous and fruitful harvest is a result of the blood, sweat, and tears of the sower. The Apostle Paul reminds the reader in Galatians 6:7 to be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For many years the seed of end-time revival has been sown. Mighty laborers of the Gospel have walked before us and among us - faithful servants of the cross, who continued to plant seeds of truth in the face of harsh criticism and persecution. In the midst of hellish opposition and satanic threats, they relentlessly pressed on. These faithful men and women of God consistently battled through the thorns of mockery. They tilled the dry, parched soil of false doctrine, breaking up the fallow ground of traditionalism and religious customs. Through the trying years of drought and famine, they continued to water the seed and cultivate the soil. They preached truth when truth was not popular to preach.

Because of the unselfish labor of our forefathers, we in this generation stand in a prophetic moment of time. We are primed, poised, and positioned for great and mighty things. In the last days saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh (Joel 2:28, Acts 2:17).

Without question, we stand on the brink - the very precipice - of a mighty end-time revival. The fields are truly white and ripe for harvest.

The Apostle Paul penned these great words, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour,” (1Co 3:6-8).

Notice, Paul spoke that he and Apollos were one. One planted and the other watered, but it was because of the unity and labor of both men that God stepped in and gave the increase.

While we live in uncertain times, rest assured God’s Word remains certain. Not once has The Lord failed to fulfill His promises. As the hour becomes late and while the end draws near, the church must rise up as never before with one mind, one voice, and one purpose to reap the mighty harvest that is before us.

Before I conclude let me make mention of a few things:

We grieve the loss of our precious Bro. Isaac Withrow. His home-going service was beautiful and fitting. He truly fought the good fight and kept the faith.

We are excited to announce Bro. Rob Holley as the newly elected Pastor of The Voice of Pentecost in Weirton. Pastor and Sis. Holley are not strangers to the WV/WMD district. Welcome home!

Kudos to Bro. Joel Sites, Bro. Roger Zimmerman, Jr., and the entire youth department on a very successful Hyphen Summit in Morgantown. Special thanks to our Hyphen Directors, Bro. and Sis. Jason Clingerman, for a job well done.

Congratulations to Pastor David Bounds and The Pentecostals of Parkersburg on the dedication of their new facility. What an awesome crowd and tremendous move of God.

The Ministers & Spouses Retreat was a wonderful success. A big thank you to Sis. Patty Zimmerman and the Ladies Department for their hard work and planning to make this happen.

Results of sectional conferences:

SECTION ONE
Presbyter-Doug Joseph
Secretary-Everett Davenport
Youth Rep-Rusty Sandy
SS Rep-Randy Tenney
Ladies Rep-LaDonna Joseph
NAM Rep-Rob Holley

SECTION TWO
Presbyter-Robert Fazzalore
Secretary-Kenneth Craddock
Youth Rep-Aaron Arthur
SS Rep-Pascal Crites
Ladies Rep-Keisha Whetzel
NAM Rep-Mauricio Mena

SECTION THREE
Presbyter-David Johnston
Secretary-Danny Hopkins
Youth Rep-Eric Hopkins
SS Rep-Paul Rounds
Ladies Rep-Crystal Johnston
NAM Rep-David Simons

SECTION FOUR
Presbyter-Edwin Harper
Secretary-Stephen Neese
Youth Rep-Derek Sammons
SS Rep-Todd Mills
Ladies Rep-Sharon Harper
NAM Rep-Stephen Kuntzman

SECTION FIVE
Presbyter-Anthony Moss
Secretary-Jarrod Price
Youth Rep-Matthew Runyon
SS Rep-Stephen Anderson
Ladies Rep-Shanna Moss
NAM Rep-James Keefer

Congratulations to all of the newly appointed and to all of our outgoing officials; thank you for your faithful service to the work of God.

Last but not least, do not forget these very important upcoming dates:

April 27-29 Ladies Conference (Morgantown)
May 17-19 District Conference (Morgantown)

In His Service,

Bro. Greg Hurley
WV/WMD Superintendent

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