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TCI: Church of God of Prophecy celebrates its 50th Anniversary

#Providenciales, October 11, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – The Church of God of Prophecy, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on October 12, 2019.  To commemorate this auspicious occasion, the church is having a week of celebrations from October 5th, to October 13th, 2019.

The Church of God of Prophecy, affectionately called the ‘Jumper’ Church has been in the Turks and Caicos Islands for nearly a hundred years with its first Mission established in the settlement of Kew, North Caicos.  It is where Pentecostalism first originated in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

In 1961 the Church of God of Prophecy established a Mission under the leadership of Brother James Calvin William of Blue Hills.  The Mission engaged in house to house visitations and street meetings throughout the community of Blue Hills. As the Mission grew, permission was granted to utilize the school building on Bay Road (now the AIDS Hospice) for regular church services.

Bishop Isaiah J. Whyms, was the Colonial District Overseer of the Church of God of Prophecy, Turks and Caicos Islands at that time and appointed Brother James Williams, as the leader of the Mission along with Sister Nanless Taylor as the Secretary. 

“About three months before the dedication of the Church of God of Prophecy in Blue Hills, the National Overseer of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, the late Bishop Alvin S. Moss JP, CBE, received information from Brother James C. Williams of Providenciales and Bishop Isaiah J. Whyms, that the church building in Blue Hills was ready for dedication and church organization.”

On January 23, 1963, the ground-breaking ceremony was held, which officially established the first Church of God of Prophecy on the island of Providenciales.  Bishop Isaiah J. Whyms, laid the corner stone.

On Sunday, October 12, 1969, the Church of God of Prophecy, Blue Hills building was dedicated.  Bishop Moss recorded his greetings and sent Evangelist Clarence N. Williams to represent him in the capacity of the National Overseer and to implement the following:

  • the dedication of the church building
  • to organize the local church
  • to appoint and install Bro. James C. Williams as the local Pastor
  • to ordained Bro. James C. Williams as a Minister of the Gospel

The past and present leadership of the Church of God of Prophecy, Blue Hills, over its 50 year span of existences includes:

Bishop Alvin S. Moss, JP, CBE – National Overseer of Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands

Bishop Isaiah Whyms – District Overseer of the Turks and Caicos Islands

Bishop Clarence N. Williams – National Overseer of Turks and Caicos Islands

Bishop Clayton Martin – Interim National Overseer of Turks and Caicos Islands September 2019 – present

The Pastors of the Blue Hills, COGOP included:-

Pastor James C. Williams   –    October 12th, 1969 to May, 1984

Pastor Hoplyn Parker        –    June 1984 to June 1985

Pastor Sally Williams         – , June 1985 to April 1986

Pastor James C. Williams   –     April 1986 to June 1995

Pastor Emmanuel Rigby    –    June 1995 to March 1997

Pastor James Williams       –    April 1997 to April 2001

Bishop Andrew Stone,        –    May 2001 to present

Many churches, ministries, ministers, pastors, evangelist, and teachers have been birthed out of the Church of God of Prophecy, Blue Hills including Church of God of Prophecy Kew Town French Church, Wheeland and Kew Town Spanish Church, Lower Bight Church, Five Cays Church and other various churches throughout Providenciales. 

We will continue to shine the light and love of Jesus Christ, as we serve the community of Blue Hills, “Letting People Know That We Care.”

Celebrations for the 50th Anniversary includes the following celebration of praise:

Saturday, October 5, 2019   – 10:00 AM A walkabout in the Community of Blue Hills

Sunday, October 6, 2019     – 6:00 Am Pray Meeting, 11AM Divine Worship Service and 7:00 PM Grand Gospel Concert

Monday, October 7, 2019     – 7:00 PM a Night of History. Refreshments will be served

Tuesday, October 8, 2019   – 7:00 PM Bible Quiz and Trivia night

Wednesday, October 9, 2019     – 7:00 PM Saturate the Atmosphere Evangelistic Outreach Street  

Meeting, the Jetty, Blue Hills

Thursday, October 10, 2019      – 7:00 PM a Night of Brass featuring original and existing members of The Turk & Caicos Brass Band and the Church of God of Prophecy Brass Band

Saturday, October 12, 2019       – 10:00 AM Motorcade & Fun Time.  

-7:30 PM Family Enrichment Seminar with Host Presenter Bishop Roger Ball, Ph.D. New York

Sunday, October 13, 2019  – 2:00 PM Anniversary Service followed by a Gala Banquet at the Shore Club. 

The public is invited to join us in our praise celebrations.

 “To God Be the Glory, Great Things He Has Done”

Release: COGOP

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