Voice of Hope Celebrates 100 Years
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Voice of Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church celebrated 100 Years of ministry in the Oklahoma City metroplex on May 20-21, 2022. Excitement was in the air after a two-year delay due to COVID-19 challenges and restrictions. The theme, “Rooted in the Past - Growing In the Future,” was chosen to honor the history of the church (known as Beulah, 1920-1957; Tenth Street, 1958-2016; and Voice of Hope, 2016 to present), while stating the commitment to moving forward to proclaim the goodness of Jesus until He returns.
Our celebration began with a Friday evening vesper service, with a message from Pastor Alex Horton (Senior Pastor, Longview Heights, Memphis, TN), who grew up in the Tenth Street/Voice of Hope Church. The anniversary weekend continued on Sabbath morning with Sabbath School, taught by Elder Stephen Brooks (former pastor of Tenth Street/Voice of Hope and current Executive Secretary, Southwestern Union), who also gave the intercessory prayer during divine worship.
Our Sabbath divine worship service was filled with gratitude to God for His goodness throughout the years. The worship experience included family and friends of Voice of Hope, as well as conference and union workers and officials (Elder Martin Lister, Pastor, Enid/Lawton, OK district; Elder Terrell McCoy, Pastor, Voice of Hope/North Highland; Elder Carlos Craig, President, Southwestern Union; Elder Phillip Palmer, Executive Treasurer, Southwest Region Conference). Local government officials also participated in the celebration through their presence or a proclamation.
The divine worship speaker, Dr. Carlton Byrd (President, Southwest Region Conference), brought an inspiring message with an appeal for individuals to come in dedication or rededication to God.
On Sabbath evening, the anniversary celebration culminated with a concert featuring gospel recording artist, Minister Byron Cage, and a vesper message by Pastor Eliot Brooks, a beloved son of Voice of Hope. Pastor Terrell McCoy brought our memorable weekend to a close with remarks and prayer. Afterwards, light refreshments were served, and many families and friends took pictures at the photo stage to remember the momentous occasion of Voice of Hope that was “Rooted in the Past” and continues “Growing in the Future!” Praises to God for such a blessed day of celebration!
By Patricia Collins and Beverly McCoy