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THE HISTORY OF GREATER LOVE TABERNACLE
CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST
Bishop William Rimson
The journey began with a revival in 1927 conducted by the late Elder William Rimson, where 41 souls were saved. He rented a house on St. Aubin and began holding services with his children and a Polish family of 10 who lived in the back. The house became too small and a tent was set up at Theodore and Rivard. At the end of the 12-week tent meeting, 125 members were added to the church.
The tent was moved to Kirby, between Russell and Rivard, where 65 souls were saved. Then the church moved to a small hall on Ferry. While the Pastor was away, the enemy came in and scattered the flock and only six members were left. From 1940-43, the membership remained at six members. At this point, Elder Rimson was ready to give up and go back south to pastor; but a Baptist minister asked him to preach on a radio broadcast. From the message, 17 souls were saved.
From January 13, 1943 through January 14, 1944, the church occupied a residential address on Napoleon. While riding the hearst with John McFall of McFall Funeral Homes, Elder Rimson saw that the Old Medbury Theater as for rent, and he immediately contacted the owner and made an appointment and carried him the necessary money for rent. The building was brought three years later for $30,000 and remodeled into a church, complete with pews. The Old Medbury Theater location became affectionately known as the Hastings Street location. Whereas, the tent services represented the birth of Love Tabernacle Church of God in Christ, the Hastings Street location depicts the laying of the spiritual foundation as well as the growth years.
God wrought so many miracles at the 5848 Hastings Street Church. So many people were healed of cancer, tumors, heart trouble, high blood pressure and strokes. Crutches and walking sticks lined the walls of the church.
Highlights of the Hastings Street years are as follows:
- First Deacon Board formed.
- First Ever-Ready Sisters formed.
- First Mother’s Board formed.
- First Usher Board formed.
- First Superintendent of Sunday School appointed.
- First Sick Committee formed.
- First Radio Broadcast started in 1944 on WJBK.
- The first choir for any of the Churches of God in Christ in the state of Michigan was founded by 1st Lady Violee Rimson in 1945.
- First Women’s Day for any of the Churches of God in Christ in the state of Michigan was founded by 1st Lady Violee Rimson in 1948.
In November 1953, the church moved to 3500 Elmwood and Preston, the State Temple of the Churches of God in Christ. The building was in very poor condition. Pastor Rimson and some of the brethren remodeled the building and the congregation worshipped there for almost a year.
In 1955, the congregation moved to 7635 Grand River and 4120 Allendale. In 1958, the church moved to 4101 Riopelle and Alexandrine, and the church name was changed from Love Tabernacle to Greater Love Tabernacle Church of God in Christ.
In 1959, the church moved to 8225 Grand River and Vicksburg, a movie theater. In 1968, the congregation moved to 9780 Quincy and Boston. Because Greater Love had move so often, other people referred to the church as the “portable church.” At every location, Pastor Rimson and the brethren remodeled and restored the building to become a beautiful place of worship.
The present move to 17617 Plymouth Road was made on Monday, October 2, 1972. This property was purchased for over $275,000 and the mortgage was paid in full on June 18, 1979.
Love Tabernacle/Greater Love Tabernacle was built on faith, hard work and stumbling blocks that were laid on every road trod.
Bishop William Rimson made his transition from labor to reward in November 1988.
Bishop Clifford “Caleb” Dunlap
In June 1990, God blessed Greater Love Tabernacle with a new pastor, Elder Clifford Dunlap – a man with a vision to rebuild the congregation’s spirit. Because of his love for people and the church, Elder Dunlap extended our outreach ministries by reaching out into the community, hospitals, jails and other churches through R.E.A.C.H. (Restoring Esteem, Attitude, Character and Health), house calls, the jail ministry and deaf ministry. He also supported healing the minds and hearts of people through support groups, encouraging seniors to be more active by providing activities, trips and health educational programs.
THE STATEMENT OF FAITH
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING THE BIBLE
WE BELIEVE the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible written Word of God.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING GOD
WE BELIEVE that there is one God, eternally existent in Three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING THE CHURCH
WE BELIEVE in the Blessed hope, which is the rapture of the Church of God, which is in Christ at His return.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING SIN
WE BELIEVE that the only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and fairth in the precious Blood of Jesus Christ and acceting the gospel according to Romans 10:9-10.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING SALVATION
WE BELIEVE that regeneration by the Holy Ghost is absolutely essential for personal salvation.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING CHRIST
WE BELIEVE that the redemptive work of Christ on the cross provides healing for the human body in answer to believing in prayer.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING THE HOLY GHOST
WE BELIEVE that the baptism in the Holy Ghost, according to Acts 2:4, is given to believers who ask for him.
OUR BELIEF CONCERNING SANCTIFICATION
WE BELIEVE in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling, the Christian is enabled to live a holy and separated life in this present world.
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Sin is contrary to the will of God (transgression against God). We can be delivered from sin by the atonement of Jesus Christ. Atonement is the reconciliation of God and man brought about Jesus Christ.
Remorse, reget or moral anguish for past conduct or sin. Turning away from sin, disobedience, rebellion and turning back to God. Repentance is change of mind.
Salvation is deliverance of the power of sin. We are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ.