Pastor Edward Calloway of the Lighthouse C.O.G.I.C. on Corinth St. invited Bishop Wells to have his services in the Mary Lee Chapel. Bishop Wells accepted the invitation and Strong Arms morning services were held there for approximately seven months.Elder Wallace Holyfield then told Bishop Wells about a building in Joppa which he moved into and this became the first church building for the Strong Arms C.O.G.I.C. for approximately three years.
The Lord blessed Bishop and the congregation to purchase the land and the building at 135 Pemberton Hill Road. Much hard work, money, and dedication have gone into the remodeling and renovation of this property. A few years later, the Lord blessed the church to purchase the ten adjoining acres as well.
Our pastor has been given a great vision concerning the expansion and addition to the remaining property. This vision includes a larger sanctuary that will seat approximately 800 people, a gymnasium with a swimming pool which will also be used for therapy sessions, a home for wayward women and much, much more.
The Lord called Bishop Wells to the pastorate in 1982. He began his pastoral ministry in the front room of their home. He and his family began to have Wednesday night prayer and bible study a few weeks before their first Sunday morning service. There was in attendance 40 people for that very first Sunday morning service.
The year before, the Lord had given Bishop Wells the name for the church from Psalms 136:12. "With a strong hand and with a stretched out arm; for his mercy endureth forever"; hence, giving him the name Strong Arms Church of God in Christ. The Lord began to bless the work and many souls were saved. They soon out grew the front room.
Our vision is to glorify God through the powerful preaching and potent prayer, building the total man in perfected praise. To be Godly encouragers to the body of Christ and to reach the world with multimedia expressions of God's love.
Our mission is to pursue excellence in the ministry through God's wisdom, knowledge, and deliverance.