Female pastor celebrates 17 years as church leader

Photo by Timothy Ramsey- Apostle B.J. McCloud stands with her son P.G. McCloud

Female pastor celebrates 17 years as church leader
October 19
04:28 2017

Apostle B.J. McCloud has led the congregation of Greater Tabernacle Worship Center (GTWC) for 17 years.  She took over following the death of her husband, A.W. McCloud, who also led GTWC for 17 years.  This past Sunday kicked off a weeklong celebration for McCloud’s 17th anniversary.

Her son P.G. McCloud, pastor of Fresh Fire Worship Center, was the initial speaker during Sunday afternoon’s service.  He spoke about how everyone has a past, but you cannot dwell on where you are currently but should look forward to where God is sending you.

“The sermon came from Ephesians II that we are revived through the spirit,” P.G. McCloud said.  “You have to look where God is sending you and where God is sending you is greater than where you are right now.”

“That’s why I said from the bottom to the top because at one time some are liars and cheaters but God has and will reverse that and has made us to be blessed,” he continued.  “I wanted to convey to the people that you can’t stay where you are; keep moving.  Just because you are in a certain situation doesn’t stop you from going where God is sending you.”

McCloud says he was glad to “be home” and celebrate the pastoral anniversary with his mother.  He says everything started for him here at the church.  He was glad to “seed back into” the people that have done so much for him throughout his life.

The service included singing from the GTWC choir along with the Fresh Fire Worship Center’s praise team.  It was capped off by P.G. McClouds’ message, which filled the room with such inspiration and hope.

Apostle McCloud said everything turned out great for the opening night of her anniversary.  She says she knew her son would deliver a dynamic sermon and says he didn’t disappoint.  She is looking forward to the rest of the week and what it has to offer.

“It was great because a lot of people came back that I have not seen in a while and it was great to see my son,” she said.  “Seventeen years has gone by so fast.  My husband did it for 17 years and now I’ve done it for 17 years, which is great.”

GTWC will have guest speakers throughout the week.  Wednesday’s speaker was Apostle Tonyan Grace Schoefield of the Citadel of Life Cathedral; Thursday’s speaker will be Pastor Diane Barrino, mother of American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino, of Mercy Outreach Church of Deliverance; Friday’s speaker is Apostle Allan Hinnant from Power of Praise Tabernacle of Deliverance; and this coming Sunday’s speaker is Apostle Andria Weekes.  There will be a celebration on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p. m. at the Quality Inn in Winston-Salem. 

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