By Sharon Mager
TEMPLE HILLS, Md.–Christ Creative Church will dedicate their new home, 5201 South Barnaby Road, during the morning worship service at 10 am on Nov. 3. This is the first permanent home for the church, which has moved from several locations through the years. The church is small. It is a big step of faith.
With the help of parent church, Calvary Baptist Church of Upper Marlboro, MD and the Prince George’s Baptist Association, Dr. George Ferguson founded the new church plant on May 6, 1990 and pastored the church until 2005 when he moved to South Carolina to pastor a Baptist church in Charleston. When he returned, in 2011, Christ Creative had dwindled and the succeeding pastor, Rev. John McDaniel, was having significant health issues. The church was going to be closed.
Ferguson felt the Holy Spirit leading him to intervene. So in May 2012, Ferguson reclaimed the pastorate-without pay, so the church could build their operating fund. Ferguson is a bivocational pastor, serving as a Contract Specialist in the United States Department of Defense. The church was meeting in the previous pastor’s home, thus saving a tremendous amount in rental fees.
The former pastor died earlier this year. However, within two weeks of his death, the Lord led Pastor Ferguson and the church to identify an appropriate property, and settled in less than three months. The property includes a home that was previously converted for use as a church, on 2.17 acres of land.
“God is good!,” exclaimed Ferguson. The church had been in continual migration and now it has a permanent home.
Ferguson said throughout the process, he has clung to a Psalm of David, Psalm 37:26-27: “I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed.”
The dedication service will be part of the worship service with a time of prayer, scripture reading, special guests, a sermon, and the Lord’s Supper.