History of Judah Ministries Church of God in Christ
Judah Ministries was organized by Elder Montez O. Jones on November 15, 2002. Judah began meeting in the home of Shepherd Mother Felicia Jones - Thomas with several charter members such as Deacon Kensworth Griffith, Dana Robinson, Minister Vaughn McCuller, Minister Eileen Hyden & Family, Pedra Hall, Vickie Harris & Family, Nick Reed, Eshmon Butler and Angela Johnson & Family.
Apostle Vertise Rozier of New Generations Outreach Ministries International (NGOMI) was instrumental in the formation of Judah. It was during the End of The Year Conference 2002, being held in Millville, NJ that Apostle Rozier laid hands and officially appointed Elder Jones as pastor. The presence of God was so powerful that soon after the conference thirty souls were added to Judah.
Judah held its first service on Sunday, December 15, 2002 at the St. Paul AME Church in Coatesville, PA. Rev. Ethel Moore was generous towards our small congregation. Through prayer and fasting, Judah later moved to Holy Community COGIC, Elder Timothy Creekmur, Pastor. Services were held every Sunday at 3:00 PM.
Nine months later, on September 7, 2003 Judah would move to 809 E. Lincoln Hwy, affectionately known as “809”. A dedication service was held for the new edifice. The church was fully furnished and Judah did not have to pay any of the expense. Many souls were saved, set free and delivered at “809”. Pastor Jones birthed the 6 AM Daily Miracle Prayer Meetings which attracted countless souls. The infamous “Praise Time at Judah” youth rally’s which served as a catalyst to win scores of youth to Christ.
On, July 20, 2004, Elder Jones called a business meeting with the leadership of Judah and Bishop J. Bass of Harrisburg, PA. From this meeting the board of directors was formed and Judah established bylaws. Judah Ministries became incorporated and set up as a 501(c)3 Corporation.
Since that time Judah has been going forward in the work of The Lord. We have had our share of trials and struggles. We have experienced a few setbacks as we pursued a larger and more permanent home. However, we never lost our praise or purpose.
God has blessed Judah Ministries to become one of Coatesville’s fastest growing outreach ministries. We currently have active youth, music, missions, evangelism, bible study, hospital, nursing home, prison, community feeding, marriage, men’s, women and prayer ministries fully functioning.
We moved into our current edifice, 840 E. Chestnut St. on Sunday, November 1, 2015. Several ministers have come out of Judah and two have begun pastoring churches abroad. To God be all the GLORY!