Friday, November 29, 2013
Celebrating its 100th anniversary on Nov. 24, Saints Delight Pentecostal Holiness Church opened its doors to welcome in the next century with more than 400 people in attendance.
The church was founded in 1913 by Rev. P.Z. “Pet” McKenzie. One hundred years later, David McKenzie said his great uncle, Patrick Zachariah, known as Pet McKenzie, pastored at the church for three years.
Rev. Chris Browder, who has led Saints Delight since April 2002, said the
church has been in the same location and in 1913 the land was given to the
The three buildings of the church take in the Wood church, which was the first church, the Block church was built in 1962, 49 years after the Wood Church while the Brick church was built in July 1997, 37 years after the Block Church and 84 years after the Wood Church.
“We are a very diverse church,” Browder said. “We have Catholics, Episcopalians, Southern Baptists, Church of God, all different walks here and this is a strong area of Evangelicals. The Sunday congregation is usually close to 200 and depends on the season.”
Browder explained the anniversary’s main focus included all three phases of this church, Wood, Block and Brick, with characters in skits portraying P.Z. the founding pastor and others as well as a slide show of family members throughout the years and songs.
The presiding bishop of this denomination, Dr. Doug Beacham was the keynote speaker and the South Carolina Conference Bishop, Greg Amos, attended and the oldest living member, Mary Lambert, also spoke.
Lambert, 92, said she moved to the area in 1943. She started teaching the youth class in 1955 until she retired.
“I’d do it again,” she said, adding “I am ready for God to take me home.”
According to Browder, there’s not a house in this community that hasn’t been affected by this church, either a funeral or a need, or whatever.
“This church is a lighthouse for this community, it is the beacon for Lamberttown and 60-70 percent of this community attend this church.”
Browder wrote in the book about the church, “Celebrating 100 Years of Service,” which was published in July, that Saints Delight has been blessed to function as a church with open arms and open hearts for 100 years. The book was given out to each household on Nov. 24.
“May we approach our future in three ways, first, that God’s Word will always be the foundation of this church, second that we must be Empowered by His Spirit and third, that we leave a footprint for those behind us to follow,” Browder said.
“My prayer for this church as we, look at our past, live in the present, and long for the future, is that we understand all the benefits we enjoy today have come through hard work, prayer and dedication,” he said.
Among those sharing their recollections of the church in the book are David McKenzie, Clara Mae Cooper and Elvie Lee who shared memories of the Wooden Church while Betty Jo Hanser, Bernard Sims, Penny Cox and Patricia Ward related memories of the Block Church. Sharing memories of the Brick Church are Della Anne Lambert; Chad Lambert, Corbett Britt and his wife, Joanie Britt and Rosalie Cooper.
A commemorative coin signifying the occasion was distributed to everyone who attended.