Resurrection Church History
In the year of 1968, being led by the Holy Spirit, several members of the Greater Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church met at Bro. J. T. Freeman’s home to discuss organizing an Independent Methodist Church. The name Resurrection Independent Methodist Church was chosen.
Minister Earl Williams was asked to be the spiritual leader and he would become pastor after he was ordained. All agreed that this was the best course of action. Bro. Arthur Mayfield arranged for us to have service at the YMCA. Minister Jack Walton and members of Elmwood Community Methodist Church asked us to become members of the Council of Community Churches. After joining this group we submitted a letter toHarrisburg,PAinforming them that we would change our name toResurrectionCommunityMethodistChurch.
Bro. J. T. Freeman was selected to be our 1st Chairman of the Steward Board and Bro. Dennis L. Aiken was elected to be the 1st president of the Trustee Board.
In November of 1968, we moved with our pastor and founder Rev. Earl S. Williams to our location at 401 N. 38th Street in the heart ofWest Philadelphia. Under Rev. Williams’s leadership, our church flourished with several successful ministries. We also held conventions andUniversity City came to life with the ministry of Resurrection. Rev. Earl S. Williams served as president of the National Association Council of Community Churches ofAmerica and Elsewhere.
In 1994 our founding pastor, Rev. Earl S. Williams went from labor to reward. Rev. Joyce C. Mack served as our interim pastor until July of 1998. We then elected Rev. Dr. Aldric A. Baker, who served from July 1998 to June 1999. Rev. Samuel Adkins served as our interim pastor from February 2000 until January 13, 2001.
On Saturday January 13, 2001 we were blessed with our current young, dynamic pastor and teacher the Rev. Dr. Michael Tracey Tyson. Since his arrival our church has begun to grow and flourish once again.
On Sunday October 10, 2004 through the vision of our pastor, we marched into our new location at 6200 Dicks Avenue. Since moving to our new location we have added additions to our edifice. We installed carpeting to our sanctuary; we cushioned our pews, installed new lighting and added air-conditioning to our sanctuary. In 2010 we completed phase 1 of our extension by adding the Aiken Dining Hall and a kitchen. We also installed a new baptismal pool in 2011 and had our first baptismal service onSunday October 16, 2011. Under Pastor Tyson’s leadership and through much prayer the Resurrection Bible Institute started in September 2011.
Pastor Tyson is currently serving his 2nd term as president of the National Association Council of Community Churches ofAmerica and Elsewhere. Under his presidency he has re-energized the council and increased its membership by encouraging new churches to join.
Resurrection has church almost daily. We have several new life changing ministries geared towards the family worshipping Christ together. Our ministries are geared towards the needs of our ever expanding congregation. We have a Recovery Ministry, Sign Language Ministry, Praise Dance Ministry, Line Dance, Praise Team Ministry, New Members Ministry, Audio Visual Ministry, Hospitality Ministry, Drama Ministry, Women’s Ministry, Men’s Ministry, Young Men’s Ministry, Y.L.O.V.E., Youth Ministry, Senior Ministry, Singles Ministry, Couples Ministry, Flower Ministry, Willing Workers, Foreign Missions, Missionaries, Stewards, Stewardess, Trustees, Finance, Community Choir, Teen Choir, Mass Choir, Senior Choir and Male Chorus. Over the years numerous souls have been saved and lives have been changed. Our seniors are equipped and our youth are being trained to win souls for Christ. “Go tell them we are rising” (Dr. Ruth Hayre).
We believe that by empowering each family member with the word of GOD, souls will be won for Christ. As we work, play, and study together, we will save a generation from hell’s fire. RCC exists to prepare saints, and to win souls for Christ Jesus.
This is accomplished by teaching our members the word of God and stresssing the importance of applying God’s word to our lives.
Some of the preachers that have served at Resurrection over the past 44 years are as follows: Evangelist Marguerite Schuler, Rev. Jean Williams, Evangelist George Singleton, Rev. Jack Walton, Rev. Edward Corbin, Rev. Joyce Mack, Rev. Joe E. Nock, Elder Samuel Grundy, Evangelist Jamie Arrington, Elder Janice Grundy, Rev. Earl Morris, Rev. Steve Adkins, Evangelist Geraldine Wells, Elder Carin Coleman, Minister Christina Turner, Minister Reggie Wiggins, Minister Matthew Miller, Evangelist Kia Johnson, Minister Denine Luckers-Truesdale, Evangelist Leonard Truesdale, Elder Karen Rogers, Elder Althea Whitney, Minister Tawanda Johnson, Evangelist Angela Burnett, Evangelist Gina Epperson, Rev. Allen Jones, Minister Dennis L. Aiken, Elder Bishara Hakim Erwin, Evangelist Cynthia Patterson-Hargrove, Elder Marva Jenkins, Evangelist Ritchie Thomas, Evangelist Sandra Thomas, Evangelist Eugene Waddington and Evangelist Toni Waddington.