Gospel Light Church (GLC) began as a prayer meeting in the living room of Elder and Evangelist Lucille Smith. Over time, the prayer meetings outgrew the living rom of that house. In 1977, the Lord blessed Elder and Evangelist with a place of worship at 721 Springfield Avenue, Newark, New Jersey. The first worship service was held on Sunday, September 24th.
The unity of the spirit among the saints during the early years of GLC was like that of the saints in the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost. Similarly, the church grew tremendously. The first baptism in GLC was performed on Sunday, January 4, 1978. Six should were baptized I Jesus' name. Also following, on November 5, 1978, 10 souls were baptized. In 1979, 14 souls were baptized, and in 1980, 13 souls were baptized as per Acts 2:38. Between the inception of the church in 1977 until 1089, 42 souls were baptized in Jesus name, 29 babies were dedicated to the glory of God, 3 wedding ceremonies and 3 home going funeral services were performed.
As the church grew immensely, there was an immanent need for more space to house the brethren during services. As a results, GLC purchased the building located at 684 Springfield Avenue (formerly owned by The Salvation Army), it's current location, in 1981.
Our first Ministerial Elevation service took place in 1991 when Elder (now Bishop and Pastor) Smith, ordained our first Deacon. In April 1997, we purchased a vacant building at 688-692 Springfield Avenue alongside the church building. Soon after, construction began on what is now the Gospel Christian Academy Child Care and Learning Center.
As GLC continued to grow, a property adjacent to the Gospel Christian Academy Child Care and Learning Center was purchased and converted into the Gospel Light Church Mission House affectionately known as the 'church house.'
Gospel Light Church gives glory to God and is thankful for how He has kept the church from dangers seen and unseen over the past 40 years. There is nothing impossible with God and we believe that He will keep that good thing which He hath committed unto Him that day.
For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield" -Psalm 5:12
GOSPEL LIGHT CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS (APOSTOLIC), INC.
684 Springfield Avenue, Newark, New Jersey 07103. 1 (973) 372-7562. www.GospelLight684.org.
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