On August 17, 1972, our church began as a prayer group under a huge oak tree at a private home in Pelham, North Carolina.  The first service was held just one week later with a congregation of 56 adults and children present.  The place of worship was a two-car garage on Mayfield Road.  There was no pastor, no auditorium, or adequate finances—but we had great faith in the Lord and a willingness to do His will.