Upper Room History

Job #1610

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Job # 1610 Upper Room History

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Jun 2, 2006 @ 02:44
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Jun 28, 2006
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The “Passion and Pursuit” of the Upper Room began in 1980, through a vision of the late, Superintendent James Henry Turner, Sr. From a revival in the local Raleigh YMCA on Bloodworth Street to East Martin Street the passion to win souls for Jesus Christ was being manifested through this giant in the gospel.

Though obstacles were many and trials were great the official service of the Upper Room Church of God in Christ was held at 12:00 noon on August 16, 1980. To celebrate this grand occasion, revival services were held for the next two weeks by Pastor Turner and Elder Clifton Moore of Trinidad. The following Sunday, August 17th, Pastor Turner sent Elder Patrick Wooden, who was just a young minister at the time to preach the first Sunday morning’s message at the Upper Room.

With the pursuit to grow a strong ministry, there were unforeseen roadblocks. In December 1980, the church doors on Martin Street were closed due to a city ordinance. But never less services were continued in the home of Brother Odell Turner until another building was found.

The Upper Room Church moved locations twice until 1983, when a loan to purchase a new edifice was approved by the vice President of Mechanics and Farmers Bank, Mr. Stanley Green. That day was a great day in Jesus as the church members and friends motorcaded from the Central Trailer Park to its new edifice at 2421 Lake Wheeler Road.

It was there that Pastor Turner focused on enhancing the spiritual growth of the church family and formed many organized units such as the Upper Room Bible Institute Scholarship Foundation and Feed the Hungry Program. The “Passion and Pursuit” for souls was never lost during transitional stages, so much that in 1986 the membership has exceeded two-hundred and plans were underway for a new facility.

It is said with every great triumph, there is a great demise! The unthinkable thing happened to the body of the Upper Room Church of God in Christ. Pastor Turner was stricken with a brief unexpected illness, and on May 21, 1987 God called Pastor Turner home from labor to reward! How would the church move on to the next pursuit without this warrior for Christ!

It seems as though revival was key to the success and transitional periods at the Upper Room. Before Pastor Turner’s illness, his son in the gospel was directed to conduct a revival during the week of May 18th-22nd at the Upper Room.

Who would have thought that Pastor Turner would go on to be with our Lord at such an early age, and who would have imagined that at such an early age his son in the gospel would become his reigning successor, as Pastor of the Upper Room Church of God in Christ!

The “Passion and Pursuit” for souls, was surely not lost, but enhanced in even greater ways. As Pastor Wooden prayed and sought the Lord’s guidance the Lord has given to the church hundreds and souls have been saved, delivered, and set free.

By 1990, the church had outgrown its church facility and again on Nov. 12, 1991 Mr. Stanley Green, Vice President of Mechanics and Farmers bank approved a loan to build God a bigger house. The Upper Room new home would be 2901 Sanderford Road!

While at the 2901 Sanderford Road, the ministry began to prosper and abound in the works of the Lord. We had outgrown this building in just 2 years and were in the process of acquiring a place to build once again.

In June 1996, 30 acres of land became available on Idlewood Village Drive. The church would have to acquire $90,000 in 30 days if we wanted this land. The people rallied together and in 30 days acquired the money to build God another new home!

February 15, 1998 was the day we had our first service in the new building. Pastor Wooden has never lost sight of the Passion and Pursuit that was passed down to him from Pastor Turner, which was given to him from our Lord and Savior! Through this man of God the Passion and Pursuit has been intensified.

Pastor Wooden accepted a mandate from God to build a Christian school. He envisioned a school where Judeo-Christian values would be taught, where children would learn about the God of the Bible. Pastor Wooden firmly believe that this school would be a safe haven to educate children as well as an extension of the home and church.

Walking in his usual style of excellence, Pastor Wooden initiated the Upper Room Christian Academy Campaign drive in March 2000. In September 2001 The Upper Room Christian Academy and Preschool opened it's door housing preschool, elementary and middle school children, training them to have a biblical world view and providing them with the opportunity to receive the highest quality education and care. This state of the art building would have 30 classrooms, a gymnasium, media center, computer lab and commercial cafeteria. Pastor Wooden Passion and Pursuit for the Christian school is to see young people who will graduate and be life-long learners and leaders in the community.

The Upper Room Church of God in Christ has many ministries that have been formed to enhance the spiritual growth of the church and community.

As of today, our “Passion and Pursuit”, is continually operated by putting GOD FIRST! We believe that Christ is the nucleus and the battery that makes our Passion for Jesus Christ stronger and our Pursuit for souls more forceful!

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