FROM THE COUNCIL BISHOP
To the Executive Board, Suffragan Bishop George Dobbin, District Elder Elect Dan Smith, District Elders, Pastors and all delegates and friends – I welcome you to the 1st Annual Holy Convocation of the Atlantic Regional Conference of the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith International, Inc.
As the Senior Pastor of Praise Temple Apostolic Faith Church and Diocesan Bishop of the Atlantic Regional Conference, I consider this to be not only an honor, but it is my esteemed privilege to serve as host of the first annual convocation of the ARC. The theme for this convocation is, “Advancing the Kingdom: All Hands on Deck” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). This theme demands action by the people of God. The expectation is that every saint utilizes their gifts and talents in ministry so that the body of Christ might be built up, that we might reach maturity and the fullness of Christ.
What has God asked you to do with your hands? Think of the innumerable activities we perform with our hands each day? Our hands can be used as vessels of healing, instruments of baking, art making, and food preparing. Our actions reflect our connection to the body of Christ and the head of the body which is Christ. Whatever you do, do it with all your heart as unto the Lord, not as for men.
The early church impacted their world. It is said that they turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6). Let me encourage this wonderful body of believers to follow in their steps for the harvest is great! We are God’s church – Advancing the Kingdom with all Hands on Deck!!
Bishop V. L. Spinks
Diocesan Bishop of ARC
FROM THE CHAIRMAN
To all the delegates and guests of our first annual meeting of the Atlantic Regional Conference (ARC), we welcome you. We have gone through two years of upheaval due to a pandemic that has ravaged our nation and slowed down our activities in terms of meeting together in person. Through these trying times our God continues to show himself mighty and has taught us several things. First, that because of a condition in the world, it does not stop the operation of God and his church. Therefore, we come together because we are glad to be a part of one another. We are supporters of one another. For all of you that are just now sharing this experience, or if this is your first conference, again we want to welcome you.
The last two years have taught us that we can do things in unique ways. We can operate virtually, or we can operate in person, we can communicate via various forms of electronic and digital transmission, thus opening many ways we can reach more people. So, whether you are joining us in person or one of the various forms of electronic media, we want to say to you, if there’s anything that we can do to help – we will certainly try to accomplish that. I want to say God bless you and have a great conference!
Enjoy yourself, stay tune, and may God bless you in Jesus’s name!
Suffragan Bishop G. E. Dobbin, Chairman
Atlantic Regional Conference (ARC)