30 years and still serving
Rev. Robert White and his wife, Nancy, will celebrate 30 years of ministry at the 1st United Pentecostal Church in Manila with special services on Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28. The church is located on 615 Alma Street.
The milestone event will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday night with Keith Stokes of Wilson serving as guest speaker. Dinner will follow the service. A slide show spanning three decades will be shown. The Life Center gymnasium will be opened for young people to play games.
The celebration will continue Sunday afternoon starting at 1:30 p.m. with Rev. Sam Fulkerson of Leithville, Ky., serving as the guest speaker.
The Whites moved to Manila from the Half Moon area and both agree Manila has become their home. They raised their four children there.
They have seen a lot of renovations and even new building throughout the years. The New Life Center was built in the early 2000s, a large fellowship hall was added and the sanctuary was completely renovated several years ago. Walls were removed making a 60’ x60’ area, with auditorium style chairs. Several pews were kept in place for those who prefer pews to chairs.
“It worked out well and the work was done as we could,” Rev. White said. “It was completed, debt free.”
The 30 year celebration will be combined with pastor appreciation month.
“Our church members are our family,” Brother White said. “When you pastor a church the people are an extension of your own family.”
One of the changes working out well for the congregation is the changing of the Sunday service to 1:30 p.m. It is good for the people who travel from out of town. The mid-week service is held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday nights. We moved the time back on Mondays to help our working people.
“The Lord has been with us throughout our ministry here,” Brother White said. “We hope to be here as long as the Lord allows. Manila is our home.”
In addition to serving as pastor, Brother White works for Reliable Insurance.
Mr. and Mrs. White agree, there is no place they would rather be serving than where they are.