Founders

 

The History of R.E.A.C.H.

 

In 1998, Dave was given a vision to start a church in the city of Stone Mountain, Georgia.  On May 31, 1999, Dave and I founded The Pentecostals of Stone Mountain (www.theposm.org).  We purposed from the beginning that we would be “a Ministry that Served”.   We made a bold statement from the start that this ministry would be about others and not about us.  It would be about what we could give not about what we could gain.  After starting the church, we begin to see many wonderful things happen by the hand of God - many lives were being changed.  We were indeed a ministry preaching the Gospel of Christ without compromise.  We had envision the church to be a place where the hurting, the depressed, the frustrated, and the confused could find love, acceptance, help, hope, forgiveness, guidance, healing, deliverance and encouragement and that was all taking place.  In the first year of ministry, the Lord began to show us the missing factor in our church.  People were coming to our ministry for help – food, clothing, shelter, gas, and the list goes on.  Our pockets and purses were not large enough for the needs. The city of Stone Mountain needed more than the “traditional church”.  Jesus’ ministry was two-fold - “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:35 NIV). He came to give His life to save us from our sins and He came to SERVE – Jesus was involved in Community and Humanitarian work.  He was and still is the perfect example of a servant.  In the year 2000, I was given a vision to start a community center.  In January of 2006, Dave and I found R.E.A.C.H Community Development Center – “reaching, extending, and assisting our community to hope”. In October of 2006, we started our Community S.H.A.R.E.  In 2008, we started our P.E.A.K. Educational Project and in 2010, G.E.M.S., a program for Seniors ages 55 and older.  Through each need that is met whether it’s feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, clothing the needy, hugging a Senior,  rescuing the abused, housing the homeless, teaching a job skill, tutoring a child or counseling the hopeless, we are given the opportunity to experience the joy in serving and fulfilling our purpose. “Greatness is determined by how well one serves.”

 

Mrs. Tonda Henry

Executive Director/ Co-Founder


Rev. and Mrs. Dave Henry

 

 

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