The First Pentecostal Prayer of Faith Church began with a bible study taught to a family in Princeton Junction, NJ. A bilingual woman from Puerto Rico named Sis. Macharo attended the Bible study and asked me if I would teach a Bible study in Trenton. I agreed and ventured on to teach the 12 session Bible study on the porch of a Perry Street apartment building. After a month the Bible study grew to include about 35 people who only spoke Spanish. Although we spoke no Spanish, God blessed Sis. Macharo to translate the lessons as we taught.
The attendance was growing so rapidly that Sis. Macharo asked if it would be alright to get a building in which we could have Bible studies and services. We found a storefront on Perry Street, Trenton, NJ and had Thursday and Sunday services. The congregation asked if they could have a Spanish Pastor from Texas preach to them, I agreed, went back to my home church, and continued teaching bible study sessions on Thursdays. A month later, I received a call asking if I would Pastor their church. I accepted and stayed on Perry Street for about six months. One day I came to church to discover that our Spanish speaking congregation had returned to Mexico due to a law stating the people could not work in the U.S. without a social security card. We closed the church and went back to our home church.
Every week I received calls asking me to reopen the church. I prayed and asked the Lord to guide me, and he did to another storefront at 799 East State Street, Trenton, NJ.&; With my wife and daughter at my side, I continued to do the work of the Lord. The Lord blessed us, our building became overcrowded, and again we were blessed to find a new location.
In 1993, the Lord took us to a new city with an old church building at 3632 Nottingham Way, Hamilton, NJ. Although the building was boarded up and needed major renovations, it was a beautiful site to us. The Lord removed all opposition and through God’s blessing we have continued to grow and are now located in a much larger building located in Amwell, NJ.