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In the pulpit: Learning how to heal

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POSTED: September 25, 2007 5:04 a.m.
This retired federal government employee had a career of helping people. However, she did not realize one day she would be placed in an even greater position to help others.
Pamela Chenevert, pastor and founder of Healing Springs Church of God in Christ in Flemington has been in ministry for 30 years.
“My former husband and I served as pastors in Germany,” she said.
She has served as the pastor of Healing Springs for four years.
Prior to founding Healing Springs, she served in many positions within the Church of God in Christ. She served as district missionary, lay leader, church administrator, assistant jurisdictional supervisor and president of the board of examiners for regional district missionaries.
“We use the name Healing Springs because I feel there are many hurting people looking for someone to come and help them get out of situations they have gotten into. There is a spring on the corner where they can come,” the pastor said. “Healing Springs is a ministry that can make a difference. It is hard to help a person spiritually until you touch them naturally. We have to meet them at their point of need. Life experiences have helped me to help those who I come in contact with.”
Healing Springs has various ministries in place to meet the needs of the people. Members enjoy visiting the nursing home.
“We have a Paul and Timothy ministry, a Sister-to-Sister (Naomi and Ruth) ministry, nursing home and youth ministry,” Chenevert said.
The members of the sister-to-sister ministry come together for straight talk. The older women teach the younger women how to conduct and carry themselves, and how to love their husbands. The sister-to-sister ministry meets every third Friday at 7:30 p.m. In the Paul and Timothy ministry, older men teach the younger boys.
Healing Springs has an 11:30 a.m. radio broadcast on FM 90.5 (WTLD) in Jesup every Wednesday.
“With the radio broadcast, if we can touch a life and make a difference, I would have accomplished what I wanted to do,” she said. “The broadcast is not to get people to come to our church, but encourage someone.”
Chenevert advises ministers to stay focused.
“The enemy comes in many different ways and forms. We can’t help if we don’t stay focused.”
Chenevert said her spiritual mother, Evangelist Mary Alice Wesley of Fayetteville, N.C., exemplified what a virtuous woman is.  
Healing Springs has prayer at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, with Bible study at 7:30. Sunday school is at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays and worship service is at 11 a.m.
Chenevert and her husband, Joseph Chenevert, have two daughters and four grandchildren. Joseph Chenevert serves as a deacon at Healing Springs. The Cheneverts reside in Hinesville.
Chenevert has volunteered with the Turning Point Shelter, a shelter for teenage mothers, for many years. Since being in Hinesville, she has worked with the Rape Crises Line.
 

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