On Nov. 9-11, members of Tabernacle of Prayer for all People in Hinesville will show their pastors, Charles and Nancy Kornegay, how much they love and appreciate them.
At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at 1277 Kelly Drive, Bishop Julian Jones of Higher Dimension Christian Fellowship in Rincon will be the guest speaker. On Nov. 10, members will spend the day with the Kornegays and will go on a riverboat dinner cruise out of Savannah at 7 p.m.
Appreciation services will culminate Nov. 11. Ministry-staff members will be in the charge of the noon and 5 p.m. services. The Kornegays have many spiritual sons and daughters in the ministry, and they will bring forth words of inspiration to their pastors.
“Pastor Nancy started the ministry in 1988, and I joined in 1989. The ministry moved seven times before we finally moved to our new sanctuary on Kelley Drive in March 2008,” said Dr. Inez Shanks, who serves on the appreciation program committee. “The ministry started as a mission in Hinesville with eight people, which consisted of the Kornegays, their four children, and two other adults.
Pastor Charles was ordained as an elder in 1999.
“We also held services in the Poole’s Deli building for a while. Pastor Charles accepted his call into the ministry while we were having services at Poole’s Deli,” Shanks said.
“God has given Liberty Tabernacle of Prayer two wonderful pastors. Pastor Charles is a great man of God, and Pastor Nancy is an awesome woman of God. They are truly a source of inspiration to many people,” program coordinator Deacon Victor Shanks said.
The Shanks’ laudatory comments were echoed by other members of Tabernacle. According to Brother Al Arrington, his pastors mean everything to him.
“They are such a source of encouragement. They are instruments who keep me moving in the right direction and doing things a Christian needs to do,” he said. “There is never a dull moment in the ministry. They are a wonderful team.”
Deacon Henry Barrett, one of the earliest members of the ministry, said God used Nancy Kornegay “as a lifeline to a dying soul.”
“She is the one who will throw out a raft to you. She threw out a life line and I caught it,” he said. “Pastor Charles is like a big brother. When you can’t talk to the female side of the house, he is right there. My pastors are people who make you want to do right.”
Mother Ella Housey said her pastors are great leaders.
“Pastor Nancy is a helper and a friend,” Housey said. “She is always there when we need her, and her heart goes out to people. She is a good person, an encourager, and a good listener. When I tell her something, I don’t have to worry about it going any further.”
“Pastor Charles inspires me. He is a helper. If you need food or if the car breaks down, he is going to be there for you,” said Elder Mary Wright, who was one of the first members to join the ministry. “I joined the ministry in 1988, and when I came into the church, I didn’t know much. Pastor Nancy taught me how to pray and to stay in God’s presence until I received an answer. She has taught me so much. She is a teacher and a reacher.”
Church members invite the public join in their appreciation celebration for their pastors. For more information, call 572-4603.