PILOT MOUNTAIN — Lovells Chapel Church in Pilot Mountain has announced the purchase and planned opening of a Mount Airy church building, with Pastor J.K. Best to minister to congregations at both locations.
Formerly the site of Mallalieu-Jones United Methodist Church, the building is located at 231 N. South St. According to Best, the structure had gone into foreclosure and, when no bids were received, Lovells Chapel Church was able to complete the purchase last April. The Mount Airy church will operate under the name of Lovells Chapel International Ministries.
The purchase, Best said, is the first step in fulfilling a ministry call for outreach into the Mount Airy area.
“Before we knew about this church,” Best recalled, “in my prayer time, God had told me to come to Mount Airy. We had looked around Mount Airy, but we hadn’t been able to find a place. Eventually, we had stopped looking.”
An opportunity was discovered, however, late last summer, when Prelette Tillman had notified Lovells Chapel Church that the Mallalieu-Jones United Methodist Church building was in foreclosure. Over the years, the two congregations had shared a relationship with the Lovells Chapel Church congregation, and especially the Tillmans, having become familiar with the facility. The congregations had worshipped together and the brother of Alphonso Tillman, Prelette Tillman’s husband, had served as a past pastor at Mallalieu-Jones United Methodist.
“Before I came here,” Best noted, “they were sister churches. When we learned this might be available, we had prayed and decided to get it. We knew the church and we didn’t want to let it go. We wanted to keep it in the family.
“We’re one church in two locations,” he continued. “This new church has been birthed out of Lovells Chapel Church. But we want it to stand on its own, not taking from Lovells Chapel but operating individually in ministry to its community.”
Since the purchase, the sanctuary of the Mount Airy structure has undergone renovation, with a video system and monitors added. Other, newer parts of the building have required little or no work, including an office, multiple meeting rooms and a large dining area with kitchen.
The church will open the new facility on Sunday at 5 p.m. with an open house praise and worship service. All are invited and the service will be followed by a time of food, greetings and fellowship.
“We’ll be receiving a charge that we will be blessed of God to do what He has called us to do in this area,” Best said.
Lovells Chapel International Ministries will begin its regular schedule on Sept. 6, with an early Sunday morning service to begin at 8:30. Best described the planned service as contemporary worship, “for those who like early morning church.” A Tuesday evening Bible study will be held weekly, beginning at 7 p.m., and on the second Saturday of each month, intercessory prayer will be held from 8 to 10 a.m.
Future plans include the hosting of conferences, with plans to begin by offering an eight-week class on the power of prayer.
A regular schedule of services also will continue at Lovells Chapel Church in Pilot Mountain.
“God has put this new thing on our hearts,” Best said. “This is to be an outreach ministry to this community and especially to our youth. We want this to be a place where young people can come, relax and feel safe. We want to offer a place where they can learn job skills, get academic help, find food and clothing and learn about the Bible and their life purpose. We want them to find hope and to know they have greatness in them.
“And we want to offer help for single parents and for the elderly,” he continued, “and help for the entire community. We want to focus this ministry on the whole man, spiritually, mentally and physically, advancing the Kingdom of God one soul at a time.”
While noting that the Pilot Mountain congregation of Lovells Chapel Church is small and aging, Best commended them for their passion in seeing the new ministry become a reality.
“The people at Lovells Chapel are a praying people,” he said. “In their latter years, they are learning that there’s more of God and they want that. They desire Him. They love God and they love me and I love them. God wants to do miraculous things through us if we allow Him. It’s not us, it’s God.
“God has allowed my wife and I to be a part of something that He is doing,” Best added, “and we give Him the glory. We count it as an honor to be a part of this and that’s not something we take for granted. But we trust God and that makes it easy to do what He tells you to do. I’m excited about what God is doing and I truly believe this is just the beginning.”
Dean Palmer may be reached at 336-351-4131 or firstname.lastname@example.org.