There is much to love about our church. I continue to be blessed as I learn more about the history of Pearce. Our connection to the founding of our family of Free Methodist Churches; B.T. Roberts, whose grave is just steps away, reminding us of the trusting, confident, faith-filled steps of his life. Bishop Pearce, Rev. Parmerter, and so many other gifted, gracious, humble leaders who paved the way are honored throughout our building.
I heard many speak of the Foot of the Cross college service many years ago. I reached out to Max McGinnis who told me that at the height of this ministry, God would fill Parmerter, extending into the wings, with people listening through the open windows of the side balcony. Max checked with others and they estimated we may have had as many as 300-400 attending this college service, with students from SUNY Brockport and RIT as well.
I reached out to Tom Kilburn (PT to his many friends) who also checked with his team from their era. PT said that God would send 100 teens for Sunday School and another 100 on Wednesday nights (60 senior high and 40 junior high on average). The weekly prayer breakfast would average 125 and the youth mailing list was as high as 250.
And I reached out to Lydia Monroe who did the same for our children’s ministry during the ten-year period when we sustained 1300+ every weekend for worship. Lydia shared that God sent 20-25 infants and toddlers in the nursery every Sunday morning, and in Sunday School, from 2 years of age to 6th grade, we would average 160-180.
Wow—without counting college attendance, we would have almost 300 children here every Sunday, from birth to 12th grade!
We are a blessed people with a rich heritage. Anything new that our God of unfailing love may be unfolding is only possible because of the faithfulness of the many who have gone before us.