A PLACE SET ASIDE
A PLACE SET ASIDE
Often traveling to and from Eastover and Columbia, the Late Bishop Nathaniel Gamble, Sr. started paying attention to the many miles some of the church families had to travel week after week, month after month, year after year to attend services. Some of them traveled more than one hundred miles one way. Moved by God, he decided it was time to take action. He, along with members of the Board of Trustees and church family, started searching for a place to build a fourth Church of God & True Holiness in the Eastover-Columbia area. As the late Bishop and his wife were riding and looking around one day, they noticed a place with a building and thought that was a good location for a church. They attempted to contact the owner and failed, not knowing there was property just across from that location was where the Lord wanted the church to be. At that time, the property was not even up for sale.
As Deacon Erwin Gamble was looking and following up with some real estate professionals, he met up with Mrs. Queen Gadson Linen who worked for Remax Advantage Group, Inc. Mrs. Gadson had a list of churches and properties that were up for sale. She suggested a large brick church in the city limits of Columbia. The building was nice, but it didn’t work out. Continuing to review the list of properties, they noticed a one-acre lot in Eastover located on Garners Ferry Road, not far from Tri-County Electric. They requested to put the parcel of land on hold and scheduled a follow-up. Arriving at the property, their eyes beheld that it was right across from the location they initially looked at. The Bishop began to thank God in his heart saying, “Thank You, Jesus!”, and aloud saying, “Thank You, Lord!” The price was right.
After following up with the Headquarters brethren, it was decided to purchase the property. A blessing ceremony was held, and after a few months, Hoovers Builders architect, John Watkins, was contracted to construct the building. After approximately three months, Hoover Builders started construction. Upon completion of the exterior, the interior of the building was completed by subcontractors and members of the church. They labored tirelessly, day and night, night and day. The brethren came from other churches in large numbers to assist. The distance was never too far. It was in their hearts to receive this great blessing from the Lord!
With the help of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who gives us faith, strength, and courage the Church of God & True Holiness of Eastover-Columbia was built. A Dedication Ceremony for the building was held on December 26, 1999.