“Now the Lord had said unto abram, get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew them: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:1-2).
After being called to the ministry, Elder Jack Gibson acknowledged a strong desire to evangelize and preach the gospel to the world. Pastor Bonner began to send him out to run revivals, and would soon be asked to pray about assisting him at one of his churches. This was good, but in 1996, the Lord impressed upon Elder Gibson’s heart to start a work for Him after months of wrestling with God’s divine will, he then said “Yes Lord” And by the Grace of God, Disciples of Christ Church was born.
The birth of Disciples of Christ was manifested in a bible class, held in the basement of Elder and Sister Gibson’s home. The word of God states “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Well, God is indeed true to his word. With 5 in attendance, God began to put his seal of approval on the birth of this ministry.
Our first service brought joy and laughter to the heart and soul. From the basement of their home Elder and Sister Gibson lead us to the Hyatt Regency, Dearborn September 7, 1997. True to form, Elder and Mother Hall and Bishop and Mother Rubin were supportively there in attendance. Other visitors from our Mother Church, Solomon’s Temple, will testify to the fact that Disciples of Christ family made everyone feel welcome. Literally, as you walked through the doors, you became the soloist of the morning or you may have been asked to lead testimony service, an offer you dare not refused! In a small house, everyone has to play a part! But the love that radiated gave a comfort that actually made you believe that you could do all of the above, to the Glory of God.
It was in these first services that we as a church family learned the importance of praise and worship, noting the absence of instruments and music. Even on-lookers of the hotel were amazed at the natural music that was ushered in by the Spirit of God, by true praise and worship. As God continued to lead, Disciples of Christ Church moved our services to the Holiday Inn, Dearborn November 1997. We then worshiped at the Floyd B. Simmons Multi-Purpose Center in Inkster, Michigan November 1998 – May 31, 2002. The Lord directed Elder Gibson to this location, having his faith in God tested. As Elder Gibson petitioned the Centers administration twice for their favor, they shunned any type of religious service being held at their facility. Well, we stood as witnesses to the fact that when God is for you, He’s more than the world against you! We worshiped at the Center for 2 years, being a blessing to the community. But God didn’t stop there. He again, showed favor. One day Pastor Gibson received a phone call from a realtor, informing him of a church for sale in the same area as the Center. The Lord led Pastor Gibson around the corner (and I mean literally around the corner) from the Center to Greater First Missionary Baptist Church, where Reverend Goode was pastor. He and Pastor Gibson spoke about us having services there. The congregation joined Pastor Gibson at the church for prayer, to petition God for His direction. The Lord showed up again, and showed out; through this journey, Pastor Gibson faith was being tested and tried again. The saints lost faith and wanted to give up and go back to the basement, but that was neither the promise nor the vision that the Lord had given Pastor Gibson. Pastor Gibson stood firmly on God’s promises, and today, we worship the Lord in our own Church edifice. We are the proud owners of our first church building. But, the ministry is still continuing now in this temporary location where we are in today. Still holding on to our Church Theme: Walking in the Promises of God. We believe God to be true to His Word!