World Fellowship Interdenominational Church, 494 W. Dewey Ave., Youngstown, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this weekend. The theme is “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” A service took place Friday with the Rev. Kenneth Simon, pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church, as keynote speaker. A celebration banquet will be at 4:30 p.m. today at The Elm Tree in Struthers with the Rev. Dr. Morris Lee, pastor of Third Baptist Church as keynote speaker. The Rev. Kevin Crum, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, will be keynote speaker at 4 p.m. Sunday at the church.

The beginning: The church was founded on the dream of the late pastor, the Rev. Elizabeth Powell. In 1962, a store-front building was purchased at 500 W. Dewey Ave. More than 300 people attended when the doors of the church opened on Oct. 16, 1962.

Incorporated: The state of Ohio incorporated the church on Oct. 18, 1976, as the World Fellowship Interdenominational Church. On March 27, 1977, Rev. Mrs. Powell transferred the church deed to the trustee board and it was debt free.

New site: The vision of Mrs. Powell and her faith in God allowed the congregation and supporters to help fulfill the dream of a new edifice. The Rev. Dr. Morris Lee led the members in a march across the alley from the storefront church to a brand new edifice on Nov. 10, 1996. Grand Master, the Rev. Fredrick Kelly of Columbus, lodge members from Youngstown and Akron, performed the cornerstone ceremony. The church is debt free.

New pastor: In 2006, a year before her death, Mrs. Powell appointed the Rev. Larry McCulloh as assistant pastor. In January of 2008, he was unanimously elected to serve as the new pastor of World Fellowship Interdenominational Church.

Source: Church files

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