, which was founded in 1980 by Rev. Magne Norval, celebrated its 30th anniversary earlier this month with a picnic and celebration dinner.
The event turned out notables, including Pastor Rev. Richard Earl, New York District Assemblies of God leaders, area clergy and Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst.
According to , who has served as the church’s pastor since 1998, the congregation met in the homes of members when the church was first formed. Then, in 1981, churchgoers begin to gather in the .
The church was growing by leaps and bounds and by 1994, thewasn’t large enough to house all the church’s members. They opted to move weekly services to the .
That same year the church bought 2.25 acres at 109 Ponquogue Avenue and a home on the property was remodeled into the existing church and sanctuary with an official dedication in 1995.
The church is still growing and Ray says the church is working on plans to put an addition on the church’s sanctuary.