The pastor of Apostolic Faith Church, Bishop Horace E. Smith, M.D., his wife, Susan Davenport Smith, and their family were joined by thousands of church members, their guests, other church clergy and national, state and local dignitaries as they marched or “crossed over” from the building at 3823 S. Indiana Avenue to the adjacent new complex at 3843 S. Indiana Avenue.
Among those joining them front and center for the ribbon cutting was Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Alderman Pat Dowell, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Sister Isabelle Brazier and her son Dr. Byron Brazier. The 3,000-seat worship complex and ministry center is designed to support myriad programs and services that help to improve the quality of life for Chicago residents. The previous main church building will be converted into a youth multi-purpose center, an administrative annex with classrooms for education and a space for young people and families that will serve as a safe haven.
Themed “Crossing Over With Multiple Generations,” the grand opening festivities continued with iHeart Radio’s “Biggest Give and Receive” Christmas Concert on December 8. Attendees brought a toy or canned food item for admission. Bishop Marvin Sapp, Gospel Music Artist and Pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Grand Rap- ids, MI, was the special guest for the conclusion of the official celebration on December 10. He presented the worship service at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
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