York churches Maranatha and Abundant Life merge

Met yesterday with Pastors Rachel Baxter and Anthony Sease of the newly named New Covenant Community Church.

The church is the combined congregations of Baxter’s Maranatha Church of God in Christ and Sease’s Abundant Life Ministries. The black churches were located very close to one another at 116 S. West St. (Maranatha) and 701. E. King St. (Abundant Life), so the consolidation made sense.

For the time being, they are holding Sunday services the first and second Sundays at the Maranatha church, and the second and third Sundays at the Abundant Life church.

“We’re trying to promote togetherness and a kingdom of God,” Baxter said.

What makes the story more interesting is Sease, 50, began his ministering career as an associate pastor at Maranatha seven years ago. Prior to that, the York native was a successful businessman and restaurant owner.

So the church merger represents a coming home of sorts for him.

The new church is drawing about 150 to 200 worshippers on Sunday. We will be there this week to take pictures for a story I am writing for next Thursday’s religion section.

This is just the latest example of churches merging to reach more people and be successful.

Do you know others? Reach me at jhilton@ydr.com.

About John Hilton

I grew up in Susquehanna County, Pa. and graduated Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism/political science in 1998. After working for nearly three years for a weekly paper in upstate New York, I came to southcentral Pennsylvania. I spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for The Sentinel in Carlisle and joined the York Daily Record as religion reporter in September 2011.
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One Response to York churches Maranatha and Abundant Life merge

  1. Franklin Merritt says:

    I just wanted to say that my wife and our family are so blessed to be apart of this ministry. Though we may be about 2hrs away from them, this is still home to us. We love going to visit and to minister with Pastor Baxter and Pastor Sease. The Holy Ghost truly is welcome in every service and He always shows up and has his way. Should the Lord call us to move to the area this will be our home place of worship. We are always so welcomed we are there and we feel right at home. Why not be apart of the MOST EXCITED Church around.

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