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.
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