BLUEFIELD – A special event at Greater Mt. Zion Pentecostal Church is scheduled for today.
District elder Timothy Schofield will be installed as the church’s pastor, succeeding the late Bishop Clarence E. Moore, who served as the church’s pastor for 67 years before his death in 2020.
Moore’s son, Tim Moore, said the pastoral installation service will begin at 1 p.m. at the church premises at the corner of Park and Pulaski streets in Bluefield.
Bishop Samuel R. Moore of Huntington, the diocese of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World Council of Churches WV and East Tennessee, will officiate, Moore said.
Schofield also serves as pastor of the United Apostolic Faith Church in Beckley and is vice president of the WV & East Tennessee district.
As a district elder in the church’s parent organization, he led the Greater Mt. Zion Pentecostal on an interim basis for nearly two years (while the previous pastor was recovering from a stroke) .
Moore said Schofield has been a pastor since Bishop Moore passed away.
The current Greater Mt. Zion District Elder, Pastor Arthur Brown of Parkersburg, will also be part of the ceremony. Pastors from the West Virginia and East Tennessee District are expected, as well as pastors and church members from various congregations in the area.
Moore said the church was once located on Wayne Street, but moved to its current location at the former Park Central High School in 1984.
After that school closed due to integration and the county school board wanted to sell it, Moore said her father brought her in because the congregation at his nearby church had grown to the point that a larger facility large was needed.
The building had stood empty for a decade, he said, but after his father’s congregation purchased it, the church became the largest such African-American facility in the area.
Moore said the public is invited to today’s installation.
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