Much like the legendary Phoenix that rose from the ashes, so has the Hillsville Pentecostal Holiness Church of Hillsville.
“Several years ago there was doubt if the church in Hillsville would continue,” noted Pastor Ron Fredericks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the church’s $1.4 million facility. “But, thanks to Jeff and Tammy Pickett, the church will continue its work and share its vision. I want to thank Jeff and Tammy for the work they do, not only in the church, but in the community.”
Pentecostal Holiness Bishop Preston Mathena recalled that he also feared the Hillsville church would have to be closed. However, when Fredericks suggested making Pickett the pastor of the church, he said “Give him a try.”
Now, just a few short years later, the church regularly has 180 people for its 11 a.m. worship service and around 80 for its 8:15 a.m. service.
“I believe you have the favor and the giftings of God. You are a house of hope and a people of promise,” said Mathena.
Pickett said he expects the first phase of the project to be completed in 185 days. That phase will include a sanctuary that seats 500 people, Sunday school classrooms and the parking lot.
The second phase of construction will include a fellowship hall, gym, weight room and softball field.
“We want to have something for all of the kids in the community to do, but, of course our main goal is to reach out with God’s love and win the lost,” said Pickett. “Our church family has grown at a rapid pace and we praise God for the 507 salvations in the year of 2013 within the church and our outreach ministries. We believe that a church body needs to be busy about the Lord’s work and we are reaching out to the surrounding communities and counties with the following outreach ministries.”
The church presently has numerous outreach ministries, including a food pantry, spiritual life meetings for all addictions, music ministry at local nursing homes, retirement homes and the SWVA Training Center, Christian counseling, marriage counseling, women’s and men’s ministry, testimony DVD ministry, Mercy Drop Ministry, Life Center of Galax Preaching Ministry and the Two Van Ministry.
Pickett added Candor Construction wouldn’t be starting on the church if not for all the support his church has received from the community.
“We are thankful to the Family of Faith Christian Church that donated the six beautiful stained-glass windows that will be in the front of the church and we also want to thank all the businesses and people in the community who support our fundraisers and building fund,” he said, adding that anyone wishing to help the church with the cost of phase two can send their donations to HPHC, P.O. Box 534, Hillsville, Va., 24343.
In addition to the Sunday morning services, the church also holds Sunday school at 10 a.m., children’s church at 11 a.m. and Sunday night services and children’s classes at 6 p.m. and Wednesday night services at 7 p.m. Pickett said that anyone who resides locally and needs a ride to church should call 233-6971.
Michael Howlett can be reached at 276-728-7311 or on Twitter @MikeEHowlett