The Guiding Light Church of God in Christ at 907 S. Grand Ave. in DeQuincy. (Kara Carrier / American Press)
Last Modified: Friday, November 08, 2013 7:02 PM
Several years ago, pastor G.W. Skinner felt God pressing on him to move back to his home state of Louisiana to start a church. Skinner knew starting a new church wouldn’t be an easy feat, nor would moving his family.
He and wife Cherie had lived in Houston for about 20 years; there he was pastor of two churches. The Skinners also had three children they adopted and five foster kids, ages 8-19. “We couldn’t leave our babies,” Cherie said. However, the Skinners felt they needed to follow God’s plan for them. They adopted all five foster children and moved to Sulphur.
Shortly after arriving in Louisiana in early December 2011, Skinner established Guiding Light Church of God in Christ. “When I got here I started gathering a few people that knew me, and they started to follow and that’s how it got started,” Skinner said. “We immediately began services in my home here on Maplewood Drive. By January 2012, I was able to secure a temporary location for the church at 509 Oak St. in DeQuincy, where we still currently meet.”
Skinner said the Lord has led him and blessed the church from the beginning. One Saturday morning, while looking at a camper that was for sale in DeQuincy, God spoke to him again. “God told me not to look at the camper, but to look at the land to build a permanent church sanctuary,” Skinner said. “And I called the gentleman and asked him about the land instead of the camper. He said, ‘Well, I’d be willing to sell it if you’d make me an offer.’ And that’s what I did. And it went from there.”
Construction began on the church’s new permanent location, at 907 S. Grand Ave. in DeQuincy, in July. “We received our keys on Oct. 29 of this year. God is really moving. It was meant to be,” Skinner said.
Over the next few weeks, Skinner said, the church will be organizing, decorating and completing the parking lot. “Once our furniture arrives and is installed, we can move in and will schedule a formal dedication and grand opening,” he said. The church is hoping to be in its new location by the end of the year.
Even with being a new church in a temporary location, and with a congregation of only about 30 members, Guiding Light has managed to be active in the community. “We sponsor the Harry Hooker Sr. Memorial Scholarship Fund,” Skinner said. “Also, we donate back-to-school supplies; we host the annual community Juneteenth celebration, which is held in DeQuincy; and we host quarterly church services at the DeQuincy Care Center for the elderly residents.”
Skinner said the church works a lot with children as well. “One of the things that is unique about our church is the youth ministry,” he said. “We have quite a bit of young people, and we are working and developing them.”
Skinner said it’s amazing how fast the church has developed and grown, but he credited God. “He has really blessed and had his hand on us,” he said.
Posted By: Peggy Lee On: 11/20/2013
Title: Praise the Lord
Let me know the opening ceremony plezzzzzzz!!!!!