100th Anniversary of the Lake Alfred Church of God by Faith Recognition

On Monday, December 6, 2021, the Lake Alfred City Commission officially recognized the 100th Anniversary of the Lake Alfred Church of God by Faith.

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Proclamation
WHEREAS, 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Lake Alfred
Church of God by faith; and

WHEREAS, the National Overseer Elder Nathaniel Scippio along with Bishop Willie
Matthews began to evangelize and preach the gospel in Lake Alfred, Florida. Elder Nathaniel
Scippio has been credited with founding the Lake Alfred Church of God by Faith which was built
by Olonzo Boone, Frank Harris, and Lonnie Staten; and

WHEREAS, the First Church of God by Faith was held in a wooden house located at
630 E. Lemon St which also served as the first school in this community. In 1930 the sanctuary
was moved to 580 Midway Avenue into a newly constructed building built by hand one block at
a time; and

WHEREAS, Elder Lonnie Staten served as the first pastor. He was known for his gift of
prophecy, being community-minded, for his generosity, having a heart for people, and strong
command in his understanding of God’s word; and

WHEREAS, a succession of greatness followed: Pastor Olonzo Boone – Pastor Walter
Jones – Pastor H. K. Charles – Pastor Willie Matthews – Pastor Nathaniel Scippio – Pastor
William Livingston – Pastor Robert Evens – Pastor Senior Lewis – Pastor Samuel Stevenson –
Pastor Harvey Lawrence – Pastor Leroy Tyler – Pastor Ronnie Roberts – Pastor Thomas Cuyler
– Pastor Fred Sarvis – Pastor Collis Fogle – Pastor Herbert Green Jr – and the current Pastor
Richard Blocker Sr; and

WHEREAS, there were many members of the community known for their contributions
to society and humanitarianism: Deacon Albertus Mautlsby; Mother Hattie Rutley; Minister
Jessie Lee; Mother Ruby Lee; Deacon Fred Robinson; Rochelle Matthews, Lillie Dixon; Mother
Martha Watson; Deaconette Anna Lou Stafford, Deaconette Bertha West; and immeasurably
more; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I Nancy Z. Daley, Mayor of the City of Lake Alfred, Florida, do hereby
recognize the:

“100th Anniversary of the Lake Alfred Church of God by Faith”

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Lake
Alfred to be affixed on this 6th day of December in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty one.

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