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WARREN – The former New Hope Free Methodist Church on Tod Avenue which closed in late 2020 has reopened as the new International Pentecostal Worship Center Mahoning Valley Church, part of the International Pentecostal Church .
The new church was inaugurated on May 30 and will be led by Forson Abanquah as former president and first lady Joyce Abanquah.
Forson Abanquah said he looked forward to “a vibrant church led by the Holy Spirit and eager to build a multicultural church.
Krystal Kester, secretary of the church, who was previously a member of the Free Methodist Church and is now part of PIWC, said the new church had its origins in Ghana in the 1930s by Rev. James McKeown, who there had gone with his wife.
She said the denomination has since had churches in over 100 countries. Warren Church, which began two years ago in a member’s home until the current location was found last year, serves Trumbull and Mahoning counties as part of the local district which also includes locations in Akron and Pittsburgh.
For the grand opening with the theme “A Revised Glorious Church”, Among the guests were Apostle John Ofori, district supervisor, and Pastor Ebenezer Appiagyei, former pastor of the Free Methodist Church.
“Pastor Ebenezer and several members of the other church joined the new church, we held our first service on New Years Eve,” Kester said.
She said the plans are to maintain and update the church while focusing on educating those in need.
“We want to bring healing and hope to those who are suffering. Our theme for June is Review to Make Disciples for Christ, ”she said.
Abanquah said the grand opening went well, attended by people from other local churches and Columbus officials.
Joyce Abanquah said that the women of the church will participate and lead different women’s ministry programs such as an outdoor Bible study and also a youth ministry.
Kester said the church had organized a day’s work to prepare the church for opening in May, but because it was already a church, little work was needed.
The church is also the location of Basement Outreach, led by Pastor Julia Wike, which provides food and other services to the community.
“We are delighted to have them here and at church”, Kester said.
The church hosts worship at 10 a.m. every Sunday as well as Bible study.