The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 8, 2014

New Lifeline Church to open Sunday in Hinton

HINTON — Lights, voices and hearts will come alive Sunday at 11 a.m. in Hinton, as the new Lifeline Church officially presents its first message.

Headquartered at the Princeton Church of God, Lifeline Church Hinton will be part of the Church of God, Cleveland, Tenn.

This journey began in August 2013 when Bishop Wayne E. Wicker, administrator for the denomination’s West Virginia operations, asked PCOG and Lifeline to take possession of the former Shepherd’s Care Family Worship Center and launch a new church.

“When a door of opportunity opens, we go through it,” said Rev. Dr. Ray Hurt, PCOG and Lifeline senior pastor. “We exist to meet the needs of people, wherever they may be.”

The offer fit his and his congregation’s vision of spreading the gospel by planting new churches. Currently, a Lifeline Church exists in Peterstown, with another shortly in Blacksburg, Va.

“We’re trying to bring a different style for the unchurched or non-church goers, as well as lifelong church-goers,” said Rev. J.B. Hurt, executive pastor of PCOG and Lifeline Church. That includes a more comfortable and relaxed atmosphere, though still coupled with strong praise and worship, as well as the full gospel.

Lifeline Church Hinton’s pastor, Rev. Mark Bayle, said, “We plan to be proactive.” He and the new local church will identify the community’s needs to see if and how the church can help.

That matches what Lifeline Church’s senior pastor envisions for the new church: positively influencing the Hinton area by helping young people find a productive future; assisting families in finding love and healing; and helping the poor discover ways to climb out of poverty.

Two community services are under way: weekly speakers for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Summers County High School and volunteer chaplains at Summers County ARH Hospital.

“There’s great potential for other ministries, such as Operation Compassion,” Hurt said. Others likely will include Prayer Force, Senior Care Pastors and prayer and other small-group meetings.

“Our youth programs here will fall under the ‘129 Generation.’ All Hinton youth will have the option of participating in any of the activities that take place here, in Princeton via van service or any of our other campuses,” the local pastor said.

“We pray Lifeline Church can and will be part of Hinton’s and Summers County’s revitalizations,” Bayle said. “I’ve seen and heard a lot of good things that are going on. I — we — believe in the people of Hinton.”

The new church is located at 505 Stokes Drive (near Rite Aid Pharmacy on Rt. 107). Nursery care and a junior/children’s church also will be available.

For information, call 304-425-6505; or visit www.golifelinechurch. com.

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