The History of Goshen

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'Twas a beautiful summer in 1979, when Pastor Glen Roberts of the Hanson Place church along with a man of valor, Louis Straker, joined hands and hearts to pitch a tent on Tilden Avenue. Zealous to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, Evangelist Stephen Patterson cried with a loud voice to all the inhabitants of Brooklyn to “Fear God and give glory to Him for the hour of His judgment has come.” For almost 50 days, the word of God went out and it did not return void. The Holy Spirit moved upon the hearts of men and women and 45 souls came to “worship God who made the heavens and the earth.”

With the arm of God outstretched, He raised up David McDonald to use his own dwelling place as a house of worship for this little company. Then it pleased the Lord to appoint Pastor Lynden Walton to minister to His people for a season. Alas! A rapid increase overflowed their borders, hence the Lord brought the faithful 68 to worship Him at 480 Empire Boulevard, and He called their name Goshen (a land or place of plenty and comfort). Then the Lord moved upon the Administrators of the Northeastern Conference to organize Goshen as a church, on August 7, 1980.

A decree was sent out: God sought a conference appointed minister, a man of His own choosing to shepherd His flock at Goshen.

Pastor Samuel Sampson was his name; February 6, 1982 was the day he came and Goshen was never the same! Under the banner of Prince Immanuel, Pastor Sampson and his flock pitched a tent on Empire Boulevard. For 6 weeks Pastor Sampson did “Lift up the trumpet and loud let it ring” so that all the people would know that, “Jesus is coming again!” Many believed and were baptized.

In his first year, 60 souls accepted the gospel message. Then on June 20, 1982, Goshen was received into the sisterhood of the churches under the Northeastern Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

During the second year of his reign, Goshen was identified by the Northeastern Conference as the second fastest growing church in Brooklyn. In the same year 95 souls were added to the church.

Then the Lord reminded Goshen that “The cattle on a thousand hills are Mine; all the gold and silver under the heaven are Mine.” Gather from among you a weekly sacrificial offering and build Me a sanctuary so that I may dwell among you. Everyone who had, gave cheerfully. After much prayer and fasting, a sum of $330,000 was brought into the storehouse to purchase the plot at 2414 Church Avenue.

Basking in His Majestic presence, Goshen found much joy in their journey from Empire Boulevard to 2414 Church Avenue on July 11, 1986. Led by the Holy Spirit, the saints of Goshen pitched a tent in the parking lot. Then the Lord laid hold on Evangelist Dorsey to expound the word with boldness, and many souls were won for the Lord. On October 6, 1986, the saints went marching into the building that would later become a sanctuary.

Many will never forget the way Bro. Louis Straker extolled the name of the Lord and “the hearts of the brethren did burn within them.”Deacon Howard English was instrumental in rallying the members to advance the cause of the Lord and complete the temple.

The steps of a good man are surely ordered by the Lord! Pastor Sampson knowing in whom he believed exclaimed: “God has given us this mountain, let us go up at once and possess it. For we are well able to overcome it. The God of our fathers Isaac and Jacob, who in times past provided us with $330,000 to purchase this lot, will in these last days provide us the $400,000 or more that is needed to complete it.”

With encouraged hearts, the fundraising began; Bro. Colin Meertens made letters available to solicit funds. When enough funds were collected, it was time to start building. So the Lord sought the skilled men throughout the land to build His sanctuary. Carefully and prayerfully, the building committee recommended George Exahou, his son and other workmen to build and decorate this building to the glory and honor of God. After all specifications pertaining to the inside and the outside of the sanctuary were written in a contract, they began to build. Finally, the temple was completed according to plan. And Lo! There was singing over at Goshen, such as 2414 Church Avenue had never known, for on December 9, 1989 Goshen Temple of Seventh-day Adventists formally opened its doors; and they praised and worshiped the Lamb upon His throne.

Pastor Sampson served Goshen for 8 glorious years, and departed from this side of the vineyard in 1990.

Hear ye! Hear ye! My people of Goshen I have brought you this day, April 14, 1990, My son Hope!

Pastor Hope Ashmeade, a patron of “Excellence in Achievement.” Truly he was a great expositor of the word. With soul stirring sermons of faith from one Sabbath to another, the body of Christ was fed.  Many hearts were touched by the power of the Holy Spirit and 47 souls were added to the church.

As Pastor Ashmeade led Goshen from strength to strength, the Lord appointed Pastor Jerome Crichton as the associate pastor in 1991. Pastor Crichton was full of zeal and he presented the word of God with boldness for a period of one year.

The elements did take their toll on Goshen. So Pastor Ashmeade called upon the Captain of the hosts of heaven to provide the resources to restore His temple. With hearts ablaze for God’s cause, the members of Goshen aroused with sacrificial giving and together with Pastor Ashmeade, they gave $144,000. And the sanctuary was restored; the floors of the inner courtyard were rebuilt and the treasury was greatly increased.

In July of 1992, the Lord brought evangelist Fitzroy Jackson to proclaim the good news of salvation and many believed and were baptized.

Pastor Ashmeade reigned in Goshen for 5 glorious years and departed from this side of the vineyard on September 16, 1995.

Blow the trumpet in Zion! The Lord thy God has chosen one, from the tribe of Benjamin.

Pastor Benjamin Cummings was led by the Lord to the land of Goshen in 1995.

He was Goshen’s first African-American pastor. He loved the Lord and he delivered the word of God with much conviction and souls were wrought for the Lord.

Pastor Cummings was a meticulous and thrifty person, who stressed the importance of preserving the gifts that God gives us. Being a good steward, he took care of his clothing and his car so they remained like new, even after many years of use. He was also a man of much prayer; he did nothing without prayer. He labored diligently visiting the sick and encouraging the depressed. He was very kind and compassionate. After seeking counsel from the General Conference’s Biblical Research Institute, he was willing to dedicate all babies in the church’s sanctuary regardless of parental status. This man of God also loved baseball; he and Deacon Bruce Permaul would speak late into the night about baseball and they attended many games together. His daughter also loved the sport. His beautiful wife Lurline was affectionately called “the lyrical Lurline” for she was an excellent musician and church pianist, who freely lent her gift to enhance Goshen’s services.

Pastor Cummings reigned at Goshen for 2 glorious years and departed from this side of the vineyard on January 10, 1998. Pastor Cummings went to join the team at Northeastern Conference.

Hark! The voice of Jesus calling, “Who will go to Goshen today?” Then Calvin answered and said, “Here am I, Oh Lord, send me!”

Pastor Calvin Harrison arrived on January 17, 1998. As an ambassador of Christ, he labored early in the morning and late at night; he fed the people of Goshen both physically and spiritually.

In the summer of 1998, the Lord empowered Pastor Harrison to pitch a tent in the parking lot and host 2 millennium crusades and Revelation Seminars.

The “fields were white and the harvest was waiting,” so Pastor Harrison told all who dwelt in and around the community of Goshen that, “God in whom they live and move is not willing that anyone should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” After he told the love of Jesus, over 200 souls were baptized.

Pastor Lewin and Pastor Gayle were among the reapers that came to garner in the sheaves of the good from the fields of sin. Not to mention our very own Patricia Braithwaite, who labored in bible studies with many. “With sickles of truth the work of soul winning was done” and the members of Goshen did not rest until the harvest was home.” Members were added to the church, every year of Pastor Harrison’s ministry. His lovely wife Lola was always very skillful on the piano and used her many talents to serve others.

Determined to secure Goshen’s parking lot for the saints, Pastor Harrison battled the bitter cold to get a bid in. Later, he foresaw the need to acquire the building at 11 Woods Place, which has been a tremendous blessing in light of the many activities that the church is involved in.

Amidst all these, Pastor Harrison had a great vision to build a massive sanctuary for the Lord. In order to accomplish such a task, we had to vacate the premises. Our last years were spent at the Pilgrim Wesleyan church where we were treated with Christ-like hospitality by Pastor Ferdinand, the custodian and the other members of that congregation. Pastor Ferdinand spent many Sabbaths worshipping with us and he would always encourage us to keep on trusting the Lord.

Pastor Harrison along with the members of Goshen invested their time, labor and resources in the building project. Many fundraising methods were employed; the members gave hundreds of thousands to build up the temple of the Lord.

Nevertheless, Pastor Harrison’s many years of toil and labor in Goshen’s vineyard ended on December 25, 2004.

“God the Omnipotent!” King, who ordaineth, a man of faith and courage sendeth!

Pastor Ralph Williams arrived at Goshen on January 22, 2005. He was our second African-American pastor. He exuded southern warmth and was very anxious to get to know every person by name.

He proclaimed the word of God with dynamism, as he reminded the people that they served a God who never fails.

Nevertheless, Pastor Williams had a burden on his heart: he wanted the people of God to be back on the land that the Lord had given unto them and their forefathers. With so much to do and very little resources, Pastor Williams asked the members to “give of their best to the Master” and the Lord would see them through. He led the people into a season of fasting and prayer. Indeed, the saints gave their sacrificial offerings as the Lord provided and the treasury was greatly increased.

Then came October 29, 2005, they had their last Communion Service at the Pilgrim Wesleyan church. It was a very emotional day, even for Pastor Ferdinand. He had bonded with us as we had with him; we were family. The saints were happy to return home but still the memories of their pilgrimage were bitter sweet.

Then came the morning! Shadows of their long journey vanished before the sun, for November 5, 2005 had come.

The saints of Goshen were home once more! Pastor Larry Bailey, Secretary of the Northeastern Conference, performed a solemn dedication service from the outer court yard to the inner courts of the sanctuary. There were many hymns of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for being their “Faithful guide in the Pilgrim land and a Shelter in the times of storm.”

The relatives and friends of those who had fallen asleep in the Lord were out in their numbers because they knew how much Goshen meant to their loved ones. It was truly a high day in Zion!

For the divine hour, Pastor Trevor Baker, President of the Northeastern Conference, admonished the members to “Go back to Mount Horeb.” The people of God were blessed to hear a word from the Lord. This all came to pass in less than a year of Pastor Williams’ ministry at Goshen.

Pastor’s beautiful wife Williemae, has been an inspiration to Goshen; she delivered the word of God on different occasions and our hearts did burn within us. She is always happy to help: she uses her gifts and talents to uplift and edify the body of Christ.

Today, under the administration of Pastor Ralph Williams, “We are Pressing on the Upward Way” by faith! The members are still faithful in their giving; they have given over $100,000 in sacrificial offering towards the building project, which will cost more than $4 million dollars to be completed.

Pastor Williams is still zealous for the Lord; he is careful to “Preach the word! Always ready in season and out of season to convince, rebuke and exhort, with all longsuffering and doctrine.” 2Tim. 4:2. Pastor Williams is confident that by the Grace and Power of Almighty God, the temple will be completed to the glory and honor of God; so that every nation, kindred, tongue and people may come and worship the heavenly King in His Temple at 2414 Church Avenue.

Determined to secure Goshen’s parking lot for the saints, Pastor Harrison battled the bitter cold to get a bid in. Later, he foresaw the need to acquire the building at 11 Woods Place, which has been a tremendous blessing in light of the many activities that the church is involved in.

Amidst all these, Pastor Harrison had a great vision to build a massive sanctuary for the Lord. In order to accomplish such a task, we had to vacate the premises. Our last years were spent at the Pilgrim Wesleyan church where we were treated with Christ-like hospitality by Pastor Ferdinand, the custodian and the other members of that congregation. Pastor Ferdinand spent many Sabbaths worshipping with us and he would always encourage us to keep on trusting the Lord.

Pastor Harrison along with the members of Goshen invested their time, labor and resources in the building project. Many fundraising methods were employed; the members gave hundreds of thousands to build up the temple of the Lord.

Nevertheless, Pastor Harrison’s many years of toil and labor in Goshen’s vineyard ended on December 25, 2004.

“God the Omnipotent!” King, who ordaineth, a man of faith and courage sendeth!

Pastor Ralph Williams arrived at Goshen on January 22, 2005. He was our second African-American pastor. He exuded southern warmth and was very anxious to get to know every person by name.

He proclaimed the word of God with dynamism, as he reminded the people that they served a God who never fails.

Nevertheless, Pastor Williams had a burden on his heart: he wanted the people of God to be back on the land that the Lord had given unto them and their forefathers. With so much to do and very little resources, Pastor Williams asked the members to “give of their best to the Master” and the Lord would see them through. He led the people into a season of fasting and prayer. Indeed, the saints gave their sacrificial offerings as the Lord provided and the treasury was greatly increased.

Then came October 29, 2005, they had their last Communion Service at the Pilgrim Wesleyan church. It was a very emotional day, even for Pastor Ferdinand. He had bonded with us as we had with him; we were family. The saints were happy to return home but still the memories of their pilgrimage were bitter sweet.

Then came the morning! Shadows of their long journey vanished before the sun, for November 5, 2005 had come.

The saints of Goshen were home once more! Pastor Larry Bailey, Secretary of the Northeastern Conference, performed a solemn dedication service from the outer court yard to the inner courts of the sanctuary. There were many hymns of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for being their “Faithful guide in the Pilgrim land and a Shelter in the times of storm.”

The relatives and friends of those who had fallen asleep in the Lord were out in their numbers because they knew how much Goshen meant to their loved ones. It was truly a high day in Zion!

For the divine hour, Pastor Trevor Baker, President of the Northeastern Conference, admonished the members to “Go back to Mount Horeb.” The people of God were blessed to hear a word from the Lord. This all came to pass in less than a year of Pastor Williams’ ministry at Goshen.

Pastor’s beautiful wife Williemae, has been an inspiration to Goshen; she delivered the word of God on different occasions and our hearts did burn within us. She is always happy to help: she uses her gifts and talents to uplift and edify the body of Christ.

Today, under the administration of Pastor Ralph Williams, “We are Pressing on the Upward Way” by faith! The members are still faithful in their giving; they have given over $100,000 in sacrificial offering towards the building project, which will cost more than $4 million dollars to be completed.

Pastor Williams is still zealous for the Lord; he is careful to “Preach the word! Always ready in season and out of season to convince, rebuke and exhort, with all longsuffering and doctrine.” 2Tim. 4:2. Pastor Williams is confident that by the Grace and Power of Almighty God, the temple will be completed to the glory and honor of God; so that every nation, kindred, tongue and people may come and worship the heavenly King in His Temple at 2414 Church Avenue.

Pastor’s beautiful wife Williemae, was an inspiration to Goshen. She delivered the word of God on different occasions and our hearts did burn within us. She was always happy to help. She used her talents to uplift and edify the body of Christ.

Under the administration of Pastor Ralph Williams, we started an upward journey by faith. During his tenure, the members gave a $100,000 in sacrificial offering towards the building fund.

Pastor Williams was zealous for the lord, he was careful to “Preach the Word! Always ready in season and out of season to convince, rebuke, and exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” 2Tim. 4:2. He remainsconfident that by the Grace and Power of Almighty God, the temple will be completed to the glory and honor of His name, so that every nation , kindred, tongue, and people may come and worship the heavenly King in His Temple at 2414 Church Avenue.

However, as with David, the Lord saw it fit to have someone else complete this work. Thus saith the Lord of Hosts, another shall build a house unto me, where I will establish my name forever. It was told the dwellers in the land of Goshen that Pastor Fitzroy Jackson would come to them on (date). Some of the Goshenites cried- “Is this the manner of man O Lord God?” Thou knowest thy flock.

Therefore the Lord heard the cry of His people, and on (date), the word of the Lord came to Keith the Son of Morris while he sojourned in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Go over to New York, and locate the city of Brooklyn. Join yourself to the Temple of Goshen, for I have much people there, and a mighty work for you to do.

So on October 22, 2011, the one called of the Lord, and obedient to His word came with men, and women, infants and little children, and there was much joy; indeed it was a Great Appointment.

Like Stephen, full of faith and the Holy Ghost, Pastor Morris preached the word of God. As he preached, hungering souls found the Bread of Life and drank from The Fountain of living water. Convicting, reproving, rebuking and exhorting; men, women and children forsook broad roads and girded themselves up for the narrow paths leading to eternal life. In the first year of his ministry souls made their decision for the kingdom. As Pastor Morris continues to preach, the Lord adds to the church daily such as should be saved. The work of completing the temple has also been laid to his charge. By God’s grace, he has determined to build a house for the name of the Lord, and a house for his kingdom. The inhabitants of the land of Goshen are stirred up to join Pastor Morris in this great work and with God’s guiding hand have purposed to join over the mighty Jordan into the land which the Lord has given them.