Community Faith and Values

Apostle Wilson’s vision

At the ribbon and behind, from left, Chief Chuck Brooks, Deacon Terry Baldwin, Evangelist Tomese Harvelle, Sister Gamble, Teacher Sandra Square, Sister Angela Singleton, Overseer Maurice Square, Pastor Irma J. Wilson, Jim Wilson, Sister Barbara McMurray, Brother Johnny, Evangelist Pamela Baldwin, Elder Evelene McWilliams, Elder Chris McWilliams, Sister Glenda Dacus, Jackie Brown, Mayor Jim Staff.

Apostle Jimmie C. Wilson had a vision. He founded and pastored Holy Community Center on Wilkerson Street in Atmore. But that was not his only vision. He wanted to improve the church with a new fellowship hall and parking lot.

His vision came to fruition. But he was not there to see it. Apostle Wilson passed away last year – but he had imparted his vision to his wife, Irma J. Wilson, and to the congregation.

Mrs. Wilson, now Pastor Wilson, can tell you about the months leading up to Apostle Wilson’s death, about the prophetic things he said, although at the time, she didn’t realize his words were prophetic. She can tell you, but probably not without tears.

Church members, friends, guests gathered Sunday afternoon, February 11, to dedicate the new fellowship hall and parking lot, and to remember a man and his vision.

Bro. Jim Wilson served as Master of Order. The Rev. Dr. Michael Wilson, Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, brought the dedication message. Mayor Jim Staff and Atmore Police Chief Chuck Brooks shared remarks with the gathering.

Several other pastors participated – Apostle Nancy Contrell, Greater Glory Church, Century; Apostle Carolyn Banks, Abundant Life Church, Atmore; Apostle Robert Grissett, Lighthouse Church, Atmore; Bishop Dashwood Riley, New Calvary Temple, Century; Elder Leroy Knight, Jones Street True Pentecostal Holiness Church, Atmore; Pastor Darlene McMillian, Faith Pentecostal.

(Note: In the picture, children in front are not identified. In some cases, complete names were not provided.)