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Pastor Sowards

Our Pastor's Vision for Open Door

"I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word and hast not denied my name." Rev. 3:8

From the age of nine years Open Door Apostolic Church has been a part of my life. I am so thankful for the privilege of being the pastor of this great church. If a church itself can have a spirit, and I believe that it can, Open Door has a special spirit upon it. There is a special anointing on the Open Door. Strangers have spoken about what they feel when they walk into the sanctuary, and it can be empty at the time. I have been to a lot of churches all across America, and have been to great conferences, and special meetings, but I have never felt any more of God than with this great body of believers. I believe the spirit that radiates from this church is because of the great sacrifices that men and women have made throughout the years. I am grateful that God has called me for such a time as this. There is absolutely nothing else that I would rather be doing. I have a rich Apostolic and Pentecostal Heritage. I thank God for my mother and father, who taught me the glorious word of God, who brought me to church and told me we were going to serve the Lord. Men like my Grandfather, E. C. Sowards, Senior, and my Uncle E. C. Sowards, Junior, have been great examples to follow, but my biggest inspiration is my precious father, B. J. Sowards, who taught me "Son if you just look at the job it will never get done."

My Father literally sacrificed his life for the work of God. His dream was to have a beautiful sanctuary in the City of Charleston, that was full of people that were hungry for God. He wanted Open Door Apostolic to be a beacon to a lost and dying world. He was able to see most of his dreams come true, and it's a double honor for me to be the pastor of this great church but also an honor to be able to continue my father's vision.

We cannot live in the past on the victories of others, but I believe with the help of God that we can write an exciting future for the Open Door Apostolic Church. There has been so much energy used in the remodeling of these facilities, but now that it is near completion, it is my desire to use all of our resources in gathering of the harvest of the lost. May God Richly Bless You

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