The Ebenezer Seventh-day Adventist church is part of
a world-wide organization with more than 15 million members in
countries around the world. We would be happy to have you join us in
worship or at one of the church events listed on our calendar.
Local Church History
In 1968 Greenville Seventh-day Adventist Church launched an
outreach project and began Bible Studies in the Meadowbrook area of Greenville.
In 1969 studies were turned over to the late Mary F. Johnson of Albany, NY. That same year a company was formed with four members: the late Katie L.
Williams, Bettie Williams, Dollie Williams, and founder, the late Mary Frances
Johnson of Albany, New York.
Weekly meetings (Sabbath and mid week prayer services) were
held in the home of Katie Williams until Mary Johnson rented an apartment near
by, dedicating her living room as the chapel with all the appropriate furnishings.
In 1971, the company rented a building at 410 Howell Street. Due to a shortage of funds while renting on
Howell Street, we subleased to another Church, who used the facility on Sundays. In December 1977, the group subleasing from
us purchased the facility without our knowledge, changed the locks, and
literally left us "standing in the cold."
For the next few months we again met house to house for Sabbath
services having fellowship dinners regularly.
In April 1978, we purchased a house at 111 Raleigh Avenue at
a cost of $19,000.00. While in this
building, we were granted "Church" status by the South Atlantic
Conference of Seventh-day Adventist in Atlanta, GA, under the leadership of
Elder Ralph B. Hairston, president. This
facility served our needs, but we soon outgrew it.
In October 1980, we became aware of church property
available at 119 Redman Avenue. Arrangements
were made to rent with the option to buy.
We did just that (bought it) in January 1981.
Under the leadership of Pastor David Smith, we paid off our
mortgage prior to full contract terms and celebrated our mortgage burning in
March 1992. Ebenezer remained at 119
Redman Avenue for 19 years, until September 1999, when it was flooded due to
In 1996, Pastor Bernard C. Williams introduced the idea of
leaving Redman Avenue. Although there
was much consideration on whether or not to buy an-existing church, convert an
existing building into a sanctuary, or build from the ground up, the decision
was made to not move forward at that time.
Even before the flood caused by Hurricane Floyd, Pastor
Moses L. Edwards, Sr., had the vision to leave 119 Redman Avenue. With a new edifice in view, he led Ebenezer
in purchasing more than sixteen acres of land at 1375 Mumford Road. Pastor Edwards told his members he believed
that if we asked, God would open doors that would allow us to pay cash for this
land. We asked. God delivered. Never uttering a negative word, he spoke as
though that which was not, already existed.
Pastor Edwards, with the aid of Deacon Jimmie Williams,
spearheaded the building project.
Upon the transfer of Pastor Edwards to Winston-Salem, NC,
Deacon Williams continued to work hand in hand with our new pastor, Elder
Our new edifice is the substance of things hoped for, and
the evidence of things not seen. Today,
as we look back, we recognize how God has brought us through our many
challenges. We look forward to the
challenges ahead and know that God's mercies will continue through all times.
We are thankful for our new facility as we rise to the
challenges and responsibilities entrusted to us this day.
About Seventh-day Adventists
Adventists believe a Trinity of three persons--the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit--make up one God. They made salvation possible when Jesus, the Son, came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem and
lived a sinless life in accordance with the Father's will. When Jesus
was crucified for the sins of the people of the world and arose from
the dead on the third day, victory was won for everyone.
Adventists believe that God is concerned with the quality of human
life, and that everything--the way we live, eat, speak, think, treat
each other, and care for the world around us--is a part of His plan.
Our families, our children, our jobs, our talents, our money, and our
time are all important to Him.
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