“Passing the Torch of Faith: Pastor Freddie Louis Thomas, II Officially Installed to Lead Jerusalem Mission Community Church of God in Christ”
The Installation Service for Pastor Freddie Louis Thomas, II took place on Saturday, August 5, 2023, at 3:30 P.M, at Jerusalem Mission Community Church of God in Christ. In the heart of a close-knit community, where faith and fellowship unite, the baton to further advance Jerusalem Mission Community and the kingdom of God was passed from father to son.
By Autumn Nichols | Contributing Writer
BAKERSFIELD, Ca – The Installation Service for Pastor Freddie Louis Thomas, II took place on Saturday, August 5, 2023, at 3:30 P.M, at Jerusalem Mission Community Church of God in Christ. In the heart of a close-knit community, where faith and fellowship unite, the baton to further advance Jerusalem Mission Community and the kingdom of God was passed from father to son.
A captivating and harmonious chorus of voices from Jerusalem Mission as well as Greater Harvest Christian Center choirs filled the air, setting a transcendent and uplifting tone before the commencement of the installation service. This event brought together believers, clergy, and friends from all corners. Those present at Jerusalem Mission Community Church of God in Christ on August 5th, witnessed the legacy of the founder, Pastor Freddie Louis Thomas, Sr. D.D.C transitioned from the position of Pastor after 39 years. This was an occasion that not only marked a shift in leadership but also embodies the deep-rooted values of unity, devotion, and spiritual growth.
The installation of a pastor within the COGIC community is a tradition steeped in history and meaning. It is more than just a formal appointment; it is a sacred moment where a spiritual shepherd is officially entrusted with the responsibility of guiding and nurturing the congregation. This ceremony symbolizes the continuity of faith, the passing of the torch of leadership, and the commitment of both pastor and congregation to the mission of the church.
Numerous friends, family members, and community associates expressed their confidence in Pastor Freddie Louis Thomas, II, affirming that the church will be in capable hands. During the installation service, a series of quotes were shared that encapsulated the spirit and significance of the occasion:
“Be ready for the mission” – A call to readiness and celebration, acknowledging the unique journey each individual has undertaken.
- “We celebrate you! I called you out from among them…” – Recognizing the individual’s distinct calling and separation for a purpose.
- “Surrender all your hopes and your works will succeed.” – Emphasizing the importance of surrendering personal aspirations to achieve success in the mission.
- “Legacy continues. Be well, do well!” – Acknowledging the continuation of a legacy while encouraging personal well-being and excellence.
- “Walk in faith, trust in God and know that we all love you.” – Encouraging faith and trust in God while expressing collective affection.
- “You stayed true to your father and the course that God had for you.” – Commending fidelity to the path chosen by God.
These quotes collectively underscored themes of dedication, leadership, faith, legacy, and the importance of community. Standing beside her husband as her son became installed, was Dr. Dorothy Thomas Sr. She spoke with great pride as she reminded Thomas, II to always abound in the work of God while encouraging him to accept the weight of this responsibility with humility and determination. She offers him wisdom to take life step by step and conquer challenges with faith. “One day at a time […] There is nothing impossible.” With hope for the future, the former First Lady affirmed the enduring value of holiness and principles leaving the congregation with these words, “One thing that will never change at Jerusalem Mission: Holiness is still right. Adjustments will be made but holiness is still right!”
The installation of Pastor Freddie Louis Thomas, II marks the beginning of a shared journey of faith, where pastor and congregation walk hand in hand, striving to deepen their relationship with God and make a positive impact on their community. With open hearts and a steadfast commitment to their mission, it became apparent that they look forward to a future filled with spiritual growth, transformation, and an unwavering devotion to the principles that guide their faith.
The pastor’s installation is a reminder that the church is not just a place of worship; it is a sanctuary where individuals come together to support, uplift, and inspire one another. Through this celebration, the community reaffirms its commitment to fostering spiritual growth and continuing the legacy of faith that has been passed down through generations.
“As long as there is breath in my body, this is the house of the lord. Continue to pray for my father. Please continue to love and support him in the house he house built for God. Only what we do for God will last. Please pray for me as I walk the path that my father has begun and I hope to do him proud“ ~ Freddie Louis Thomas, II