New church in Coplay
Whether by design, fate or divine intervention, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Living Spring Praise Arena, and its pastor, Abolade Akomolede, are pleased with the new locale, the former Trinity United Church of Christ, Coplay.
Holding its first service New Year’s Eve last year, the church and its new pastor quickly established relationships with the community, a part of the mission the church embraces.
When Trinity UCC was founded in 1871, the Third and Coplay streets church was vibrant, but in recent years the congregation has dwindled. It held its final service Aug. 6, 2017, after which, Redeemed Christian Church of God acquired the closed property.
The location, 17 N. Third St., was a good fit, according to the pastor.
“The people are friendly. It is quiet,” Akomolede said, also known as Bola to his congregation.
The 51-year-old pastor pleased his congregation, more than 120 families strong, by moving from Allentown.
The church holds a Sunday school for children and the Sunday service worship. Presently, it hosts a free breakfast and bagged lunch program weekdays for children, in partnership with Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative, and holds Vacation Bible School.
Along with Bible study Tuesday evenings, there is a special program the final evening of the month. Praisefest, a yearly event of music, culture and food, is on the agenda to support the African people, Akomolede said.
Holding two full-time positions, as pastor at the Coplay-based church and an administrative judge with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Akomolede expects to take up residence at the parsonage building on the church grounds with his wife and their son, Akinbola Akomolede.
Akomolede is recognized as a servant leader and teacher of the gospel who uses his leadership skills to mentor a generation of young disciples to serve the Lord and to do his will.
He has an undergraduate degree in accounting and a MBA in technology management. Very recently, he earned a Master of Arts in Christian ministry in pastoral counseling. The pastor is coordinator of several affiliated churches, from Stroudsburg to Easton.
Passionate about disciples carrying out the kingdom mandate by spreading the gospel to the ends of the earth, he stated, “I am a passionate and tireless church planter.”
Along with serving as pastor of the church, he is a coordinator for Redeemed Christian Church of God, North America.