PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 2 February 2017 - Excitement runs high in Nelson Mandela Bay as Word of Faith Christian Centre and its nineteen branch churches across the metro prepare to celebrate their founder and senior pastor, Dr Jimmy Crompton's fiftieth anniversary in ministry. The celebration which will welcome both national and international guests will be taking place at the church's main campus, Word of Faith Christian Centre, in William Moffett Expressway, on Sunday the 5th of February 2017 during the church's 9am and 6pm services.
When asked about celebrating this milestone in ministry, Pastor Jimmy Crompton had the following to say: "God has been so good to me, and so faithful throughout the years. He has allowed me to go through trials, but has strengthened my faith and lifted me through every instance. Mariana and I have seen tremendous blessing in our lives. I was arrested on my 41st birthday on false claims, and the devil used this time to break me down, but God lifted me out of this and allowed me the rest, so that I may honour and glorify Him in all that I do."
Born on the 21st of May 1943, Dr Jimmy Crompton grew up in Cape Town in his parents' missionary home during the 2nd World War. In 1967, Jimmy took over from his father, Basil Crompton, as the Senior Pastor at Bethel church in Cape Town. Three years later, in 1970, Jimmy met his now wife, Mariana, and fell in love. A few days after the couple started courting, Jimmy proposed, and they were married the same year. In 1972, Mariana gave birth to their son, Richard.
The couple moved to Port Elizabeth in the late 1970's when Jimmy became the Senior Pastor of a Newton Park congregation. Jimmy and his congregation were ejected from their building in 1983 when their denomination started a court case against them. The case was rooted in a deep divide. Jimmy had not agreed with the denomination's strict legalistic values, such as prohibiting women from wearing make-up, or enforcing them to wear hats during services, and their opposition to opening the church to all races. In a turn of events, Jimmy and the congregation were able to build a new church and pay for the building within a year, in addition to paying for his and the denomination's court costs. Years later, Word of Faith Christian Centre would buy the building they had been kicked out of and use it as a youth centre.
In 1984, Jimmy started Word of Faith Christian Centre. This church would be one of the first in South Africa to open its doors to multiracial groups, defying the laws of apartheid - a choice which resulted in police shutting down their outreaches on multiple occasions. Nevertheless, the church continued to grow and has since established nineteen branch churches, Noah's Ark Preschool, Willow Academy Christian School and non-profit organisation, Project Hope.
In 2011, the ministry received a prophetic word from the late worship singer, Kim Clement, saying: "You are going to be an example to the nation by something unusual that is going to happen. And there will be and amalgamation of political powers and spiritual powers that will cause such a move of the Spirit, because gatekeepers will be as one, watchmen on the wall will be united…"
Jimmy’s life story and testimony have been published into a book titled "My only fight with the devil"
and is available to purchase through Word of Faith Christian Centre. For more information about the fiftieth celebration services and newly released book, contact the church on 041 3994400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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