Daughter's of Zion
History of the Women's Department at Rehoboth Church of God in Christ Jesus, Apostolic
The women of Rehoboth have been contributing to the fulfillment of the up building of the kingdom of God at Rehoboth Church of God Christ Jesus, Apostolic, located at 700 Poplar Grove, Baltimore, Maryland 21216 for many years. There were many women of the bible that led, motivated and encouraged others: Deborah, Miriam, Mary Magdalene, Mary the sister of Lazarus, Ruth, and Esther to name a few. Since then, the baton has been passed on to women of today within the Apostolic Church.
Women's leadership continues today by passing on the baton that other women may continue to lead in the fellowship of God The women of Rehoboth Apostolic Church of God serve in various capacities. In the past and currently today, there are axillaries in which the women's department led and are still leading. In the past, one of the axillaries in which the women led was the nursery department. The Matrons department still continues today and is currently led by Mother Agnes Hall and assisted by Mother Ruth Barnes. Current and former members of this team consist of the following women: Mother Bertha McCleary, Mother Randall, Mother Alma Jones, Mother Delphia Taff Mother Warren, Mother Dorothy Claybourne, Sister Hover, Sister JoAnne Burgess, the late Mother Annie Eikelberg and a host of others.
Another axillary that currently exists is the women's choir. It is led by Sister Abigail Edwards. Current and former members of this auxiliary include: Mother A. Hall, Mother R. Barnes, Mother B. McCleary, Mother D. Claybourne, Evangelist B. Thames, Evangelist Wright, Evangelist Nealy, Evangelist M. Mindley, Evangelist R. Boyd, Evangelist G. Shaw, Evangelist Taff Evangelist Drummond, Evangelist Tucker, Evangelist R. Redmond, the late Evangelist Harris, Missionary D. Epps, Sister F White, Sister Smith, Sister R. Hall, Sister L. Brown, Sister Russell, Sister B. Wyatt, Sister B. Peanock, Sister A. Stewart, Sister J. Burgess, Sister Starr Davis, Sister D. Fon, Sister Odessa Gaither, and a host of others.
The following women serve on the Senior Care Committee at Rehoboth Church: Evangelist Al. Mindley, Evangelist G. Shaw, Evangelist R. Redmond, Evangelist D. Moore, Missionary B. Parson, Sister D. Fon, and Sister O. Gaither.
Our women's ministerial team consists of the evangelists and Missionaries. Currently serving as president of the Evangelists is Evangelist Marcia Mindley. Members of her team are: Evangelist Wright, Evangelist R. Redmond, Evangelist G. Shaw, Evangelist D. Moore, Evangelist P. Randall, Evangelist Taff Evangelist Drummond, Evangelist Tucker, and Evangelist R. Boyd Missionaries E. Greenaway and L. White both share equal responsibilities in serving as president of the missionary board Missionary Jones serves on this team.
In the past, it was the late Evangelist Catherine Woods who carried the baton as she served as women's president. In 1996, the baton was passed on to Evangelist Betty Thames who served as president until 2007. Evangelist Thames stated that she was thankful for her experience as the women's president. She slated that serving as women's president was a spiritual experience. In addition, she said that hopefully, she has encouraged and helped the women to grow in the Lord as she did. Further, she says that her experience has made her the woman she is today-This experience has helped one to mentor others.
In 2007, the baton was passed on to Evangelist Gloria Allen. Evangelist Allen not only served as women's president but in many capacities. As president, Evangelist Allen was a great hugger and an encourager. During her monthly meetings with the Daughters of Zion, she led the women to do power statements and to have prayer partners. She also wrote and distributed newsletters to the women and was a great giver of gifis to the Daughters of Zion because her love for them. Until this day I still read Mother Allen's notes of encouragement that she wrote to me when I think of her. Mother Allen was a mighty woman of God I will truly miss her encouragement and mentorship.
It was in 2010 that Sister Odessa Gaither stood proxy for Evangelist Gloria Allen during the time of her illness as women's president. Mother Allen is now absent from the body, and present with the Lord. Shortly after, the baton was passed to on to Sister Gaither by Bishop K G. Allen. During this time, Missionary Detrie Epps served as the assistant president until 2013. In 2014, Bishop K G. Allen directed Sister D. Foxx to be the assistant to the President. Sister Foxx has recently joined Rehoboth but she is been a son of God long before this appointment. She is a prayer warrior and mighty woman of God
The current goal for the women's department 2014 is to become active participants for Christ Jesus by witnessing to others. So I encourage all women not to give up and to continue to serve the Lord "Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; (1 Peter 1:13).
I leave this to all women: Continue to pass baton that others may lead and "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)
The Daughters of Zion would like to congratulate Mother Agnes Hall, "Church Mother". She is the longest living church member of over 50 years and is still attending the Church of God in Christ Jesus located at 700 Poplar Grove Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21216.
From: Sister, Dr. Odessa Penny Gaither, Women's President and Sister Foxx Assistant President