Pastor Roderick Williams Sr. founded Jehovah-Jireh Ministries on December 29, 2002. The first service was held at the home of Pastor and Sister Williams. On that Sunday 14 members were added to the church. The Financial Ministry was organized as well as the Discipleship Training class.
Jehovah-Jireh Ministries is a non-denominational, 21st century ministry. The name Jehovah-Jireh was derived from Genesis 22:14 "God will provide for His people". Jehovah-Jireh Ministries is "Dedicated to training disciples of Jesus Christ by edifying the church and sharing God's Word with the world." Jehovah-Jireh Ministries is a Christian Community continually praising God, communicating His word, serving in ministry, while inspiring and transforming lives." Jehovah-Jireh has adapted the following core values: Christ-Centered, Bible-Centered Preaching & Teaching, Mess Free Environment, Christian Education, Evangelism, Tithes & Offerings, Life Ministries, Praise and Worship, Prayer, Hospitality, Servant Leadership, Committed Christian Membership, Timeliness, Christian Fellowship and Loving and Caring.
The second meeting and first official service was held at the Charles T. Porch Center on Jan 5, 2003. It began with Discipleship Training, studying the Book of Romans. After the morning message, 40 members were added to the church. Due to the rapid growth of the church the Pastor sought out a larger place to worship. For the next 5 months, worship service would be held at the Joe Florine Hall. While worshipping at the Florine Hall, several ministries were organized (devotional team, trustee, choir ministry, doorkeepers, nutrition, refreshment, publicity, hospitality, operation bread basket, creative dance, fundraising and sick ministry). God continued to bless the church spiritually, numerically and financially.
Our Wednesday Night Bible classes were held at the home of Pastor and Sister Williams and later moved to the home of Sister Irene Grubbs until we moved into a permanent place of worship in June.
On the 1st Sunday of March 2003, we had our 1st Communion Service. We also adapted and began operating off a budget. March also marked our 1st Baptism, held at Seleeta Baptist Church and the beginning of our new members orientation classes.
In May 2003, Pastor Williams put the paperwork in motion to start a non-profit organization that would assist JJM in serving the community. In June 2003 New Millennium was incorporated by the State of Alabama as a non-profit organization.
On May 26, 2003 Jehovah -Jireh Ministries held it's first Family & Friends Day. Many of our family and friends came out to support our church family spiritually and financially. Over $9000.00 was raised on that day. Pastor Williams brought forth the message and we had a great fellowship afterwards.
On June 1, 2003 God blessed us with a temporary permanent place to worship at 252 Tallapoosa Street. Many members came out and assisted in beautifying the building and transforming it into a beautiful place of worship.
On September 27, 2003 the church family had a fellowship and outing at Wind Creek State Park for the youth.
On October 6, 7, & 8, Jehovah-Jireh held its first revival service. It was truly a blessed event. Rev. Derrick Russell, Bishop Eddie Edwards, and Rev. McClinton Hall each brought forth powerful messages.
On November 2, 2003 JJM held its first Baby Contest. There were 14 contestants and Little Miss Jermiah Johnson-Morgan took home the crown. The youth were in charge that day and they did a wonderful job carrying out the order of service. The JJM Dance Team made their debut, dancing to "Behold the Lamb". And, the JJM Instrumental Band rendered the musical selections. They will also begin playing on each 4th Sunday.
On November 9, 2003 Jehovah-Jireh held its first Shepherd's Day. The morning began with Rev. Willis Williams preaching about the Good Shepherd and concluded with Pastor Eddie L. Hunter coming in and "Giving us a Report".
On December 28, 2003 JJM celebrated its first Founder's Day. Rev. Ricky Seaborne Basket Creek Baptist Church of Douglasville, GA was our special guest. Pastor Seaborne delivered an inspiring message. We had a great fellowship.
2004 has been a great year for Jehovah-Jireh Ministries. God is continuing to add to the church, spiritually and numerically. Due to the growth of the church, several new ministries have been added. The Gospel Crusaders made their debut this year as well as the Women Ministries. The Women Ministry got off to a great start with its first annual Prayer Breakfast. Evangelist Deborah Nickson and the women of Welcome Ministries was our special guest. She delivered a dynamic message and God truly blessed the service. Other ministries added in 2005 were the Men Ministry and the Senior Citizen's Ministry.
God is continuing to bless the church through New Millennium Inc., our non-profit organization. We have been awarded a grant from the Alexander City School System for a second year to run a mentoring program in collaboration with the school system to mentor and tutor at-risk children.
Jehovah-Jireh, if we keep God first there is no limit to what He will do for us as a church family and in our individual lives. Let us remember Proverbs 3:5-6 in our daily walk with God. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thine ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Jehovah-Jireh, we have entered our third year of worship as a Church Family, and God is continuing to manifest Himself through this Ministry.
2005 has been another prosperous year for Jehovah-Jireh. The Men Ministry had there first Prayer Breakfast in April with Rev. James McTier as their guest speaker.
Our teens had a busy summer, participating in our "Teen Alive" program, where about forty youth came out and participated in Bible Study and various other fun activities. They ended their summer with an Awards Program and words of enlightenment from Bro. Harlan Tuck.
Operation Bread Basket got its running start in July, as it begin feeding 10-12 families on a monthly basis. They also held a Mobile Food Pantry on November 9, and provided groceries for over 125 families for the Thanksgiving Holiday. After all families had been fed, the remaining food was donated to various daycares as well as the Head Start program and there were animals fed as well. The Mobile Food Pantry will be an annual event.
God has blessed JJM with 7 acres of land. We held our Dedication service on November 6, 2005 at 1:00 PM at our new location on Highway 63. After a song service, Pastor Williams and several members offered words of encouragement and prayers that God will continue to bless JJM and we will soon begin building our new Worship Center.
On the 4th Sunday in December (Christmas Day) our youth were in charge of our services. The Youth Praise Team got things started. The JJM Alpha Omega Steppers, The Voices of Emmanuel Children Choir and the Creative Dancers made their debut as well. The Chorus of Praise will be making its debut in the upcoming year.
God also saw the need to add a Pastoral Care Ministry and an Armor Bearer Ministry to assist in the needs and care of the Pastor.
2006 has been another promising year for Jehovah-Jireh Ministries. There were several new members added to the roster. On May 20, 2006 there was a void left in the JJM church family with the passing of a faithful and our oldest member, Ms. Hester Boleware Moon. The funeral service was held at Miracle Baptist Church with Dr. Williams delivering the eulogy. Pastor Williams announced there will be a room named in her honor in our new sanctuary.
On June 11, Rev. Raymond and Sis. Ola Pearson renewed their wedding vows on their 20th anniversary. On August 26, 2006, JJM had its first wedding ceremony uniting Harriet Moon and Dextric Dunklin in holy matrimony.
On Sept 3, 2006 our Christian Training Ministry (CTM) made its debut at 4:00PM. We had 20 members to come and share in our Christian training session on Stewardship. CTM is held each 1st Sunday at 4:00PM. God is continuing to bless our church through ministry. On November 19, Marcus Lovelace and on December 31, Durell Holley each announced their calling to preach the gospel. Trial sermon dates have been set for each of them in the new year.
On October 14, 2006 JJM Bible Institute held its first graduation ceremony conferring certificates and degrees upon 33 graduates. Dr. Bob White, President of Great Commission Theological Seminary delivered the graduation sermon and Dr. Darrell Evans, Dr. Bruce Wright, and Dr. Ricky Seaborne along with Dr. Roderick Williams served on the panel with him.
In October, our New Millennium Performing Stars were born and began training under the direction of Mr. Shannon Darby. Over 40 young ladies between the ages of 4 and 17 began training with the class. They had their first recital on December 10 and it was well received by the crowd. The New Millennium Stars along with dance groups from Sylacauga did an outstanding job.