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IMA OF GREER SC & VICINITY
INTERDENOMINATIONAL MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE OF GREER SC & VICINITY

 
             
OUR HISTORY
IT WAS ON THIS WISE THAT THIS ALLIANCE WAS GIVEN BIRTH:
THE BIRTH OF:
One winter day in 1987. I am not at all sure which day it was, only that I can narrow it down to nearing the end of the year because of other things taking place that had no direct reference to the Alliance.

My friend and brother in ministry, the Rev. Clinton L. Smith had a desire for our Pastor, the Rev. C. R. Lewis, to see the new Church building that was under way where I serve as Pastor.

The Smith Chapel Baptist Church is located at 750 Smith Chapel Road, Campobello, SC, where at the time that I am writing this history. I have been serving as Pastor for twenty-six years this past May, 2003. (The Lord saw fit to call Rev. Smith home on June 6, 2001).

THE FELLOWSHIP:
Rev. Smith called me, I'm almost sure it was on Tuesday morning, and said to me that he had spoken to Pastor Lewis and would like for him to see the Church that we were building and if I was available to go with them. I thought it was a great idea. I think that Rev. Smith was more proud of it than I was. He always encouraged me by reminding me how the Lord had used me in allowing me to be a part of the construction of a new Church Building at Smith Chapel and that I shouldn't take it lightly.
THE LORD IN IT:
As the Lord would have it, we rode up to Campobello about 10:00am that morning and enjoyed each other's fellowship and company as we looked around and shared together. I guess great things happen sometimes just when men of God get together in fellowship and open up to each other without any plans of starting anything.
After our morning together, we started back to Greer, SC. While riding down Hwy. 14 toward Greer, Rev. Smith who was driving and Rev. Lewis in the front passenger side and I in the back; Rev. Smith suggested that we stop and eat dinner together at Ryan's in Greer. We agreed.
It wasn't long before Rev. Smith turned off of Hwy. 14 onto a road that was unfamiliar to me and I'm sure to Rev. Lewis, since he lived in Anderson. But Rev. Smith seemed to know where he was going and I made like I did. After a few miles and turns we came out in Greer on Memorial Drive.
AT RYAN'S:
At Ryan's, we dined and continued our fellowship in the Lord just talking and having a good time with each other. I always did enjoy watching Rev. Smith eat. He enjoyed good food and seemed to get so much out of it. Or maybe it was just the fellowship or the camaraderie that excited him so much. He so loved the brethren. I will always miss him.
As we dined together and shared in conversation, somehow we began to talk about ministers coming together. We talked about the ministerial alliances in Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson. I'm almost certain that Rev. Smith suggested that we needed an alliance of ministers for the Greer area, for he had revealed a heart for this in conversation many times in the past.
ON ONE ACCORD:
We all agreed that this was a great idea adn that we needed an alliance in this area. We made plans to go forward with this project. Rev. Lewis' eyes lit up with administrative and organizational ideas, for which he is known for being skilled. Rev. Smith suggested that Rev. Lewis serve as the first president, for he had served in other alliances. We went forward from that table of fellowship committed to the cause.
Rev. Lewis proceeded with compiling and putting together a Constitution and By-Laws. We carried the news first to the brethren and then to the sisters in Christ, that the Preachers in the Greer area, regardless of denomination or even color, were coming together to serve our God.
Rev. Lewis served as the first president and Rev. Smith as the second. Followed by Rev. Thompson, Rev. Wilkins and presently Rev. Bruton. It bothered Rev. Smith that I backed up off of getting in line to serve in office as president, since I was at the table. I told him that I would give my full support just being a member and that I didn't want the others to ever think that the Preachers from Maple Creek was trying to monopolize this position, for the Bible says, "Give no place to the devil." But even this didn't satisfy him. So, I promised him a few days before his passing that I would never seek the position, but if others ever considered me again and thought me worthy to servie, I would accept being put in line to serve.
SO, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, WHOM WE SERVE, THUS WE HAVE: THE INTERDENOMINATIONAL MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE of GREER and VICINITY.
Pastor J. Calvin Hill
 
Since it's formation,
the IMA now has over 40 member churches,
36 pastor members and over 19
associate pastors and ministers members.
 
             
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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