Transformed Life Church seeking new location for growing congregation
Five years into its existence, the Transformed Life Church (TLC) - which yesterday celebrated its anniversary at the Police Officers' Club in St Andrew - has seen its membership expand more than tenfold.
With the increase in membership, the church is now hoping to acquire at least two acres of land to house a multifunctional structure for its congregation to worship as well as generate income.
Weekly services are currently held at the auditorium on the grounds of the Police Officers' Club.
Speaking with The Gleaner after yesterday's service, founding pastor Dwight Fletcher told The Gleaner that the church started its monthly services in September 2011, before launching on January 8, 2012 with about 70 persons in attendance.
"By the end of that year, we had doubled. We continued to grow and now more than 500 persons attend on a Sunday morning and 900 people call TLC their home, so we are really delighted with how the Lord has done it," Fletcher told The Gleaner.
He added: "This is a tremendous time for us. We have made it five years and we've seen God do significant and incredible things in our midst."
To mark the milestone, an attractively decorated white tent with chandelier centrepiece and several flat screen TVs was erected to host the zealous congregation.
Joan Fletcher, also a founding pastor, said the TLC intended to spark a chain reaction of positive change in society.
She said: "We want to change one person at a time, a group at a time, and then they go out in the society and in their sphere of influence, they also bring change."
In seeking to acquire new land, the church has set a target of $10 million by March and an additional $30 million by September.
Among those in attendance were Pearnel Charles Jr, state minister for national security, and Opposition Senator Mark Golding.
In his brief address, Charles, also a senator, brought greetings on behalf of National Security Minister Robert Montague and Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
He expressed optimism that the church would acquire the facility it desires, as well as his intentions to further incorporate the youth in the church. He also appealed to the church to continue praying for the Government as it carries out its duties for the nation.