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Powerhouse Church of God
in Christ began from a Tuesday Prayer
Band that started in the home of Elder and Missionary
Sawyer located on Park Avenue. In 1958, the Prayer
Band grew tremendously; therefore, Missionary Sawyer
began moving the furniture out of her living room
in an effort to accommodate the Saints that continued
to come week after week. The Power of God was manifested
through many souls saved and many bodies healed. This
was the beginning of a prayed out church.
this time many members of the Olive
Branch and Hernando COGIC had moved to
Memphis from Olive Branch, MS. Many of these Saints
attended the Prayer on Tuesday night. It was during
prayer that the Lord Spoke to Missionary Sawyer and
said that Supt. W.E. Garner
would be the pastor of the Prayer Band. The Prayer
Band continued to grow and a second service was added
on Saturday Night at the home of the Bank's Family
on Faulkner Road. Supt. Garner, who was the pastor
of the Olive Branch and Hernando church, started looking
for a building in Memphis since the Prayer Hand had
become too large to fellowship in a home and many
of his members were continuing to move to Memphis.
the Saints began to look for a place to worship, Deacon
Samuel Maxwell at the Hernando
Church (now Supt. Maxwell) was living on
Azalia where he saw a church building "For Sale" needing
many repairs. He called the new pastor, Supt. Garner
and they went to apply for the building. They were
told that the church had three other applicants and
theirs would be the fourth. There is no question that
God intervened when the real estate agent called the
pastor and said all applicants except the Prayer Hand
application had been denied.
Garner was told to bring the Trustee Board to the
real estate office. The first board was quickly formed
consisting of Samuel Maxwell,
Willie Hunt, Willie Banks,
Supt. W.E. Garner, and Rosetta
Gailes Sis Rosetta Gailes was also appointed
as the first Deaconess of the church.
the church was purchased" Supt.
Garner and Elder Sawyer along with others
made the necessary repairs. A name for the church
was needed. One day as Missionary Sawyer was riding
on the bus, the Lord gave her the name "Powerhouse."
The name Powerhouse was appropriate for the new church
as many souls were healed, delivered and set free
because of the anointing.
remained on Azalia Street until January 8, 1961. The
property was sold for $1,927.23 to the city to make
way for the I-240 expressway. The Powerhouse Family
started to look for another place to worship. They
bought a house on Clancey off Person St. only to be
told later that the house could not be converted into
a place of worship. The search continued and the pastor
found the very same spot that we now worship (1546
Cane). This was a vacant lot where houses
had been torn down. The lot was purchased and E.H
Godwin realty built the first church structure of
the Powerhouse church
on this location . While the new sanctuary was being
completed, the Powerhouse family worshiped with Supt.
B.T Hams and the Pillow
Street COGIC until the latter part of 1962.
Pastor W.E. Garner remained the pastor
until his death in March, 1964.
son of Supt. W.E. Garner, was officially appointed
pastor by Bishop A. B. McEwen
in October, 1964. Elder Garner became the second pastor
of the Powerhouse Church.
Under his leadership the church has grown from a small
sanctuary with a seating capacity of 75 to its present
seating capacity of 350. There have been several additions
to the original structure of the church.
first addition included a dining room, office addition,
small annexation, and an extension of the choir stand,
all completed in 1968. The second addition of the
sanctuary was in 1974, which was extended to 14' x
40'. Lastly, the third addition was in 1989, which
was extended to 40' x 84'.
October, 1993 Elder Samuel
Garner retired after nearly 30 years as
Pastor. Elder Robert James
Peggs, an associated minister since July,
1973, became interim pastor. Elder
Samuel Garner asked Bishop Lowe to appoint
Elder Robert J. Peggs
as his replacement On September 25, 1994. Bishop Samuel
Lowe officially appointed Elder. Robert Peggs Pastor,
becoming the third pastor in the history of the Powerhouse
Family. On September 1, 1997, God called Elder Samuel
Garner from labor to reward. The Lord has done great
things for us under the leadership of Supt W.E. Garner
and Elder. Samuel Garner.
Church continues to move forward under the leadership
Robert J. Peggs. Within five years, the
church is debt free and the Lord has added many members
to the church family. It
is our sincere prayer that through the guidance of
the Lord our pastor will lead us to higher heights
and a deeper depth in Christ .