SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ, December 23, 2014– Scotch Plains’ newest church, Kingdom Life Cathedral, begins new Sunday worship services in the new year, taking their ministry work to the next level. This non-denominational, Christian church, began in January of 2012, hosting their weekly bible study “The Gathering” in a small classroom at St. John’s Baptist Church. In May of 2014, after a brief restructuring, the ministry found a new home at First United Methodist Church of Scotch Plains, where they have been continuing to host “The Gathering” bible study on Tuesday nights from 7:30-8:30pm.

“Moments like these tend to seem small or insignificant, but in reality this is history in the making! A day we will always remember, a day we pray this community will someday recall.” –Bishop-Elect Kelvin C. Brooks, Senior Pastor, Kingdom Life Cathedral

In what the Senior Pastor believes is the next step to establishing the presence and identity of the church in the community, Kingdom Life Cathedral is preparing to launch their Sunday worship services on Sunday, January 11, 2015, at 1:00pm, at their new location, 1171 Terrill Road. The church is expecting scores of worshippers from within Scotch Plains, Fanwood, and neighboring towns, as well as clergy, churches and civic leaders to join them for this Inaugural Sunday Service Celebration which will include singing, a sermon and a light reception following the service. Bishop Brooks is a native of Scotch Plains and a graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. He, and his wife Lady Shonda R. Brooks, knew that after years of doing ministry outside of Scotch Plains, that they were not only called to birth a church in this community, but that it would be no easy feat. Bishop-Elect Brooks, a member of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Ministerium, who has been one of the featured homilist the last two years at the annual Scotch Plains Fanwood Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Service, cited some of the challenges to starting a new church in Scotch Plains as, “…lack of available property, the presence of other outstanding and established houses of worship….”

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“We’re just excited to be able to establishing something that is genuine, relational, multi-cultural and relevant in this great community we live in. –Shonda R. Brooks Kingdom Life Cathedral is an independent, non-denominational congregation in the reformed convergence tradition; we are liturgical, evangelical and charismatic. Our motto is “Real People. Real Purpose. Real Progress.”


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