S: UP FROM THE EARTH * THE CHURCH OF JESUS KNOWS BEST * 1987-2011
FC: The Church of Jesus Knows Best 2011-2012 | Up From The Earth | One Year in Canaan
1: Up From The Earth | one year in Canaan | The Church of Jesus Knows Best 1987-2011
2: First Beginnings
3: HISTORY The Church of Jesus Knows Best, Inc. was founded by Elder Rufus Shepard, Jr. and Sister Delores Shepard in April of 1987, in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Elder Shepard came to understand the fullness of the Apostolic Doctrine under the leadership of the late Elder Leroy Belcher, founder of the Greater Refuge Church of Christ. In 1977, after hearing the Word of God preached during a three-night revival, Elder Shepard was baptized in the name of Jesus Christ and went on to receive the infilling of the Holy Ghost. In October of 1979, he united in matrimony with Sister Delores Lewis, a praying young woman who was also a devoted member of the Greater Refuge Church of Christ. It was while under the leadership of Elder Belcher that Brother Shepard received what he believed was a divine appointment; He went to Pastor Belcher and told him that he felt the call “to clean the church.” Brother Shepard was faithful to that assignment and was later promoted to chairman of the Greater Refuge cleaning committee. His commitment to the service of the house of the Lord continued, and in 1980, along with several other brothers, he was ordained as a deacon. It was during this time that Brother Shepard felt the pull to take the gospel of Christ to the streets of Hartford. He became a home bible study teacher and spent years preaching and teaching God’s plan of salvation on the street in Hartford’s worst neighborhoods. It was under the leadership of Bishop Arlonzo Boswell, Elder Belcher’s successor, that Brother Shepard was ordained first as a minister, and later on as an elder of the Apostolic faith. In 1987, Elder Shepard felt inspired of the Lord to leave Greater Refuge and begin a new ministry to be called, “The Church of Jesus Knows Best.” The Lord showed him that the vision of this new ministry would evolve in three phases, starting in the garage of the Shepard home, expanding into their basement and from there, moving into an actual church building. Exactly as the Lord had shown him, the Church of Jesus Knows Best, located at 24 Brookdale Avenue in Bloomfield, grew from the garage to the basement and eventually, to its current location at 700 Blue Hills Avenue in Hartford. For more than 24 long years, the ministry of the Church of Jesus Knows Best Inc. reached out to hundreds of wayward souls, baptizing more than 200 people in the mighty name of Jesus and preaching the truth of the Apostolic faith in prisons, schools, convalescent homes, churches, hospitals, community centers, city streets, and in private homes all over the Connecticut region. Numerous souls received the infilling of the Holy Ghost as the ministry operated with a full missionary department, Sunday School, youth department, evangelistic team and usherboard. Delegated as a mission by the town of Bloomfield, services for the ministry occupied almost every area of the Shepard home. At one point there were three separate Sunday School classes being held in the kitchen, dining room and basement, and baptisms were performed in the Shepard’s garage. The basement ministry remained until June 12th of 2011, when the Lord miraculously, and without a mortgage, allowed the Church of Jesus Knows Best congregation to purchase the facility it houses today. To GOD alone be all the glory for the great and mighty things He has done!t
4: TABLE OF CONTENTS HISTORY JUNE..OUR DEPARTURE JULY...GRAND OPENING AUGUST...Youth Summer Event SEPTEMBER... Bro Patrick, OCTOBER...We Survived The Storm November... December... DARNELL BAPTIZED January...Sis. Beckford received the Holy Ghost February... Dedication of Prayer Box March... SALT, BRO SMITH BAPTIZED APRIL... Laduan, Kyesha, Alesha Baptized, Communion MAY... Usher Board Anniversary/Mother's Day, Alexus, Kassandra, Nicolle receive the Holy Ghost JUNE.. Father's Day AND GOD ADDED AUXILLARIES
8: SO WE MARCHED..
12: When God Gives A Gift
16: TAKE ME TO THE WATER... | ACTS 2:38 | First Baptismal Candidate in our new home: Bro. Darnel Shepard
17: DECEMBER 3rd
18: And God Added To the Church
20: Our First Communion
22: "And He took the wine and he gave it to His disciples."
24: And they washed one another's feet...
34: Auxiliaries of The Church of Jesus Knows Best | Office Staff | Missionaries | Brotherhood | Evangelistic Team | Musicians
35: ch | Vessels of Glory
36: Auxiliaries of The Church of Jesus Knows Best | Sunday School | Yearbook Staff | Church Announcer | Usher Board | Offering
37: ch | YOUTH DEPARTMENT