Celebration of church merger happening this September

To commemorate this occasion, the churches will have an unveiling and celebration of their new church on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m.

A black and a white church in Moorestown merged together to end division and build on unity and demonstrate the power of the Gospel. Maranatha Christian Fellowship, a predominately Caucasian church, lead by Pastor George Bowen and Destiny Church, a predominately African American Church lead by Pastor Jonathan Leath are officially merging their churches together.

The idea to merge has driven both pastors to embark on the highly unusual path of merging their culturally different but spiritually identical churches together. Bowen has pastored Maranatha for 30 years and has prayed for a church that reflects “the manifold (multicolored) wisdom of God (Eph 3:10). Leath has pastored Destiny for 11 years and has worked to build bridged to racial unity by focusing on churches of different cultures working together.

In a world that is divided by economics, politics and race, Pastor George and Pastor Jonathan have decided to put action to the gospel that they both preach.

To commemorate this momentous occasion, the churches will have an unveiling and celebration of their new church on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. at 802 N. Lenola Road in Moorestown. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Congressman Tom MacArthur (R-NJ 3rd District) have been invited.

Local political leaders, pastors and community leaders will be on hand to witness the coming together of these two churches. From noon to 4 p.m., the church will host a community wide “Community Unity” festival featuring a variety of food trucks and delicacies. Rick Williams, 6ABC Anchorman and Moorestown resident(invited), will be on hand to interview Pastors George and Jonathan during the celebration as they discuss the future of their merger and how the community can get involved.

For more information, contact Wayne Naylor at (609)284–0279 or email wnaylor23@aol.com.