Surely, I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed; I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, until I find out a place for the Lord, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob. Psalms 132:3-5
It was about the middle of 1985 when Elder Haldane Davies (1st Elder of East End SDA Church) suggested to all of the Elders about the possibility of starting two outreach programs for the purpose of spreading out more into the territory. Elder Elroy Fahie stood tall to this challenge and in January of 1986 he embarked on finding a location. In his quest he drove into the yard of Brother James Anthony and his dear wife Gwendolyn who were sitting together in their living room and talking quietly. He presented God’s plan, which was his mission, and the Lord moved on their hearts to grant the use of their infant school for the meeting place.
On February 8th, 1986, the first service was held. In attendance were Elder Haldane Davies, Sis Rosita Davies, Elder Elroy Fahie, Sis Dorcas Fahie, Sis Desiree Fahie, Bro Doyle Fahie and three visitors. Together they made a joyful noise unto the Lord. Regular church services were held every Sabbath morning and afternoon, Sunday and Wednesday evenings. At all times invitations were extended to the neighbors and friends to join in the worship service. We were blessed to have many of them worshiping with us from time to time.
Sis Louise Malone, Bro & Sis Chitan and Bro & Sis James Anthony from the Road Town SDA Church joined with us to hold up the prophet’s hand. The fellowship was sweet, enjoyable and spirit filled and from time to time other members from the various churches visited us.
We were blessed to have two baptisms from which thirteen precious souls were added to the fold. Some of the brethren joining us were Bro Colin Matthews, Bro and Sis Gilbert Springette, Bro & Sis Fitzroy Warner and family, Bro Alford Thompson, Bro Calvin Brewley, Bro Dwight Cline, Bro Justin Mercer, Bro Newton, Sisters Mary & Joyce Williams, Sis Doreen Callwood, Bro Samuel Jones, Sis Elsa Cranston; to name a few.
As time passed it became apparent that we had outgrown our present location and the search began for a larger meeting place of worship. It was at this time that Elder Elroy Fahie approached Dr. Q.W Osborne who consented to the use of his building in Purcell Estate. It took some hard work on the part of the members in particular Bro. Alford Thompson to get the building ready for worship services.
After a few months Elder Elroy Fahie from April 3 to May 3 1987 conducted “The Voice of Truth Crusade”. Services were held for six nights per week. God blessed this effort and many souls were baptized. During the latter part of 1987, Pastor Roosevelt Daniel conducted an island wide crusade and a large percentage of the new converts were sent to the Purcell Company. Elder Salvadol Callwood and Sis Sylvanita Callwood from the Carrot Bay SDA Church also became founding members of the fellowship. On May 25, 1988, the company was organized as the fourth Seventh-day Adventist Church in the British Virgin Islands.
As it became necessary to vacate this premise, a few members were given the task to search out a spot for relocation. After much prayer and seeking, the Lord spoke to Mrs. Yolan Scott of Scott’s Educational Institute in Purcell Estate to lease a piece of land to the church. To date the church stands on this property known as the Purcell Seventh-day Adventist Church.
In 2001, the Purcell SDA Church under the leadership of Pastor Carson Green assisted by Mrs. Daidre Nibbs and the first chairperson of the school board, Mrs. Marriet Smith organized a church school under the name “Vision Child Development Center”.
In 2004, a ground breaking ceremony and the construction of a new church building under the leadership of Pastor Jerry Languedoc was conducted.
As a result of the hard work and dedication of those who co-labored with God we can join together and say all praise, honor, and glory be to God for his leading in the birth and growth of the Purcell Seventh-day Adventist Church! We have nothing to fear for the future, except if we forget how God has led us in the past.