History Of Our Church Service in Columbia, SC
AWCI's history begins with the Word of God. It was during an evening church service in Columbia, South Carolina, at the conference on January 14, 2002, that a powerful message came forth from the evening speaker, from Habakkuk 2:2-3, titled "The Power of a Vision." Bishop Collins knew that the message of Christian faith was for him coming straight from the Throne Room of God.
On the morning of January 15, 2002, God awakened him in the Spirit at about 3:00 AM. As he fell on his face and began to seek God, the Holy Spirit revealed to him God's direction for his life. Soon after the Lord breathed this vision into him, Bishop Collins became restless.
A vision was driving him. It was all he could think about from that moment forward. He knew God was up to something, but he had no details, plans, or strategies; he had only a vision. In April of 2002, seven people met on Thursday nights, at 7:00 PM at the Outreach House, 3608 Greenway Drive, in Columbia, South Carolina. In May of 2002, the congregation membership increased to 13, with an average attendance of 25. The Christian faith services moved to Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM and were held at the Hampton Inn, on Two Notch Road.
In June 2002, church services were held at the Academy of Arts Dance School in Northeast Columbia and Wednesday night classes were added. Our church was chartered on June 30, 2002, with 26 members. They received their official charter as a Church of God organization and they added Sunday school classes at 9:45 AM, with worship services held at 10:30 AM.
In August of 2002, our church and community ministry moved to its leased location, the Korean Seven Day Adventist Church, located at 4201 Hardscrabble Road, in Northeast Columbia. In December of 2004, we purchased twenty acres of property in northeast Columbia, South Carolina.
In May of 2007, our church occupied the new 500-seat state of the art facility with a junior high gymnasium and commercial kitchen.
Under the leadership of Bishop and First Lady Collins, the ministry currently has over 500 members and an average weekly Sunday attendance of 450. In addition to our regular ministries, we now offer specialized Marriage Matters and Financial Freedom training twice a year.