By Clyde Hughes
SWEDESBORO â€“ Pastor Damon Dukes and First Lady Shana Dukes celebrated the opening of RockLife Church’s new home in the Pureland Industrial Complex in front of a large attendance on Saturday, March 30.
RockLife is one of the fastest growing churches in South Jersey, starting with six members at the Holiday Inn in Swedesboro on Sept. 2014. The church’s new space seats nearly 300 people at 510 Herron Dr., an enlargement from its old space in the same complex by almost 100 seats.
Nearly ever seat was filled in what the church called its “Re-Launch” celebration. Dukes had said the church is about a year early on its 2020 Vision plan that sets out a plan for the future growth of the church and the congregation.
Dukes expressed gratitude for several pastors from other churches attending the celebration. Rev. Warren C. McKnight, pastor of the Love Kingdom Fellowship Church in Philadelphia, along with his wife First Lady Cynthia McKnight attended the event and prayed with the congregation during its closing.
McKnight called up all the leaders of the church and said a prayer for them and rest of the attendees. Rev. Roosevelt Taylor, assistant pastor of the Living Faith Christian Center, who previous spoke to the church during one of its anniversary, lead the church during the collection.
Dukes said that the move was RockLife’s “third temporary location” and was already praying for continued growth to bring more people to Jesus Christ. The new facility gives the church expanded fellowship and meeting space as well as an enlarges sanctuary.
“RockLife Church is a local church with a vision to impact the Delaware Valley through Christ-centered bible-based teaching while cultivating a ministry-focused congregation,” the church’s Vision station said. “The teaching of the Love and Grace of God will enable the display of the character and life of Jesus Christ within the congregation.
“The developmental focus of believers equips individuals to have inï¬‚uence, conï¬dence, and purpose within their daily lives. For this reason, we have instituted the B.U.I.L.D. Ministry or Believers United for Instruction and Leadership Development which disciples believers and seeks to transform those that do not know God as their Father and friend,” the statement continued.
Dukes, who lives in Swedesboro, attended Living Faith Bible Training Center and received his bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. He currently serves as the Logan Township Police Chaplain.
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