Church formalizes ties in Malawi

Published 8:38 am Thursday, November 3, 2016

Guthrie Memorial Chapel, 2663 Cumberland Road, Farmville, recently formalized the establishment and acceptance of a sister church in Malawi, Africa.

The church leader in Malawi, Pastor Paul, has been in correspondence with Pastor Mutebi Dickson of Uganda. Pastor Dickson is the assistant to Dr. Fillmer Hevener, founder of Guthrie Chapel and its international Christian mission effort. The chapel recently celebrated its 15th anniversary.

A distinctive practice of the chapel and its sister churches is that all church officers, including pastors, preach salvation through Christ without pay. Initially, Christian ministers served voluntarily. Dr. Hevener noted that the Apostle Paul, a tentmaker, refused pay for preaching the Gospel of Christ. Hevener observes, also, that Christ and His disciples never charged for their service when filling the needs of their flocks. From time to time, they did accept freewill gifts.

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Pastor Mutebi Dickson attended Bugema Missionary College at which Dr. Hevener taught English as a second language. In Uganda, Dickson oversees not only the chapel’s first sister church, but, also, a health clinic and a school of some 330 students.

Guthrie Memorial Chapel holds weekly worship services at 11 a.m. each Saturday, Sabbath. All interested persons are invited. For more information on the chapel and its outreach, call Pastor Hevener at (434) 392-6255, or go to the chapel›s website at