First Lady Bertha Cummings

Pastor William Cummings, Jr.



Eyesore? No more! A Story of Faith and Restoration
by Aimee Robinette, The Bolivar Commercial

 Sometimes in life, you’ve got to have a little faith.

That’s what the congregation of Vernon Memorial Apostolic Church decided to have.

When Pastor William Cummings brought his vision to the church for an outreach program, it would take a lot of thoughtful prayer and consideration in order to figure out what would do the church and its ministry the most good.

“We were looking to do an outreach program,” said Cummings. “We needed a facility away from the church. We ultimately wanted to do something with kids and seniors.”

Pastors usually have a vision of what the church ministry should work towards.

“What is dear to our hearts is children,” he said. “We wanted to educate children and provide a safe place to train and prepare them to be productive citizens.”

In 2008, Cummings said the church bought the old Outlaws building on U.S. Highway 61 south.

The property was an eyesore, in a state of severe disrepair.

“It was a good location, and it sort of fell into our hands, so to speak,” he explained. “Once we got the building, we were not yet in a financial position to remodel. We prayed and looked for a way to go.”

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