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My tribute to Pastor Arthur Strong, Sr. … Part-2 : Leader, Friend, Teacher & Father

I arrived in Arizona in September of 1993 getting ready to start my college experience. My Father had just become pastor of the church I grew up in back in Northern CA. A friend of mine from high school decided to start school early in
Arizona so we arranged to share an apartment upon my arrival. I remember going to a youth concert or fellowship the weekend I got to phoenix. I remember that night oh so well. I had met many of the people who I would come to know in the months ahead. I met a few guys who told me about Pastor Strong’s church and that I needed to go check out his incredibly anointed son on the organ. I decided to visit that Sunday and that was it for me. After about a week or two I became a member. I felt so welcome the moment I got to Faith Tabernacle COGIC. It was a spirit filled place and I new without a doubt it was the place to be for me. The place was full of young people. And I did not know it then but my experience at Faith Tabernacle would be one that would ultimately mold my life. I needed to be there, and I needed to hear and learn everything I learned from Pastor Strong. His teaching style was raw, uncut and unedited. There were humorous moments, and then there were extremely serious ones almost to the point of fear. Pastor Strong loved the Lord and loved the people that that God had placed in his care to shepherd, both young and old. I never felt like I didn’t belong there or that my age (18) was a factor. At one point I was teaching an Adult Sunday School class which shows just how much he thought of utilizing the gifts regardless of the age. His family was and still is a blessed and anointed one. Every occasion I’ve had to experience their ministries, either together or individually, I have been blessed immensely. All of his children are examples of the best that the
kingdom of God has to offer. They all excel in their gifts in music, professionalism, and ministry. I have continued to insist that my time spent in Arizona watching and learning was a key part of making me whatever I am today. It was a crucial point and a pivotal milestone in my life and I am eternally grateful for the life of Pastor Arthur Strong Sr. My family and I will always feel blessed to be able to share any part of the fruits of his labor. Thank you for your faithfulness Pastor. Enter thou into the reward set aside for you and the joy of the Lord!

 I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith.Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

2 Timothy 4:7,8

Min. Kenny Martin Jr.


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