Predominately Black North Carolina Church Merges With White Network Church


The merger is finally here. Two churches have become one in Greensboro.

House of Refuge is now officially a part of The Refuge network.

Shequita Davis has been a member of House of Refuge Deliverance Ministry for over 17 years and is looking forward to a new chapter for her predominately black church.

“We’ve been in these four walls for a little while, and it’s time to take it to the community and to step outside the box and do something different,” said Davis.

The founding House of Refuge Pastor Darlene Allen said the merger has been a long time coming.

“It’s a fulfillment of vision. When we began in 1993, we didn’t start with a vision of an all-black church,” said Allen. “We wanted to multi-cultural because we believe that’s how heaven is going to be.”

It was the House of Refuge that reached out to The Refuge Church about merging and the lead pastor of The Refuge, Jay Stewart, thought it was the perfect time.

“In the midst of the racial tensions of our day, I believe it sends a strong action that we don’t just talk about unity, but we have to be people of action and do something about unity,” said Stewart.

Pastor Allen said joining The Refuge network adds great outreach. The Greensboro location will be The Refuge’s fourth campus. They already have locations in Salisbury, Kannapolis and Brazil.

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Nana- Sentuo Bonsu