Guam celebrates 50th anniversary
Guam First Church of the Nazarene celebrated its 50th anniversary in December. Over 150 people attended the event, including members of other churches that use the building. Guam First Church of the Nazarene is the only Nazarene church on the island.
The Church of the Nazarene in Guam began with a fellowship of lay American military personnel in 1966. Local broadcast of the radio program “Showers of Blessing” led to the formation of a Nazarene fellowship. Over the years, this fellowship grew in number and ministry.
The fellowship purchased the property and broke ground for a sanctuary in 1969. The church became fully organized in December 1971. In 1972, the congregation added a parsonage, and later in 2002, a new sanctuary.
“All of this was made possible through Alabaster offerings and the generous gifts of members, districts, and friends,” said David Ackerman, pastor of Guam First Church.
The service included special music from different groups and video greetings from denominational leaders and former pastors.
“Every part of the church participated in the planning, setup, service, and clean up,” Ackerman said.
The anniversary service honored nine people with certificates of recognition and appreciation for 20 years of membership and faithful service to the Lord. Harry and Tina Lee received the Distinguished Service Award for their many years of service to the church. The church also honored Joe and his wife, Terry, and their daughter Mary as good neighbors who have watched over the church and its property for many years.
“We had a fantastic celebration service giving thanks to God for the past, the present, and the future,” said Rhonda Ackerman, David’s wife.
The service ended with a liturgy of rededication and recommitment of the church property and buildings for the next generation.
“I love the people here,” said Shan Ackerman, the couple’s daughter.
The Ackermans echo their daughter’s sentiment and see the future role of Guam First as an extension of their past.
“We will continue to make connections on the island and become a launching platform for ministry both in Guam and beyond and into the islands of Micronesia,” David said. “Our anniversary celebration was an inspiring time to renew our commitment and vision. You could feel the joy of the Lord in this place during the celebration. I am eager to see where the Lord will take us next as a church.”
--Church of the Nazarene Asia-Pacific Region