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Campostella Heights Church Celebrates 105 Years

Story by LaTasha Hewitt

The Campostella Heights church in Norfolk, Va., recently celebrated its 105th church anniversary. Prior to the formation of the Allegheny East Conference, Campostella, previously known as the Bethel church, was already serving what is now known as the Tidewater area.

During their anniversary celebration, current and former members and faith partners had the opportunity to fellowship. Speaker David B. Franklin, pastor of the Miracle City church in Baltimore, presented the message, followed by two individuals who took a stand to be baptized.

The location of Campostella provides several areas of impact to the community. The church is planning to expand its food pantry, collaborate with the Norfolk Public School District through their faith-based partnerships initiative, form new partnerships with other community organizations, and continue its Community Fun Day.

Ishmael S. Wade, Campostella’s pastor, shared his vision for the church moving forward. “I see [our church as] more than just in the community,” he says, “but a church that is for the community and a church that is with the community.”

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