The Holy Ghost was in the house with members of the clergy and the community at large gathering Sunday and delivering an outpouring of love and respect for Overseer Emmelene Kitchen Hines of Community Holiness Church House of Refuge. Inc.
Hines was honored for being an integral part of pentecostal churches for more than 60 years, including serving for the last 24 years as overseer of Community Holiness Church of Refuge Inc. that has churches in Jacksonville, Middleburg and Gainesville. The service was held at Community Holiness Church at 1733 NE Eighth Ave.
Evangelist Janet Camps-Boone, who presided over the service, sang and played a “scrub board” with her brother Elder Walter Camps Jr. on guitar throughout the service. The congregation joined in singing, “We Have Come this Far By Faith” and “I Have a Feeling Everything's Gonna Be Alright.”
Apostle R.G. Williams of World Wide Christian Ministries Inc. in Ocala, who delivered the word, sang "I’m Still Holding On,” and preached from Timothy 5:1-2.
“Pay tribute and give honor to whom honor is due,” Williams said. “You have to respect, love and honor your church mother.”
Williams said that not everyone in church has Christ in their hearts. He said it will be different in the kingdom of heaven because everyone there has Christ in their hearts.
“Continue to honor older people,” Williams said. “Don’t let them feel forsaken.”
Evangelist Savanah Wims, founder and president of the Young Adult Fellowship at Community Holiness Church, read a biography of Hines titled “This is My Story.”
Wims said Hines, 82, was married at an early age to Albert Kitchen Sr., who met an untimely death and left her a widow to raise five children.
Wims said her mother often spoke of her struggles as a single parent to provide food, shelter and clothing for her family, “but by the grace of God her family was never without these necessities. With no one else to turn to but the Lord, she began praying and seeking the Lord for help out of a seemingly hopeless situation. Ultimately, she surrendered her life to the Lord and received the baptism of the Holy Ghost.”
Wims said Hines joined the ministry of Elder Richard Hines Sr., the founder of Community Holiness Church House of Refuge Inc. and they were married in 1985. Wims said her mother was instrumental in helping to build Community Holiness Church, and served in nearly every capacity — church member, secretary, Sunday school teacher, superintendent, church mother, minister and assistant overseer.
“She is a devout prayer warrior and intercessory prayer is an integral part of her daily routine,” Wims said. “Everyone who knows her knows that her life events are scheduled before or after, but not during prayer service times.”
“It’s an honor and a privilege to honor this woman of God,” said Camps-Boone. “She is most deserving and I love her unconditionally.”
“She has been in the battlefield for a long time,” said Bishop L.L. Dixon, Ph.D., of Assembly of Praise Ministries.
“Anyone who has been doing kingdom work for all these years deserves the kingdom,” Williams said.