Total Praise Ministries is a blessed church that was birthed out of a calling from God. In 1998 Pastor Clarry and I were pasturing Lily of the Valley Disciples of Christ Church in Smithfield, NC. The Lord spoke to my spirit to start a church were we could be free and not bound by Assembly man made laws. Thank God for the voice as we were eating dinner on a Sunday afternoon at Golden Corral. That's when the name of Total Praise Ministries was birthed by Pastor Clarry W. Gathers.
April 5, 1998 was a day that we will never forget because the Lord truly blessed us with the gathering of about 5 people for the first morning worship service at DAPPA, Inc. We had a love for people and their pain and struggle and the rejection of a lot of souls that have been hurt. We have always opened our hearts for the love of people in the community and county that we live in and God has really allowed us to be a part of many lives as they pass through on their way to Glory.
We always believe that everybody is somebody and God is caring for all. Through many obstacles and trials that have come our way, we have truly had to believe that God is Jehovah -Jireh, the Provider. We are approaching our 10-year anniversary in 2008 and we will always thank each and everyone that has allowed us to Pastor them and be a part of their lives. Many ministries have been birthed at TPM and we are proud of each one. The Lord has blessed us to start "Real Talk, A New Beginning" that airs on television station WARZ channel 34 in Selma, NC. We invite you to join in and continue to pray for us as the Lord works great miracles in our lives. The show is aired on each and every Friday night at 7:00 pm.
We are now worshipping at West Smithfield Elementary School on Galilee Rd. in Smithfield, NC. You are always welcome to come and fellowship with us.
Apostle James Gathers, Jr. & Pastor Clarry Gathers