By 2003, we were able to purchase land and build what is our present day worship auditorium, children’s ministry wing, and office complex on north Chicot Street across from I.G. Levy Park in central Pascagoula. Approximately one year after relocation into the new facilities, COTR agreed to offer the original sanctuary location and small fellowship hall facility to a local missions ministry which to this day ministers to at-risk children and their families.
Pastor Rodger and COTR have endured many valleys and mountaintops together. Rodger walked through a season of several very personal challenges in his own family, in his marriage, and in pastoral ministry. Rodger’s life story is a living testimony to the overwhelming, never-ending, and even … reckless Love of God towards his children.
August 29, 2005 … Hurricane Katrina changed everything on the Gulf Coast and across the Gulf States region. Everything!
Thousands of families across the Gulf Coast suffered massive losses. God used that season of rebuilding and recovery to enable COTR to broaden our reach to many more hurting families. By God’s Provision, we sustained minimal losses to our church facilities and were able to distribute untold tractor-trailer loads of food, clothing, and home repair supplies to our city and surrounding communities. The stories of loss, grief, survival, and ultimately — victory — have inspired us to press on towards even greater missions for the cause of Christ!