The hospitality department was organized by our National Supervisor Mother Lillian Brooke Coffee (1945-1964). The need for this ministry became evident when Dr. Arenia C. Mallory, President of Saints Academy and Jr. College (1926-1983) invited Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, President of Bethune Cookman College, to speak at the Annual Women’s Day during our National Convention.
Mother Coffee had a desire to entertain our guest and to make her feel welcomed during her visit at the convention. She envisioned having a place adequate enough to seat all the overseers, their wives and the supervisors so all would have the opportunity to greet our guest. Her dream was brought to life through Sister Mattie Wiggly who was able to convince a black restaurant owner to allow the use of his space for one afternoon and an evening. Now with the location in place there was a need for servers, greeters and hostesses. It was decided that each state supervisor would choose a woman from her state to serve as a hostess. After each woman had been selected it was then decided that since nearly every woman had one, a black dress with a yellow flower would be the uniform for this event. This remains our official hospitality uniform today.
The function of this ministry began in earnest in 1951 when the first National Women’s Convention was organized and convened in Los Angeles. Mother Mattie McGlothen was then chosen as the president of this ministry.
I Corinthians 12:28
“And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”
The hospitality ministry consists of men and women committed to the ministry of HELPS. Helps simply means one who gives assistance. Hospitality provides support in anniversaries, special services and programs as designated by the Pastor. Hospitality supplies flowers and even sometimes organizes a meal or refreshments. The hospitality ministry focuses on the guests and their needs. Here at Seth on a weekly basis, first time visitors are greeted and weekly announcements are reviewed before the congregation.
Sister Sharon Trapp, President Elder Philip Jackson, Pastor
Sister Celisa Jackson, President Elder Philip R Jackson, Superintendent