The Church of God of Prophecy, located at 43 Gilmore St. in Elkins, will host revival services beginning Tuesday at 7 p.m. Returning to Elkins COGOP will be Evangelist Fred Jensen and his wife, Darlene, a gifted soloist.
Fred Jensen is a native of Vancouver, Canada, and Darlene Jensen is from Sheldon, Iowa. The couple now reside near Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the town of Soddy Daisy.
The Jensens have been in evangelistic ministry for 60 years, traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada conducting services in churches, tents, auditoriums and other venues. In 1971, they were challenged to make their first missionary trip, taking them to the East African nations of Ethiopia, Uganda and Kenya. From there, the Lord opened doors of ministry in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, throughout India and the Philippines. The Rev. Jensen is ordained and credentialed with Assemblies of God International Fellowship a worldwide nondenominational group headquartered in San Diego, California.
The Jensens evangelized more than 25 years in the Philippine Islands doing outdoor crusades. The most rewarding part of this missionary endeavor has been seeing men, women and children come to Jesus, they said. Churches were planted from these crusades and many were called to preach the gospel. Together they have witnessed more than 40 young people, traveling as the crusade music team, mature into their own active full time ministry as pastors and evangelists. The couple is planning for a return visit soon to the Philippines.
Between 1996-1998, the Jensens introduced INSTE, a Bible school training curriculum based in the local church mentored by each local pastor. INSTE was a two-year program covering discipleship, doctrine and Old and New Testament. Many who studied under this program have entered the gospel ministry.
Jensen and his wife have undertaken several building projects. In 2003, they supervised the construction of a new church building in Metro-Manila, Philippines, which was completed in six months. They were honored to dedicate the new facility, finished and "debt free." Other projects have been renovations for Guest House for Missionaries, two Bible schools and rebuilding of churches destroyed by typhoons.
The Jensens have never lost sight of the vast harvest field. Rev. Jensen is an old-fashioned, King James Bible quoting, "anointed" preacher. Pastor Stephen Pyle has known the Jensens for more than 50 years, becoming good friends for 37 of those years. The Jensens ministered often in the 1970s for Pyle's father, the late Rev. George W. Pyle from Core.
Pastor Pyle, his wife, Sallie, and the congregation of the Elkins COGOP invite everyone to attend these revival services on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. There will be special music featured at each service. For more information, call Pyle at 304-637-0073 or 304-704-2190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.