Each year the Redeemed Christian Church of God hosts its Annual America Convention in Floyd, Texas, which typically brings 15,000-18,000 people from across the Americas and the Caribbean to the small unincorporated church.
The RCCG Church is a rapidly growing worldwide Pentecostal denomination founded in Nigeria in the 1950s, and its Floyd campus includes an auditorium that can seat more than 20,000 people.
That year, however, due to COVID-19 (which began Wednesday and lasted through Friday), the Church’s convention was largely virtual, with approximately 5,000 of the Church’s believers traveling to Hunt County.
“We implemented the entire COVID-19 protocol this year,” said Dr. Funmi Adeyemi, one of the pastors on the Floyd Church campus. “People had to have their temperature checked before entering the auditorium, we had disinfectants everywhere and we all wear masks. With fewer people, we also moved the chairs in our building further apart. “
During its convention week, the church also worked to support the health of the community by hosting a health fair on Friday that offered free COVID-19 tests and vaccinations.
While fewer people attended this year’s convention, those in attendance and onlookers were delighted to hear from the Church’s global overseer, Pastor EA Adeboye, who came to Floyd from Nigeria for the convention.
Adeboye is a former math professor who has been the head of the Church since 1981. During his 40-year tenure, the Church has grown significantly, with branches in nearly 200 countries around the world.
In addition to the convention, on Thursday the Church officially opened a new nonprofit called Hope For You, also located in Floyd. Hope For You is a distribution center where those in need can get food, household items, and other necessities, or get help with disaster relief.
The new non-profit was dedicated to Adeboye on Thursday when he visited the facility.
Those interested in more information about Hope For You services can visit the nonprofit organization’s website at www.hopeforyou.org or call 903-308-6288.