Mount Sinai AME Church History
Mt Sinai AME Church was founded by Rev. Gregory V. Gay, Sr., an Itinerant Deacon who was inspired by the Holy Spirit to begin work in the Medulla Community. The present site, on Cherry Lane, was secured with the help of Rev. Leroy Kennon, Then Presiding Elder of the Lakeland District. Renovation began on the building for preparation of the first Worship Experience. Mount Pleasant African Methodist Episcopal Church, under the leadership of Pastor Snead, New Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, under the leadership of Pastor Jimmy J Thompson, and other members of the Lakeland District, shared in the renovation. On Sunday, April 2, 1994, the first Worship Experience was held and many believers of the Gospel came to work in field. As the Fifty-Eighth Session of the Orlando Florida Annual Conference, the Mount Sinai African Methodist Episcopal Church was accepted as a constituent of the connectional Church. On July 22, 1995 the Plant City Masonic Lodge No 206 with the Most Worshipful Grand Master, Henry Simmons, laid the Corner Stone.
Mt Sinai under the pastorate of Pastors Willie Hayes, Billy Shaw, and Linda Hayes, grew spiritually, financially, and in membership. The torch was passed on to continue the history of Mr Sinai when Rev. Willie M. Hogan was assigned as Pastor by Bishop John Hurst Adams at the Sixty-Fourth Session of the Orlando Florida Conference, on September 24, 2000. Armed with prayer, the Word, and the promise of the Holy Spirit to bless the works of the people, Rev. Hogan took hold of the Shepherd’s staff to provide leadership and nurturing to the sheep. On September 9, 2003, the $26,000 indebtedness was liquidated and mortgage paid off. What was once a horse stable had become a young stable church serving God’s people. Many re-modeling projects were completed, including but not limited to, a new cooling and heating system, front entrance enclosed with Mahogany doors, tiled foyer decorated with pictures, tables and chairs, swinging sanctuary doors, new concrete poured and extended to build a covered front entrance, a sing was erected, toilets in the bathroom were updated, new church furniture enhanced the sanctuary, a storage shed was added, and an organ was donated by Bro. Howard Weems.
The church has many active outreach ministries, including the Talbot House, Exodus Prison Ministries, Lighthouse Ministries, New Life Ministries, and Nursing Home Ministries. Beyond the walls, the church has supported the Hurricane Relief effort, Tsunami Victims, UNICEF and ministered to the needy. Pastor Hogan is an active participant in the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA), an organization designed to address the needs of the disenfranchised and various issues of the oppressed in the community. Mt Sinai has grown through its participation in the IMA and has reaped benefits because the Alliance ministries to the soul as well as, the mind.