1005 Albermarle Street
Brunswick, GA 31520
912-571-2864 (Apostle D. T. Hines)
Sunday School: 10 AM
Sunday Worship: 11:30
Wednesday Bible Study: 7 PM
Noonday Prayer: Mon-Wed-Fri
…Go shut thyself within thine house. Ezekiel 3:24
Hearing the call of God, Deacon Thynoise and Evangelist Mary W. Hines obeyed. On October 14th, 1983 they withdrew their membership from Hall’s Temple Church of God in Christ. Deacon and Evangelist Hines, along with the members of their family, began a bible study in their home located at 2258 Formosa Circle in Brunswick, Georgia. The group met every Wednesday night and those attending were Deacon and Evangelist Hines, Cheryl Hines and Victor Hines; John, Deborah, Deirdre Fields and Jason Fields; Nelson, Carolyn, Angel and Daniel Hines.
In November, Missionary Hannah and Tony Whing, along with many other joined this small family group. The newly formed group of believers chose the name of Inner Circle Bible Band for their study group. Services were held twice a week; a Bible study on Wednesday nights and Sunday school and Worship Service was on Sundays.
In March of 1984, Bishop J. D. Husband and Mother Gwendolyn Howard met with Deacon and Evangelist Hines in their home. Bishop Husband sanctioned the home worship and gave encouragement to the leaders. Bishop Husband proposed that the assemblage continue their worship under the name of the Church of God in Christ and use his name as Pastor for Administrative services. On his return to Atlanta and at the completion of the proper procedures, the Inner Circle Bible Band officially became a Church of God in Christ Mission.
The Lord sent a might revival during the summer months. Many were saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit. The Lord refreshed the hearts and minds of the saints. The membership Roster grew weekly as the new babes in Christ placed their membership with the mission. Louise Prince was among the large number of people who found this mission to be the place of refuge God had called it to be..
The name of the mission was officially changed to City of Refuge Mission Church of God in Christ on August 24th, 1984. City of Refuge because God appointed the work of this mission to be carried out in the manner stated in Joshua 20:4.
“And when he that doth flee unto one of those cities shall stand at the entering of the gate of the city, and shall declare his cause in the ears of the elders of that city, they shall take him into the city unto them, and give him a place, that he may dwell among them.”
Thousands of years ago, Ramoth was appointed the City of Refuge for the land of Gilead. It is the desire of all the members that this mission, like Ramoth, will be a place of security and healing ointment for the saints of God. The church motto is a direct answer to the plea in Jeremiah 8:22. “Yes! There is a balm in Gilead, the Great Physician is nigh!”
After a slight delay in moving in, the first services in the new sanctuary were held on Wednesday July 10th, 1985. Evangelist Mary W. Hines brought the message. The scripture reference came from 1st Kings 19:15-16, 19-21 and the topic was “Holy Unto The Lord”. With Bishop J. D Husband presiding, dedication services were held on Friday and Saturday October 25th and 26th, 1985. Friday night, Baby Christenings, Baptism and Communion Services were observed. On the day of dedication, the Spirit of God could be felt throughout the sanctuary as the State Choir opened the service by singing “Hallelujah! God is worth to be praised.” Bishop Husband spoke from Genesis 28:16-22 and Matthew 16:13-18 entitling his sermon “A Day of Discovery.” Throughout the years, City of Refuge Mission has continued to be a Bible Teaching, Five-fold Ministry that strives to be a place of safety and security in un-secure territory.
In the late 1990’s, from a hospital bed, came instruction of interior design from The Late Pastor Mary W. Hines. After following the instruction of the Lord, City of Refuge Mission was able to expand it walls of fellowship. A cash purchase was made of a duplex home behind the church property. Upon the completion of the renovation and the adjoining of the two buildings, the church experienced the beauty and fruit of its labor. The Lord allowed the church to pay cash for the property and the renovations. From her hospital bed, Pastor Mary Hines envisioned a hall off elegance. Brought in to reality, even still today the Fellowship Hall boasts its elegance with chandeliers and wall sconces, tiled floored and elegant draperies. Unlike any other, the duplex was converted from a home to people, to a home for Christ; a place where the fellowship of the saints echoes throughout the walls of the room. This anointed, faith-filled handmaiden of God, Pastor Mary Wing Hines, passed from this life on January 12, 2007 at 5:37 A. M. after a lifetime of service to the Lord.
Thirty-one years after its birth, and thirty years in the same location, City of Refuge Mission has endured many tests and trial. Just like any other city around the world, City of Refuge Mission has experienced many residents. Some came and stayed; others came, stayed a while, were ministered to, healed and delivered, and moved out to further work in the Kingdom of our Lord. Though the test and trials came, we the body have remained steadfast and grounded. We have had the privilege of experiencing the presence of God every time we enter the premises. God has promised us an abiding presence and you can feel God as you walk through this place. We the congregation of this church, dedicate ourselves to the building up of the Kingdom God, our Father, from whom comes every good and perfect gift; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior; to the praise of the Holy Spirit, source of light and life; and to the work of the whole Church.