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James Colegrove Sr.

Pastor Colegrove is a 1974 graduate of Soo High, and has returned to Sault Ste. Marie to plant a church.  The vision started in 1954, when Pastor Colegrove's father came to the Soo to start a church. That church continued for many years, but was closed permantly over 20 years ago. In October of 2006, Jim Colegrove and his wife Sonja felt the call to come back to the Soo to restore the vision and redeem a city.

Sonja is originally from St. Joseph, Michigan, and has a Bachelor's degree in education from Western Michigan University.

The Colegroves have four children: James Jr. is Youth Pastor at Apostolic Faith Tabernacle of Shreveport, LA. He and his wife Natalie have a son, Xavier, and are expecting another child in October of 2015; Andrea and her husband Shawn Grey of Dunn, NC. They have three children: Hayden, Alina, and Isabelle.  Jennifer and her husband Joseph Mascher of Scottsbluff, NE. have two children, Hannah and Caleb. Stephen joins his parents for their work in the Sault during his breaks from studying Computer Science at Michigan Tech University in Houghton, MI.

Pastor Emeritus

Warren E. Colegrove

It may seem strange for a new church plant to have a Pastor Emeritus. But in this case it seems appropriate. Warren and Beverly Colegrove and their three children moved to  Sault Ste. Marie in 1954, two years before Pastor James Colegrove was born, to start a church in Sault Ste. Marie that would preach the Word of God, with the Apostolic doctrine of salvation.  Meetings were first held in houses, including Elder Colegrove's home on Amanda Street.

He was helped greatly in his efforts early on by Rev. Darrell Sheets, who at that time was in the U. S. Army, stationed in the Soo at Camp Lucas.  Rev. Sheets went on to pastor a church in Wood River, Illinois, and later was a missionary in Haiti.  He has since gone to be with the Lord.

In January of 1955 Warren Colegrove was able to puchase what had been an old chicken coop and after much labor was able to clean it up and modify it into a church building.

Later property was purchased at 2000 Ryan, and a basement sanctuary was built which served as the church for several years and in 1966, the building was completed.

After Elder Colegrove moved on to other projects, several other ministers came to pastor here, but the work dwindled, the work was ultimately shut down, and the building sold.

Thank God, this is not the last chapter in the story.  God is once again moving on behalf of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and the vision that Rev. W. E. Colegrove had so many years ago is once again alive.

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