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WELCOME—Deacon Rochelle Gaines, Deacon Edith Smith Ridley and Pastor Michael H. Smith

WELCOME—Deacon Rochelle Gaines, Deacon Edith Smith Ridley and Pastor Michael H. Smith

Destiny International Ministries began 15 years ago on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, in the hotel ballroom at the Ramada Inn in Penn Hills. Seventy Five people attended the first “grand opening” service. Many in attendance were family and friends who came out simply to support and encourage them for their first service. At the next service the following week only 12 to 15 people attended. Destiny International Ministries was born with 12 faithful members. As a young ministry, Destiny would be forced to move four times over the next seven years. On Aug. 1, 2008, Destiny purchased the former Lemington Elementary School. On Oct. 1, 2008, Destiny held their first service in their new church home and began to build a foundation for their future.

On Nov. 11, at the Doubletree Hotel in Monroeville, Pa., Destiny International Ministries celebrated their 15-year journey with an anniversary banquet. Guests enjoyed musical selections by Katherine Hammond & the Destiny Praise Team and a dance selection was performed by David’s Dance Team & I am Saved Christian Dance Company. The Old School Band featuring Flo Wilson supplied the soundtrack. Reverend John Knight, associate pastor of Mount Ararat Baptist Church, delivered pastoral remarks. Knight, who had attended the Destiny’s first service, said the average life time of a startup church is two years.

The deacons and elders of Destiny participated in a slight roast of their senior pastor, Rev.  Michael H. Smith. Later, the appreciation for Rev. Smith was shown when hes the  was presented with a plaque and the anniversary committee presented $1,000 to the church for new curtains.

Sunday service is held at 10:30 a.m. at 7061 Lemington Ave., Pittsburgh, Pa. 15206.


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