Piersanti will be installed at Ellicott City Church on Dec. 15.
The congregation reflected on its roots and looked to the future during a two-day anniversary celebration.
The Triadelphia (Clarksville, Md.) church celebrated 50 years of ministry in Howard County from Sept. 15-16, marking half a century since its founding members began construction on its current building.
Before moving to its current site, the congregation held services at the Glenelg Methodist Church during the initial years after members began meeting in 1967.
Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and Triadelphia member, reflected on his time with the church during a Sabbath morning sermon. “It has been a great opportunity to belong to a local church that has expansive evangelistic outreach programs, services, and activities that bring people to the foot of the cross and the knowledge of the Three Angels’ Messages and Jesus’ soon coming,” Wilson said.
The two-day celebration began Friday evening with vespers, featuring musical performances and a devotional by the church’s current pastor, Samuel Nunez. Sabbath events included a Sabbath School panel discussion, a luncheon, an afternoon program reviewing highlights from each decade, and a closing vespers.
Pastor Nunez noted the evident camaraderie during the celebration. “What stood out to me were the many smiles and hugs people were sharing with each other, even if they had not seen each other in a long time or were just meeting for the first time,” he said.
Former pastors Randall Murphy and Roland Smith, both key figures in the church’s early building project, were in attendance and were recognized during the celebration.
A video detailing the church’s history is available on their YouTube channel.