ABOVE PHOTO: Bishop C. Milton Grannum and Rev. Dr. Hyacinth B. Grannum (Photo courtesy: NCCP)
On Saturday, November 8th, Bishop C. Milton Grannum and his wife Rev. Dr. Hyacinth Bobb Grannum, founders of New Covenant Church of Philadelphia, were joined by members of the congregation and many special guests in celebration of the church’s 32nd Anniversary. The Anniversary Planning Committee, chaired by Min. JoAnn Howard, presented a beautiful and jubilant affair in an elegant setting worthy of the occasion.
The event, held at the City Avenue Hilton Hotel, marked many milestones during the church’s history. Apostle Abraham Fenton, Founder and Sr. Pastor of Abundant Life Fellowship, Edgewater Park, NJ, shared his memories of the birthing of New Covenant. Apostle Fenton recalled how God had spoken, very clearly, to him about ‘this church’ he was raising up – a body of worshippers for which there had been no prototype; and Apostle Fenton, was to assist in its birth. Days later, he learned from his dear friend (then ‘Rev.’) C. Milton Grannum that he, too, had received the same prophetic ‘Word’ about ‘this church’ – a church which Grannum was to pastor – New Covenant Church of Philadelphia.
On November 21, 1982, the first service was held at Manna Bible Institute, with 80 persons in attendance. From this meager beginning, New Covenant has grown into one of the most significant houses of worship in the tri-state area, its ministries stretching around the world.
Highlighting the afternoon’s festivities was a video presentation created by and featuring the Grannum children, aptly entitled: “Growing Up Grannum or I Hope We Don’t Get Grounded for This.” Laughter filled the room as the offspring relived many of the hilarious experiences of their childhood including not being allowed to go to the movies, until Bishop took them to see Snow White. Of the five offspring – Dwayne, Gillian, Samuel, twins Aubrey and Andrew – four were BOYS! Snow White? Not the best choice!
Between fits of laughter, the children shared how blessed they are to have parents who have always been immeasurably dedicated to each other and to each child, setting the finest examples of love, respect, hard work and spiritual development.
The affair also featured joyous music from New Covenant’s Sanctuary Choir, under the direction of Min. Carol M. Frazier as well as an emotional dance performance by mother and daughter Jeneen and 9-yr-old Gracie Barlow—wife and daughter of Min. Omar Barlow.
In her remarks, Pastor Hyacinth (as she is affectionately called) expressed extreme gratitude to God and to all who have been a part of the 32 years of New Covenant. She urged everyone, “Wherever you are, whatever your stage in life, God is calling you. Yield to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. God has something in mind for you.”
Bishop Grannum expressed his gratitude to all and lovingly embraced his wife, stating, “I’m so grateful God put her in my life. She has inspired me, molded me.” Moving forward, Bishop Grannum announced the focus of the church will be Intercessory Prayer—just as Jesus is doing right now, in Heaven, for us. I’ve had many majors in my development. Now the major is PRAYER.