On March 11, 2013 the oldest Anglo-Israel church in North America celebrates its eightieth birthday. We are one of the few ministries with a vibrant weekly worshipping congregation in our own church building, and it has been my privilege to serve the local flock as pastor for over 35 years. We are fast closing in on a century of proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom and we recognize that an entirely new set of challenges are confronting us today and in the future.
Change is all around us. We were organized as a church body in 1933 during the height of the Great Depression, when Detroit was overwhelmingly Caucasian and Christian and the values of patriotism and nationalism were a part of the bedrock values then found throughout our nation. Today, with any form of white ethnic pride angrily denounced as racism and hate, and national pride derided as an objectionable form of arrogance, members are often shy about expressing our beliefs to others. Yes, the times are tough. Yet every era presents its own opportunities.