roll became larger. “Love is what love does” was an early principle learned and acted upon at the church. That principle still motivates the members of today. The men of the church refurbished the old roof with patching materials and paint. Love held it together. The sanctuary was furnished with new cushioned pews that love delivered. A few pieces of new pulpit furniture were added with love. In the summer, fans where placed in the windows. Love drew the heat out. When it rained, water receptacles were placed where needed. The need for oil was present in the winter. The placement of the new brick sign was a grand celebration of love.
Elder Dawkins has always held the needs of the community close to his heart. Early on he sensed the need for a community ministry that would touch lives and promote God’s message. Under the leadership of this visionary man, the multi-faceted Community Outreach Ministry was born. This ministry includes the Senior Citizens Program, Education Ministry-a free Community Tutorial Program, a Food Pantry, Free Meals Sundays (for elderly, sick, & shut-in), S.W.A.T. Ministry (Street Witness Attack Team), Men on a Mission Ministry, Women of the Church Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, the Youth Ministry, the STOMP choir, Children’s’ Church Ministry, Bus Ministry, the Debutantes Ministry, The Young Deacons of NWC & Life Management Skills Program.
Although there was great love for that old wooden building, the members received the vision given to Elder Dawkins from God in Heaven of a brand new multi-million dollar edifice. In obedience to God’s voice, Elder Dawkins was blessed to purchase additional land and the vision of The New Warner Chapel, Phase I, materialized. As the newly purchased land was being readied for construction, the members of Warner Chapel watched daily. They had praise services some days on that construction site. They stood at different places within the construction site and posed for pictures. They envisioned every angle…where the pulpit would stand, the choir loft, where the ushers would stand, and where the Mothers’ and the Deacons’ corners would be.
And then on the first Sunday in March, the year 2000, the New Warner Chapel Primitive Baptist Church Family marched into their new sanctuary committed to continue God’s work.