Welcome to  First Pentecostal  Church in Edna, Texas

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The First Pentecostal Church of Edna invites you to join us in service for a true, old-fashioned Pentecostal experience. 

Our church is in Edna, Texas. We are centrally located between Houston, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi.

Weekly Services

SUNDAY Morning, 10 a.m.

SUNDAY Evening, 7 p.m.

WEDNESDAY Evening, 7:30 p.m.

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Our Doctrine
 

We believe that the Bible – the 66 books of Genesis through Revelations – is the unabridged, unadulterated, and inspired Word of God.

 

While the ceremonious laws and blood sacrifices of the Old Testament were done away with by His cross, we understand that the examples and principles of the law still remain. Paul says that "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness" (II Timothy 3:16). In the previous verse, Paul tells Timothy that he had known from a child the Holy Scriptures, which ARE able to make him wise unto salvation. This shows that the Old Testament is the scriptures that Paul is referring to, and that they are presently valuable for the teaching and enhancement of salvation today. Acts 2:42 states that "And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine..."

 

To obey this scripture, one must know and understand what it was that the apostles preached. Jesus gave Peter the keys to the kingdom of Heaven (Matt. 16:19), which he used on the day of Pentecost when he told them to repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sin, and that they would receive the Holy Ghost. These keys were used again in Samaria (Acts 8:15-17), at the house of Cornelius (Acts 10:44-48), and by Paul in Ephesus (Acts 19:1-6).

 

Peter referred to this teaching as, speaking to Jews who questioned Peter's association with Gentiles, "...words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved." This was the foundation teaching of the apostles (Eph. 2:20, Acts 16:5) and was never meant to be changed (I Cor. 3:11). The letters (epistles) of the apostles were written to churches established upon this born-again experience taught by the apostles and Jesus Himself (John 3:5). Paul taught Timothy to continue in the things which he had learned (II Tim. 3:14-15) as he did the Thessalonian church (II Thess. 2:15), the Corinthian church (I Cor. 11:1), and all of the churches (I Cor. 7:17).

 

The Law of Moses did not change for over four thousand years. Not until the coming of Christ and the establishment of the New Covenant was there any alteration to the ways of God. And yet, Jesus said that He did not come to destroy the Law, but fulfill it. The epistles, written a mere 30 years after the formation of the church, were not meant to change the foundation, but were given as the building materials to further the progress and growth of the church. REMEMBER: "One Lord, one faith, one baptism" (Eph. 4:5), and "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever" (Hebrews 13:8). Therefore, let us "...earnestly contend for the faith which was one delivered unto the saints (Jude 1:3).

 
 
 

Our Pastor
REV. DARRELL CLARK
 

In 1978, our pastor and his wife began a five-year career as an evangelist holding revivals throughout the United States. Concurrently, Rev. Clark was a field representative for Accelerated Christian Education (ACE). 

 

In 1983, he and his wife Peggy and their son Brannon, moved to Kingsport, Tennessee to assume the pastorate of the Calvary Apostolic Tabernacle. During this 10-year stay, Rev. Clark was also the founder and proprietor of a lucrative electrical contracting business. 

 

In 1994, the Clark family moved to Edna, Texas to accept the pastorship of the First Pentecostal Church of Edna, due to the untimely passing of the founder and pastor of 41 years, Rev. M.C. Lee. Now, the First Pentecostal Church of Edna, under the leadership of  Rev. Clark, is continuing the Pentecostal Apostolic legacy and has become a vibrant and exciting example of true Pentecost in action.

 

With the addition of the Edna Christian Academy, a Christian school for grade levels K-12 that uses the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum, to the church's ministry, the church is true fulfillment of the the scripture "...continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine..." and "Train up a child in the way he should go..." Rev. Clark received his M.A.I.S. degree in the Spring of 2003 at the University of Houston-Victoria with concentrations in history and education. 

 

It is the sincere desire of Rev. Clark and the entire congregation of the First Pentecostal Church of Edna to extend to all a cordial invitation to visit any time during our services. Come and experience the exuberance of Pentecost.

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Our History
 

THE EARLY YEARS

The year of 1952 was a year of God’s extended grace and mercy for the town of Edna, Texas. As a successful evangelist working under the care and direction of Rev. N.J. White in nearby LaWard, Rev. M.C. Lee felt the call of God to move to Edna. Using the LaWard church as the “mother church” and a borrowed tent, Rev. Lee held a revival on the corner of Ed Linn and Elm streets that summer of 1952. From there, property was purchased at the corner of Pecan and Kleas streets, the tent was erected, and the First United Pentecostal Church of Edna was born. 

 
Rev. Lee moved his family to Edna, living in an 18' travel trailer for approximately 18 months. Needless to say, with two children – Carolyn, who was 8 at the time, and Jimmy, who was 2 – the Lees were a very close family. Looking for more permanent facilities for the church, an officers’ club building was purchased from Aloe Field Air Force Base in Victoria, dismantled, and erected on the church property. 
 
The church building was built in the shape of a T, providing living quarters for the Lee family in the back of the church and the sanctuary in the front. During construction, and with the tent no longer providing proper accommodations for church, services were held in the home of a new member, Sis. Willa Mae Hudson. Then services were held for a while in the old Edna Herald building at 206 Ed Linn St.
 
A little over a decade passed, and progress brought the church to its present location at 807 Apollo Dr. (FM 1822) in Edna. With U.S. 59 expanding to four lanes, the property at Pecan and Kleas was purchased by the state. Property was purchased from a local landowner in 1966, with groundbreaking held in December of that same year. Construction began in Feb. 1967 and was completed in Jan. 1968 when the building was dedicated. Baking cakes and making peanut brittle became a way of life for the sisters to help pay the supplementary bank note on the church that became necessary to supply the finishing touches on the church. However, as the scripture teaches, the blessings of the Lord maketh rich (Prov. 10:22), and Rev. Lee received in the mail the bank note with “PAID IN FULL” written on the inside. An anonymous donor paid the note in full.
 
In 1968, feeling the need to change organizational affiliations, Rev. Lee became a member of a ministerial fellowship known as the Apostolic Ministers Fellowship (AMF), also known as D.B.A. Apostolic Churches International, Inc. Hence, the reason for the name change from the First United Pentecostal Church to the First Pentecostal Church of Edna became necessary. Rev. Lee continued to pastor the church until his “graduation day” on Oct. 5, 1993. 

1994 – PRESENT

The pastorship was then assumed by Rev. Darrell Clark on Feb. 6, 1994. Since then, the church has been entirely remodeled and enlarged to facilitate the additional ministry of the Edna Christian Academy (ECA), a Christian school accommodating all grades from Kindergarten-12th Grade using the School of Tomorrow curriculum.

 
In the early 2000s, the Slavik family donated several acres adjacent to the original property, giving the church a total of nine acres. Additions to the property since then have included a gymnasium, soccer field, softball diamond, and walking track.
 
Following a period of growth in 2012, Rev. Clark began envisioning a new church building. In 2015, a businessman gifted his restaurant (now Edna Seafood) to the church. Plans were to remodel and then sell the building. However, on the very day that church members gathered to begin working at the restaurant, someone called and made an offer to purchase the building.
 
The sale of the restaurant enabled the church to begin working towards Rev. Clark’s vision, and it wasn’t long before plans were drawn up. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 7, 2018, and dirt work began later that month. Construction was completed at the end of 2021, and the church held its first service in the new facility on Dec. 19, 2021. The old church facility is now being remodeled to accommodate the expansion of ECA.
 
The First Pentecostal Church of Edna continues to envision the true meaning of the scripture of continuing in the apostles’ doctrine, being lively stones of worship, and reaching a lost world with “One Lord, one faith, and one baptism” (Eph. 4:5).