For the first time in 63 years, the congregation of Breakers Church of God is preparing to move into a new building.
The new church, dedicated to the late Pastor Esau Brooks for his many years of labor for the Lord, will cost around $500,000 to erect. The congregation is hoping to move into the building by late summer of next year.
Located just down the road from the old worship center, the new church will be equipped with Sunday school classrooms, a pastor’s office, rest rooms and a kitchenette.
Church member Meredith Rankine is looking forward to the new church’s opening.
“This will better cater to our congregation, especially during Good Friday services, as we now have to set up a tent outside to accommodate the attendees,” she said. “We will also be able to accommodate funeral or wedding services as it will be large enough for 150 attendees. It will also have a parking lot.”
She said the new building is needed because the existing structure on the beach is in poor condition.
It was incorporated as the Church of God Full Gospel Hall in George Town and no longer owned by the congregation of Breakers.
Church of God Full Gospel Hall Board Trustee Araunah Powery said as far as he knew, the Breakers congregation was allowed to use the church until the passing of Mr. Brooks. Then the property was passed on to Full Gospel Hall church. He said at the time of writing that there were no plans yet as to what will become of the old building, which was to be discussed in the next church meeting. He said the last thing brought up about the little church was the people of Breakers had offered to buy it, but that did not happen.
The story of the establishment of the Church of God Breakers goes back to the late 1940’s when the late Ezra Sheets, a pastor from Upland, California, decided to hold “cottage” meetings in the yards of various residents in Breakers.
They were so well attended that he thought a church was needed.
Pastor Sheets flew back to California, sold his home and returned to Cayman to use the proceeds to build the little church in Breakers.
To show their appreciation, Kampton Webster and his wife Ella donated the land on which the church now stands. Through the dedicated labors of the residents of Breakers, the original church was built.
During the process of building the church, Pastor Sheets also included provisions for a cistern so residents would no longer have to collect water from the rock well.
The residents of Breakers saw the results of their back breaking labor come to fruition when the church was dedicated and officially opened in 1952.
Pastor Sheets led the congregation in Breakers until his death, at which time Pastor Luke Forbes took the reins. Upon the death of Pastor Forbes, the pastorship was continued by Pastor Brooks, who passed away Aug. 18 at 82 years of age.
The church still continues services with an enrollment of about 60 attendees.