The crowds that came each night filled all the chairs and benches he could round up, and still people stood by the hundreds around the perimeter.
In attendance, was Margaret Ruth Minton. She saw things happen that she had only read about in the Bible.
It was, she told friends, what she believed the ministry of Jesus Christ to be like. She saw blind and deaf people receive sight and hearing. Children crippled by the polio epidemic had braces removed from their legs and waists, and ran and walked across the platform.
Minton was so inspired, she went to her pastor and told him she had received a calling to ministry, and asked for his prayers and blessing.
In 1971 she was pastoring the United Christian Church under the oversight of brother Hall.
As sister Margie followed the leading of the Lord, the local church grew from a small office chapel to a 500-seat auditorium on Jacobs Street, then onto 1311 South Lee Highway. United Christian Academy was birthed and began training children.
From South Lee Highway, the ministry moved to the beautiful facility at 2200 Peerless Road.
Just before Hall’s home going, sister Minton pledged her heart and future to Charles Poteat and joined her ministry with his. They moved to North Carolina for awhile and then returned to Cleveland.
Now, sister Margie and her husband have come home to United Christian Church.
The United Christian Church and Ministerial Association houses a worldwide ministry with over 30,000 ministers and 150 subordinate churches. Also, in the facility is the United Christian Academy which uses an accelerated faith-based A Beka curriculum that is taught by degreed, well-trained faculty for preschool through ninth grade.
But, there in that building also lies a vision.
“That vision is not a thought of a writer or a brick laid by a mason — it’s a vision from Almighty God to reach the world in this end time,” the Poteats said. “It is the heartbeat of United Christian and it can be found in the body of the local church. United Christian is not a stagnant nest with Christians socializing and keeping up with each other’s lives, it is a place where anointings are realized, missions are visualized and workers are mobilized.”
Pastors Charles and Margie, along with UCCMA President Don Warren, invite you to attend United Christian Church, located at 2200 Peerless Road. The regular schedule is Sunday school at 10:30 a.m., with worship services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Midweek refuel is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.