On August 8, 2022, in Sikeston, Missouri, Peace Point Chapel held a special service to celebrate 80 years since its dedication.
Dedicated on August 1, 1942, the Seventh-day Adventist Church located at the top of the Missouri Bootheel was originally called The Bible Temple. Planted from the fruits of colporteur work in the early 1930s, the church was formed under the leadership of Elders Ernest Brandon and AA Leisk.
This August, Peace Point Chapel celebrated its 80th birthday with a special dedication program, potluck lunch and musical gathering in the afternoon. Pastor Kris Hicks offered a dedication sermon with inspiration from Solomon’s prayer of dedication from 2 Chronicles. Hicks currently serves as pastor for the Southeastern district which includes the Sikeston, Cape Girardeau, Farmington and Fredericktown churches.
Also in attendance was pastor Brett Randall who served the Southeastern district from 2005-2011. He, along with elders Carl Hamilton and Ben Moore spoke, sharing fond memories of the church through the years. Those in attendance were also surprised with a video from pastor Vic Van Schaik and wife Angela, who served the Southeastern district from 1994 to 1998. Pastor Vic currently serves as president for the Indiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
Peace Point Chapel has undergone many changes over the last decade, including a major renovation that opened space for a fellowship hall, sound room, mother’s room, Sabbath School room and two more rooms still under construction including a Pathfinder/youth room. The sanctuary was finished with new carpet just two weeks before the August celebration.
As the service closed, Ben Moore and James Moore were presented with gifts and plaques of appreciation for planning and completing the renovation project called Project Faith and Project Rebirth.
Peace Point Chapel has a goal and focus to be neighborly in the coming years, as the church is situated in a residential area. In this way, we can better serve the community of Sikeston and our Adventist members here and around the Southeastern Missouri district.
—Written by Rachel Ashworth, communication secretary for Sikeston Peace Point Chapel