About Us

Who we are, where we come from, and where we're headed as a church family

Who we are

Here's the deal, Dayspring cares about one thing more than anything else, Jesus Christ. Dayspring is a family of individuals that have found hope in Jesus, and simply want as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom.

Where we come from

During the late eighties, Apostle Paul A. Thomas, Victory Christian Fellowship Center (VCFC) in Greenville, NC, had a membership that spread throughout several counties in Eastern North Carolina.  P. O. & Barbara Rodgers were members of the church from the New Bern, Craven County area. Apostle Thomas began bible studies in the homes of families in the various cities. One of the hosts for the mid-week Bible Study was P. O. & Barbara Rodgers. The Bible Study held on Thursday evenings at their home on Taylor Street.  People attended the Bible Study faithfully. It was not long before the study had outgrown the den in their home. They had more than 15 people in regular attendance. During a major move of the Holy Spirit during the ordination service, P. O. & Barbara were ordained. Pastor Rodgers continued hosting the Vine Life Ministry Bible Study, relocating the meeting place from their home to a larger facility, The J. E. D. Room at 1226 Broad Street in New Bern. Not long after the move, Apostle Thomas blessed the Vine Life Fellowship. Shortly after this, the fellowship received a new name.  As an independent ministry, the name given to the church by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit was “Dayspring”. The scripture reference from which the name came is Luke 1:78-79, “. . . through the tender mercy of our God, with which the Dayspring from on high has visited us;79 to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace”.

Where we're headed

Dayspring Ministries has continued to move as the Holy Spirit has directed. God continues to be mighty in our midst as His people continue to seek Him. Dayspring . . . through the tender mercy of our God…, (continues)…to give light to those who sit in darkness, under the leadership of Bishop P. O. & Pastor Barbara Rodgers.

What this means for you

What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at Dayspring. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of the Dayspring family.


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