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"It seemed to be God's time to move throughout the whole of Newfoundland, " John W. Hammond observed, " for saving faith was dropped into the hearts of many individuals independent[ly] of one another." The Conception Bay community of Long Pond is a case in point. Pentecostals in Port de Grave began praying for relatives in Long Pond. On November 18, 1929 the island's south coast experienced an earthquake and a tidal wave. Elsie Hiscock was working in a sawmill near the head of Conception Bay when she felt the tremor. " The world is coming to an end, " she said desperately, "and I am not ready!"
Another person, Mary Tilley, felt strongly to read the Bible and pray. "After earnestly confessing and repenting of her sins, " Hammond wrote, "she felt a wonderful feeling of joy and peace sweep over her soul, and began to shout praises unto God. She then shared her experience with others. Evidence also suggests that as early as 1929 a convert from the St. John's Bethesda Pentecostal Assembly had been an active witness to the community of Long Pond. Hiscock invited the Port de Grave native, Blanche Lear (1907-1935), to travel to Long Pond to preach, the latter arriving in the spring of 1933. Freda Eason, who was initially opposed to Pentecostalism, was converted, Hiscock was converted at home, after seeing a vision of numerous people traveling a "broad" road. Meetings were conducted at the homes of Harold Tilley and Joseph Dawe. Dawe donated land on Dawe's Road for a church building, which he largely built himself in 1934 was just over 300 square feet. This church serves the people from Topsail to Upper Gullies and has 50 families in the congregation.
Information and Records for the Faith Pentecostal Church - Long Pond
36 Foxtrap Access Road
Conception Bay South, NL
Telephone and Fax #:
Fax #:none available
Dona Quinlan Home page:
Senior Pastor - Gary R. Quinlan
Assistant Pastor - Dona Quinlan
The following is a list of Pastors who have served the Faith Pentecostal Parish:
Pastor Blanche Lear (1929 - ?)
Pastor Winnifred M. Taylor (1934 - ?)
Pastor Elsa Strange & Nettie Belbin (1936-1937)
Pastor Eva H. Burton (unknown)
Pastor E. Raymond Pelley (unknown)
Pastor James Norman (unknown)
Pastor Arthur S. Windsor (1957-1963)
Pastor Paul C & Mrs Hoyles (1963-1965)
Pastor Robert A. Thomas (1969-1970)
Pastor George H & Mrs. Hoskins (1972-1973)
Pastor Bernard H. Lane (1975-1977)
Pastor David Gifford (1980-1981)
Pastor Gilbert W. Andrews (1981-1983)
Pastor Roy E. Rowe (1983-1987)
Pastor Gilbert W & Mrs Ball (1987-1994)
Pastor Clayton G. Butt (1994-1999)
Pastor Gary R & Donna Quinlan (1999 - present)
Special thanks to Burton Janes, Archivist at PAON all his input
on the history and for sending me the photo of the church
Contributed by Barbara McGrath
Page Revised: July 2002 (Don Tate)
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