OUR STORY

How it all started...

Origins (1950s)
In July of 1950, evangelist G. A. Mangun and his wife, Vesta, arrived in Alexandria and began leading a group of about 40 people, setting into motion the fervor for souls and the dedication to prayer and fasting that still permeate the existence of The Pentecostals of Alexandria today.  Sunday School Bus Routes began in 1953.  Two years later, the church at the corner of Sixteenth and Day streets was built.  By the next year, attendance was up to 281.
 
Growth (1960s-1970s)
Music programs; new ministries; more growth; the dedication of the church building at 2817 Rapides Avenue on May 2, 1969; attendance at 691; youth programs; the beginning of an unbroken, 365 days a year, 24-hour prayer chain in 1972; the opening of White Steeple Bookstore in 1976 . . . the first three decades of Mangun leadership saw so much change and so much expansion--yet the purpose, the drive, and the message never altered.

Expanding the vision...

New Direction (1980s-2000)
The next phase in the leadership at The POA began when Rev. Anthony Mangun and his wife, Mickey, took the helm in 1980.  An annual conference for ministers and their wives began in 1982 and continues to have a global impact today.  The reason?  Because of the Times.  The beginnings of the much-acclaimed supernatural drama production Messiah happened in 1983 with a two-performance musical. Another move, this time across Meyer Street, led to a new building and a name change from the Greater First Pentecostal Church to The Pentecostals of Alexandria.
 
Process 2000 began in 1994, pushing for a congregation of 2000 by the year 2000.  By 1997, the year the Family Life Center opened, attendance was at 2157.  In 2000, the year of Jubilee, The Pentecostals of Alexandria celebrated 50 years and a commitment to carrying the legacy of the past into the future.

Where we are headed...

New Millenia (2000-Present)
Now in the 20's, the POA is over 70 years old. By God's favor,  we have withstood the test of time. Over the decades, we have witnessed many changes in the world and in our community; however, some things remain the same. - Twenty-four Hour Prayer is still an essential part of who we are, along with reaching for souls, and making disciples. In 2019 we elected Pastor Gentry Mangun as our Associate Pastor. With Pastor Gentry and Alexis Mangun, we are looking ahead to a bright future 

Be part of the story...

Join us every Sunday as we gather together at 9:30 am  for Sunday school and 10:30 am for Morning Worship