Elkton church changes name to better reflect mission
ELKTON — A church that’s been in Cecil County for 56 years quietly changed its name earlier this year to better reflect its mission.
In March, Pleasant Hill Worship Center in Elkton changed its name to Endeavor Church.
“We are serving with purpose. We are here to serve our community and do it ... with a God-driven purpose,” said Amy Fagan who, with her husband Chris, shepherd the church at 32 Hilltop Road. “Endeavor means ‘called to a set purpose.’”
And that purpose, Chris said, has taken them beyond the church walls. Members of the church recently spent a day having fun with the Hollingsworth Manor community.
“Giving is important to us at home and abroad,” Chris said. “We did face painting, served hot dogs, we prayed with people.”
Endeavor Church began in 1961 as Gospel Tabernacle. The name changed to Spirit and Life Bible Church not long after. In 2005, it changed again to Pleasant Hill Worship Center. Chris grew up in the church. He met Amy in college, although they discovered they had both attended church conferences at Spirit and Life.
The Fagans served at the church as youth leaders from 2002 to 2009, then went to Ohio. By 2015, they felt called to return to his home church. They’ve been in charge of the Elkton area church for over a year. Their board of directors agreed to the name change, which became effective in March.
“God has really blessed us. It’s been a good year and a half,” Chris said. “Attendance has gone up, missions have tripled. God has really met all our needs.”
With that growth, the couple have noticed more teens and more families.
“We want a sense of welcoming for all ages,” Chris said.
Endeavor Church offers Sunday School classes at 10 a.m., with a worship service at 11. On Wednesday night, there are classes for children ages 2 to 11 while there is an informal worship session for all.
“We live stream the worship on Sunday and Wednesday,” Amy said.
Go to www.endeavormc.com to find the live stream link or to get more information.
Free hot dogs, chips and more were served by members of Endeavor Church during a recent street festival outreach in Hollingsworth Manor in Elkton.
The Endeavor Church praise band performed during the recent street festival at Hollingsworth Manor.
Face painting is always a crowd pleaser and the youngsters in Hollingsworth Manor in Elkton were no different when Endeavor Church held a street festival in the community.