Rose of Sharon Community Church 825 West Seventh Street Plainfield, NJ 07063 Bishop M. LaVerne Ball, Senior Pastor
To develop fully mature disciples of Jesus Christ.
The mission of Rose of Sharon Community Church is to deepen our experience and knowledge of God through WORSHIP, EDUCATION, MINISTRY and FELLOWSHIP; to proclaim the gospel and minister in the name of Christ, our Savior, to the needs of all PEOPLE; to encourage the growth of each family, restore the lost and to promote LOVE, peace and social justice throughout the world.
Rose of Sharon Community Church was founded and organized over 40 years ago on April 4, l964, with sixteen members. Three years later, April 13, 1967, the church was chartered under the leadership of Reverend Ovie E. Lattimore located on the corner of
New Street and West Third Sheet, Plainfield, NJ , services were held at the Grant Avenue Presbyterian Church.
February 19, 1991, again brought another great loss to the church leadership in the passing of Rev. Dr. Everett C. Lattimore. The congregation duly selected Rev. M. LaVerne Ball as pastor, led by her father’s vision and brother’s dream, Pastor Ball shepherded the construction and completion of the new multi-million dollar complex. On Saturday, September 17, 1994 the new structure was completed. On December 18, 2003 the church successfully purchased the Jewish Temple next door and we are now entering into our seventh year for Queen City Charter School . Today Rose of Sharon has over 600 dedicated and committed members with more than 34 ministries, all of which create pathways for stimulating interest in church activities. These ministries include: The ROS Bible Academy, Central Bible Institute, Outreach ministries, which include the Prison Ministry, Richmond Towers , Plainfield Tower West, Norwood Nursing Home, and ministry in Africa.
With great spiritual and social consciousness the lights of Rose of Sharon burn brightly into the night seven days a week. ROS host organizations such as New Jersey Black Caucus Conference, Candace Enterprises Minority Contractors, Block Associations, HIV/AIDS Ministry, FISH Hospitality, and Probation Referral. These ministries provide opportunities for those in need of counseling, spiritual guidance and support. Its real estate arm has allowed ROS to construct 32 homes in Plainfield and looking to build more soon. In the past ROS has hosted the Head start Program and the YWCA after school program, to name a few.
Going into a new millennium, Rose of Sharon will continue to provide services and respond to the needs of the community. Surely, through the years, God has blessed ROS with stead fast laborers, while providing the church with a great heritage; may the present and future generations love and cherish it with a thankful heart.
Let us pause and pay respect to those who have left their footprints, both pastors and members as it is written, in Romans 10:15, “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach Gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things.”