Our Founder
Bishop L.C Berry

Our FounderBishop Berry answered the call to the ministry at the early age of 6 and worked as an Evangelist for a number of years. He served in the United States Army where he served as Chaplin for the men in his Company. After an Honorable Discharge from the Army, he attended Lane Bible College in Jackson, Tennessee.

In 1960, he married Vergie Williams and they are the parents of seven children: Carl, Donna, Fred, Sharon, Leonard, Linda and Dorothy.

Bishop Berry was first licensed into the Ministry by Bishop A.B. McEwen of Tennessee and later by Bishop J.S. Bailey of Michigan. Bishop Berry was appointed pastor of Lily of the Valley Church of God in Christ in 1966.

In 1971, Bishop Berry was appointed Pastor of Lee's Temple Church of God in Christ; at that same time, Lee's Temple Church of God in Christ and Lily of the Valley Church of God in Christ were consolidated. After several unsuccessful attempts to remodel the old building, the Lord instructed Bishop Berry to begin construction on our present facility. There are no written blueprints for this building. The Lord conveyed the vision to Bishop and he accurately followed the Lord's instructions on how to construct the building.

Bishop has been very instrumental in purchasing the land to the North and South of our church building. Bishop's vision for the land to the South of the church is to construct a "home of love" for senior citizens. "Our senior members of our churches need to be in a home where the saints can take care of them and see to their needs in a loving and kind manner."

Bishop Berry founded the Love Ministries, Inc. in 1992. Bishop Berry was officially consecrated as Bishop of Love Ministries, Inc. by Bishop Eugene Billy McCoy, Bishop Howard Benjamin Hogan, and Bishop Lester Bell on October 11, 1997.

Bishop Berry successfully owned and operated "Berry's Janitor Service" for 20 years and he holds a certificate in barbering from Whitmore Barber College. Bishop Berry has also established the "L.C. Berry Scholarship Fund" to help our youth further their education. On July 23, 2000, Bishop Berry received the "Good Samaritan" award from the Samaritan Counseling Center in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Under Bishop Berry's watchful eye, construction has been completed on the "Lady B" Banquet Hall which is dedicated to our lovely First Lady, Mother Vergie Berry.
Bishop Berry's genuine concern and love for people inspired him to designate Lily of the Valley Church to be "The Church Where Everybody is Somebody". He wanted everyone to know that no matter what their status in life - at Lily of the Valley Church there is no respective person - Everybody is Somebody!

Bishop L.C. Berry transitioned out of this life June 22, 2008. He was an honest, dedicated servant of God and we at Lily of the Valley Church were blessed to have him as our leader.

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