The heart of Pastors Larry Soles (and his late wife, Kathy) for Shield of Faith member is three fold:
– To have a church that ministers to your family
– To educate believers in what Jesus made available to us through His death & resurrection
– To equip us to reach those in our daily realm of influence
Pastor Larry hopes to see each member discover their talents and callings and to be fulfilled in life. Pastor lives and teaches the truth that “Life is gained in giving your life away.”
The Shield History
After receiving a confirmation to their call into the ministry in 1980, Larry and Kathy Soles began to hold services in a meeting room at a Howard Johnson Hotel in Rock Hill, SC. God met their needs continually and soon two services were held weekly.
Mr. Thomas Wilson kindly offered his bookstore, Shepherd’s Fold as a new location for services to be held starting November 2, 1980. Shield of Faith World Outreach Center was officially birthed and rapidly began to grow.
Beginning in March 1981, Pastor Larry purchased an old, run down pool hall on Annafrel Street in Rock Hill and after extensive renovation, four weekly services welcomed visitors and members alike. In April 1985 the congregation once again moved to a rented bingo building on Black Street. Using their former location as the children’s meeting place and for Shield of Faith Christian Academy. The time had come for Shield of Faith to find their permanent home – a place where Pastors Larry & Kathy’s vision could continue to grow and prosper.
Twenty two acres were purchased where the present facility is located in March of 1987. An additional twenty acres of land was purchased across the street. The Thomas Patterson Life Center was built in 2003 and has been a huge blessing to the church and community. In the early 2000’s we updated our current facility and shortened the church name to The Shield. God has moved and opened so many doors for our church to minister to families.
Our beloved Pastor Kathy graduated to Heaven in December 2018; although her anointing remains. We welcome you and your family to come, grow and go with us at The Shield. As our Pastor challenges us each week “Go Do The Word!”