Praise Chapel started with the vision of a man who saw the need for God in a community filled with young people, and with the zeal and the desire to reach the lost at any cost. Pastor Kenroy E. Salter took up the challenge and in 1994 he started an extension Sunday School at the Mount Salem Community Centre.
By October 6, 1996 the Sunday School outgrew the centre, hence a tent had to be erected at the present address, Lot 131 Catherine Mount.
Praise Chapel was born.
The idea of the name Praise Chapel was given by former member – Grace McKenzie – now living in the United States of America.
With the anointed preaching of Pastor Salter and other visiting pastors, coupled with fervent prayers through faith, the church grew rapidly.
The assembly started out with 78 members – the majority transitioning from mother church – Kings Chapel UPC. The Holy Ghost moved mightily and with dedication, the membership grew leaps and bounds! Pastor Salter described the growth as one that had the tent “bursting at the seams.”
Ground was broken in 1997 – a year later – and the erection of the present church building started in 1998. It was a jubilee when the first church service was held in the then new sanctuary – now used as a multi-purpose hall on the second floor of the present building.
Praise Chapel gave birth to daughter church – Pentecostal Worship Centre, Porto Bello – pastored by Andrew Robinson.
As the church grew, so did the different ministries; among them were the Sunday School, Missions, Hospital Ministry, Women’s Fellowship, Men’s Fellowship, Music, Prayer Ministry, Youth Ministry and a Praise & Movement Ministry.
Once again Praise Chapel outgrew its space and the members began to work diligently again to raise funds for the completion of the building.
The church went through its fourth stage of transition, completing a total square, when they completed the present sanctuary – two levels up from the ground floor.
The start of Missions Crusade 2016 was another day of jubilee. On the 22nd of November the membership moved for a fourth time, this time into their present sanctuary.
What a celebration it was! Praise Chapel is finally home!
The recorded membership now stands at over 400 souls.
Praise Chapel continues to serve the community by educating its children through the Praise Chapel Kindergarten and Preparatory School for over 18 years.