The Assemblies of God, recognizing a need among the early pioneers of the movement, out of concern and in compassion launched an effort in 1933 to assist them in their senior years. This expression of concern and care began with financial assistance, leading to the opening of a retirement home in the Pinellas Park Hotel near St. Petersburg, Florida in 1948.
The senior retirement ministry grew and in 1960 a retirement home was constructed in Lakeland, Florida. This center served the needs of retired ministers and laypeople until 1972. A decision was made at that time to move the ministry to Springfield, Missouri. Forty acres was purchased next to Central Bible College. Construction began on Maranatha Manor—now Maranatha Village Retirement Community— in 1973.
The growth and expansion of ministry to seniors through Maranatha Village is awesome! It has grown into a 100-acre campus providing a retirement home for over 300 residents in independent living facilities. The breadth of ministry has expanded to also include assisted living, rehabilitation and long-term care for over 100 residents.
The ministry is governed by a Board of Directors who recognize God’s hand of blessing upon Maranatha Village. Standing on the shoulders of history allows them to see into the future.
THE BEST IS YET TO COME!