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Congratulation Messages - Grant Lovell AME Church Receives a Historic Plaque

Grant Lovell AME Church Historic Landmark Celebration

Congratulation Messages


November 23, 2021


Rev. Victor Vidal & Grant-Lovell

African Methodist Episcopal Church

501 West End Place

Moberly, Missouri 65270


Dear Pastor, Members & Friends


I greet in Jesus Joy! It is indeed a celebration, as Grant-Lovell becomes Commissioned as an Historical site.  Somewhere along the way, the members of Grant-Lovell were determined to persevere.  Your dedication and committed service have stood the test of time.


I am so proud of your hard work and the direction you have allowed God to lead you. Rev. Vidal the prayers and fortitude you have shown is what has led the church to rejoice in this momentous occasion.


I truly wish I could have joined you, but know I am with you in spirit.  I will continue to keep you in my prayers.


Rev. Fran T. Cary

Presiding Elder,

Midwest North District






Retired Presiding Elder                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

November 27, 2021

To: Reverend Victor Vidal and Members of Grant, Lovell African Methodist Episcopal Church

To God, We Give the Praise! Congratulations as you celebrate this most blessed event. As you have been recognized as a Historic Site from the Historic Preservation Commission of Moberly, it is with great joy that I say to you that you have paved the way for generations to come.

This accomplishment, and the many years of work, sacrifice, toil; with all the joys, sorrows, accomplishments, and with the Spirit of God dwelling here with you, has helped to make you who you are, and will influence who you will become, and that is so worthy of preservation.  As you have worked so hard by the Grace of God to protect and preserve your place of worship, I can just imagine that God is well pleased.

Your history is so important because it connects to so many specific times, places, and events that were significant milestones in your past, and between your past and your present, by preserving a trail of how you arrived, has contributed to where and who you are today.

I celebrate with you and appreciate your desire to preserve your history and heritage. Hold on to your identity through your historic preservation efforts.


Yours in Christ,

Elder Darlene Singer Smith,




Bethel A M E Church

Macon, MO

November 28, 2021

To Pastor Vidal, Officers and Members of Grant-Lovell Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Moberly, Missouri, we come to CONGRATULATE you on this great Historical achievement! As your sister congregation, we celebrate with you as we honor those who bore the hardships and struggles in their lives to maintain their honor, love, trust, and most of all FAITH in our Father Lord God Almighty to carry them through it all!  With few resources, they secured land and built and rebuilt and maintained great houses of worship that have continued to serve a praying and grateful people.  Today, we feel your pride and humility as you are honored as an HISTORICAL LANDMARK in your city! We pray for God’s continued GRACE AND MERCY to sustain you as you go forward in His name.  May His blessings be upon each and every one of you and upon those who will follow in your footsteps.

This is, indeed, a great day, and to God be the Glory for it all!

Presented in LOVE and Godly FELLOWSHIP,

Officers and Members of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Macon, Missouri.

Rev. Victor Vidal, Pastor   

Sister Rose Harris, Secretary




St. John AME Church,

701 Topeka Blvd. Topeka KS.66603



To Grant Lovell Chapel AME Church:

I recently heard that you are now on the Historical register. I am writing to congratulate you on this wonderful achievement. I am so sorry I am unable to attend, but this day has been in the works for a long time. To be registered in the Historical Society Archives and to be recognized today, you truly deserved this honor.

Your Christian light has been shining for a long time in this community, over the years you have played a major role in the town of Moberly. Your achievements in bringing so many souls to Christ, you have fought a many of battles for equality and keeping the peace. Your light never went out even in the darkest of hours, you kept the lamp on for others to see. You are deserving of this recognition.

I am so happy to have been a part of this Great Church and to know that this achievement will help the future generations of Grant Lovell AME Church understand, remember and know their heritage.

Keep up the good work and continue to stay on the battlefield for the Lord. If you need me for anything during this period, you can contact me by phone or email. Congratulations once again.



Rev. May E. Hall, Pastor of St. John AME Church Topeka KS



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