Upon Rev. Collins retirement, a pulpit committee was formed. They began their work of searching for a new pastor. Rev. Thomas Scott was unanimously voted as our pastor. In April 1980, Rev. Scott arrived in Tampa with his wife Marva and their one year old son Marcus. Their son Marlon, was born in 1981 and their daughter, Marla was born in 1985.Under the leadership of Pastor Scott, the Outreach Ministry was reorganized and led by Rev. Marjorie Sledge. The Golden Harvesters Ministry was organized with Sis. Alva Rivers as leader. A transportation Ministry was established and a church van was purchased. The first van drivers were Bro. Lamar Whaley and Sis. Cynthia Dorsey. The van transported members as well as non-members to church. The Messenger, the church first newsletter was published weekly and circulated across the United States by Sis. Bertha Kemp and Dianne Langston in 1980.Pastor Scott’s leadership was instrumental in the church’s growth in membership and it became clear that the existing church was inadequate to meet the needs of the congregation and its community.
In 1982, Rev. Scott implemented God’s vision for a new sanctuary by appointing Deacon Robert Dorsey as Chairman of the Building Fund Committee. Deacon Dorsey and his committee launched a Building Fund Campaign. The congregation worked faithfully toward the Pastor’s vision and voted to purchase land on the corner of 21st Avenue and 34th Street for the construction of a new sanctuary. The sanctuary was completed in November 1984. With its new location, the congregation voted to name the new sanctuary Thirty-Forth Street Church of God. On November 11, 1984 the vision unfolded with a Grand March from the Tampa Twenty-Second Street Church of God to dedicate and celebrate the new church site at 3000 N. 34th Street and the birth of the Thirty-Fourth Street Church of God. The families who labored by faith to fulfill the vision were: The Bests, Burneys, Carswells, Chesters, Christies, Dorsey’s, Frazier’s, Fredericks, Greens, Gydens, Hamilton’s, Hankerson’s, Kemps, Kennedys, Kings, Langston’s, McCall, McWhite, Mathis, Mays, Mitchells, Parks, Popes, Rivers, Russell’s, Sledges, Smiths, Thompsons Tices, Whaley’s and Wynn’s.
The first Children’s Church Ministry was organized under the Board of Christian Education led by Sis. Bertha Kemp.
Under the leadership of Pastor Scott, King’s Kids Learning and Developmental Center was established in 1985. Sis. Illa Kennedy was instrumental in organizing the administration and the physical requirements for operating an Early Childhood Educational Center with the following dedicated volunteers: Sisters Lee Dessie Burney, Mamie Dorsey, Peggy Fredericks, Lottie Hamilton, Pinkey Langston, Vicky Pollock, Alva Rivers, Elois Russell, and Elice Sledge.
The Kings Kids Center opened in April 1985 with five students and Sis. Marva Scott as Coordinator. Several members volunteered their services. Sis. Evelyn Gyden trained the kindergarten teacher and instructed her on how to set up the curriculum. The first Kindergarten teacher was Regina Burney. Sis. Jessie M. Parks trained the Pre-School teachers and infant care personnel. She also instructed the staff on how to set-up the baby room. Sis Marva Scott was the first Pre-School teacher and Sis. Vicky Pollock was the first infant care person. Sisters Rosa Lee Pope and Elois Russell were the first cooks. Sisters Elice Sledge and Lottie Hamilton assisted with the babies and the serving of the food.
Sister Marva Scott was appointed as principal of King’s Kids Learning & Developmental Center. Under her leadership, the enrollment increased to over 240 students, thus necessitating a need for more classrooms. The church purchased two duplexes located directly behind the sanctuary and renovated them for additional classrooms. In 1995, with the addition of first and second grades, the King’s Kids Learning and Developmental Center was renamed King’s Kids Learning and Development Academy. King’s Kids adopted the ABEKA curriculum.
The Radio and Tape Ministry was established with Deacon Frank Kennedy as leader. Pastor Scott’s Sunday morning sermons were taped and broadcasted each Sunday afternoon as part of the Outreach Tape Ministry. In 1985 Deacon Kennedy joined the editorial staff of the church’s newsletter “The Messenger”.
The Usher President, Sis. Elice Sledge established the first Youth Ushers. The Board of Christian Education organized the first Children’s Church Ministry led by Sister. Bertha Kemp. The Children’s Choir was reorganized by Sis. Helen Dorsey and Sis. Jessie M. Parks. The Youth Choir was also reorganized by Sis. Illa Kennedy and Sis. Jacqueline Haynes.
Under the spiritual leadership of Pastor Scott, several auxiliaries and ministries were organized: The Mass Choir, Pastor’s Aide Committee, Deaconess Ministry, Share Ministry, Healing Ministry, Married Couples Ministry, Singles Ministry and other outreach ministries to provide spiritual nurturing to our congregation.
The congregation purchased two houses on the north side of the sanctuary for parking. The parking area was also used as a playground by King’s Kid’s Learning Center.