In 1993, the first Annual Family and Friends Day Picnic was held at Al Lopez Park. Deacon Henry Gyden established a men’s basketball team called the “Saints” which became a part
of a city-wide church league. Church Scholarships were established by the Board of Christian Education under the leadership of Sis. Illa Kennedy.
In 1996, Children’s Ministry was established with Sis. Evelyn Gyden as leader. Under her leadership several children’s ministries and outreach programs were implemented: Praise Dance Ministry led by Sis. Regina Underwood; Mime Ministry led by Bro. Alonzo Boatwright; Girl’s Club was led by Sis. Loretta Joseph; Kid’s Explosion led by Sis Diane Pope;
Tutorial Program, Back to School Luncheon, Jump Start Summer Tutorial, Savings Account for Honor Roll Students, Reward Store, Children’s Day and many other programs for our children were implemented with the help of Sisters Margaret Brookins, Brenda Burney, Ora Chester, Sabrina Christie, Dayna Gray, Sonia Hadley, Loretta Joseph, Bertha Kemp, Andrea Moore and Diane Pope. A monthly newsletter “Children of Promise” was launched.
Also in 1996, Rev. Thomas Scott was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree.
In February 1997, the Tampa Bay Community Family Development Corporation (TBCFDC) was established with Dr. Maxine Woodside as Director. TBCFDC is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization
with the sole purpose of fostering and promoting community-wide interest and concern for the problems of disadvantaged and under-privileged individuals and families to end sickness, poverty and crime, and also to lessen environmental degradation so that education and economic opportunities may be expanded.
Operation 34th Street was established to provide children with back to school supplies, free haircuts, and health check-ups. The event has continued to grow for the past eleven years serving more than 700 families annually. Today, this event is known as “Community Survival Day”. The TBCFDC community based educational enrichment program: Preparing all Students to Succeed (PASS) and Tutorial brought a number of young people and families to Thirty-Fourth Street Church of God for after school help in computer and literacy tutorials. We feel blessed by God who has provided us with a marvelous leader. Pastor Thomas Scott and the resources to carry out our Christian Outreach responsibilities.
It became clear that the tremendous growth in our congregation, and the increase of our outreach missions, there was a need to hire an Executive Pastor.
In 1998, the first full-time Executive Pastor Rev. Mitchell Bettis was hired. Under his leadership the Cell Ministry and the Security Ministry was established.The Golden Harvesters Ministry was renamed “Guiding Light Ministry” In 1998 the first “Annual Picnic” was held under the leadership of Sis. Bertha Kemp.
Ministers serving under Pastor Scott spiritual guidance and leadership in 1999 were: Reverends Devon Alexis, Marjorie Sledge, Genevieve Smith, Vivian Cobb, Hazel Frazier, Rose Mary Hannah, Melvin James, Adelbert James, Loretta Joseph, Thomas Mason, Mitchell Bettis, Cornelius Moore, and Maxine Woodside.
Ordained Deacons serving under Pastor Scott’s leadership in 1999 were Johnnie Best, Canute Campbell, Raymond Cobb, Grover Cusseaux, Robert Dorsey Sr., Henry Gyden, Elliott Gray, Eddie Huff, David Jones, Hilrie Kemp, Frank Kennedy, Bernard Mitchell, Alfred Parks, Bill Ralls, Owen Smith and Cedric Way.