Pastor Ray Ogburn takes a moment to pray before starting service at Faith Believers Ministries. Ogburn founded and built the church 13 years ago in the tiny rural town of Mineral, Ohio. “You wouldn’t believe what happens here… I’m here and half the time I don’t believe it” said Ogburn.
At the end of the service members of the congregation lay their hands on Dugene Mash as they perform a healing ritual. The ritual is performed on anyone in attendance who says that they need to be healed and often include speaking in tongues, uncontrollable convulsions, and a period where the healed appear to loose consciousness for a short time.
Roberta Clark (with her husband Bob seated at her side) stands and joins in a discussion prompted at the beginning of service Sunday afternoon. The Clarks came to Faith Believers looking for a more “fulfilling church going experience.” Faith Believers, like most full gospel churches encourages it’s members to become an active part of their services even to preach and give sermons of their own.
Evangelist Leon May gives a firey, half hour long sermon about the healing powers of Jesus Christ. May initially came to Faith Believers just to watch the service but “became so overwhelmed with the spirit that (he) had to get up and preach to (his) heart’s content.”
Michael Cantor lies unconsciously on the ground after being healed while Katie Adkins sings the hymn Amazing Grace as another member of the congregation is healed.
Sermons at Faith Believers have no set length, and often can run for 4-5 hours, starting at 2:30 in the afternoon every Sunday and lasting until 6 or 7 at night.