Church History



Empowerment Ministries Christian Center (EMCC) was founded by Pastor Gregg S. Magee, Sr. in January of 2007.  During that time Bible study was held at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church on Friday nights at 7:00 p.m.  On June 10, 2007, Pastor Magee changed his service times to Sunday at 11:00 a.m. at Bayou View Apartments Recreation Center.  On January 27, 2008 Pastor Magee began having service at the Teen Extreme Center in downtown Gulfport at 9:30 a.m.  As the ministry began to grow and the hunger for God’s Word became greater Pastor Magee added a Thursday night Bible study on June 5, 2008.  On August 19, 2009, we purchased our first building, located at 1700 30th Avenue, Gulfport, MS. EMCC since has added weekly corporate prayer at 5:30 am on Wednesday mornings. Due to continued growth, and God's favor, Pastor Magee added a second worship service in 2012 to accommodate members and visitors to EMCC

Over the years Pastor Magee has diligently sought the voice of God to make a difference on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  The ministry partnered with the Gulfport School District and sponsored the after-school tutorial program for three years.  During the summer the ministry is a part of a government program to feed children where we provide roughly 12,000 meals each summer.  We have participated in this program for the last 5 years.  Within the first six months in the new building we joined with Bay Area Food Bank to help provide food for families in need.  This is an ongoing ministry that continues to grow and impact the lives of many.  

We are also known for our service and passion for young people.  We have had an ongoing bible study in both middle and high schools in the community. For the last two years we have received the Gulfport School District Community Partner of the Year Award. We have taken the youth to Houston, TX to participate in “Spiritual Encounter” for the last 10 years.

In 2015, Pastor Magee stepped out on faith and launched a second location in the Orange Grove area of Gulfport. EMCC is now "One Church in two locations". The second location has continued to grow and has blossomed into a congregation of its own. Pastor Magee attributes this growth solely to the hand of God as the Pastor continually listens to the voice of God for direction.

Additionally, Pastor Magee has added "Live Streaming" to all worship services, bible study, and special services in an effort to expand the evangelism mandate given to EMCC by God.

 Pastor Magee has hosted several seminars on parenting, singleness, marriage, health and wellness, Financial Peace University, sexual addictions, home buyers seminars, and so much more.  He believes that God wants us to be blessed and have a balance in all areas of our lives - spiritually, emotionally, educationally, physically, and yes, even financially.

 The ministry focuses on “Empowering You Completely” through the Word of God.