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ANOINTED WORD CHURCH OF TAMPA BAY

LOCATION: 1709 St. Joseph St., Tampa. (813) 254-5271.

LEADERSHIP: Pastor Roy Hayes, 52, founded the church in 1990. He came to Anointed Word from Living Water Church in Tampa. He also serves as principal for the Anointed Word Academy for students ages 3 to ninth grade. He studied communication at Hillsborough Community College. He has been married to his wife Sandy for 16 years. They have four children. Sandy serves as assistant pastor and assistant principal at Anointed Word Church and Academy.

SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship, 7 p.m. Wednesday church services and Bible study, 7 p.m. Friday prayer and praise services, quarterly youth, men's and women's meetings.

HISTORY: Hayes and members of the church bought a former HRS building and renovated it into the current church in October 1990. Soon after, they bought adjacent condominiums for classrooms and 1.5 acres east of the church for a playground. The last purchase was the old Ray Williams Funeral Home in 1996 for more classrooms.

RECENT SERMON, TOPIC OR THEME: "Rely on God." "Those who rely on God will find his helping power and wisdom instead of relying on their own intellect," Hayes said.

MEMBERSHIP: 300.

OUTREACH TO COMMUNITY: Twice a year church members hold a drive to cloth and feed the hungry.

NOTABLE: Pastor Hayes founded a Tampa Bay basketball league to provide good role models for youths. All coaches are required to learn, teach and follow godly guidelines. "It's not good to win in the game of basketball and lose in life," Hayes said.

_ KELLY A. STEFANI

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