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Our Church History
When your great-grandfather was looking for a Gospel preaching church, he might have considered attending First Assembly of God. Our church has been serving the needs of families in the Springfield, Ohio area since 1927!
First Assembly found its origin in 1927, holding services in a small building on Lagonda Ave. in Springfield, Ohio. It was built through prayers, tears and hard work. It all started because of one woman’s vision, Geneva Matthews.
On June 1, 1928, the first business meeting was held at 1223 Lagonda Ave. with twenty-two members present. The members elected Geneva Matthews from Dayton, Ohio as the first pastor. They chose Elbethel Tabernacle as the name for the new church, and petitioned the Assemblies of God for recognition. R. J. Evans, Secretary of the General Council, responded in a letter dated June 13, 1928 which had 1 John 1:7 as its letterhead, officially recognizing Elbethel Tabernacle as a General Council Church. The church later moved into a regular building at the corner of Belmont and Prospect streets.
Following Geneva Matthews, Rev. Cecil M. Good was called to pastor and served the church until 1935. Following this, the Church called Rev. Victor Gopperton who served the Church faithfully for fourteen years. In April 1943, the church purchased property they had been occupying for the price of $1,825.00. With the purchase of the building, the church name was changed to El Bethel Church of the Assemblies of God.
In April, 1949, Arthur H. Parsons was called as Pastor. In June, 1956, the present location was purchased by the Church. In October, 1958, ground was broken beginning the construction of this building. The building was contracted and put under roof by our contractor, Mr. William Yoder. From there the congregation took over and the entire building was completed inside by our own people. The dedication service of the present sanctuary was held on September 11, 1960. Seventeen years later, the addition of the fellowship hall and classrooms were started and completion was made in 1978.
Pastor Parsons served until 1968 and was followed by Robert A. Curie from 1968-1974; Robert A. Hallquist from 1974-1980; Joseph Hartley from 1980-1987; Thomas Bell from 1987-1992; James Armpriester from 1992-2003; David Frank from 2003-2007; and Bud Rose from 2007-present.
The success and blessing of the past can be attributed to the faithfulness, sacrifice and consecration of the Church’s pastors and congregation.
Setting the Example
Read Jeremiah 52:1–34
Children often play the game “follow the leader.” One child walks, and the others have to follow where he goes and do what he does. In life, the people we have around us influence us, and we all follow the examples of others.
He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, just as Jehoiakim had done (Jeremiah 52:2).
Zedekiah was appointed king when Nebuchadnezzar deposed Zedekiah’s nephew. Instead of repenting and following a godly example, Zedekiah chose to continue to follow the practices of his recent predecessors on the throne. That decision led to grave consequences both for him and for all those he ruled over.
We must decide who will be our influencers. We can choose to imitate the lives of ungodly people, or we can choose to follow those who are seeking God.
Family and friends are the biggest influences in our lives. Those we admire can also have an impact on our worldview. However, God wants to be the primary influencer in our lives. We should filter all other influences through what He would want us to do, say, and think.
Thought for Today: Surround yourself with godly influences.
Quicklook: Jeremiah 52:1–11
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