First Assembly of God

Springfield Ohio


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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.


Honest Prayers

Read Psalms 75:1 through 77:20; Acts 23:23–25

Some people have experienced times when God seemed far away, times when they’ve wondered if He heard their prayers. During those times they may have questioned whether God really cares about them.

The Psalmist put words to these feelings rather than shoving them down deep inside. He remembered what it was like to feel close to God. And he talked about how different it was. In the depth of his despair, he brought his questions and doubts to the Lord.

“Will the Lord reject forever? Will he never show his favor again? Has his unfailing love vanished forever? Has his promise failed for all time? Has God forgotten to be merciful? Has he in anger withheld his compassion?” (Psalm 77:7–9)

God didn’t say, “You shouldn’t feel that way.” He didn’t scold the Psalmist for doubting Him. And He didn’t defend himself. He didn’t need to. The evidence of His faithfulness and love were facts that could not be denied. The Psalmist chose to look at what God had done in the past and to believe the future could be better.

Prayer Suggestion: Tell God your needs and thank Him for His answers.

Quicklook: Psalm 77:7–12 

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