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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.
A Glimpse of Glory
Read Daniel 5:1 through 7:28
When people look at the world, it is easy to become discouraged. Stories of war, devastating natural disasters, heartbreaking disease, and the general moral decay of humanity fill the airwaves. Even within the walls of the church one can become disheartened by the regular assault of the enemy. Yet, in the midst of the darkness, Christians still have hope.
“He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed” (Daniel 7:14).
Through the Holy Spirit, Daniel was given great insight into the last days. Those prophecies told of difficult days that would bring heartbreak, devastation, and persecution against the people of God.
However, the end of the story is one of ultimate victory for the people of God. Jesus will conquer the enemy and will reign for all eternity. Rest securely in the knowledge that God is supreme and in the end He will be victorious!
Thought for Today: Jesus is your Deliverer and Soon-coming King!
Quicklook: Daniel 7:9–14
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AG.org News & Information
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U.S. AG Joins With Russian Pentecostals in Call to Prayer
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Global University Partners with Rural Compassion to Award Scholarships
Global University is partnering with a Rural Compassion Initiative to award scholarships to 30 rural pastors to Global's Berean School of the Bible.