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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.
Who’s in Charge Here?
Read Judges 17:1 through 18:31; Luke 4:31 through 5:11
The teenage girl had invited several friends to a party at her house while her parents were out of town. The night started out smoothly, but, within a couple of hours, her friends—and several uninvited guests—became unruly and the house became strewn with trash and broken items as the teenagers did whatever they wanted. The girl had to call the police to come and restore order.
In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit (Judges 17:6).
Israel knew the consequences of not having a king or any authority figure. The people sinned greatly against God, and everyone acted in their own selfish interests. How terrifying it must have been to live in such a society! Only when people have rules and authority to guide their lives can they enjoy peace and real freedom.
Those who ignore the teachings and instructions of God’s Word and seek to do what they want to do instead will not have peace. God is King, and everyone must bow and submit to His authority to have a joyous and abundant life.
Prayer Suggestion: Heavenly Father, have complete control of my life.
Quicklook: Judges 17:1–6
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