First Assembly of God

Springfield Ohio

  





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.



 



What’s in a Name?

Read Genesis 34:1 through 36:43

Teddy hated his name. He was teased by friends, taunted by bullies, and even laughed at by strangers.

“What on earth were my parents thinking?” he asked. “If only my surname wasn’t Bear.”

As soon as Teddy turned eighteen, he changed his name legally and became known as James Benn. He was amazed at the difference it made. He walked straighter, looked people in the eye when he talked, and acted more confidently.

“Your name is Jacob, but you will no longer be called Jacob; your name will be Israel” (Genesis 35:10).

God sometimes changed people’s names to something that reflected their new calling and character. Jacob’s new name reflected his character change. He went from being an ambitious, driven deceiver, to becoming a faithful man of God, the leader of God’s chosen nation.

Does being called a Christian make a difference in your life?

Thought for Today: If your name reflected your character, what would you be called?

Quicklook: Genesis 35:9–15


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